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by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

 
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As someone with a compromised thyroid, I am always interested in natural ways to boost my metabolism. And while it is true that exercise will do a metabolism good, there are a number of foods that will get your metabolism going in the right direction as well. What's not to love about that?

Here then is a list of my Top 10 Metabolism Boosting Foods:

1. Some Like It Hot
Chilies, cayenne pepper, salsa - just add some picante to your meals and watch your metabolism climb, perhaps as much as 20%! Who knew a spicy burrito (make it with lean protein and easy on the cheese!) could work wonders?

Top 10 Metabolism-Boosting Foods2. Berry Interesting
With their high fiber content, berries have the distinction of giving you less calories than you'd normally eat! Add to that their natural sugar content that nicely satisfies a sweet tooth, berries need to be on everyone's shopping lists!

3. Fishing for Compliments
Once again, wild salmon makes the list with its abundant omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid not only increases your metabolism, but it increases energy levels too and makes your skin positively glow!

4. A High Celery
When I was in high school, we ate celery to lose weight before cheerleading competitions. We were on to something way back then. Celery is one veggie that uses more energy to digest and absorb it than the calories you get from eating it. Put some celery sticks in your lunchbox this week!

5. Pucker Up
By adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a glass of water every morning, you'll slow digestion down a bit, adding to your body's ability to metabolize and thus speeding everything up! No sugar though... this is lemon-aid in its purest form!

6. Ice, Ice Baby
Regular water consumption is good for one's metabolism because it helps your body with digestion and detoxification and can help raise metabolism rate by 30%. Bring down the temperature a bit on your trusty bottle of water (40 degrees F) and you'll burn even more, according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

7. Float Your Oats
Oatmeal's slow release of glucose and fiber to fill you up makes this a metabolism favorite of those in the know! Even if your memories of childhood porridge are less than fond, try a bowl of steel cut oats (and blueberries for a double whammy!) and get your oats on - it will do your body good.

Cabbage8. Cabbage Patch
Actually anything in the brassica family will do the trick. All of these cabbage patch kids - from broccoli, to cabbage to cauliflower and anything in between - improve the function of a gal's (or guy's) metabolism.

9. Soup's On
A study at Baylord College of Medicine, found that people who ate a bowl of soup before meals lost more weight than those who didn't. The soup is about three-fourths water, giving you the benefit of #6. Make sure you're eating veggie-filled, broth-based soups though - creamy soups will just add to your girth!

10. An Apple a Day
Or make that an apple per meal! Research from the State University of Rio de Janeiro discovered three small apples a day will satiate (from the pectin and natural fruit sugar) and help people eat less at each meal with the result being a boost in metabolism. Can't beat that!

There you go... now go add this stuff to your grocery list and get your metabolism PUMPED!

Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author and the Dinner Diva at SavingDinner.com. For more information, check out the website, www.savingdinner.com.




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