Metabolism Boosting Foods

Metabolism boosting foods might seem like a great way to lose weight. While some people may benefit from increasing their metabolism in various ways, incl. e.g. healthy exercise as well as dietary choices, healthy choices for improving metabolic rate are only part of a healthy lifestyle and may or may not be sufficient to attain required weight loss (depending on the person's starting weight and general health - consult an appropriate expert for personal advice and support).

In general, many metabolism boosting foods (foods that boost metabolism) are low in fats and high in dietary fibre. It makes sense that the more effort (energy) is required to digest, or try to digest, foods the more likely they are to increase the body's metabolism when introduced to the diet or when consumed in larger quantities as a proportion of total food intake. Apart from the benefits of dietary fibre, some foods are believed to boost metabolism because they contain certain chemicals.

The following are just examples of some metabolism boosting foods that are readily available in many western countries such as the UK, USA and Australia. It is not a complete list. Some "eastern" or "ethnic" foods might be even better.

Fruits and Vegetables incl. beans & pulses

Apples

Asparagus

Beans

e.g. black beans, green beans

Beetroot

Berries

e.g. blueberries, raspberries, acai berries (also as juices & supplements)

Bok choy

Also known as "Bak choi", "Paak choi" & "Chinese chard cabbage" (member of the cabbage family).

Broccoli

High in calcium, vitamin C (aids calcium absorption), vitamin A, folate & fibre.

Cabbage

Capsicums

Family of hot peppers containing capsaicin.

Cauliflower

Carrots

Celery

Courgette

Known in US English as "Zucchini"

Cucumber

Fennel

Garlic

Grapefruits

Kale

Lemons

Limes

Oats

Oatmeal is a good source of fat-soluble fibre and many other nutrients.

Onions

Including pearl onions, shallots and leaks.

Oranges

Pears

Pineapples

Radishes

Rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium & fibre.

Seaweed / Kelp

Less commonly available to prepare at home but widey recommended.

Spinach

Sprouts

e.g. Brussel sprouts

Tomatoes

Whey Protein

Whole grains


Other

Soya Milk

Esp. unsweetened. Fortified soya milk often incl. extra calcium.
Check the label.

 

 

Liquids

Water (and ice)

Water is also a natural appetite suppressant that also flushes sodium and toxins from the body. It is also useful to overcome the common tendency of mistaking thirst for hunger.

Black Tea

Although thought to be less effective than green tea or coffee

Coffee

Caffeinated more than decaffeinated

Green Tea

The subject of many studies. Widely claimed to boost metabolism more than coffee or other teas.

Soup

The combination of liquid, some solids and taste may act as an appetite suppressant while still providing a valuable energy boost. Various types of soup are good - esp. high-fibre e.g. vegetable soups with pulses or cabbage soup, etc..


Nuts, Seeds & Spices

Almonds (raw)

Contain vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, protein & fibre.

Black Pepper

Contains piperine, said to induce body warming.

Canola oil

Less than 7% saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat, beneficial omega-3 fatty acid profile - made from crushed rapeseed

Cinnamon

Curry

There are many types of curry spices.

Ginger

Contains gingerol, said to induce body warming.

Hot Peppers

e.g. Habanero peppers, Jalapeno peppers

Mustard

Olive oil


Animal Products

'Healthy cuts' of some meat / fish products, such as

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Salmon

Low saturated fat, high protein, omega-3 essential fatty acid, protein, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, niacin, vitamin B12 & vitamin B6.

Sardines

Tuna

Turkey

(Lean Turkey, without skin); low in fat but source of protein, folic acid, zinc, potassium, vitamins B1 & vitamin B6.

Dairy Products

e.g.

Low-Fat Yogurt

Source of calcium, protein & probiotics "good bacteria"


The above includes examples of metabolism boosting foods that, in many cases, are listed (and their benefits explained) by many sources. The importance of a balanced diet cannot be over-stated. A balanced diet usually involves foods from all of the major food groups - unless individual medical condition(s) impose exclusions, perhaps to be replaced by supplements.

The groups of foods shown above have been arranged for ease of reference. Another way to categorize foods is by nutritional contents, e.g. foods that contain specific nutrients such as vitamins or minerals. There are several B-vitamins and, as a group, the family of B vitamins has a key role in the body's metabolism, especially vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Foods containing B vitamins may therefore be said to be metabolism boosting foods for this reason. Examples of metabolism boosting foods that contain high levels of B vitamins include asparagus, spinach, fish, poultry, eggs and many types of beans.

See also what is metabolism?, metabolic rate, BMR, carbohydrates, dietary fibre,and proteins.

Consult an appropriate expert for personal dietary advice and support.

What is a Balanced Diet ?

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