8 Foods That Stimulate Your Metabolism
If you are looking for an extra jump to shredding some pounds and have your body working efficeiently, here are some foods that will help support your metabolism:
Avocados are packed with protein, heart-healthy fatty acids, and all 9 essential amino acids. They are also fantastic for their flexibility in various recipes to keep your diet from becoming dull.
Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that can kick metabolism into higher gear. Try adding a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to a meal once a day. Chili peppers are also an unexpected source of vitamin C.
Asparagus, Edamame, & Spinach
Green vegetables such as asparagus, edamame, and spinach are loaded with many valuable nutrients and high in protein. Edamame especially can be a huge boost because it contains at least a small amount of every mineral the human body needs to function at a high level. Fascinating fact: 51% of the calories from spinach are protein! Per calorie, spinach the same amount of protein as chicken or fish. Of course, you’ll have to eat a lot more spinach to get the same amount of calories! Remember, if you are meeting your caloric needs through plant-based nutrition, you will satisfy your body’s protein requirements.
About 20 percent of women are iron deficient, which is bad news for your waistline—your body can’t work as efficiently to burn calories when it’s missing what it needs to work properly. One cup of lentils provides 35 percent of your daily iron needs.
Ok…not technically a “food,” but water is too important to skip. If you’re even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. Tip: Drink water cold, which forces your body to use more calories to warm it up.
Seafood and shellfish such as salmon and tuna can be an excellent metabolism kick starter and also helps our body in other areas. Similar to avocados, seafood contains very healthy fatty acids.
Hemp seeds are a powerful food that can be added to salads or yogurts to enhance your metabolism. These awesome seeds contain 8 of the 9 essential amino acids that build muscle. Powerful little things!
Another extremely useful food that can stimulate your metabolism are eggs. Egg whites are rich in branched-chain amino acids, which keep your metabolism stoked. Eggs are protein heavy and is a quick and easy addition to your diet.
Above all else, know that you are not “stuck” with a certain metabolism. Your daily habits are the driving force of your metabolism, so take the wheel!