1. Whole Grains:  Did you know your body burns calories when digesting food?  In one study, it was shown that a meal containing whole grains required twice as many calories to digest as a meal containing refined grains (137 vs. 73 calories).  Whole grains have other health benefits as well, including a higher protein and fiber content than refined grains.
  2. Lean or Plant-Based Protein:  Moderately increasing protein intake may increase metabolic rate. A healthy protein intake may provide additional weight management benefits by increasing fullness following a meal and promoting retention of lean muscle mass.
  3. Hot Peppers (capsicum):  Capsicum containing peppers may modestly increase both metabolism and fat burning.  Can’t tolerate hot foods?  Try a capsicum pill. The benefits of red peppers have been seen in studies using pills as well as whole foods. Regardless of how you ingest it, capsicum may aid your weight management efforts.
  4. Oolong, Green, or White Tea:  Oolong, green, and white teas are rich in polyphenols like EGCG and also contain caffeine. The metabolism boosting effects of consuming polyphenols and caffeine have been shown in numerous studies.
  5. Coconut Oil:  While coconut oil has not specifically been found to increase metabolic rate or promote fat burning, it may be a beneficial food to add to your weight management program.  In recent scientific studies, individuals consuming coconut oil as part of a weight management program experienced greater reductions in waist circumference than those who did not consume the coconut oil. In addition to helping support a healthy weight, preliminary evidence suggests that coconut oil may also help promote healthy blood cholesterol profiles.
By Gina Van Luven
Director of Nutrition Education
This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.