You can create a high metabolism for yourself by increasing the amount of metabolism-boosting foods in your diet, along with regular strength training and aerobic exercise. Metabolism is the process that your body undergoes to break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates to make the energy your body needs to survive. Many things determine your metabolism, including the amount of calories that you eat, your genes and the amount of calories that you burn while eating and exercising.
Some of the best foods to increase your metabolism include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, fish, healthy fats and whole grains. Specifically, here are the best foods for your metabolism:
Food #1: Fruits
Any type of fresh fruits are good for you, but for ultimate metabolism-boosting effects try blueberries, melons, apples, citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Food #2: Vegetables
Dark, leafy vegetables rank highest for increasing metabolism, but also include spinach, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, cabbage, beet roots and beans in your diet.
Food #3: Chicken
Skinless poultry and eggs are a great source of protein.
Food #4: Fish
Omega-3 oils found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines boost your metabolism by burning an additional 400 calories a day, making fish a great metabolism booster.
Food #5: Nuts
Eating healthy fats from nuts is also great for your metabolism. Try almonds, pecans or walnuts as a snack, or enjoy some peanut butter to get your metabolism working.
Food #6: Whole Grains
These are great for fiber and increasing your metabolism. Try brown rice, cereal, barley and oats for the maximum effect.
Portion control is very important in increasing your metabolism. Just because these foods are good for you, doesn’t mean that you should eat them in abundance. Eating 4 to 6 small meals a day, with several healthy snacks in between, is better than gorging yourself with 2 or 3 meals when you are starving.
Read Nutrition Labels
Practice reading nutritional labels on food so that you become more aware of what you are consuming on a daily basis. For most individuals, it is healthy to consume between 2,200 and 2,800 calories daily depending on their gender and body size.
By balancing what you eat and supplementing your diet with other positive habits (like drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day), you will be able to effectively boost your metabolism and lose weight (while still feeling full and full of energy).