What to Eat And Avoid to Boost Your Metabolism

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Dirty dozen' fruits

The 'dirty dozen' of the fruit and vegetable world are those most likely to soak up pesticides. Apples, strawberries, and grapes come out high on top of the list, so always try to buy organic versions of these fruits.

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Farmed Beef

Always go for grass-fed beef when you can. Studies have shown that antibiotics used in farmed beef can negatively affect human gut bacteria, and may lead to weight gain.

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Processed foods

It's no secret that eating too many processed foods is bad news for the body. Metabolism-slowing bad guys like high fructose corn syrup and omega-6 fatty acids are found in abundance in processed foods, to keep them to a minimum.

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Fried fast food

Fried food from fast food restaurants is often high in trans fats, which could seriously slow down your metabolism. Research shows that a diet high in these fats could lead to abdominal obesity and weight gain.

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Fruit juice

Fruit juices are high in calories, and the juicing process takes healthy fiber out of the fruit. As a concentrated form of sugar, 'healthy' fruit juice can increase blood sugar, and stimulate hunger pangs.

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Eggs

High in satiating protein, eggs are also rich in B vitamins, which helps convert food into energy. Just resist the temptation to add loads of butter, salt, or cream. Poached or boiled eggs are a good bet

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Alcohol

Not only will a few drinks wipe out your evening exercise plans, but alcohol can often leave people feeling sluggish, unmotivated to exercise, and craving junk food the next day.

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Granola and granola bars

It's typically high in calories, fat, and sugar, with the latter causing blood sugar spikes that can make you feel hungrier. Look for sugar-free, oil-free options made with whole grains, and without too much dried fruit.

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Tempeh

A great source of vegan protein, tempeh is full of proteins and healthy fat, which can help you feel full. Made with fermented soybeans, it contains probiotics, which can help boost gut health and energy levels overall.

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Chili peppers

Firing up your body with chili peppers could help boost the rate at which it burns calories. It's thought that the chemical capsaicin, found in chilis, can reduce calorie absorption, and help the body burn fat.

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Whole grains

The fiber in wholegrains helps you feel full, and a 2017 study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that switching from refined grains to whole grains could cause a "modest increase" in resting metabolism.

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