Natural Metabolism Booster Foods

by Julie Barros

Posted on Sunday 19th of October 2008

Eating metabolism booster foods can help you lose weight quicker and burn more calories during the day. Although there are supplements that help boost your metabolism, by learning to add these boosting foods to your daily recipes you will not only be increasing your metabolism but keeping it revved up using nature’s own ingredients.

Metabolism Booster Foods and Drinks

Low Fat or Fat Free Dairy Products

We have all seen the commercials for milk and their claim that this aids in weight loss. These commercials are substantiated by several different studies. In one study of 32 obese people on a low calorie diet, the participants on the high dairy diet lost 5 more pounds and lost more than an inch and a half around their waist versus the other participants.

The secret ingredient in these metabolism booster foods and drinks is calcium. Calcium gives your metabolism a boost by providing small increases in your body’s core temperature. This promotes increased calorie and fat burn. Recommendation from the experts is to get 3 servings a day of low fat or fat free dairy products to help with weight loss.

Green Tea and Coffee

Green tea and coffee have caffeine and caffeine speeds up your heart. The faster your heart beats the higher your metabolism. Of course you don’t want to don’t want to be on a caffeine buzz all day, but for a quick jolt to your metabolism, drink a cup of coffee or green tea.

Green tea has another secret ingredient that helps boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss. This ingredient is called Epigallo Catechin Gallate or ECGC for short. It is believed that this is the secret component in green tea that boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss.


Every weight loss program will recommend drinking a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Although there are very few scientific studies that explains why water is such a great weight loss addition, most experts agree with the recommendation.

Additionally a study conducted in Germany showed that water also helps boost metabolism. Participants in the study showed an increase in metabolism of up to 30% after drinking 17 ounces of water. Water is also a natural appetite suppressant and can help you eat less.

Hot Peppers

Add some hot peppers to your recipes to heat things up. These metabolism booster foods like cayenne peppers, habenaras and jalapeno peppers have a thermagenic property that increases your body temperature. Your metabolism speeds up and burns more calories in order to cool you back down. So not only are these great metabolism booster foods they will add a spicy flavor to just about any recipe.

Fruits and Veggies

The secret to helping boost your metabolism with fruits and veggies are their high nutrient value and high fibers. Because these foods are nutrient dense, it requires more effort on your body to digest and extract the valuable nutrients. The harder your body works to digest these foods the higher your metabolism and the more calories you burn.

Fruits like grapefruit and oranges are high in vitamin C and this has been shown to help aid with burning fat as well as increasing your metabolism. Apples and pears are high in fiber and low in calories. For your veggies, the leafy dark green veggies are best and you should aim to make half your veggies dark green choices. Spinach is a great metabolism booster food as it contains magnesium which is know to aid in burning body fat.

Whole Grains

When choosing your breads, pastas and cereals, make them whole grain. These complex carbohydrate foods are high in fiber and help boost your metabolism by slowing down the release of insulin. When there is excess insulin in your system your body starts to store foods as fat and slows down your metabolism.

Protein Rich Foods

You should have protein with each meal to help keep your metabolic rate going and help you lose weight. Protein takes more effort to digest than fats and carbs and is the key to your metabolism boost. Make your choices lean and mean with lean cuts of beef, turkey, chicken and pork. Salmon and tuna are another great source of protein as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 can alter the level of leptin in your body which is the hormone that can impact your metabolism and helps determine whether you burn calories or store foods as fat.

When you are trying to lose weight, looking for natural metabolism boosters can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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