It sounds to good to be true doesn't it? Foods that can actually speed up your metabolism! It is true though and these foods are readily available at your local supermarket. In fact, there is a good chance that you might already be eating some of these foods. If you are trying to lose weight then a slow metabolism will only hold you back, if you can get your metabolism running at a high speed then you will notice significant weight loss. These 'super foods' are great for speeding up your metabolic rate and help you achieve your weight loss goal.
Some great metabolism boosting foods are seafood such as salmon, tuna and sardines. These are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which help to lower the levels of leptin in your body. Leptin is a hormone and it has been shown that if your leptin levels are low it is much easier to lose weight and keep it off. Fish also have great heart health benefits and cancer fighting benefits.
Foods that are high in protein will also give your metabolism a boost, these foods include eggs, beans and lean meats. Protein is vital in keeping your metabolism moving and protein also has other benefits for losing weight. Protein foods produce ketonic cells which are a natural appetite suppressant and they are also lower in calories than other food groups.
Do you like to eat hot and spicy foods? If so, then you are in luck because hot peppers like cayenne, habanero and jalapeno are great in giving your metabolism a huge boost and speeds it up for about three hours. The act of digesting these foods will speed up your metabolism. So if you love these hot and spicy peppers then eat them as often as you like.
Some whole grain foods, like oatmeal are slow to digest which boosts the metabolism. These foods work by keeping you feeling full for longer and they also keep blood sugars on an even level. By keeping blood sugars at a good level, there isn't an excess of insulin in your bloodstream and as a result your body doesn't go into fat-storing overdrive. If you have high levels of insulin in your bloodstream you can have high blood pressure, obesity and belly fat. So whole grains have these amazing benefits as well as speeding up your metabolism.
One last food to give your metabolism a boost is olive oil. Olive oil has loads of Omega-3 acids and is a fantastic source of good monounsaturated fat and this is the good fats that your body needs.
Lastly, although not a food, remember that adding some exercise into your daily routine will also boost your metabolic rate along with helping to burn of calories, exercise is important for any weight loss attempt. Whatever diet you choose to lose weight, never starve yourself as eating in itself is what keeps your metabolism working. If you skip meals and don't eat enough your metabolism will slow right down and although you might lose weight at first that weight loss will plateau and you will struggle to lose any more.
So forget the diets that starve you, instead ...
- add some exercise to your day,
- eat lots of these foods that speed up your metabolism and
- drink lots of water.