The do’s and don’ts of healthy living can run a long checklist but essentially a good metabolism keeps everything in check – since it’s essential to keeping the body in tip top condition, not to mention its impact on weight control. So while exercise is necessary to rev up your metabolism, here are 5 foods to help speed up the process.
These juicy red berries are great as a summery treat because they’re packed with loads of fibre and Vitamin C to help accelerate your metabolism, which means you’re breaking down fat fast. There’s also the anthocyanin in raspberries (and strawberries) that gets your hormones working in full swing so your blood sugar levels stay stable – quelling those future chocolate cravings.
Versatile, filling and possible to cook in more ways than one, rolled oats are great for breakfast as they wake up your metabolism after a long night’s fast with a high dose of fibre and a carbohydrate boost. Oats are a complex carbohydrate so you’re getting a slow release of energy as you digest them, so you won’t be riding the blood sugar rollercoaster; instead, you’ll feel fuller for a lot longer.
The citrus juiciness of grapefruits keeps the metabolism in top gear with its abundance of Vitamin C. With just a glass of juice in the morning, you’ll kick-start your body into balancing those sugar levels, so there are no spikes or crashes. The naringenin component – an antioxidant also found in oranges, will get the other body processes going strong to fight fatigue, fever and even keep your skin healthy.
Often associated with cartoon character Popeye, this vegetable is loaded with Vitamin B so that your metabolism is fired up to get the muscles working – and with them on overdrive, you’ll burn fat much more efficiently. High in fibre and iron too, they’ll work hand in hand to getting your metabolism to work for you around the clock.
You’ll be packing on leaner muscles with any diet of lean meats like chicken and turkey, which in turn gets your metabolism working at full speed, so you’re burning fat, preserving muscle and getting your body to work for you even when you’re not. With fewer calories as compared to the fatty meat cuts, you’ll be monitoring your weight much easier too. For more ideas about the healthy foods to be eating, check out the range of Health Tips from Sun & Sand Sports.