Whether you’re just coming off of a holiday sweets binge or you stuck to you guns and kept it healthy this season, learning about the benefits of certain foods should help to keep you on the right track in the new year. Your metabolism is a very important component in a healthy diet; it regulates how your body converts food into energy. While everyone has a natural metabolic rate, there are plenty of things that you can do to get yours up and moving. This week, The Huffington Post wrote a great article about which foods will actually speed up your metabolism. Here’s how author Alessandra Bulow breaks it down.
The article starts with some great advice from registered dietician, Sarah-Jane Bedwell saying:
“Your metabolism is like a fire: If you don’t add wood, your metabolism will die down. If you don’t eat regularly, your body doesn’t have fuel and your metabolism will slow down.”
She goes on to give an example of a good breakfast to start your day, and says that to continue feeding that metabolic fire, so to speak, we need to be sure to eat every three to four hours. She then explains that there are actually foods that will speed up our metabolism. Check out this list of metabolism boosting goodness!
Green Tea: “Studies have shown that people who drink about 24 ounces per day of green tea burn 70 to 100 more calories per day due to the antioxidants called catechins.”
Coffee: “Research shows that the caffeine in one cup of coffee can temporarily increase metabolism by 15 percent.”
Whole grains: “High-fiber foods take your body longer to digest, which helps speed up metabolism due to the thermic effect of food. Whole grains like brown rice, oats, quinoa, and barley are very high in fiber.”
Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are especially high in fiber. “Your body works hard to digest all vegetables, which ups your metabolic rate.”
Raspberries: “Any fruits with edible seeds or skin like raspberries, blackberries, and pears are especially high in fiber. Don’t worry about the sugar in fruit because it’s a natural source of sugar.”
Chiles: “Spicy foods from hot peppers to chili powder have capsaicin, which has been shown to increase the release of adrenaline and raise body temperature. When your body temperature goes up, it speeds up the metabolism.”
Cold Water: “Drinking five to eight glasses per day of very cold water helps speed up the metabolism because your body has to use energy to warm the water back up to your normal body temperature, 98 degrees.”