Nutritionists know best when it comes to diet and food.
If you are watching your weight but your metabolic rate does not seem to cooperate, then you should check out these 7 metabolism-boosting food nutritionists swear by.
Lentils and sweet potatoes
Nutritionist Marjorie Nolan Cohn, owner of MNC Nutrition in New York City, reaches for foods high in resistant starch, a unique kind of fiber. “Resistant starch isn’t digested by the small intestine, which means it enters the large intestine whole, where it ferments,” she explains. “This process creates beneficial fatty acids that can block the body’s ability to burn carbs, so it uses stored body fat and recently consumed fat as fuel instead.”
A study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism found that replacing just 5.4% of total carbohydrate intake with resistant starch increased fat-burning after a meal by 20 to 30%.
Cohn’s resistant starches of choice are lentils and sweet potatoes, which are also nutrient-dense so they help to keep cravings at bay. “When your muscle and fat cells are nourished, the hunger hormone ghrelin is suppressed, which signals to your brain to feel satisfied,” she explains.