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Giving your metabolism a boost is actually a lot easier than you think! We chatted to TV nutritionist and author of The Happy Cookbook, Lola Berry, to round up 10 foods that can help speed up the process and give your body the kick-start it needs.
Broccoli boasts many essential nutrients and also has a high water and fibre content. This combination helps you feel full and increases your body’s ability to burn fat. So load up!
Not only are oats rich in fibre, which requires a lot of calories to break down, but they also keep insulin levels low.
Lola says ‘potent on the immune system, garlic contains allicin, which has an antibacterial effect and is said to help reduce bad fats and cholesterol.’
Citrus fruits are low in sugar and rich in antioxidants that help lower your blood sugar levels after meals and metabolise fat faster. Lola recommends lemon and grapefruit, as ‘they are known to stimulate the liver and support a mini detox’.
Like hot and spicy foods? Then lucky for you! According to Lola, ‘they’re a circulatory stimulant and speed up your metabolism.’
This aromatic spice helps balances blood sugar levels so it can curb cravings.
Oily fish like salmon, herring, and tuna, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Lola shares; ‘these good fats keep you lean.’
‘These guys help to keep you fuller for longer being high in fat and protein, so you’ll find you don’t want to grab that super sweet treat,’ says Lola.
Lola suggests hemp and flax seeds, as they are ‘particularly high in protein, which makes the body work harder to burn it off, boosting your metabolism’.
Lola agrees that beans are an awesome vegetarian protein, plus they’re extremely high in fibre so they’ll keep you regular!