With the holidays upon us, we have already succumbed to casting our healthy diets aside and are now pre-planning our New Year’s Resolutions. However as we get older and our metabolisms slow, those goals become harder to obtain each year. Luckily there are actually some very simple dietary additions that you can make that will help speed up your metabolism and maintain your health at the same time. Here are a list of natural foods that have proven to be helpful with the breakdown of nutrients you consume…even over the holidays.
Green Tea: The type of caffeine found in green tea helps give your metabolism a boost.
Pineapple: Loaded with the enzyme bromelain which is very helpful in breaking down all types of food.
Papaya: Just as effective as pineapple but with a different enzyme called papain.
Broccoli: A vegetable very high in calcium and vitamin C. In combination these vitamins increase your metabolism.
Grapefruit: Proven to reduce insulin levels. Meaning you burn more calories and store less fat.
Spicy foods: Ever eaten spicy foods and found your tummy is grumbling an hour later? That is because of a chemical compound called capsaicin which has a great effect on metabolism.
Yogurt: Never mind its probiotic content, yogurt is full of protein and calcium which keeps your metabolism going all day.
Almonds: Full of essential fatty acids which surprisingly help improve metabolism.
Oatmeal: High in soluble fiber, oatmeal keeps you feeling full longer and ensures that you are waking up your metabolism with a hearty meal.
One of the most important tips for anyone with a slower metabolism, or those who try to achieve weight maintenance to weight gain, is to give it a boost early in the day. Choosing not to eat breakfast or consuming a processed meal high in sugars will not only slow down your digestive system and its ability to burn nutrients for fuel, but it can also lead to digestive stagnancy. So start your day with a half grapefruit and small bowl of oatmeal and you will be well on your way to ensuring that your New Year’s resolutions will be easier to obtain.