Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you burn scorch calories as you chew. Others contain nutrients and compounds that fuels your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with the following food and fruits as illustrated below;


1. Almonds: A study conducted by researchers at Penn State University in the US found that eating 1.5 ounces (that’s about a large handful) of almonds a day reduces stomach fat and leg fat and also protects against heart disease.

2. Apples: contains pectin which binds to water when consumed and prevents our cells from absorbing fat. Apples are also abundant in satisfying fiber so we’re inclined to eat less after eating one. 

3. Blueberries: have flavonoid known as catechin, which is present in blueberries, can activate the genes responsible for burning fat, especially around the abdominal area

4. Bananas: bananas contain resistant starch that good bacteria in our guts help to ferment and change into fatty acids that, in turn, metabolize fat better. 

5. Chilies: capsaicin in chilies acts as a potential weight loss aid. This is the chemical that gives chilies and hot spices such as paprika and cayenne heat. Eating chilies with every meal triggers thermogenesis, which heats up the body. To generate heat we must burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. 

6. Cinnamon: Promising preliminary studies on mice  found that cinnamaldehyde, a compound in cinnamon, can reduce stomach fat. Sprinkle on coffee, juice, cereal or toast, or add it to pies or curries. 


7. Dairy products: a low calcium diet increases the body holding on to fat reserves and that a calcium-rich diet helps the body to burn fat. 

8. Brown Rice: Brown rice is a valuable source of resistant starch, a type of dietary fiber that research has found can increase our ability to burn fat. It does this by causing the body to go through a process that results in stored body fat being used as fuel. Eating brown rice also satisfies hunger hormones so we eat less. 

9.  Green Tea: Green tea is particularly healthy and it’s also known for its fat-burning ability, which is triggered by its rich flavonoid and caffeine content. Drink at least three cups of tea a day, hot or cold, to reap the benefits. 

10. Grapefruit: This tangy citrus fruit is high in a type of flavonoid called naringenin, which balances blood-sugar levels and encourage the liver to burn, rather than store, excess fat.

11.Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, has a host of useful benefits, from cleaning the house to skincare. Taken before meals it’s also great for digestive health and can therefore stimulate weight loss.

12.Olive Oil: Combined with lots of fruit, veg and fish as part of a Mediterranean diet, olive oil has long since been regarded as healthy. 

13. Avocado: avocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids – both of which have shown to lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. 

14. Salmon: it's an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which early research indicates are potentially useful in preventing insulin resistance that leads to diabetes. 

15. Sweet Potatoes: sweet potatoes are fiber-rich and a source of resistant starch, which is starting to play a bigger role in the quest to reduce obesity.  

16. Soy Products: Phytoestrogen in soy products such as soy beans, soy nuts and tofu may help women who are prone to gaining weight during or after the menopause because of hormonal changes and cravings. 


Published by Adeola Balogun