Dietary & Health Information : How to Boost Metabolism
12 Metabolism-Boosting Foods To Always Keep On Hand
Celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt hasn't counted calories since the '80s. What she does instead? Fills her fridge with clean, metabolism boosting foods that make snacks and meals fall together—even when she's crunched for time. Here's a peek at her science-loaded shelves.
1. Greek Yogurt
High in protein, with bloat-busting probiotics; ideal for pre- or post- workout snacking. Lovitt eats it almost daily.
2. Green Tea
Exercisers who drank 4 cups daily for 3 months had less belly fat than those who sipped caffeinated beverages, found one study.
Contain antioxidants that seem to help the body burn fat rather than store it; taste great in smoothies and salads.
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High in D, a vitamin linked to reduced body fat in postmenopausal women. Lovi tosses 'shrooms in salads and sauces.
5. Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
Enzymes produced during sprouting make grains easier to digest. Lovitt uses it for quick open-faced sandwiches.
6. Lemon Water
High levels of vitamin C can reduce cortisol; hydration wards off bloat while preventing metabolism plateaus. Lovitt starts every day with a glass.
Good source of belly-fat-quelling fatty acids; great for guac, salads, and smoothies.
8. Kale & Broccoli
Both contain indole-3-carbinol, which fights the xenoestrogens that mimic estrogen and lead to belly fat.
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9. Chicken & Turkey
Women who get 30% of calories from protein weigh less than those who get half that amount, research found. Lovitt's advice: Buy organic and hormone-free.
10. Tomatoes & Garlic
Lovitt loves to cook with this power pair. The red orbs have cortisol-lowering vitamin C; the stinking rose boosts metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels.
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A regular on Lovitt’s grill. Packed with omega-3s, fatty acids that help build calorie-burning muscle.
12. Organic Apples
Soluble fiber in the skin helps stabilize blood sugar. One of Lovitt's go-to snacks.
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