Unless you happen to have been fortunate enough to have been genetically blessed with a fast-burning metabolism that converts calories into energy like they’re going out of fashion, then the chances are that at some point, you will have struggled with your weight, and if you haven’t yet, you may very well in the future. We all struggle with our weight from time to time, because unfortunately it is so easy to gain weight and so difficult to lose it. People spend countless hours in the gym, or on so-called “diet” drinks and meal plans designed to help them lose weight, and do tend to lose a few pounds, often over the course of several weeks. One of two high calorie meals later however, and all of that hard work has been undone as the weight will once again have been replaced in a matter of hours. Losing weight is all a matter of calories, specifically, calories in versus calories out. To lose weight we simply need to ensure that we burn more calories than we consume, and we do so thanks to our metabolisms. The good news is that there are natural ways of increasing your metabolisms, especially by consuming certain foods. Here’s a look at a few fantastic foods guaranteed to boost your metabolism.

Eggs – Eggs are actually extremely healthy foods that contain b vitamins, d vitamins, minerals, and other natural goodness. Eggs are a fantastic source of protein and are packed full of amino acids. Eggs in fact, are the only food to contain each and every single amino acid, both essential, and non-essential. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and have been found to naturally increase metabolic function. Be careful with whole eggs however, as the yolks do contain the majority of the calories found in eggs.

Spinach – If you want to know just how beneficial spinach is, just ask Popeye. Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that is packed full of vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Spinach has been found to help to stimulate fat metabolizing enzymes within the body, which means it essentially tells them to metabolize fat cells and convert them into energy for you.

Salmon – Salmon is a fantastic food when it comes to burning fat because this oily fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which have been found to naturally boost the metabolism within the human body. Salmon is also a great source of protein. Protein is thermogenic, which means that in order for the body to digest it and break it down, it has to work harder than it would with other foods. In order for the body to work harder, it requires more energy, which it gets by burning calories. Over time this equates to a lasting increase in metabolism, meaning you will burn more calories and convert them into energy, even in a resting state.

Chillies – Chillies are another great food for boosting metabolic function because they contain an ingredient known as capsaicin. This ingredient is a chemical compound that is responsible for giving chillies their heat and spiciness. The chemical has also been found to increase the metabolism by raising the body’s core temperature temporarily. When the temperature begins to drop, the body panics as it thinks its core temperature is dropping and so it works harder to turn and raise it again, and it does so by burning calories and converting them into energy. That’s why people living in colder climates require more calories just to maintain the body mass than they would in warmer parts of the world.