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What fruit speeds up your metabolism?

15 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism

For more energy during the day, pack your diet with healthy metabolism-boosting foods.

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Traditional latinamerican mexican sauce guacamole in clay bowl, cut half avocado and avocado sandwiches on dark background.

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From tasty dips to nourishing face masks, it seems there is nothing the avocado can’t do. The health benefits of avocados include plenty of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to help boost your metabolism and keep hunger at bay. A study in Nutrition Journal found that when participants added half of an avocado to their daily diet, they felt full after eating and didn’t need to snack.

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Avocado Sandwich with Fried Egg - sliced avocado and egg on toasted bread with arugula for healthy breakfast or snack.

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The incredible, edible egg doesn’t just make for a filling breakfast; it speeds up your metabolism, too! That is probably due to its high protein content. Add eggs to your high-protein meal plan to boost your metabolism while keeping you full in between meals.

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Green Tea

Steep a cup of green tea every day for a hearty serving of antioxidants. The jury is still out, but research has found that drinking green tea each day can increase your body’s fat metabolism. (Yes please!) This is what happens when you drink tea every day.

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Whole Grains

Replacing refined flour like white breads and pastas with high-fiber foods like whole grains has been shown to increase our resting metabolic rate. In other words, your body will burn more calories while lounging around.

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Flaxseeds are another fiber powerhouse known to boost metabolism and overall health. They’re also rich in protein to keep you full between meals. Ground flaxseed can be added to your morning smoothie or oatmeal as part of a high-fiber meal plan.

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As if you needed another reason to reach for that second cup of joe in the morning! The caffeine in coffee not only makes your coworkers much more likable, it also speeds up your metabolism. A recent study found that drinking three cups of coffee per day equals 100 extra calories burned. Well, if you insist…

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Honey Kale Currant & Almond Salad

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Kale is one of those veggies you know you need in your life. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants for a healthy body. It’s also rich in iron, which is a mineral that speeds up the metabolism. Try adding fresh kale to your morning smoothie (just remove the stems first) or whipping up a colorful kale salad for lunch.

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Squeeze a lemon wedge over your meal or into your ice water. Studies have found that the properties in lemons can speed up your metabolism and decrease feelings of hunger. Try keeping a bottle of lemon water with you throughout the day or add even more flavor with a pitcher of lemon, ginger and turmeric water.

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Adding high-protein foods like lentils to your meals will keep you full all day. Lentils are also rich in fiber to keep your gut healthy and metabolism humming along. Try simmering them for a bowl of hearty lentil soup or adding cooked lentils to your lunch salad.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar may help your body boost fat burning and decrease the amount of stored fat in your body. Apple cider vinegar can also help promote feelings of fullness after meals. Take a closer look at the benefits of drinking ACV.

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Chili Peppers

The capsaicin found in chili peppers won’t just make your eyes water; it will also boost fat burning. Research has shown that eating chili peppers can increase metabolism while reducing feelings of hunger. If you can stand the heat, have fun in the kitchen with our top chili pepper recipes.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a favorite of both health and beauty bloggers for its many benefits, and we can now add fat-burning to that list. It’s rich in medium-chain-triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase your metabolic rate and promote fat burning for energy.

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Not sure what to do with that leftover gingerroot sitting on the kitchen counter? Well, it’s worth looking for fresh ginger recipes! A 2018 study found that eating fresh ginger contributes to weight loss and faster metabolism. It has also been found to improve insulin and cholesterol levels.

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Cold Water

If you’re sipping a glass of water right now, add a few more ice cubes for an instant metabolism boost. When you drink cold water, your body must warm it up, and that burst of energy leads to fat burning. Be sure to keep a bottle of water with you at all times; good things happen when you drink water all day.

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Dried seaweed is a crunchy, salty snack that has way more benefits than boring potato chips. Seaweed is rich in iodine; our bodies need iodine to keep our thyroid gland healthy and our metabolic rate high. Try a new kind of salad with fresh seaweed or munch on the dried version for a metabolism-boosting snack.

Originally Published: November 25, 2019

Carrie Madormo, RN

Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn’t hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.

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Nine Foods that Increase Metabolism


There are certain foods that increase metabolism. When you eat these foods as part of a low fat diet and combine them with a regular exercise routine, they can help you move one step closer to your weight loss goals. Here are 9 foods that will speed up your metabolism and help you shed the pounds.

If you’re looking to jumpstart your metabolism, start your morning off with a bowl of oatmeal. This super food is rich in fat soluble fiber, which requires a lot of calories to break down. Eating oatmeal can also help decrease your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.

2. Grapefruit

Studies indicate that eating grapefruit can reduce insulin levels. Lower insulin levels after meals can help your body process food more quickly and efficiently. This means that you burn more calories and store less fat.

3. Hot Peppers

Adding some spice to your food can speed up your weight loss. Hot peppers, like jalapenos, contain a chemical called capsaicin, which gives these veggies their heat and causes a spike in your metabolism. This chemical also keeps the calorie burn going hours after you’ve finished your meal.

4. Lean Proteins

The protein found in chicken, turkey and other lean meats takes a great deal of energy to break down. Therefore, your body burns a lot of calories during the digestive process. Protein is also an essential ingredient in building lean muscle mass, which burns more calories than fat.

5. Salmon and Tuna

High levels of the hormone leptin have been linked to slower metabolisms and weight gain. A good way to lower leptin levels is to increase your intake of fish. The oil found in fish like salmon and tuna has been shown to cut leptin levels and help your body process foods more effectively.

6. Low-Fat Yogurt

Low-fat yogurt is one of the best foods to eat if you’re trying to lose weight and boost your metabolism. Yogurt is full of calcium and protein. It gives you the energy your body needs to keep going all day and helps you build lean muscle mass. Yogurt can also help regulate your digestive tract.

7. Green Tea

The caffeine found in green tea accelerates your heart rate and speeds up your metabolism. The tea also contains a chemical, known as EGCG, that stimulates the nervous system and helps you to burn calories at a faster rate.

Broccoli is rich in both calcium and vitamin C. These two vitamins work together to help you burn calories faster and more effectively. Calcium activates your metabolism, while vitamin C helps you absorb more calcium.

Almonds may be high in calories, but they are also jam packed with essential fatty acids which are great metabolism boosters.

Remember, the best way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. However, incorporating these metabolism friendly foods into a nutrient-rich diet will give your weight loss regime a boost and help you get closer to leaner, healthier you.

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