The Top 10 Foods to Increase Your Metabolism

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 16, 2014

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Matabolism is the rate at which your body burns the calories to keep you active and alive. Some people are blessed with fast metabolism while some struggle with sluggish metabolism which burn fewer calories than the average person does. However, you can include foods in your diet that help to increase the metabolism.
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    Metabolism

    Matabolism is the rate at which your body burns the calories to keep you active and alive. Some people are blessed with fast metabolism while some struggle with sluggish metabolism which burn fewer calories than the average person does. However, you can include foods in your diet that help to increase the metabolism.

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    Oats

    Pick large oats for your oatmeal to ensure that you digest them at a slow pace so that you can have a steady source of fuel stored for hours.  Oatmeal of large flakes takes longer to digest that help to stabilize the blood sugar levels, prevent cravings and make you feel energized till the next meal. If you have a sluggish metabolism, it’s better to avoid instant or minute oatmeal with extra sugar and flavorings.

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    Lean Meat and Fish

    Lean meat and fish are rich in lean protein that helps in boosting the metabolism and energy as well. This protein helps to curb the hunger and also makes sure that the weight you lose is fat not the muscle. High lean muscle mass helps burn more calories aiding the long term weight control. Also lean meat is full of iron and the deficiency of same can slow down the metabolism rate.

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    Grapefruit

    This fruit is often recommended as an optimal breakfast for those who are trying to lose weight. One cup of grapefruit juice provides more than 100 percent of the recommended intake of Vitamin C. It is also a good dietary source of thiamine and folate which are good for glucose metabolism in the body.

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    Cinnamon

    Insulin is a hormone that is known to prompt the fat cells to take in sugar and its proper functioning is a key to maintaining a healthy blood sugar levels thereby avoiding type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon helps to improve the sensitivity to the insulin, prompting it to recognize and respond better thus processing the sugar more effectively.

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    Avocado

    Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat that helps them control the metabolic rate. One cup of avocado juice contains 240 calories and 15gms monounsaturated fat. It contains high levels of fiber as well that is good for heart health, controls cholesterol and improves digestion.

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    Brown Rice

    Brown rice is rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium and it is low in fat as compared to the white rice. It also a good source of trace mineral manganese that functions as antioxidants. This mineral is needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and cholesterol.

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    Green Tea

    Another food that helps your metabolism is green tea which is a main source of epigallocatechin gallate. Also known better as EGCG, the healthy catechin speeds up the brain and nervous system, causing the body to burn more calories. So keep sipping your green tea for improved matabolism.

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    Spinach

    Spinach can help make you healthier by speeding up your metabolism. Being a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamin C spinach can be very good for your health.

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    Broccoli

    Another food that can enhance your metabolism is broccoli. It contains calcium and vitamin C and which can be highly effective in boosting metabolism. Calcium acts as a metabolic trigger; while vitamin C helps your body absorbs more calcium.

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    Yogurt

    The high levels of protein present in natural yogurt require a lot of energy to be processed. Plus, the pro-biotic cultures found in yogurt help regulate your digestive tract. Try these foods for a better metabolism.

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