4. Almonds:

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Almonds are truly one of nature’s miracle foods. You get such a big bang for your buck. First of all, almonds are nutritionally dense. This means that for a small portion size, you get a large amount of healthy macro nutrients and good calories. Almonds can lower cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat. Almonds a day consistently lowered LDL cholesterol levels. Eating almonds is a filling snack. Almonds contain protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat, all which may help keep you satisfied and your digestive juices churning. In all, helps in boosting metabolism.

5. Grapefruit:

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This is more than a breakfast food it’s a weight-loss jump start! Besides being packed with vitamin C and fiber, this citrus fruit speeds weight loss. Half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Many people in the study lost more than 10 pounds without making any other dietary changes.

6. Pork:

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A diet rich in lean protein mixed with moderate exercise will have you on your way to building more muscle. Increased muscle mass allows your body to burn more calories, even while you’re sleeping or sedentary. Don’t be afraid to stray from chicken, there are lots of sources of lean protein and pork is a great go-to alternative.

7. Berries:

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Berries like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries contain both anthocyanins and adiponectin, making them the perfect delicious addition to a holistic weight loss plan. Anthocyanins are known to stop individual fat cells from getting any bigger while also encouraging them to release the hormone adiponectin which reduces inflammation, lower blood sugar, and reverse leptin and insulin resistance. As if that wasn’t enough, certain polyphenols found in both raspberries and strawberries reduce the absorption of specific starches and fats. And, blueberries contain antioxidants which prevent the building up of free radicals, a known inhibitor in building muscle and losing fat. Fresh or frozen organic berries in low fat yogurt or cottage cheese, a smoothie, or just plain for dessert are fantastic options to boost metabolism.

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