10 Foods That Are Great for Your Metabolism (Slideshow)

Who said that you can't eat your way into better shape?

Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is full of fat-soluble fiber, which takes a long time to break down in your body. As a result, your body’s insulin level (which tells the body to store fat) lowers, and your metabolism speeds up. 

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon has a host of compounds that are super-healthy for you, including ones that help the body metabolize sugars more quickly.  

Broccoli

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Broccoli contains calcium and vitamin C, both of which help speed up metabolism. Calcium triggers the metabolism, and vitamin C helps the body absorb more calcium. 

Spinach

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Not only does spinach speed up metabolism, it contains high levels of vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, iron, and magnesium.

Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is good for metabolism for two reasons: first, it lowers insulin levels, and second, it’s high in fiber, which takes extra energy to break down. 

Yogurt

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Grapefruit is good for metabolism for two reasons: first, it lowers insulin levels, and second, it’s high in fiber, which takes extra energy to break down. 

Almonds

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Almonds not only contain a lot of protein, but they also have plenty of essential fatty acids, both of which help boost metabolism. 

Lean Protein

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Lean proteins like turkey need energy to break down, and they convert into muscle tissue. The more muscles we have, the faster our metabolism tends to be. 

Apples

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Apples are low in calories and high in fiber, which takes energy to break down. They also help to keep us fuller, longer. 

Spicy Foods/Chile Peppers

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Spicy foods and chile peppers contain capsaicin, which requires extra calories to digest. You break a sweat when eating spicy foods for a reason!