5 Key Foods that Help Speed Up Metabolism

By Sandy Schroeder

As we move through our 30s and 40s, a lot of changes in lifestyle and diet happen. Some are planned, others are not. That bulge around the middle, or stream of take-out foods that becomes a habit as we cope with work and family, raises questions. If you are reviewing the types of food you are eating and the exercises you want to do, you may welcome some help with metabolism.

Gettingbalance.com checked in recently with some key foods to speed up the body’s metabolism. They said, “Instead of just cutting the number of calories to reduce bulges, it’s crucial to focus on fueling metabolism.” Here are some foods that they recommend. See what you think, and talk with your doctor about your metabolism before making changes to your diet.

Meet the almond “supernut” - Go slowly and count the number of almonds that you eat. They are full of healthy monounsaturated fats but they can trigger weight gain if you eat too many. Consider having just a few every day to improve metabolism and lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Take a closer look at eggs - You probably know the whole discussion on eggs has changed. Studies now show eating eggs, yolk and all, may be healthier than previously thought. This is one of the foods that you should definitely discuss with your doctor. Eggs are full of nutrients that make the body feel full and help to stabilize metabolism. A single egg omelet filled with your favorite veggies can easily power you all the way through to lunch.

Let extra virgin olive oil help - Here is a monounsaturated healthy fat that helps the body burn calories. As you avoid saturated fats and trans fats, extra virgin olive oil can be a wonderful companion to roast vegetables, saute fish, or mix with wine vinegar and herbs to dress a salad.

Go green with your tea - Icy cold or steaming in your cup, green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps the body disarm toxic agents shielding body cells. Researchers believe green tea speeds up metabolism by helping the liver turn fat into energy.

Eat lean protein chicken and turkey - Raise metabolism and build muscle mass by exercising daily and eating lean proteins. Have a turkey burger for lunch and a roasted chicken and veggies dinner.

How It All Works Out

Keeping metabolism active helps us feel energetic all day long. Maintaining that metabolism with healthy foods can help us stay active long term. Enjoy!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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