Did you know that if you don’t eat breakfast you actually slow down your metabolism? You do. You actually send your body into “hoard mode.” It thinks it’s starving because you’re going such a long period of time– frequently 8 to 10 hours or more– without food. Studies show that people who regularly eat a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to control their weight.
Your dinner meal should be your lightest meal, and some experts are recommending that you not eat anything after 8 p.m. By doing this it allows your body to burn and process the food that you have consumed and you end up burning more calories per hour this way as well.
Water, water and more water. You’ve heard it before, but you need to make sure that you drink those eight 8-ounce glasses of water every single day. Your metabolism needs water to work correctly.
Another thing you can to do to help maintain an active, healthy metabolism is to eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response. This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this and make sure to schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
Eating protein with every meal is another way you can boost and maintain a healthy metabolism. Eating enough protein gives your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating things like carbohydrates or fats. Plus, getting enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most every meal. Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans, and lentils.
Here are some other foods that you can eat that will help increase your metabolism:
Curry: increases the amount of calories your body burns and speeds up your metabolism.
Cinnamon: A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way. Add some zing to your daily cup of tea with this tasty spice to help your body metabolize sugars more effectively and maintain steadier blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help lower your cholesterol.
Oatmeal: Because your body takes a long time to break down the fat-soluble fiber in oatmeal, this healthy food lowers your body’s insulin level and speeds up your metabolism as a result.
Soy Milk: Fortified soy milk is loaded with calcium, which helps boost your metabolism. Just stay away from the sweetened varieties.
Apples: this low-calorie snack is high in fiber, which your body must burn calories to break down. Plus, since apples help you stay full for longer, you’ll eat less.
Spinach: Popeye was right about one thing: spinach can help make you strong and healthy. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, it’s a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamin C.
Beans: Low in fat and packed with protein, beans keep you full for long durations, and your body must burn extra calories in order to process this fiber-rich food.
Almonds: Almonds’ essential fatty acids help raise your body’s metabolism. Just don’t overdo it because they’re also very high in calories.
Coffee: Coffee does have caffeine, which happens to also give you a boost. Just make sure that you don’t exceed two – three cups a day because the side effects could be brutal– like irritability and the jitters.
Grapefruit: is a diet super fruit and lowers the insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat. Plus, it is rich in fiber and your body must burn extra calories in order to break it down.
When you are selecting which foods that speed up your metabolism to implement into your diet it is vital to make sure that you choose healthy foods such as the ones listed above. Make sure you have ample fiber in your diet and to also cut down on foods that are high in or even moderately high in sugar. You should also reduce your tobacco intake if you are a smoker and alcohol if you like to drink because that will help give your metabolism the much needed boost you are looking for.