Food to Boost Your Metabolism

Nature is your body’s pharmacy. Food can store your energy and health, as well as treat some diseases. But did you know that Mother Nature also provides food that would help you boost metabolism, and even lose weight? Together with calorie-counted, portion-controlled, well-balanced diet, these foods would make you fit in skinny jeans again!

Water – Drinking water speeds up weight loss. Latest research shows that drinking about 17 ounces of water increases your metabolic rate by as much as 30 percent. It is also a natural appetite suppressant that erases that bloated feeling as your system is flushed out of its toxins. Drinking enough water would also help you keep from mistaking thirst from hunger.

Green tea – Extract brewed from green tea leaves also boosts metabolism and may even aid in weight loss. Also, drinking this great-tasting, mood-enhancing tea also provides your body with anti-cancer chemicals and help prevent heart disease.

Soup – Instead of snacking with potato chips, you can eat less yet feel full quicker with a bowl of soup. A Penn State University study shows that soup is also an appetite suppressant that brings in hunger-satisfying combination of liquids and solids. Compared to 270-calorie snacks, a bowl of chicken and rice soup only contains 100 calories.

Grapefruit – Some say that the grapefruit diet is a myth, not so. Research over at Scripps Clinic suggests that eating half a grapefruit with each meal for 12 weeks would help you lose weight by as much as 3.6 pounds. This uniquely-tasting, vitamin C-packed citrus fruit also reduces insulin levels, which promotes weight loss. However, you need to consult your doctor before consuming grapefruit, especially if you are taking medication.

Fruits– Adding fruit to your diet helps you lose more weight, as it helps you feel full while consuming fewer calories and more fiber.

Broccoli – Aside from helping your bones remain strong, calcium actually helps you with weight loss. Broccoli is a high-calcium vegetable that is also loaded with vitamin C that helps your body absorb the mineral. It also contains significant amounts of vitamin A, folate, fiber, and powerful phytochemicals that boost your immunity and protect against diseases.

Low-fat yogurt – Contrary to popular belief, dairy products can boost your weight loss efforts. A study from Obesity Research concludes that people on a reduced-calorie diet with three to four servings of dairy foods lost more pounds in the body than those who ate a low-dairy diet with the same amount of calories. Low-fat yogurt is a great source for calcium, as well as protein and healthy bacteria that helps you flush out toxins (that also put on more of your weight).

Lean turkey – This meat is a favorite among bodybuilders because of its high protein, which can help you boost metabolism, lose fat, and build lean muscle so you can burn more calories. Skim the skin off the 3-ounce turkey meat and you get 120 calories, 26 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat, and nothing of that unhealthy saturated fat.

Oatmeal – This heart-friendly grain is a recommended source of carbohydrates, as it also contains fat-soluble fiber that keeps you feel full and provide you with the energy you need to make the most of your workouts. Remember to choose steel cut or rolled oats and not the instant kind.

Hot peppers – Eating these spicy hot vegetables speed up your metabolism and cool your cravings down. This is because of the chemical capsaicin found in peppers, which temporarily stimulates your body to release more stress hormones, boosts your metabolism, and helps you burn more calories.