If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know how important it is to keep a good metabolism. This is going to help speed up your weight loss, especially if you don’t naturally have a fast metabolism. Luckily, there are some changes you can make to your diet that will help speed up your metabolism.
Eat Your Protein
The first thing you should do if you want to boost your metabolism naturally is to eat more protein. Protein is really easy to add to your diet, but you might not be having enough of it. This is a good time to start tracking how much protein you consume each day to be sure it is an adequate amount.
Some good sources of protein include:
Eggs (try to buy organic if possible)
Meat and poultry (try to buy organic, grass fed)
Fish and seafood (try to buy wild, sustainably caught)
If you are on a plant-based diet, there are protein options for you as well! Try:
Nuts and nut butter (raw is best)
Nut milk (unsweetened)
Plant-based protein powder, drinks, and bars (Make sure you read the labels for sugars. Look for protein powder, drinks and bars with less than 5g of sugar per serving.)
Oats and grains (gluten free if f
Have Spicy Foods
Believe it or not, having foods that are spicy can also give your metabolism a nice little boost. Try to use more spicy peppers in your meals, which contain capsaicin to help boost your metabolism naturally. Peppers are easy to add to soup, chili, sandwiches, or in any type of sauce you are preparing.
This close relative of cabbage can have a positive effect on the metabolism. It is super high in antioxidants and carries a high amount of calcium which is known for its ability to help the body to metabolize fats. Broccoli is also very high in dietary fiber, which helps to clean out the intestinal tract. A clearer intestinal tract, particularly of the lower intestine, means that broken down foods can be more easily absorbed through the intestinal walls. When plaque builds up in the intestines, the body has a harder time getting the nutrients that it needs.
Have you had an apple today? Apples are well known for promoting a healthy digestive tract. They are full of useful vitamins and are very high in fiber that the body needs to sweep the digestive tract. Modern science has discovered that his is largely due to the agent found in apples called pectin. It has the ability to bond to cholesterol and many toxins found in the body to make them easier to eliminate. Apples aren’t the only fruits that contain pectin. Plums, pears, and some berries also contain this amazing agent, and it’s the thing in food responsible for the consistency of jellies and jams. Since apples are low in fat and calories, they are also ideal for weight loss. TIP: I like to pare 1/2 an apple with 1 tbs of almond butter!
Focus on All Your Nutrients
Not only do you want to have the right amount of protein in your diet, but the other nutrients are just as important to having good metabolism. Make sure nutrients like iron, zinc, and selenium are also in good amounts.
Even with a well-balanced diet, you will not be able to get in all the nutrients you need. I recommend a good whole-food supplement like the one I take from doTERRA called Lifelong Vitality. If you are interested in learning more about these amazing supplements check them out here. If you want wholesale prices and want to save 25% off, let me know (my email and phone are below) and I will teach you how!
Add some Lemon or Grapefruit Essential Oil to you water – One of our favorite ways to add variety to our water we drink each day, is by adding citrus essential oils to them. I love the benefits of Lemon. Its a natural detoxifier and helps remove toxins from the digestive system, allowing it to do its job. Grapefruit is another favorite for weight loss. It has been shown to reduce fat and it tases DELICIOUS!!
Here are some tips for having balanced meals and snacks:
Focus on different food groups – As long as you try to choose foods from different foods groups throughout the day, you will ensure you are getting a lot of the important vitamins and minerals that your body needs for a higher metabolism.
Switch up your foods regularly – If you eat the exact same thing every day, you may run into issues where some nutrients are too low. If you consistently eat foods high in iron and zinc, but are low in
Have something green with every meal – If you have trouble ensuring you eat enough healthy foods, just focus on adding green foods. This makes it really easy. Greens like kale and spinach are good for you, you can have green bell peppers, zucchini and other green types of squash, apples, and so many other green foods.
Track what you eat – When in doubt, just track your food! There are apps that not only show you the dietary information like calories and carbs, but the protein, zinc, and various vitamins as well. (We will be talking more on this in a later post…so keep you eye out!)