3. Foods To Incorporate
Increase Metabolism with Green tea. Green tea contains a type of antioxidant called catechins, which have been shown in studies to reduce body weight and waist circumference. Green tea is also packed with cancer-fighting compounds that can benefit anyone’s diet, at any age.
Increase Metabolism with Chili Peppers. Chili peppers contain bioactive chemicals called capsinoids. Studies have shown that the consumption of capsinoids increased energy expenditure (the amount of heat you produce internally and your external physical activity level) by 50 calories a day. Adding a bit of spice to your meals can also help reduce belly fat and appetite.
Increase Metabolism with Coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated). Small amounts of caffeine have been shown to boost your metabolism through stimulation of your central nervous system. But make sure you are drinking the right amount. A cup of coffee (with about 150 mg of caffeine) is often enough to benefit from metabolic effects. Too much coffee can lead to trouble sleeping, upset stomachs or irregular heartbeats.
Increase Metabolism with Protein foods. The body experiences a significant elevation in metabolic rate right after eating a meal, called the “thermic effect of food”. In other words, our bodies need extra energy to digest, absorb and transport all the nutrients after consuming proteins. When you eat protein, it needs the most time to metabolize (at least 20 to 30 per cent of your body’s energy). Eating fish, lean meats, eggs and plant protein like beans and soy will keep your metabolism accelerated for hours after your meal.
Increase Metabolism with Iron-rich foods. Iron is an essential mineral that helps transport oxygen to tissues throughout the body. Iron also helps our bodies make energy — low iron levels can lead to fatigue, loss of appetite, anemia (not enough red blood cells) and slow down your metabolism. Foods rich in iron include oysters, mussels, beef, lamb, fish and poultry. Plant sources of iron include pumpkin seeds, lentils, tofu, chickpeas and other beans.
Increase Metabolism with Vitamin D. A study conducted last year showed that those with low vitamin D levels gained more weight. There is still uncertainty as to how vitamin D contributes to weight management; however, studies have suggested low vitamin D levels may lead to fat accumulation. Looking for natural ways to get vitamin D? Get outside or eat some salmon.