Metabolism Boosting Foods
Your metabolism is the sum of all the energy your body uses throughout the day, this includes basic bodily functions and exercise. Higher energy use can increase your metabolic rate. The higher your metabolic rate, the more fat you will burn, making weight loss and weight maintenance easier.
Increasing metabolism can be achieved through increased physical activity muscle mass. However, your diet can also play a large role in the speed of your metabolic rate, with key foods helping to sustain increased metabolism alongside regular exercise.
But do you know which foods you should be eating to increase your fat burning rate?
All of the below foods will help to give your metabolism a boost in the right direction, and will be especially beneficial when eaten in moderation and integrated into a healthy and balanced diet.
Metabolism boosting foods
Metabolic boosting properties
|Brown rice||High in carbohydrate – the body’s primary source of energy. Brown rice will provide slow energy release and keep your metabolism ticking over.|
|Natural yoghurt||Natural yoghurt contains bacteria, which has been shown to boost metabolism.|
|Seaweed||Seaweed is high in iodine. Iodine encourages thyroid hormone to produce more effectively, which has been shown to be a huge metabolic benefit.|
|Grapefruit||The high fibre content within grapefruit will help to boost metabolism levels.|
|Chocolate||Chocolate with a cocoa percentage of 70% of higher. Raw cocoa is rich in magnesium, which stimulates the fat-burning hormone, adiponectin.|
|Milk||Milk is extremely high in calcium, which has a positive impact on metabolic rate.|
|Spinach||All leafy green vegetables are great a boosting metabolism, but especially spinach. High in iron, shown to boost metabolic energy, and rich in calcium to support muscle performance.|
|Fish & seafood||Seafood and fish are high in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Zinc has been shown to maintain a normal thyroid function, enabling a healthy metabolic rate. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and blood sugar levels, helping to boost the body’s metabolism.|
|Legumes & pulses||This includes foods such as lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and peanuts; all of which have high protein content. Protein has been shown to require the body to burn a greater number of calories to digest them, boosting metabolism. Legumes also contain large amounts of an amino acid called arginine, which may increase the amount of carbohydrate and fat your body can burn for energy.|
|Turkey & chicken||Both turkey and chicken and high in protein, the building block for muscle.|
|Spices & chillies||Chillies contain capsinoids, chemicals that have been shown to increase energy. Ginger, cinnamon and turmeric have also been shown to have the same effect, but on a slightly lesser scale.|
|Watermelon||Watermelon is high in arginine, an amino acid shown to increase fat loss and boost muscle mass.|
|Almonds||Rich in fatty acids that have been shown to have metabolic increasing properties.|
|Brazil nuts||Brazil nuts are incredibly rich in selenium, which is essential for effective thyroid function and the body’s metabolic rate.|
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