Metabolism-Boosting Shopping List

Eat your way to a faster metabolism.

Metabolism-Boosting Shopping List

If you feel like your metabolism has slowed down to a crawl recently, you may be in need of a jumpstart to get it going again. Oftentimes, the key to giving your metabolism a boost lies in the foods you eat. All the foods included in this shopping list target your metabolism in different ways, are super versatile so you can make several different dishes with them, and taste delicious too!

Watch: Metabolism Jumpstarts to Put Fat-Burning Into Overdrive


Navy Beans

Out of all the beans out there, navy beans are one of the highest-fiber plant proteins. You can toss navy beans in a soup or salad, or bake them and enjoy as a side dish. You can also make your own navy bean hummus with just tahini, garlic, and spices, and enjoy your creation with a side of raw vegetables, in a sandwich, or with crackers.

More: Roasted Green Beans

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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