One efficient way to increase your metabolism is by making some changes to your nutrition and lifestyle. One key change: cut sugary foods from your diet and opt for more nutritious alternatives.
More nutritious, metabolism-boosting foods include:
Protein: It’s important to include a sufficient amount of protein in your diet. Sources include fish, chicken, lean meats, eggs (mainly egg whites) and some dairy products like 0% Greek yogurt.
Your body requires more energy to fully digest proteins, which causes your metabolic rate to rise in order to meet this demand for energy. Having a hard time getting enough protein? Try our MVP Whey Protein Powder or an occasional protein bar. We recommend Quest and ONE brand bars which we have available at the Elite Training Facility. Don’t forget to check out our high protein recipes.
Green tea: Green tea contains catechins and caffeine, both of which are good for increasing the metabolism of fat in the body. This is one reason why green tea is regularly consumed by many people who are managing their weight.
Chili peppers: Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is the compound that makes food spicy. When ingested, this compound increases your metabolism and also cuts down fats.
Coffee: Coffee contains caffeine, the compound you crave in the morning before you start your day. If you feel an energy boost when you drink a cup, you’re not imagining it. Caffeine increases your metabolism and makes more energy available for your body to use.
Seaweed: This plant contains plenty of iodine. The thyroid gland, which is located at the front of your neck, uses iodine to produce thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating the metabolic rate in your body. Certain types of seaweed (like kelp) contain a lot of iodine. It’s advisable to consume them in moderation.