6 Foods to Make Your Metabolism Work for You

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Processed foods filled with chemicals and calories are not going to help you reach your weight-loss goals. Fitness and health expert Jillian Michaels outlines the 5 power nutrients you should include in your daily diet.

Who has time to cook these days? Our fast-paced lives has made many of us resort to drive-thru’s, frozen dinners, and other processed foods that offer our bodies very little nutritional value. While you may not be able to promise me you’ll start preparing home-cooked meals daily, (even I don’t do that), you can certainly start making an effort to eliminate all of those unhealthy foods from your diet and replace them with some of the following five power nutrients. Not only are they healthy and nutritious, but they’ll also stimulate your metabolism by triggering your fat-loss hormones.

Beans

“Resistant” starch — a key starch in beans— known as resistant starch, repairs the lining of your intestine to help you fight inflammation, cancer, and harmful bacteria; in addition, it’s been shown to help lower insulin levels. The hefty fiber content of beans also helps you feel fuller, and store less fat, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and improves insulin sensitivity.

The B vitamins and zinc in beans boost testosterone, which is a good thing! Testosterone helps to increase our energy and build more calorie-burning muscle.

Don’t know beans about beans? Here are a few key facts:

Dried beans are better for you than canned beans, plus you avoid concerns about possible BPA in the lining of the cans. Soak them for six to eight hours in room temperature water, then drain before cooking. Look for no-salt varieties.

Rinse thoroughly before cooking — especially if you end up using canned.

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