How to Boost Your Metabolism (Without Hitting the Gym)

In theory, understanding metabolism should be simple: The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories your body burns when performing chemical processes. A slow metabolism is often linked with weight gain, as with it, the body becomes less efficient at converting food into energy.

While this might seem straightforward, a number of subtle lifestyle choices can influence your body's natural metabolic rate. If you're struggling to fight weight gain and suspect you have a slow metabolism, Gerard Mullin, MD, author of The Good Gut Diet, says you should scrutinize your eating habits. In an article for Women's Health, he spotlights the five foods he recommends clients eat to rev up a slow metabolism. Add these healthy ingredients to your shopping cart to improve your digestion and support metabolic function.

  1. Green tea: Mullins refers to green tea as a "super beverage for lean metabolism" as it enhances energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
  2. Chia seeds: "Loaded with healthy anti-inflammatory fats, protein, and fiber, these seeds also help prolong fullness," says Mullins.
  3. Cranberries: Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, which "inhibit fat accumulation, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and alter gut flora."
  4. Ginger: Mullins says this "universal remedy" can help ease digestive issues.
  5. Quinoa: "Gluten-free quinoa is high in magnesium, which is a key regulator of energy and promotes good blood sugar control," he says. Bonus: It's also incredibly filling.

Next up: Ditch these three sneaky habits that slow down your metabolism.