10 Common Foods That Are Completely Messing with Your Metabolism

Low protein diets

“Your body expends a good amount of energy to break down and store protein, so make sure you’re getting some protein (about 20 to 30 grams) at each meal and spreading this throughout the day,” says Gorin who recommends starting your day with a high-protein smoothie with vanilla bean, which boasts 21 grams of protein.

Bland food

Being healthy doesn’t mean eating tasteless food. Spices are one of the best ways to add flavor to healthy, fresh produce without packing on calories (see this for more way to jump start your metabolism). Remember, your diet shouldn’t be a temporary change, it should be a long-term pattern of healthy eating, says Gorin: That’s not something you can achieve if you don’t actually like what you’re eating. Adding some spice to your food also gives your metabolism a kick. “In one study, people eating about ½ teaspoon of red pepper (versus people not having any) had bigger post-meal calorie burn,” says Gorin.

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