A fast metabolism is the key to losing weight and keeping it off. Some people are born with lightening fast metabolisms and burn off whatever they eat right away, while others aren't as lucky. Although your genetic makeup ultimately determines the speed of your metabolism, there are some ways to speed it up from its natural state.
One way to boost your metabolism is by eating plenty of fruit, and not just because they're delicious. Eating fruit causes your jaw to work harder as you chew, which will trick your stomach into thinking you're taking longer to eat. As a result, you'll have more time to "feel full" and not eat as much. Fruits are also great for your skin and can prevent signs of aging. Here are seven fruits that can help you boost your metabolism.
1. Chili Peppers
To the untrained eye, chili peppers may be identified as a vegetable instead of a fruit. However, scientists identify a fruit as anything with internal, edible seeds. Kind of like how a tomato is just as much of a fruit as an apple (but we'll get to those later.) Chili peppers are high in vitamin C and contain a nutrient called capasaicin, which helps boost metabolism. If you like to spice things up, add a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to your meal to give your tastebuds and your metabolism a kick.
Most people don't eat whole lemons, but will use lemon juice to flavor their water or season a salad. Lemon juice helps to clean out your digestive tract, allowing for food to be digested more efficiently and promoting weight loss.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and although that theory has been disproven, it doesn't mean that apples aren't good for you. According to a study conducted by the State University of Rio de Janeiro, women who ate up to 3 small apples daily lost more weight than women who didn't eat any apples.
Similar to lemon, the citrus in grapefruit is excellent at cleaning out your digestive tract and burning fat. They're also jam packed with vitamin C, which helps reduce insulin spikes in diabetics.
Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are extremely high in fiber, which in turn is great for your digestive system. Plus, they're great for snacking on the go. Their natural sugars will help to curb any junk food cravings throughout the day.
Cucumbers contain a ton of water that help keep you full and hydrated throughout the day. It's also loaded with vitamins and nutrients that can benefit not only your metabolism, but your entire body. They can be eaten alone as a snack, tossed into a salad, or even mixed in a bottle of water for flavor.
Melons have high amounts of potassium, a nutrient that is vital in helping us burn sugar into energy. Because they're low in calories, you can enjoy them anytime without the guilt.