What foods speed up your metabolism? Many foods and beverages help to increase metabolism -- chemical reactions in the body that change food into energy. In this Honest Nutrition feature, the researchers study how some dietary patterns affect our metabolism and discover certain foods and beverages that have a significant impact on metabolic rate.
Factors such as age, diet, biological sex, physical activity, and health conditions can affect metabolism. Basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest.
The body requires energy to digest and process food including carbs, proteins, and fats. This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF).
Proteins need 10–30% of the energy content to digest macronutrients, while carbs need 5–10% of the ingested carbohydrates, and fats take 0–3% of the ingested fat.
Studies show that highly processed meals require less energy to digest compared to whole foods as highly refined foods contain lower amounts of fiber and protein. The study has also shown that high protein diets can increase resting metabolic.
Other researches have also revealed that high protein diets increase daily energy expenditure than low protein diets.
The experts suggest that compounds in chili peppers, green tea, and coffee can slightly boost metabolism. Caffeine has the ability to increase energy expenditure, so drinking caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and green tea, may speed up metabolism. Meanwhile, the capsaicin in chili peppers can increase metabolic rate.