Yes, that’s just a fancy word for green tea. It just not only packs a bit of caffeine, which speeds up your heart rate and your metabolism, but also has norepinephrine-stimulating EGCG, a nutrient that helps boost your metabolic rate.
The spread with nuts is a low-glycemic food, meaning it helps keep your blood sugar level stable. That’s crucial because regular blood sugar spikes and drops slow down your metabolism.
This fruit has a very-high water content, very much like veggie soup, it helps keep your system running very smooth to ensure that your metabolism is working at its best. In Addition, thanks to their high fiber content, blueberries keep you regular.
Sources: Registered dietitian Lisa Young, author of The Portion Teller Plan; Susan Albers, Psy.D, author of Eat Q; Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D., author of Dr. Suzanne Steinman’s Heart Book; registered dietician Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet; registered dietitian Michelle Davenport, Ph.D.
Spicy foods contain capsaicin, an ingredient that may raise your body temperature when you eat, thus boosting your metabolism.
Studies have proven that the smell of citrus calms you down and reduces levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. And when you’re not bugging out, you’re less likely to reach for sugary comfort foods, which throw your metabolism out of whack. Other citrus fruits, like grapefruit, also do the job.
These nuts take pretty much forever to eat (the cracking! the shells!), which, while annoying, is great for your metabolism. Having small meals and snacks, like pistachios, throughout the day allows your body to process them more efficiently.
Even more reason to grab a green juice after your workout: The leafy green contains lots of protein and fiber, both of which keep you full without spiking your blood sugar, which could mess with your metabolism. Other green veggies—think spinach and Brussels sprouts—are great too.
This super-hydrator keeps you from getting dehydrated, which disrupts your metabolism.
This island fruit contains papain, an enzyme that increases digestion and thus speeds up your metabolism.
The go-to snack is packed with protein, which takes longer to digest than carbs or fiber. And when your body has to work harder to break down a food, it burns more calories, supercharging your metabolism.