A fast metabolism means we can burn through calories more frequently and efficiently, and when calories are burned, energy is released – More calorie burn, more energy! What more could you want? Energy is something we crave, we strive for stimulation and to feel as alive as possible, mentally and physically. To fuel our body and reap the benefits of a fast metabolism, we need to eat the right kind of foods that will sustain energy levels throughout the day.
There are many amazing foods that contain beneficial nutrients for our body, but there are some in particular that when eaten, will provide a sustainable source of energy and boost the metabolism. Below is a small list of my favourite metabolism boosting foods, and why they are great for that energy kick you’re looking for.
· Chilli / hot peppers
Spicy foods like cayenne, jalepeno, and habanero chillis all contain a substance called capsaicin, which stimulates pain receptors in the body by increasing blood flow and the metabolic rate. This can usually be felt after consuming something really spicy, where you feel your skin becoming red and sweaty. This is the body's response to the capsaicin and the rise in metabolism (by up to 25%!).
Oats, brown rice, and quinoa are slow-release complex carbohydrates that provide sustainable, long-lasting energy. Our insulin levels become stabilized by these complex carbs, speeding up the metabolism and stopping any spikes or drops in energy levels.
· Dark leafy greens
Spinach, kale and broccoli are great to include in your diet, for many, many reasons. One being that they help to speed up your metabolism by providing a great source of calcium, vitamins C, K and A, folate, antioxidants, and dietary fibre.
They’re packed full of goodness and antioxidants, and contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Antioxidants help to reduce inflammation, and the high fibre content helps to balance out blood sugar levels, providing a great metabolic rate and sustained energy.
Some call it a thermogenic food, meaning the body burns it as calories to produce heat. In doing so, it is a natural metabolism booster.
· Omega 3’s
Fish, hemp oil, flax seed oil, nuts and seeds are all foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, and will provide your body with a helping hand by reducing the production of leptin, a hormone that lowers your metabolism. So, less leptin, better metabolism!