Having a fast metabolism will always keep you in shape, but it will also give you high energy. There are so many pros to why it’s great to have a fast metabolism and looking skinny is just one of them. Many people are born with fast metabolism – and bless their souls! While the rest of the world was not so lucky, that does not mean we cannot train our bodies to have one. We can consume enough foods that lend a hand to us having a faster metabolism then our bodies can adapt to the change. Keep reading for 6 foods to help boost your metabolism and get your energy going!

foods to help boost your metabolism
Protein Rich Foods

Meat is a great way to intake high amounts of protein. If you are trying to stay clear of red meat, or chicken for that matter, then do not feel worried. Eggs are another great source of getting protein in your system to boost metabolism. If you are looking for protein on the go, almonds, broccoli and Greek yogurt is a great snack to grab while on the go. Studies show that increased protein intake improves health in various ways, such as helping you lose weight and belly fat, while increasing your muscle mass and strength.

Spicy Foods

Consuming foods that are spicy helps boost metabolism. Certain spices are believed to have particularly beneficial metabolism-boosting properties. Grains of paradise, another spice in the ginger family, may have similar effects. Adding cayenne pepper to your meal may increase the amount of fat your body burns for energy, especially following a high-fat meal. As an added bonus, spiciness tends to add flavor to many dishes. Read 6 Spices that Come with Health Boosts for more ideas.

Cook with Coconut Oil

Of course, when cooking a meal, oil is involved in most dishes. Instead of using the regular go to oil, try supplementing coconut oil instead.  Researchers report that a daily intake of 30 ml of coconut oil may successfully reduce waist sizes in obese individuals. Coconut oil has been popular amongst those interested in trying to increase their metabolism.

Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides, which also known as MCTs. Unlike long-chain fats, once MCTs are absorbed, they go directly to the liver to turn into energy. This makes them less likely to be stored as fat.

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Drinking Cold Water

Consuming water is good for you for a number of reasons. If you are not a fan of cold water, perhaps it will be after learning that consuming cooler water compared to room temperature water can help with boosting your metabolism. Drinking chilled water may temporarily boost metabolism by 24–30%. Of course, the effects only seem to last for 60–90 minutes after drinking it and may vary from one person to another. Water needs to be implemented into your diet whether you want to boost metabolism or not. It helps flush the system out and keeps you hydrated.

Iron Rich Foods

Iron rich foods are a great food to increase the speed of your metabolism. Foods that include iron have the ability to help with the proper functioning of your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism. If you already have a fast metabolism, but noticed it slowed down perhaps, your body is yearning for some iron. A few foods that include Iron can be meat, seafood, nuts, and legumes.  If you are not a fan of foods with iron, you can take liquid iron, which are located at any whole food stores and vitamin shops.

Seaweed

If you are a sushi connoisseur, then this food specialty will be easy to incorporate. There are compounds found in some varieties of seaweed that may help with boosting metabolism. Many sushi rolls are wrapped in seaweed, so consuming the food is scrumptious and healthy.

Regularly consuming seaweed can help you meet your iodine needs and keep your metabolism running at a high rate. If you are not a fan of consuming sushi, do not let that stop you from consuming seaweed alone. Nowadays, you can purchase seaweed as if it were a bag of chips. If you stop at your local Whole Foods, seaweed can be found in the dry food aisles.

Related: 5 Foods that Kill Your Metabolism

 

Boosting your metabolism is easier than you think. Remember it is a lifestyle change and not just a short-term change. If you want your metabolism to boost try the recommended foods above. Have you tried boosting your metabolism? If so, how did it work out for you? Do you have any tips you would like to share with the City Girl Savings community? Share below or in the CGS Facebook group!

-Taelor
The CGS Team

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