Top Ten Foods that Boost Your Metabolism

Top 10 Metabolism-Boosting Foods

Nutrition

This month, certified nutrition counselor, New York Times bestselling author and Diet.com contributor Leanne Ely shares the best foods to rev up your metabolism.

As someone with a compromised thyroid, I am always interested in natural ways to boost my metabolism. And while it is true that exercise will do a metabolism good, there are a number of foods that will get your metabolism going in the right direction as well. What's not to love about that?

1. Some like it hot

Chili, cayenne pepper, salsa — just add some picante to your meals and watch your metabolism climb, perhaps as much as 20%! Who knew a spicy burrito (make it with lean protein and go easy on the cheese) could work wonders?

2. Berry interesting

With a high fiber content, berries have the distinction of giving you less calories than you eat. And their natural sugar content nicely satisfies a sweet tooth. Berries need to be on everyone's shopping list.

3. Fishing for compliments

Once again, wild salmon makes the list with its abundant omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids not only boost your metabolism, they increase energy levels and make your skin positively glow.

4. Celebrate celery

When I was in high school, we ate celery to lose weight before cheerleading competitions. We were on to something way back then: Celery takes more calories to digest and absorb than you get from eating it. Put some celery sticks in your lunchbox this week.

5. Pucker up

By adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a glass of water every morning, you'll slow digestion down a bit, aiding your body's ability to metabolize, thus speeding everything up. No sugar though: This is lemonaid in its purest form.

6. Ice, ice, baby

Regular water consumption is good for metabolism because it helps your body digest and detoxify, and can help raise your metabolism rate by 30%. Bring down the temperature a bit on your trusty bottle of water (40 degrees F) and you'll burn even more, according to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

7. Float your oats

Oatmeal's slow release of glucose and fiber fills you up, making it a metabolism favorite. Even if your childhood memories of porridge are less than fond, try a bowl of steel-cut oats (add blueberries for a double whammy). It will do your body good.

8. Cabbage patch

Actually anything in the brassica family will do the trick. All of these cabbage patch kids — from broccoli to cabbage to cauliflower and anything in between — improve the function of metabolism.

9. Soup's on!

A study at Baylor College of Medicine found that people who ate a bowl of soup before meals lost more weight than those who didn't. Make sure you're eating veggie-filled, broth-based soups, though — cream soups will just add to your girth.

10. An apple a day

Or make that an apple per meal! Research from the State University of Rio de Janeiro discovered that eating three small apples a day helped people eat less at each meal, with the result being a boost in metabolism. Can't beat that!