View Full Version : What Kind of Food's Keep the Metabolism Up?

motor head
12-16-2008, 07:14 PM
So i can eat less without it shutting down on me.


motor head
12-16-2008, 07:21 PM
found one good article

Rolled Oats

Rolled oats can be made with whey protein and flaxmeal in the morning to spike your metabolism with high quality carbohydrates, protein and good fats. The best time to eat rolled oats is in the morning when your body needs carbohydrates for your brain and body to effeciently function throughout the rest of the day.

Whey Protein
Whey protein is perhaps the best thing for your metabolism since sliced rye bread (yes, we know what the saying is). It is in powder format and comes from cows milk. Whey protein is a complete high quality protein which is great for increasing your metabolism because everytime you ingest protein your body feels full longer and revs your metabolism.

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Almonds are loaded with good fats, fiber and incomplete protein. You can see the complete nutrient profile here. Since almonds have such great essential fatty acids they help your body raise it's metabolism just by ingesting them. Obviously ANY FAT has a high calorie content so be sure to have a few nuts every day. You can mix these up with pine, cashews and walnuts as they also contain a very healthy amount of good fats and antioxidants.

Natural Yogurt
Natural yogurt contains many pro-biotic cultures that are necessary for a healthy digestive tract. Yogurt also contains a lot of good fats and some protein. Yogurt can be eaten as a mid-morning snack with a whole apple.

Green Tea
Green Tea is perhaps one of the best morning metabolism boosters you can drink. Not only does it help with cancer risk, weight loss, metabolism it also contains caffeine which helps you focus during the morning. Green tea is found in many fat burning products

Beans are loaded with fiber and incomplete protein. Fiber helps keep you feeling full longer which helps prevent any binges and lapses in your meal plan.


Spinach is loaded with antioxidants which help repair damaged muscles and prevent free radicals from doing their damaging effects to your health. Spinach is known for it's iron, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Myfit.ca wouldn't suggest ingesting this everyday but every few days would be acceptable.

Eggs are one of the highest quality protein sources available. Eggs should be part of everyones diet and is perhaps the best food at speeding up the metabolism.

Turkey is one of those lean meats that you should have once or twice a week to switch up your sources of protein. It is a great source of complete protein which helps rev your BMR (basal metabolic rate)

Chicken Breast
Chicken breast should be a staple in anyones diet. It's lean, easy to make and you can find it cheap at the local supermarket. I prefer the bonless, skinless kind because it takes extra time to skin/debone it.

Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is one of those hidden health foods. People give it a bad rap due to it's high caloric content but it contains great essential fatty acids, lots of fibre and some incomplete protein. Instead of putting it on toast, try it on celery as a snack.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Canola Oil
Extra virgin olive oil and canola oil should be used at ALL TIMES when cooking. Since extra virgin olive oil has a lower flash point (it burns at a lower temperature than most oils) it is sometimes pretty messy to use. These oils contain lots of omega 3's which keep your heart and brain healthy.

Whole grains
Whole grains provide energy that you need throughout the day. Most of the advertised whole grains aren't actually made with Whole Wheat (and with the germ). Make sure that the product that you buy is not enriched either. The more that you increase your insulin levels the better chance you're slowing down that metabolism.

Most people love berries and they're not such a hidden secret anymore. They are jam packed FULL of antioxidants and is probably one of the most important health foods to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your metabolism going strong. Frozen Raw Raspberries are usually the easiest to purchase from the frozen section of your local supermarket.

Cayenne Pepper
In the past five years cayenne pepper has been used in fat burners. Why you ask? Well, cayenne has thermagenic (heats up your body) properties. When your body has to cool itself down it requires calories to do so. Thus, creating a fire for your metabolism.

Coffee is one of those foods that have been loved and hated by many nutrionists and dieticieans. The most recent research about caffeine and coffee suggest many positive benefits which include: Speeding up your metabolism, heart health, increased concentration and many more.

A recent study by germany researchers suggest that 90 minutes after drinking cold water (H20) will boost your metabolism by 24% over their average metabolism rate. Make sure to drink your water cold. Not only does water keep your body lean it also helps with keeping the flow of nutrients and helps get rid of free radicals. Make sure you're keeping the water cooler near by.

Lean red meat has also been through a love and hate relationship with many health professionals; but recent research suggests that lean red meat should be ingested once per week. Red meat contains creatine monohydrate which helps your body use more creatine phosphate (ATP) to help you build muscle. Obviously with the more muscle mass the greater your metabolism.

Vegetables are one of those completely needed foods that we NEED to eat to maintain an elevated metabolism. Vegetables contain fibre, vitamins and many essential nutrients which we can't get anywhere else. Make sure to ingest 10-12 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (yes, that's more than the current food pyramid says.

Apples have a low glycemic index which is should be ingested almost daily as a fruit to maintain a healthy diet. Apples contain fibre which helps you feeling full longer, not to mention the slogan "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".

Probably one of the most important foods you should be eating twice weekly. Right now, the wild pacific salmon is the healthiest fish you can buy. This fish contains loads of omega 3's and other cancer prevention benefits.

12-17-2008, 05:45 PM

Irish Pilot
12-17-2008, 05:55 PM
Here are a few of the "norms" to boosting metabolism for what its worth:

Big breakfast
Eat every two hours
Aerobic exercise
Water! Drink it lol!
Stay away from sugars
Relax and sleep!

People may disagree with the sugar response, but you want foods that maintain a level blood sugar level and prevent spikes. These sugar spikes often cause fat storage. Stress can release cortisol which slows metabolism.

The most significant from what Ive found are these three: Aerobics, water, and eating every two hours. Try your best to stick to it. Eating small, balanced meals every two hours definitely helps keep your hunger at bay...and simultaneously gets the metabolism machine going.

Maybe you know all this...but its good stuff ;)

12-17-2008, 07:13 PM
ALL foods "boost your metabolism". Don't sweat the small stuff and just eat.

Ben Moore
12-17-2008, 10:38 PM
ALL foods "boost your metabolism". Don't sweat the small stuff and just eat.

No, no, no it has to be much more complicated than that!!!

12-18-2008, 06:01 AM
So i can eat less without it shutting down on me.


Research "refeeds" and read some of Lyle McDonald's diet stuff. You're starting off with a misunderstanding.

12-18-2008, 10:44 AM
The #1 thing that will influence your metabolism, is the total energy deficit over periods of weeks.

If you're dropping 1lb week and lifting, your metabolism should stay roughly where it is. If you start dropping 2-3lbs/week, your body will start regulating by under producing T3 & tT4.

Everything else is myth and fiction.

12-21-2008, 09:46 PM
Holto really knows what he is talking about. I'm impressed, it's very rare.

12-22-2008, 10:29 AM
Holto really knows what he is talking about. I'm impressed, it's very rare.

Thanks dude.

I'm really into gathering actual facts, but I don't let it complicate my training or nutrition plans.

12-22-2008, 05:33 PM
Yeah there is so much BS to sift through it just takes too much time/focus for the average person to learn the kind of information you have - so it's awesome that you share it. Not so much recently (I understand), but I've found a lot of great info from you in searches. i'm the same way, just need to know everything, and it seriously took me about 2 years of reading and sorting through information to get a legitimately deep knowledge base. Then, I stopped reading for a few years and forgot all the specifics. lol.