I am looking for some diatary ways to keep my metabolism high, especially between meals.

What kinds of foods or supliments can help keep your body processing long after you've consumed them?

Ideally I'm looking for categories not a list of examples

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I'm going to answer your question in the way that you requested, "in categories not a list of examples".

Metabolism Boosters

  • Spicy Foods - Jalapeno, Habanero, and Cayenne Peppers.
  • Protein Meat - Lean Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Turkey.
  • Protein, Dairy - Milk, Yogurt.
  • Protein, Fish - Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines.
  • Protein, Eggs - Chicken eggs.
  • Caffeinated Beverages - Green Tea and Coffee.
  • Whole Grains - Brown Rice, Oatmeal, and Quinoa.
  • Dark Leafy Greens - Spinach, Bok Choy, and Broccoli.
  • Low-sugar Fruits - Apples, Pears, Berries, Oranges, Kiwis, and Peaches. (organic preferred)


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    Good answer (but eggs arent dairy!)
    – Nobody
    May 6, 2011 at 10:16
  • Moved eggs into their own category :)
    – Tony R
    May 6, 2011 at 14:11

Drink lots and lots of water, this will keep the system running smoothly.

You can put this in the fluids category if you need one.


Green Tea is thing to have lots of.

It contains a great deal of Catechin's that has a metabolic enhancing effects. Additionally, Green tea contains a lot of excellent anti-oxidants.

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