10 Powerful Foods That Boost Your Metabolism


Metabolism is a process: it’s how the body converts fuel (food) into energy. Food that isn’t needed for energy gets stored in the muscles, as fat or glycogen. It’s different in every body, and it’s highly influenced by choices we make, and by genetic makeup.

Genetics determine how tall you are, and your basic body weight; the larger the body, the greater the caloric intake needed to maintain body mass. Lean body mass is “hungrier” than fat, so increasing lean body mass speeds up the metabolism. Activity levels, and not just dedicated exercise—sitting vs. standing is part of this—also influence the metabolic rate, as does fidgeting or pacing around a room. As we age our metabolic rate naturally decreases. Making certain food choices can boost or drag your metabolism—we’ve gathered ten foods that boost it.

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