If your metabolism is higher, you can burn more calories and it’ll be easier to keep your weight where you’d like and avoid excess fat. Did you know certain foods can actually help give your metabolism a boost?
• High-Protein Foods
You actually burn calories by digesting food and it takes more energy to digest protein than it does fat and carbs. Foods like fish, meat, eggs, legumes, and nuts could help boost your metabolism for a couple hours.
• Spicy Foods
A chemical called capsaicin that’s found in chili peppers can help increase your metabolism by burning around 50 extra calories per day. It’s also been found to help reduce your appetite so you can avoid giving in to cravings.
• Iron, Zinc, and Selenium-Rich Foods
Proper function of your thyroid can be supported by getting the right amounts of iron, zinc, and selenium in your diet. Foods like meat, seafood, legumes, and nuts are all good sources that can help support a healthy thyroid and metabolism.
Caffeine has been shown to potentially increase metabolic rate by 11% and can even help with workout performance, but keep in mind the effects of caffeine vary for each individual.
Most tea contains a combo of caffeine and plant-based flavonoids that can give you a metabolism boost. In particular, oolong and green teas may boost your metabolism enough to burn an extra 100 calories per day.
Simply dissolving ginger in water can help burn 43 additional calories.
• Coconut Oil
MCTs or medium-chain triglycerides are very popular right now due to how your body processes them. Unlike most long-chain fats, MCTs go straight to your liver to be used as energy, which keeps them from being stored as fat. This can help increase metabolic rates and reduce belly fat.