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10 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

April 11, 2012

I am on Magic 96.5 FM Radio this morning in Birmingham doing my monthly radio show on “Foods that Boost Your Metabolism”. Tune in at 6:50 a.m and 8:50 a.m CST today. Here are 10 Foods that can help boost your metabolism so add them to you diet. You can find the recipe above for Oatmeal with Egg whites here.

1. Water-Water speeds up weight loss and increases the metabolism. It also flushes toxins and sodium from the body. Cold water is said to be even better as your body has to work to heat the cold water until the temperature reaches the rest of the water in your body. This process increases the metabolism even more.

2. Green Tea: The caffeine in green tea speeds up metabolism and also has a chemical, EGCG (antioxidant), that stimulates the nervous system and helps prevent cancer. Extracts from Green tea boost metabolism, aid in weight loss, and also have anti-cancer properties.

3. Grapefruit-Water rich fruits, such as grapefruit, dilute calories. Grapefruit also reduces insulin, which can help your body process food more quickly and efficiently. Grapefruit is also a good source of Vitamin C, reducing insulin levels and boosting metabolism.

4. Broccoli-Broccoli is high in vitamin C and calcium. These two work together to help burn calories faster and more effectively. Calcium also activates your metabolism, and vitamin C helps absorb more calcium. Broccoli is also great for immunity. It  has vitamin A, folate and fiber.

5. Low-fat Yogurt or Greek Yogurt-Yogurt is full of calcium and protein which gives you energy and helps build lean muscle mass. Yogurt also helps regulate your digestive track

6. Hot peppers-Eating hot peppers can boost metabolism and curb cravings. The chemical capsaicin (found in jalapeno and cayenne pepper) assists in speeding up metabolism. Other spices, cinnamon and curry powder, are also metabolism boosters.

7. Salmon-Salmon is a lean protein and high in omega-3 fatty acids which help speed up your metabolism.

8. Lean proteins-Protein found in chicken, turkey and lean meats takes energy to break down so your body burns calories in the digestive process. 

9. Almonds-Although almonds are high in calories, they are jam packed with essential fatty acids, which are great metabolism boosters.

10 Oatmeal-Oatmeal is rich in fat-soluble fiber which requires a lot of calories to break down. It also reduces cholesterol levels and risks of heart disease.


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April, 14 2012at 09:05 am
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April, 14 2012at 12:04 am
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April, 15 2012at 12:25 am
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April, 11 2012at 08:09 am
We eat all of these, but might need to make a point to get them even more!
April, 11 2012at 08:36 am
I don't see bread, beer, or coffee on this list. I might have to mix my diet up a bit more ;-)
Cassie says:
April, 11 2012at 09:00 am
Great list, Alison. These posts are always a great reminder. Luckily, I adore each thing on this list!
April, 11 2012at 03:49 pm
I always learn so much from you! I love everything on the list and am trying to live healthy!
Lauren says:
April, 11 2012at 04:08 pm
Great list!! Now I need to go shopping!
April, 11 2012at 04:36 pm
And that's why I always put oatmeal in my cookies!
Jeanette says:
April, 11 2012at 04:59 pm
Great post Alison - thanks for the list of foods to eat to boost metabolism.
April, 11 2012at 05:17 pm
Well that made me feel better, I already eat most everything on that list!
Tracy says:
April, 11 2012at 05:24 pm
I heard you on the radio today! Fabulous as always
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April, 11 2012at 05:25 pm
Thank you for this! You have the best most inspiring blog posts! What a great mix of food, travel and fitness. This is my ultimate magazine
Kankana says:
April, 12 2012at 11:43 am
I eat all of that .. thank god! But, i somehow always drink less water. Should definitely increase that.
Aggie says:
April, 12 2012at 02:21 pm
This post is making me crave oatmeal, grapefruit & green tea for breakfast tomorrow! I eat all of these, but not often enough. Great post Alison, you always inspire me.
April, 18 2012at 10:01 am
I love these posts. I turn 'em into a little game called "how many items on this super healthy list do I eat regularly?" Today it's 6!
September, 06 2012at 02:29 am
Well, who says you have to sacrifice meal enjoyment in order to lose weight or keep fit? I consume all of these stuff and enjoy them, although I have to say I really have to make it a point to drink more water from now and maybe I have to include green tea in my list of weight loss beverages after learning of its metabolism enhancing effect from your post. Thanks!
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