Top 5 Metabolism Boosting Foods

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Most of summer weekends are spent doing something we probably shouldn’t be doing to keep your waistline down and metabolism running at full speed. 

Let’s face it, Monday gets here and you probably wonder why you had those adult beverages at the pool, ate all that great bar-b-q, or why you had that huge brunch with all those delicious carbs.  You step on the scale that morning and wonder what the heck happened!  

It is happened to all of us and today I want to share the top 5 foods you can eat (or drink) to get that metabolism back up and running.

1)      Green Tea

The reason that green tea took the number one spot was probably because caffeine holds a special place in my heart.  I must consume it to get through a day.  Say what you want but it does wonders for me and you probably don’t want to be near me on a Monday morning if I haven’t had any yet. 

 

Green tea carries a ton of antioxidants to ensure that you are healthy as well as EGCG, caffeine.   This drink has been proven to help keep your appetite under control and help with fat loss.  
Green tea could help you get 4% more out of your daily energy expenditure.  It isn’t a huge amount, but I am guessing you would take it!

 

2)      Spinach

Hey, they wouldn’t have made a cartoon about it making you strong if it wasn’t true! 

Spinach is full of potassium, iron and vitamin C.  It is also very filling, which will help you stay lean!   Spinach is one of the most versatile veggies that there is and its dark green color ensures you that it is chock full of vitamins and minerals to ensure that your body is running at its highest level.

Spinach has also been found to reduce the amount of oxygen that you muscles need to function.  This is awesome because if they need less oxygen and are more efficient you can perform at a higher level and increase your metabolism

3)      Hot Red Pepper

One of the ingredients to consider combining with caffeine is capsaicin, the compound responsible for the painful punch of hot red peppers. While it may not be at the top of your grocery list, it’s possible to consume enough of capsaicin from your diet to raise your calorie-burning rate, says Dr. Toshio Moritani (Ph.D.)5, a professor and director of the Laboratory of Applied Physiology at Kyoto University in Japan. He suggests adding chili pepper to curried rice.

4)      Salmon

I am going to put a stipulation on this one.  The salmon must be wild caught from a cold sea.   The cold sea requires the salmon to hold onto fat for energy and that is where we get a high dose of omega-3 fats.  The omega-3 fats help support a healthy metabolism,  keep your heart healthy, improve brain function and much more.  

5)      Water

This one might seem obvious but I would bet that most of us are walking around partially dehydrated on a daily basis.  Water not only helps temperature regulation, hydrate your muscles and improve your function as whole, but an increase in just 1.5 liters per day could increase your calories expenditure by 17,000 calories  per year in a recent study.  I will take that anyday.

Shoot for at least ½ your body weight in ounces per day if not more!

These five foods can help you get over your weekend and back on track to ensure that you are ready to burn a crazy amount of fat during the week!

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