What foods can I eat to boost my metabolism?

What foods can I eat to boost my metabolism?
The Editors
Santa Fe, NM

Apr 6, 2011
Outside Magazine


Call off the search for magic foods to melt fat. Establishing healthy nutrition habits will serve you and your waistline better in the long run. Aim to eat an all-around healthy diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Limit processed foods that expand your belly, and instead follow the three simple strategies below to rev your metabolism.

Don't skip breakfast. When you wake up in the morning, your metabolism is running on low. Eating breakfast causes your metabolism to start working at a higher rate. Jumpstart your metabolism with a healthy breakfast, such as a slice of whole wheat toast with almond butter or three scrambled eggs with veggies and 16 ounces of green tea.

Eat every three hours. Every time you eat, your body has to work to break down food into a usable form. This revs up your metabolism. The key is to eat small meals with a blend of high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats every few hours.

Add lean proteins to every meal. The body has to work harder to break down protein compared to other foods types. In fact, you burn 10 to 30 percent of the calories you just ate while your body digests protein. Keep in mind that not all proteins are created equal. Lean cuts of turkey, chicken, and fish are low in calories and fat, making them great choices.

- Amanda Carlson-Phillips

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