Metabolism Boosting Foods

Metabolism results from all the processes in the body working to create the energy that keeps you going.  Basal Metabolic Rate is the number of calories required to keep your body working at rest. BMR is also known as your body’s metabolism, therefore, any increase to your metabolic weight, such as exercise, will increase your BMR.  This BMR calculator can calculator your daily calorie intake to maintain or loose weight and can also calculate BMR.


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Grapefruit

Grapefruit contains fiber, potassium, lycopene, vitamin C and choline.  It also lowers insulin, regulates blood sugar and boosts metabolism in the body!  A serving size is half a grapefruit so have some at breakfast!


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Whole Grains

Whole grains, such as oat meal, brown rice and quinoa, are full of nutrients such as, protein, fiber, vitamin B, antioxidants and minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium.  Whole grains prevents the body from storing fat and can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.  I have a bowl of oat meal at breakfast and add some brown sugar and cinnamon for some sugar.


grilled-chicken-1334632_960_720 Lean Meats

Lean meats, such as turkey and chicken, are a good source of protein and have fewer calories than non-lean meats and are good for people following low calorie and low fat diets.  Lean meats are also a good source of selenium, vitamins B3 and B6, and choline, helps to build muscle and strengthens the immune system!


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Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.  It is also inexpensive and boots your metabolism to help increase weight loss!  Green tea helps with skin care, has anti-bacteria agents, helps with cholesterol and regulates glucose levels to manage diabetes.  Green tea is also mentioned in my post about 7 affordable alternatives to super-foods for college students on a budget.


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Omega 3

Fatty fish is rich in omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cancer and arthritis. Fatty fish are a good source of lean protein, speeds fat burning and makes you feel full, helping you to not over eat!


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Beans

Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, vitamin B, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Beans also build muscle, regulate fat and regulate digestion!  Beans are really healthy, versatile and affordable, so they can be made into any meal or snack.


peanuts-1771672_960_720Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a good source of protein and potassium, lowers the risk of high blood pressure and contains fiber, Vitamin E and antioxidants.  Peanut butter also helps build muscle and burn fat!  It is versatile and can be eaten as is, on toast, a sandwich or on fruit such as apples and bananas.


These are not all the metabolism boosting foods but are some that I eat!  Women’s Health Magazine and Organic Authority also have great lists!

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