You are here

5 Fat-Burning Foods that Speed Up Metabolism

Healthy Foods that Speed up Metabolism #1: Tuna

1 of 5

All photos

Tuna is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which stimulate the production of leptin, a hormone that increases feelings of fullness (so you stop eating sooner). It also revs your metabolism, says Alyse Levine, R.D., founder of Nutritionbite in Los Angeles. Salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines are good sources too. Try it tonight with this pepper seared tuna with cool mango relish recipe.

Healthy Foods that Speed up Metabolism #2: Grapefruit

2 of 5

All photos

Grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant that researchers at the Scripps Clinic in California found helps your body use insulin more efficiently, keeping your blood sugar in check and improving calorie burn. "Scientists are still studying exactly how it can help you lose weight," says Levine. Spice up boring greens by adding grapefruit like in this grapefruit and avocado salad recipe.

Healthy Foods that Speed up Metabolism #3: Rolled Oats

3 of 5

All photos

They help you stave off hunger, but whole grains also take more energy to digest, so your body burns more calories when you eat them, says Molly Morgan, R.D., author of The Skinny Rules: The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows. Try this tasty chai oatmeal recipe to jumpstart your metabolism first thing in the morning.

Healthy Foods that Speed up Metabolism #4: Green Tea

4 of 5

All photos

Green tea contains epigallocatechin, which stimulates the nervous system—without elevating your heart rate. The Journal of Nutrition reports that people who drank green tea and exercised regularly burned more calories than those who sweated but didn't sip. Three cups a day can torch up to 80 calories. Not a fan of tea? You can still reap the benefits from easy meals like this healthy pasta recipe.

Healthy Foods that Speed up Metabolism #5: Hot Peppers

5 of 5

All photos

Jalapeños, habañeros, and cayennes don't just add flavor—thanks to a chemical called capsaicin, these veggies amp up your calorie burn too. "Research shows that a spicy meal can increase your metabolism by up to 25 percent for three hours after you've eaten it," says Morgan. Torch extra calories tonight with this vegetarian chili recipe.