7 Foods to Rev Up Your Metabolism

Here’s a little nutrition nugget to start your week with.  Eat these 7 food to rev up your metabolism.  First of all, your metabolism is how your body processes energy. If you have a slow metabolism, you are more prone to store energy as fat.  Incorporating these 7 foods into your daily diet will aid in burning fat, increasing your metabolic rate and suppressing your appetite. 

1. Chili Peppers (and other spicy foods): Chilis contain the compound Capsaicin.  Capsaicin acts as a thermogenic, meaning that it causes your metabolic rate to increase and in turn, you burn more fat.

2. Yogurt (I prefer Greek style yogurt for its rich, creamy consistency): Yogurt contains probiotics (you’ll also find probiotics in foods like Kombucha and Tempeh).  Probiotics are actually good strains of bacteria that work in your gut to improve digestion and help you process your food more efficiently. 

3. Grapefruit:  Numerous studies have shown that a little grapefruit or grapefruit juice before meals can lead to increased weight loss in a healthy calorie conscious diet.  It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin A.

4. Coffee, Tea and Caffeine: Like capsaicin, caffeine is proven to have thermogenic properties which means it helps you burn calories.  The key is to try to keep your cup of coffee or tea free from all of the sugar, fat and other “junk” we tend to dump into it.

5. Raspberries:  Recent studies have shown that the ketones in raspberries help to burn fat, particularly liver fat.  And raspberries are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber.

6.  Eggs:  Eggs for breakfast is an excellent choice because eggs are protein rich, they won’t flood your body with glucose first thing in the morning. Studies show that moderate intake of eggs (about 2 per day) won’t have a negative impact on cholesterol.  In fact, some studies have shown that they might even improve it.  I usually like my scramble or omelet with one whole egg and one egg white. 

7. Water:  We all should know that we must drink lots and lots of water.  Water has numerous benefits – it flushes toxins and helps to regulate your body temperature (among many others).  It also helps to promote satiety so if you drink it before a meal you are likely to eat less.  A good way to determine how much water you should drink, take your weight, divide it by 2 and the resulting number is how many ounces of water you need to drink each day.  Be sure to adjust it by adding 8 – 12 ounces for every hour of strenuous exercise you are doing each day.  So, for example, I weigh 120 lbs.  120 divided by 2 = 60.  So I should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water per day.  (I drink 60 – 80 depending on my workout).

Has this information been helpful to you?  Will you be incorporating any of these foods into your diet?