Your metabolism, or how fast your body converts food into energy, is an important piece of the weight loss puzzle. Certain foods play a part in boosting your metabolism by accelerating your energy levels and helping to improve metabolic functions. Eat these twelve metabolism-boosting foods to help move you one step closer to your weight loss goals.

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The two processes that are involved in metabolism are catabolism and anabolism.

Catabolism:

Catabolism involves breaking down of food substances like carbohydrates, fats and proteins into simpler forms which are later used for energy production.

Anabolism:

Anabolism is concerned with the use of energy produced by catabolic process. It also involves storing energy for future use.

1. Legumes:

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Metabolism-Boosting Powers: Hot peppers like chili peppers and jalapeños contain the chemical capsicum in that gives these vegetables their heat. Capsaicin, increases your body’s internal temperature which helps you burn more calories.

2. Melons:

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Popular melons like honeydew and cantaloupe both taste great, and are low in calories, making them a perfect addition to anyone’s weight loss program. Melons are also rich in potassium, which is very important for boosting the metabolism.

3. Salmon:

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Along with being low in saturated fat yet high in protein, salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that boost levels of fat-burning enzymes while lowering levels of fat-storage enzymes. It’s also been found to increase metabolism by as much as 400 calories a day.

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