5 Different Types of Food that Boost Metabolism: Lose Weight and Gain Energy the Natural Way

If you are looking to increase your metabolism the natural way, there are many kinds of foods that can help you to not just feel great and energetic, they help with weight loss too. Here are some of the best kinds of wholesome foods that boost your metabolism and ensure steady energy all day long.

1. Protein-Rich Foods
Pump up your body with protein-rich foods as they help to increase your metabolism effectively. These foods also aid in reducing the drop in metabolism when you are losing weight by helping you to hold on to muscle mass. Protein also keeps you more satiated and control hunger pangs – which prevents you from overeating.
Some of the healthiest proteins to include in your diet:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Diary
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes

2. Iron-rich foods
If your diet is low in iron, it can slow down your metabolism. You will often feel tired, and thus tend to load up on carbs. Iron is available from both animal and plant foods. Some processed foods like flour, pasta and cereals are also fortified with iron – however it’s best to go for natural sources. Some of the best sources of iron to include in your diet:

  • Vege: spinach, edamame, lima beans, beets, green peas
  • Meats: beef, chicken, pork, turkey, organ meats (liver and kidney), duck, venison
  • Fish and seafood: oysters, sardine, tuna
  • Meat alternative: tofu, lentils, beans, tempeh, nuts

3. Spices 
Spices can be a great addition to your diet when you set out to lose weight. Not only do they help to make dishes tastier,  different types of spice have their own sets of health benefits that promote better digestion, metabolism and fat loss.

  • Ginger helps to control blood sugar, which means adding some to your carb-heavy meal will help to prevent a surge in your glucose. Ginger also helps wth gastrointenstinal problems and accelerates digestion and thus boost metabolism. Fresh ginger may not keep for long, so it’s good to have a jar of ginger powder. Just add a tablespoon to your daily dishes or mix it up with honey for a spicy sweet drink in the morning.
  • Cayenne has thermogenic properties, which aids in fat burning. Capsaicin, a compound found in cayenne shrinks fat tissues, lowers blood fat level and helps with fighting fat build-up by triggering good protein changes in our system, thus ensuring good metabolism as well.
  • If you prefer something less spicy, go for cinnamon. This spice contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity. Just add a teaspoon of cinnamon to a starchy meal and it will help you balance off blood sugar so that you don’t have energy fluctuations throughout the day. This sweet-smelling spice is great for appetite and cravings control.
  • Other spices to consider are black pepper, turmeric and mustard seed, as these contain fat burning compounds as well.

4. Beverages – Tea, Coffee
For coffee drinkers, you’d rejoice that caffeine in coffee helps to accelerate your metabolism along with kick starting fat breakdown. However as it stimulates your nervous system, moderate amounts is recommended.

Green tea and Chinese tea are also powerful in helping with metabolism and weight loss. Green tea like matcha also contains caffeine and like coffee, it is an excellent energy jump-starter. It also comes with flavonoids which together with caffeine helps to increase fat oxidation and improve insulin activity. Chinese tea like Oolong is also known for its many metabolic and weight loss benefits.

5. Fruits
Go for citrus fruits like grapefruit that is high in vitamin C as vitamin C  helps to control insulin levels very effectively. Apples and pears have also been proven to help boost metabolism and aid with weight loss. A study done by the State University of Rio de Janeiro reports that people who eat three small apples or pears daily lost more weight than those who did not. Blueberries and strawberries are also wonderful superfoods to help with increasing metabolism. If you are not a fruit person, consider getting a cold-pressed juicer to get your daily dose of juice.



  1. I loved your article especially because it stated some of the things I’ve been experimenting in my day-to-day life.

    Since I increased the amount of protein in my diet I’ve been feeling more satiated during the day. I’ve been eating a lot of fish and seeds.

    I’m also a coffee drinker so I believe it’s been helping me as well.

    Now, after I read your article I realized that I should eat more fruits, especially apples. It’s like they say “one apple a day keeps the doctor away”, right? If besides keeping the doctor away, it also helps losing weight, even better! 😀

  2. Thanks for this list! We all know that New Years is right around the corner so those resolutions will be kicking in to knock off a few pounds. I could stand to lose a few myself but I don’t have much time to work out with a new baby in the house so I guess I am going to have to focus more on what I am eating to make it happen.

  3. I use my cinnamon in the mornings. Two slices of whole wheat toast with real peanut butter, cinnamon and a banana. I like to eat my fruits in the early part of the day, because of the sugar in it. Natural sugar, but still sugar. And nothing but protein and vegetables in the evening. After eating like that for a while, I have felt better and the weight came off.
    I do have to cut back on my coffee intake. And add more water.
    Thank you for sharing this article. I found your article to be full of great information.

  4. Hi Lily

    May I ask for your advise as I am bit overweighed but 60+ . I like your ideas to eat healthy but not sure about combinations.

    Is it OK to have Protein – Rich foods together with Iron – Rich foods or you suggest to have them separately?
    I like an idea of healthy foods especially if it is spacy as you recommend but I need to get a better overview on my plate organization so I do not eat it wrongly
    Regards, Marty

  5. A good selection of proteins on your post to help with losing weight and keeping fit and following your advice will improve the metabolism for a lot of people. Great every day foods like eggs, fish, nuts and red meat are all natural proteins that are very beneficial.This type of advice is definitely highly recommended.

  6. I’ve been eating a lot of fish and eggs lately. I’ve noticed that I became more energetic and my metabolism definitely got boosted! I’ll have to add some foods listed above to my plate.
    The addition of exercising will do wonders for those who are looking to lose some weight

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