Weight loss and metabolism go hand in hand, which means both are affected by what you eat. Try these foods to keep your metabolism at peak performance and your weight loss goal on track.
“Fiber helps to boost metabolism,” says Brooke Zigler, a registered dietician in Austin, Texas. A prime way to eat fiber is through whole grains like brown rice, barley and bulgur, which are also low in carbs. “Your body has a tough time digesting high fiber foods which means you burn calories while trying to get the job done,” she says. Plus, all of that fiber in your belly is playing interference with fat and calories. It actually absorbs calories and fat from other foods before your body is able to absorb the enemies. Boom. Weight loss.
“If you're looking for the best type of fruit to eat for weight loss, berries should be your pick,” says Zigler. They’re packed with fiber and are low in carbs. Go heavy on raspberries and blackberries. They have the highest fiber content of all berries and contain powerful antioxidants that help fight aging.
Fiber is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Sure, you get high doses of Vitamins A, C, and K, but also insoluble fiber, the structural part of the plant, explains Zigler. Insoluble fiber gets your system moving smoothly on the regular and that process helps the body burn calories.
Now that you’ve eaten a lot of fiber it’s time to add in some lean protein such as fish, chicken breast, pork tenderloin and lean cuts of beef. Zigler says that a protein and fiber combo keeps your glucose level steady. That means you have prime energy for exercise without the craving to snack.