We all know that the best way to lose weight (and keep it off) is to eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, and to get plenty of exercise each day. But what if there were a way to help jump-start your metabolism — to encourage it to burn fat and calories more effectively? Good news: there is. Several studies have shown that some foods can actually help boost your metabolism, so you’ll store less fat and burn more calories. In turn, that can translate to a healthier body weight and better health overall.increase metabolic rate. In one study, fat oxidation (fat-burning) was higher in participants who received a capsaicin supplement than in those participants that received a placebo. It is believed that other foods can affect your metabolism in the same way; caffeine and green tea are also thought to have a positive effect on body-weight management — good news for anyone who loves to add coffee grounds to their dry rub.
Eating foods that take more work to digest (like proteins, whole grains, and fiber-rich vegetables) can raise your body temperature and, in turn, help speed your metabolism temporarily. Crunchy cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts; chewy, fiber-rich whole grains like brown rice and farro; or lean proteins like chicken breast are all great choices.
If you’re looking to give your metabolism a little jolt, you may want to head to the kitchen; these delicious recipes are loaded with whole grains and protein. Some are even finished with a spicy kick for an extra boost!
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.