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10 Foods That'll Boost Your Metabolism For The Holidays

by Ellie / November 18, 2016

With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, many people might want to stay away from the scale during all the festivities. Although everybody has a different metabolic rate, eating different foods will help boost their natural rate to burn off extra calories and even lose a few pounds! Here are ten foods you don't want to skip...

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Hot peppers

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Studies have shown that eating hot peppers can speed up your metabolism by 25%. If eating spicy foods makes you sweat more than usual, this is due to capsaicin, a compound that stimulates pain receptors in the body. It increases blood circulation and metabolic rate, making your body burn fat faster. Where do you find it? In chili peppers, jalapenos, cayenne peppers, and other forms of spicy peppers.


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Whole grains: oatmeal and brown rice

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The intake of grains and cereals is always recommended in a healthy diet. The secret is to choose whole grains — for example wheat, oatmeal, rice, and corn. Whole grains have nutrients and complex carbohydrates that accelerate your metabolism by stabilizing insulin levels. Do remember that having low insulin levels is not good, since the imbalance of this chemical tells the body that it needs to store extra fat. Therefore, be cautious with the consumption of these foods.


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Broccoli

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Broccoli might not be your favorite vegetable, but it is an important source of calcium, which accelerates your metabolism. It is also rich in vitamins C, K, and A. One serving of broccoli will provide you with an important amount of folate and dietary fiber and a variety of antioxidants. It is one of the best detox foods you can add to your diet.


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Soups

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Numerous studies confirm that soup consumption is linked with a lower risk of obesity. In most diets, this food is incorporated before the main meals. Why? Researchers conclude that people who start with soup consume less solid food when it comes to their main meal. In fact, a study at Penn State University determined that the combination of liquids and solids in soup generates a reduction in appetite, thus reducing too much food intake and helping to burn fat more quickly.


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