11 Powerful Foods to Increase Your Metabolism

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Every woman wants to boost their metabolic rate and if you don’t, then you SHOULD want to. Women interested in fat loss are very interested in finding ways (sometimes not so healthy ways) to increase their metabolism. It’s an interesting phenomenom, this Holy Grail of the optimal metabolic rate.

Some supplements claim to boost it by 150% and some workouts claim to keep it boosted for 48 hours after your workout. The problem is supplements MIGHT increase your metabolic rate, but it’s short lived and creates dependency.

In regards to exercise, a good metabolic workout can increase your metabolism by promoting lean muscle gain, but if you are eating poorly, not recovering, etc…the exercise could have the opposite effect.

The number one way to increase your metabolic rate is by eating foods that are digestible, are non- toxic, and don’t inhibit your thyroid. This has always been the case and will always be the case, no matter what the next most scientifically formulated supplement says it can do.

This isn’t going to be your average “superfood” article. The foods I’m sharing with you are foods you should be consuming daily and weekly, not just for a specific result or for extra “antioxidants.”

The result is health and when you are truly HEALTHY, you lose weight, look and feel awesome.

Here are 11 Foods I eat daily and/or weekly to get my and my clients metabolic rate sky high:

1.)    Coconut Oil.

I thought I would save the best for last, but why not lead off with the powerhouse of metabolic enhancers. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and for that reason it is one of the most metabolic efficient foods in the world. It is very stable, anti-inflammatory, and pro-health.

The best way to include coconut oil into your diet is by simply cooking, frying, and baking with it. It is, after all the most stable oil to heat and you kill two birds with one stone (without killing your cells). Add coconut oil, eliminate vegetable oils.

2.)    Eggs.

Coming in at a close second are pastured eggs. A nutritional powerhouse and they make up 2/3 of the perfect breakfast metabolic meal. Throw in some fruit with your eggs and you have yourself an amazingly healthy, quick breakfast.

Why are they a nutritional gem? B-Vitamins, selenium (for a rocking thyroid), Vitamin A, choline, folate, lutein, and Zeaxanthin…and of course protein and saturated fat.

Just remember with eggs, as with all proteins it’s important to find high-quality eggs from chickens allowed to roam-free and not fed GMO soy and/or corn. You can ALWAYS find awesome eggs at your local farmer’s market.

3.)    Carrots.

Did you know that carrots are one of the most powerful antibacterial vegetables in nature? Carrots produce unique defense chemicals to protect themselves against underground predators (like bacteria, fungi, and other microscopic organisms), which is awesome for you, because when you consume carrots your body utilizes these same defense chemicals.

Carrots unique ability to rid the body of harmful bacteria increases your detoxification pathways, allowing for a more efficient metabolism.

In other words, a clean, toxic-free body doesn’t need to worry so much about survival, it can actually THRIVE. And when you thrive, it’s hard NOT to look and feel great.

4.)    Coconut Water.

Coconut water is one of the BEST ways to energize your workouts AND replenish yourself after your workouts.  

Coconut water contains electrolytes superior to normal water, minerals Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium are in abundance in coconut water. One fascinating property of coconut water vs. normal water is that the electrolyte content closely resembles that of human blood plasma, your blood plasma, as I’m fairly certain ONLY humans are reading this.

Organ health is vital for all metabolic functions to work optimally, including fat loss and overall health. Does coconut water positively affect the organs? Why, yes it does.

I generally avoid brands that are “Made From Concentrate” as well as actively drink 100% coconut water that is “Pulp-Free.” The pulp CAN be disruptive to digestion, which slows down during workouts and times of stress.

5.)    Shrimp.

Wild-caught shrimp are high in selenium, one of the most essential minerals for a healthy functioning thyroid, because it is vital for conversion of T4 to T3. So, naturally shrimp easily make the list.

Shrimp contain high amounts of astaxanthin, a carotenoid known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The third and final MAIN benefit of shrimp is the protein content. Shrimp can be a vital protein source if you are avoiding meat and chicken.

6.)    Avocado.

Avocados might be high in fat, but don’t be entirely scared of eating your side of guacamole at your favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s the most likely genetically altered tortilla chips I would be worried about! Avocados are high in MUFA (mono-unsaturated fat), which is more stable than PUFA, but still LESS stable than SFA (saturated fat), so I wouldn’t actively try to heat up your avocado salad.

WHY should you eat them? Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana), Vitamin E, B-vitamins, folic acid, and because have you made guacamole (it’s so good.)

Fun Fact: Most of the nutrients in an avocado are closest to the inside of the skin, so be sure to get every last drop after you peel and skin your avocado.

7.)    Potatoes.

Even though potatoes are a starch, they are a beneficial carbohydrate and potential fuel source, especially when avoiding grains. Believe it or not, serving of potatoes only has 110 calories, which I consider to be NON-inflammatory calories, meaning they are calories from food that you can digest, assimilate, and won’t cause any undesired negative consequences.

Cooked potatoes are a great pre and/or post-workout carbohydrate. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and B6.

Potato Tip: Always combine potatoes with a fat and a protein, since it will help with stabilizing blood sugar response from a high-starch food.

8.)    Watermelon.

As amazing as watermelon tastes and makes you feel, I shouldn’t have to provide any reasons for eating MORE watermelon…but I’ll give you a few anyway.

Watermelon is high in Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium, making it a GREAT source for pre-workout snack AND a post-workout electrolyte recovery. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on your watermelon to perfectly balance the electrolytes.

Watermelon provides a significant amount of readily available fructose, a sugar necessary for everyday cellular/metabolic function. Consuming adequate fructose, like most women DON’T you will guarantee your cells are being fueled to supply energy to the body, muscles, brain, and metabolism!

9.)    Cheese.

You may be saying to yourself “Wait, a minute I thought I was supposed to avoid cheese?” Well the only thing you are “supposed to do” is avoid poor quality foods, ok? Most cheese comes from inhumanely raised, improperly fed, and hormone filled cows. Scared ya yet?

I don’t mean to scare you, but I do want to make the point, that when (not, if) you consume cheese do everything in your control (you have ALL the control) to ensure it is from a good-quality source.

For cows, that means grass-fed, organic, and ideally raw.

For goats, that means natural/organic, grass-fed

Cheese provides probiotics promoting a healthy gut/digestion, and when you have a healthy gut, your gut can focus on leaning down instead of just “surviving.”

Cheese gives you a good amount of protein and fat, when combined with a piece of fruit, you have the PERFECT metabolic snack.

10.) Squash.

This may seem like a random addition, however, it is quite strategically placed in this list of 10 awesome metabolic enhancing foods. Squash is super-high in many vitamins and minerals, like A, C, Magnesium, Folate, Copper, and Phosphorus.

It is a powerhouse vegetable that should be consumed regularly, since it promotes healthy cells and contributes to many metabolic functions.

Add squash to virtually ANY dish, in the form of a stir-fry, sautéed vegetables, stews, salads, etc…

11.) Grass-Fed Beef.

I decided to add another protein based metabolic food, since one of the most common issues I see in women’s food diaries is inadequate protein AND poor quality protein.

Adding grass-fed beef to your diet, solves both of the protein-focused issues.

Beef from grass-fed cows contains higher amounts of Omega 3’s vs Omega 6’s found in conventional beef (and we all know to avoid Omega 6’s). Aside from the superior protein and fatty acid composition, grass-fed beef contains high amounts of Conjugate Linoleic Acid (CLA) a powerful metabolic stimulator and fat-burner.

That sums up 11 powerful foods for an increased metabolism. Just because a specific food didn’t make my list of 11, doesn’t mean that you are aren’t eating awesome metabolic enhancing foods.

I could literally create 11 other lists today of MORE foods to increase metabolism and health. Realize that you can substitute foods to mimic the effect.

You can read more about eggs, coconut oil, and avocado here: https://upgradedhealth.net/4-fabulous-fats-female-fat-loss/

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Thanks for reading and I’ll see you real soon!

Nick

 

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