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!

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Red Quinoa-Stuffed Artichokes

If you’re looking for a meal that’s easy to make, targets your metabolism from different angles, and is only 150 calories, look no further. Red-quinoa-stuffed artichokes are not only delicious but full of vinegar, plant protein, and fiber, all of which keeps your metabolism revved up. Dr. Aviva Romm and nutritionist Maya Feller have found a few ways to customize this dish and make it even more impactful. You can add cooked onion and garlic since these alliums can help your body metabolize fat, lower blood sugar, and lower cholesterol as well. You can also mix navy beans into the quinoa to keep you fuller longer and add more protein and fiber to the dish.

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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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