If you’re looking to boost your metabolism, proper nutrition can offer up some easy solutions—outside of the gym. Integrating fat-burning foods into your diet can serve to boost thyroid function, revving up your entire system to naturally detox the body. From avocados to lean protein, fat-burning foods are invaluable for building lean muscle mass, reducing cravings and kick-starting weight loss.
Foods that naturally have a high thermogenic effect offer up the best bang for your metabolic buck. You’ll be burning off calories even as you chew. There also exist a handful of specific nutrients and compounds that skyrocket metabolism. Our favourite peak-performance foods for ridding the body of excess fat stores also happen to be a delight in the kitchen. Establishing a routine that you look forward to each day will set you up for success.
Enter: our list of MVPs that'll switch on your fat-burning abilities fast.
It takes good fat to burn fat. The monounsaturated fats found in avocados trigger fat-burning hormones while simultaneously serving as the perfect energy boost for exercise. Avocados also contain mannoheptulose, a sugar that blunts insulin release and boosts calcium absorption, two functions key to fat loss. They’re also full of antioxidants and low-calorie, vitamin-rich fuel. According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate just half a fresh avocado with their lunch reported a 40% decreased desire to eat for hours afterwards. (We knew guacamole was a life force.) Add some to your daily diet to stabilize glucose and insulin response and stay satiated long after mealtime.
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Boost your metabolism with antioxidant-rich green tea. Loaded with nutrients and a low-caffeine alternative to coffee, green tea’s benefits include increased brain function, curbed cravings, and improved mood in addition to its natural fat-burning potential. Green tea has also been proven to reduce free radicals in the body and lower the risk of cancer. Have a few glasses each day (four cups is enough to boost metabolism), or try a few of our favourite easy matcha recipes. The potent green tea powder is grown in the shade, reducing photosynthesis and boosting amino acid levels in the plant. A ceremonial Asian tea, matcha packs a potent amount of catechins, powerful antioxidants that naturally detox the body.
Omega-3 fats improve insulin sensitivity, thus naturally trimming abdominal fat. A perfect protein, eggs contain nine essential amino acids and polyunsaturated fats that naturally decrease inflammation by suppressing the production of enzymes that erode cartilage in the body. Make sure you’re selecting cruelty-free and ethically sourced animal products. For the best eggs you’ve ever had, we highly recommend hitting up your local farmer’s market for the farm-fresh version every week. It’s worth the marginal extra cost—trust us.
Clarified butter is at the top of our list of surprising healthy foods. “Fat is very likely the most misunderstood of the macronutrients,” says nutritionist Renee Fitton. “Fats are essential to our health. While trans fats can cause serious health damage, other fats, like those found in butter, can be vital to proper nutrition.” High in butyric acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that reduces inflammation, ghee is significantly easier to digest and contains vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee also contains conjugated linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that improves lean body mass when consumed daily. Adding ghee to your daily routine can boost effective weight loss. Did we mention it’s also crazy delicious?
Author and slow-carb diet advocate Timothy Ferriss swears by a dose of grapefruit preceding any big food splurge. Ferris recommends using grapefruit juice to maintain steady blood sugar levels, offsetting the insulin spike that follows consuming extra carbohydrates on a “cheat day.” High in soluble fibre, grapefruit takes the body longer to digest, enabling the fruit to serve as a mild appetite suppressant when consumed before a meal. One glass of grapefruit juice before a feast is likely to help you consume fewer calories overall.
Keeping your diet alkaline will naturally prompt the body to detox and burn fat. When you’re reaching for leafy greens, add in some raw sprouts. An excellent source of dietary fibre, sprouts are chock-full of health benefits. Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, they contain potent minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron. Mung bean sprouts are also fat-free and a great source of vitamin B2, which helps to boost metabolism and burn fat, and fenugreek sprouts are a potent digestive aid. The high enzyme content in sprouts helps the body to effectively assimilate nutrients and aids in proper digestion.