Choose the Right Foods and Boost Your Metabolism
Metabolism refers to the complex chemical processes that occur in our bodies to convert the food we eat into energy. If someone is said to have a "slow metabolism," it may mean that they seem to gain weight easily, while someone with a "fast metabolism" can eat everything in sight while remaining slim. The foods we eat can influence metabolism. Some choices pack more of a metabolic punch than others and can help speed weight loss.
Fight fat with fiber. Lentils of all kinds (green, red, yellow) are low-fat while being packed with protein and fiber. Lentils also are high in iron which makes them a great meat substitute for a meatless Monday or vegetarian dish. Other legumes, such as black beans and chickpeas, have similar benefits.
While all vegetables can be a significant part of a healthy, whole foods diet, some are protein powerhouses as well. Asparagus has 4 grams of protein per cup. Grill it, roast it, or stir fry it in a small amount of heart-healthy olive oil.
Greek Style Yogurt
You might find yourself reaching for yogurt at breakfast or snack time. Choose a hearty Greek-style low-fat yogurt to get the most out of this dairy choice. Its high protein content will keep you sated and provide energy for longer than its sugar-laden counterparts.
While on a diet, you may find yourself avoiding all fats. The truth is, your metabolism requires some fats in order to run smoothly. Tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts are full of healthy Omega 3 fats and can actually aid weight loss. Don't like nuts? Try half an avocado instead to get the same benefit.
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