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Foods that actually help to speed up your metabolism

Written By Twee Mutsen on Sunday, May 22, 2011 | 3:19 AM

Cayenne peppers, jalapenos and habaneros are some brilliant hot and peppery foods that give the metabolism a great big boost. Basically, as well as tasting hot they also get your insides running hot too. These spices will keep boosting your metabolism for roughly three hours after you consume them. So if you’d like a three hour fat burnout then go have a meal with plenty of hot and spicy peppers but just be sure that the meal isn’t too high in carbs and fats.

Salmon, sardines and tuna – these fish are full of Omega-3 fatty acids that will help speed up your metabolism and even have the extra benefit of being very healthy for your heart. Our bodies possess a hormone known as leptin and our metabolism works more rapidly when the leptin amounts are low and these fish help to keep those levels lower, permitting your metabolism to run at a good rate and burn off calories. Fish are also a source of protein and protein is great for speeding up the metabolism.

Whilst on the topic of protein – foods like lean meat, legumes, eggs and also peanut butter will give your metabolism a boost. Peanut butter needs to be eaten in moderation as a result of its high fat content, but do endeavor to incorporate it in your diet as it is rich in both protein and monounsaturated fats. Nut butters are also high in protein, monounsaturated fats and also contain lots of antioxidants. Even though nuts are high in fat, if eaten in small amounts they may actually promote your weight loss.

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Whole grains, like oatmeal, are also very good for boosting the metabolism. These foods contain glucose and energy that are much needed for our body and brains to function well, but regrettably many diet plans shun them. They are excellent for boosting the metabolism by regulating the insulin in the bloodstream. They digest slowly and only put a bit of insulin into the bloodstream which keeps things operating smoothly. If your blood sugar levels climb too high then a large release of insulin enters the bloodstream which makes your body attempt to save everything as fat, so it’s important to maintain the insulin levels at a healthy level so your body won’t store up excessive fat. The main reason they are so healthy is because they are rich in fiber which your body attempts to digest and convert to energy despite being unable to. Of course, fiber is also fantastic for digestive health.