Which Foods Increase Metabolism?

Exercise is one surefire way to increase metabolism, but consuming certain foods can increase metabolism as well. By consuming these foods, as well as keeping your blood sugar in balance by eating the right amount of fat, protein and carbohydrates, you can effectively speed up your metabolism, and jumpstart your weight loss.

Basically, when you eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, your body responds by increasing its metabolism to burn away extra fat. Your body gets energy from the foods we eat, and the energy comes from protein, carbohydrates and fat. It is how our body uses these energies that affect our metabolism.

The foods that increase metabolism are all high in complex carbohydrates, because these require more energy for your body to break down and use (resulting in extra calories being burned for the sole task of digestion). Some great foods to increase your metabolism include:


  • apples
  • oranges
  • grapefruits
  • limes
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • watermelons
  • pineapples
  • mangoes
  • tangerines
  • papayas


  • ginger
  • chilis
  • eggplant
  • cucumbers
  • spinach
  • beans
  • beet roots
  • lettuce
  • asparagus
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • tomatoes
  • dark leafy vegetables

Other Nutrient Dense Foods

  • Oats
  • lean chicken
  • canned tuna
  • cottage cheese
  • lentils
  • pumpernickel bread
  • chick peas
  • skim milk
  • chick peas
  • almonds
  • soy beans
  • tofu
  • kidney beans


Additionally, other studies claim that several spices can increase your metabolic rate by increasing body temperature, although to what extent and for how long is still unknown. Capsaicin, the heat in chilis, creates the largest hike in body heat, although ginger and pepper also generate additional heat in the body.

Integrate these foods into your diet, and begin to see a difference in your metabolism and how many calories you burn daily.


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