Whenever I notice naturally thin people eating greasy junk food non-stop, I can’t help but wonder if their presumably fast metabolisms are responsible. I’m sure I can’t be the only envious one who does this. Another thing that might have some women stricken with envy is the fact that men tend to have faster metabolisms than women. How great is that (for men)?
As a woman, I just need to know—what’s a girl gotta do?! Well, luckily, I’m here to help everyone who, like me, dreams of having quicker metabolisms turn those dreams into realities. Once you’ve incorporated these foods into your daily diet, your speedy metabolism just might be the new source of envy.
- Coffee: Turns out that the caffeine in your morning ritual stimulates a boost in your metabolism. I knew there was a reason behind why I love coffee so much.
- Fruits & Veggies: It’s not surprising that produce increases metabolism, but which fruits and veggies get the job done best? Produce that’s rich in fiber, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and berries, makes your body work hard to digest it, which results in a higher metabolism.
- High-Fiber Whole Grains: Eat a bowl of quinoa, brown rice, or oats to give your slow metabolism a jumpstart. Similar to fruits and veggies, the high fiber content in these complex carbs is to thank. Feeling adventurous? Try one of these other fiber-full grains.
- Hot Peppers: Have you heard of capsaicin? That’s the stuff that makes certain peppers so fabulously spicy. Eating foods that make you look like a fire-breathing dragon raises your body temperature and kicks up your metabolism. Pass the crushed red pepper flakes, please.
- Vinegar: With age, I’ve grown to absolutely love various vinegars, especially delicious balsamic. The good news is that the acidity of vinegar revs up metabolism by aiding in the burning breakdown of fat. Apparently, my mom isn’t entirely crazy for telling me to douse my pasta with balsamic.