Metabolism is a chemical and physical process which keeps our body functioning normally. It uses the nutrients of food as a fuel to keep us survived and give energy to move.
I don’t want to get too much into the scientific facts and language which most of us cannot translate. So I put my research and made my own list of those 10 foods. These have been mentioned repeatedly in articles for having the best ability to increase metabolism. And I have experienced most of these so pick your favourite ones 🙂 …
1) Green Tea
Green tea is on the top of this list because A LOT of people think it really does increase metabolism and so do I.
However this miraculous stuff doesn’t work much if you only drink 1 cup a day. It takes 2-3 cups a day to maximize the metabolism.
Personal Experience: I drink 3 cups a day and I started this routine 2 years ago. So this year when I went back to my home country, India (2 months ago) EVERY single relative of mine noticed and asked me if I have lost weight. To be honest I am NOT trying to lose weight but I am trying to maintain it and my metabolism. I was surprised because I didn’t notice it myself. So you really have got to be patient for this stuff to work on you. Don’t drop it in a month thinking it made no effect. It makes a HUGE difference if you stick to it and enjoy it 🙂
Yogurt has all those probiotics and the good bacteria that feed on our food and help digest. These bacteria are VERY important for us and trust me they are the good kind. Some of our intestines contain millions of this bacteria. So if you lack them maybe that’s why your metabolism isn’t as effective.
Personal Experience: A lot of Indian Recipes use yogurt And with most of our meals we make this Yogurt drink to help digest the food. I didn’t know this until my mum told me about it. We make it with 2 tbsp yogurt with a mug of water and a pinch of salt + pepper. And that’s it. We call it Lassi and this is just one kind of Lassi. There are millions of other types. You can google it and make your own everyday! And yes it works AMAZING!!
This spice is the one that can increase metabolism most effectively than others. It burns your body fat because of its sensitivity of insulin.
Doctors suggest this cinnamon drink if you are trying to lose weight. If you want the recipe and details of this drink check out my previous post on it HERE.
Personal Experience: I tried that drink myself a year ago. I dropped it after 2 months because I didn’t want to lost any more weight. At that time I needed to lose 3-5 kg and I did with that drink in 2 months. It works wonders! It will also help to lose belly fat!
Whether its coconut water or coconut oil, either works amazing to boost up metabolism or lose weight. I know what you’re thinking… its an oil how can it help? Well it has some good types of long-chain fatty acids that are helpful. I have tried coconut water and it is SO yummy! I have never eaten the oil but you can substitute it with the oil you are using now for cooking food. Its suppose to make your food taste better as well.
I drank its water but I never really focused on the fact that it reduces weight. I only drank it because of its yummy-ness. You can get it in most grocery stores but make sure there are no additives like sugar or preservatives.
They did some experiments on obese people and their research states that the metabolism increased suddenly by 65%. That’s a LOT compared to any other foods.
This citrus fruit is full of Vitamin C and is also great in reducing insulin levels. That’s why its good for metabolism and weight loss.
I haven’t eaten grapefruit in YEARS only because I hate really sour fruits so I have no experience in this but give it a try 🙂 You have nothing to lose!
6) Cold Water:
Water in general is great for metabolism but in particular cold water. It increases the metabolism in order to warm up the body.
In India, because of the REALLY hot weather, people store water bottles in their refrigerator and that’s what they drink whenever they need water. I have drank like that for most of my years but never knew it can have a good effect on my metabolism so I can’t say much for this.
BUT for a week, I have been drinking cold lemon water every morning. So I fill up a mug with water and add a slice of lemon and cucumber. I put that mug in my refrigerator overnight and drink it first thing in the morning. It has improved my digestion and it instantly wakes me up. I can’t say much since I have only experimented it for a week but so far it’s pretty good!
7) Sweet Potato:
Despite of having low carbohydrate content and high fiber, it still has the sweetness to it. These 2 qualities help your metabolism and it tastes SO good!
I grill or boil it sometimes and it fills me up instantly. This is what I cook on my lazy lunch days 🙂
I have no personal experience in this since I only eat it for its taste and how quick it is to cook. But hey who knew it can keep your tummy flat!
I know the reaction “ugh” or “ew” but the way how its cooked in Indian recipes… I like it! So it won’t probably give you the instant muscles like Popeye but it will if you are consistent with it.
Its green, leafy, vegetable and probably one of the most healthiest one ever. If I list its nutrients, it will take me hours to finish this post! But mostly its loaded with antioxidants, iron, magnesium and Vitami. C.
Avocado can help in weight-loss. It is higher in calories- about 48 calories per ounce. BUT avocados help fight obesity because they boost feeling of fullness that signals us to stop eating and thus helps us control our calorie intake.
Research suggests that monounsaturated fat is burnt more rapidly than saturated fat. Meaning that even though an avocado is high in monounsaturated fat, this fat will be burned more quickly than saturated fat found in meat.
Avocado is also a rich source of L-carnitine, which can boost your fat burning metabolism!
Beans are high in protein, fibre, folate, and iron– all the good nutrients to promote digestion, lower cholesterol, optimize metabolic rate. It can cause gas which is why most people avoid them but you can toss a little in your salad.
Or you can make your own tacos at home using beans. There a TONS of beans recipe to make tacos.
Let me know if you have found your own recipe from these 10 types of foods 🙂