Egg whites – rich in branched chain amino acids. I like to make an egg white omelet with lox in the morning. It tastes great, and it doesn’t give me a “heavy” feeling.
Lean meat/Protein – full of iron; your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. Good protein sources are lean chicken, turkey, fish, and lean cuts of beef and pork. Alternatives include beans, lentils, tofu.
Water – your metabolism slows down with dehydration. Drink cold water so that your body will use more calories to warm it. Carry a large bottle with you throughout the day if you can. Staying hydrated is extremely important for your health.
Chili peppers – contains capsaicin, a chemical compound that can kick your metabolism into high gear. Chili peppers also has vitamin C.
Coffee – caffeine can help you feel less tired and increase your endurance. Don’t load your coffee with cream and sugar. It will defeat the purpose of trying to increase your metabolism and losing weight. I like to take mine black whenever possible with 2 or 3 little packs of brown sugar. Try to drink max of 1 cup/day. If you need an extra caffeine boost, try green tea or oolong tea instead.
Green tea or Oolong tea – contains EGCG which promotes fat-burning; caffeine and catechins can rev up your metabolism. I love green and oolong tea! They’re loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that improves brain function, fat loss, and improves physical performance. The list of benefits for these teas can go on and on. I like to soak my tea bags for at least 5 minutes before drinking.
Whole grains – helps your body burn more fat because they take extra effort to break down the processed grains. Whole foods that are rich in fiber such as brown rice and oatmeal are the best.
Build Muscle – after a session of strength training, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate
Step Up Your Workout – High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer rise in resting metabolic rate than low or moderate intensity workouts. Push yourself a little harder with each workout
Snack Smart – Eating more often can help you lose weight. Having a small meal every 3 – 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking so you can burn more calories throughout the day. You’ll find that you’ll have a smaller appetite during dinner time.
For other suggestions, check out these articles: Metabolism Boosting Foods or Burn More Calories with Metabolism –Boosting Foods!