We hear so much about weight loss, it seems like everyone is constantly either talking about when to do it or how to do it right. Realistically, weight maintenance is not going to mean staying at the exact same number for the rest of our lives. Everything from digestion to fluctuating hormones play a key role, and our bodies are constantly at work, shifting and changing. These processes take place throughout the various stages of our lives and our weight reflects them accordingly. We’re human, and as such our weight is going to fluctuate slightly in one direction or another from time to time.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about how you feel and how your body is serving you. Everyone’s body is different and no one person’s “healthy weight” is going to be the same as the next. How you feel, how you use your body and how you nourish your body all need to be considered in terms of metabolism, weight loss/gain and reaching a healthy weight for you. The habits you form day in and day out can really be the determining factors between you and the place where your body feels it’s ultimate best.
I know it’s definitely easier said than done and I think it’s safe to say that we all wish we could have a better metabolism (like we used to have in our teens when it seemed like we could eat all the burgers, fries and milkshakes we wanted without noticing a thing!). Metabolism is your body’s way of converting food into the energy you need to do everything and there are many factors that determine how fast or slow or metabolism works (sleep, stress, fitness, hormones, genetics, muscle mass, food choices and relationships all play a role in your body’s state of being). However, there are some foods that can help get your metabolism burning at an optimal level.
Metabolism Boosting Foods
- Protein – fish, eggs, lean meat, legumes, nuts and seeds are all protein rich foods that can help to boost your metabolism. Aim for a protein source at each meal and remember to balance out your meal with complex carbs, veggies and healthy fats.
- Chili Peppers – capsaicin, an antioxidant in chili peppers may boost your metabolism. Sprinkle some red chili flakes onto eggs, avocado toast, salad, soups, dips etc.
- Coffee – caffeine found in coffee may help to increase your metabolic rate. Some individuals are able to tolerate caffeine better than other, so if you typically get the jitters after having caffeine, it may be best to opt for decaf or skip it altogether. Always remember to watch for sugar levels in your coffee drinks too!
- Celery – celery is very high in fiber and it takes a lot of work for your body to process all that fiber. The entire digestive process raises your metabolic rate as it tries to absorb, store and eliminate efficiently. Use celery as a dipper with nut butter or hummus!
- Grapefruit – grapefruit is high both vitamin C and fiber, both of which play important roles in metabolism. Try it for breakfast or broiled for a fun creative twist.
- Green Tea – catechins, are the antioxidants found in green tea that are said to help boost metabolism. Try swapping out your daily coffee for a matcha or green tea.
- Cinnamon – cinnamon is great for helping stabilize blood sugar, but it also is said to help improve metabolism. Try sprinkling some into your oatmeal, apple or even into your coffee grounds before you hit brew.
- Water – technically water isn’t a food, I know, but it is hugely important for optimal metabolism. Aim to increase your daily water intake and hydrate!
While these foods can help to boost your metabolism, it’s important to remember that they are not a quick fix and there is more to the equation. Incorporating these foods into your day is a great way to get an extra boost while also providing your body with plenty of vitamins and minerals. However, when it comes to metabolism, the whole picture needs to be addressed if you want optimal results; proper food choices, getting enough sleep, balancing your hormones and incorporating muscle building movement and activity into your daily routine is key. You can also try our new Block Therapy Mini Intensive Classes that are all about boosting metabolism.