Is there something water can’t do? No, it is literally life’s elixir.
Staying hydrated helps your metabolism run smoothly and drinking cold water is even better, as it forces your body to burn more calories to warm itself up.
Lean proteins like skinless chicken breasts, shellfish, beans, edamame beans and tempeh are all great for boosting the metabolism as it helps build muscle mass and thus increases your metabolic rate (the total number of calories your body burns at rest in 24 hours).
Fish is high in iodine and selenium, two minerals that support thyroid function, which regulates the metabolism.
Caffeine, combined with the EGCG found in green tea, slightly increases the body’s fat-burning process, giving your metabolism a slight boost. Opt for a freshly brewed, unsweetened cup.
Whole eggs are packed with vitamin D, which help rebuild and repair hard-working muscles – a good thing because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. Score!
Warming spices like cayenne, red or green chili peppers, and sriracha help the body breakdown fat. That’s because thermogenic foods increase the metabolism by up to 5% and fat burning by up to 16%.
All in all, we’re very happy that to get that metabolism churning, we can get chowing.
Here are 11 tasty ways to start firing up your internal calorie burner:
Although calorie-dense, calcium-rich foods help cells burn calories. Just make sure you go for lighter options like unsweetened plain yogurt.
Low in calories, high in fibre and water, celery takes a lot of work to be digested and also acts as a diuretic (the energy used to produce urine), which speeds up your metabolism.
Eating avocado, especially in the morning, is a great way to fire up your metabolism for the day, because healthy fats, like omega-3 in avo, kick starts your metabolism while regulating blood sugar levels so you don’t get energy crashes or cravings later in the day.
Probiotic-rich fermented foods, like kefir and kimchi, promote healthy digestion, help alleviate bloating, and promote healthy digestion. As a result, your metabolism performs better because your body is able to break down nutrients properly.
One small study found that overweight people who ate fermented kimchi showed improvements in cholesterol and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as increased weight loss.
Iron helps transport the oxygen our muscles need to burn fat at a faster rate, so our muscles can burn calories quicker. And good news, that spinach you throw into your smoothies and salads is very high in iron, as are lentils, swiss chard, and soybeans.