Boost Metabolism for quicker weight loss

Everyone wants to boost metabolism naturally and fast.

This isn’t a secret. However, many people wanting to lose weight hear metabolism and jump to exercise strategies, new diets, and ways to improve their fitness.

Exercising does boost your metabolism. But how wonderful is it that you can also boost your metabolism naturally by simply eating certain foods? Yes, that’s right. AnswerRocks experts weigh in on what you should be putting in your mouth to help you become leaner fast.

(Remember this advice: It doesn’t matter how many of these nutritious foods you add to your diet. If you’re not eating often enough, it’ll cancel out their positive impact. Skipping meals or not eating for longer than 4 or 5 hours between meals can actually slow down your metabolism—yeah, we don’t want that.)

Specific Fruits & Vegetables

Just like mommy always used to say, it’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and non-starchy vegetables are concentrated in fiber and vitamins. These help to clean the body and promote long-term metabolism.

“Fruits that are high in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12, potassium, and phosphorus. Which help in the efficient running of your metabolism,” says Registered Dietitian Samantha Lynch, MS, RD, CDN

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Melons

are great choices.

Registered Dietitian and Raw Food Instructor Lauri Boone also recommend goldenberries. Goldenberries, are rich in complex B vitamins. These berries can help support the metabolism-and to regulate the adrenal gland. Any other benefits? Foods high in vitamin B “help to turn the carbohydrates from the food you eat into energy your body. Which you can use to power you through your day—and your next workout,” Boone says.

On the vegetable front, Lynch recommends loading your diet with nutrient-rich veggies.

These include

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes

As she says, “These foods are the best metabolism boosters as they have the most thermogenic properties. Meaning your body must spend more energy, i.e., burn more calories, to digest them. And also have minimal impact on your insulin levels.”

Green Tea

Instead of your afternoon coffee, change it for a cup of green tea. “Green tea or green tea extracts have chemicals such as EGCG that not only help foods burn fat and increase metabolism. But also have many anti-cancer properties. They also prevent heart disease, and uplift your mood,” says Lynch.

Goji Berry Juice

Not a big tea drinker? Try goji berry juice. “A small 2011 study found that drinking a glass of goji berry juice boosted metabolism,” says Boone. Goji berry juice has also been shown to improve overall energy and vitality.

Water

Between your sips of green tea and goji berry juice, remember to drink your water. A glass of water per hour is a good minimum rule. Water is not only a great way to get rid of bloat, but it also flushes out the toxins from your body. Toxins may be slowing down your metabolism. Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant Jaclyn Tane notes that studies have shown that water can increase metabolic rate by up to 30 percent. Is there anything that drinking water isn’t good for? We don’t think so.

Peppers

Hot peppers such as cayenne and jalapeno—can help wake-up your metabolism. In addition to increasing your body temperature, due to the compound capsaicin. “The heat generated from this compound is considered to help boost metabolism, calorie, and fat-burning,” says Boone.

Vinegar

If you don’t like hot food, try vinegar instead. Not only is vinegar effective in getting your metabolism going. But it can also treat metabolic disorders by maintaining well-balanced insulin levels. “The property can actually lower blood sugar by up to 30 percent when consumed with a meal,” advises Lynch.

Garlic

Just as hot food can raise your body temperature to awaken your metabolism, so does garlic. “This herb contains sulfur-rich compounds (like thiacremonone). That may help you lose weight and get rid of fat, and improve blood sugar and lipid levels,” advises Boone. Make sure that any garlic you add to a meal is raw. Or only slightly cooked, as its active compounds are removed by heat.

Apart from boosting your metabolism, garlic can also help you fight off the sniffles. “Regular intake of garlic boosts your immune system and helps prevent colds and flu,” Lynch says.

Protein + Complex High Fiber Carbs

The right proteins are the key to any healthy diet. Metabolism, lean proteins help at the cellular level to rev up your calorie burn. “This is because of the digestion of protein stimulates cellular activity. Which in turn leads to the burning of excess fats,” Lynch explains.

Paired with lean protein, complex high fiber carbs will also fire up your metabolic rate.

“The complex carbohydrates in sync with lean protein creates a steady release of insulin into the bloodstream. While it minimizes insulin swings,” says Lynch.

This means your energy levels remain constant and you feel fuller longer.

Try pairing brown rice, yams such as orange sweet potatoes, or beans with your choice of a lean protein. Such as skinless chicken or turkey breast, for a metabolism-conscious dinner.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help liven up your metabolism due to their relationship with the fat hormone leptin.

“Leptin is said to influence the number of calories burnt and stored as fat,” says Lynch.

Leptin may also influence your feelings of fullness.

To increase your omega-3 intake. Add tuna, lean white fish, salmon or freshly ground-up flaxseeds to your diet. If you’re not into fish, you can always take an omega-3 supplement. Not only are omega-3 fatty acids great for your metabolism. But they’ve also been shown to help with joints and dry eyes.

Use this as a reference to help you improve your metabolism forward and get rid of some of the fat that you have accumulated over the years.

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