In the United States, the average American will lose between 20 and 40 percent of their metabolic power over the course of their adult life, resulting in a slower metabolism in later years. Starting at age 25, a person’s metabolism will start to decrease by as much as 10 percent with every decade that follows.

Many Americans will blame their slow metabolism on genes; however, your metabolism level is largely based on how you live your life in regards to diet and fitness. Considering the role age plays in our metabolism and fat burning, it’s important to eat a healthy diet high in foods that contain properties that will naturally boost your metabolism and energy.Here is a list of 12 different foods that will naturally boost your metabolism and lead to increased energy, wellness, and weight loss.

1. Avocado

There are 2 grams of protein in every one-half an avocado, which is high in amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids that will improve your “good” HDL cholesterol levels and aid in fat-burning.

2. Grapefruit

Grapefruit can lower your insulin levels and help your body digest and break down foods, resulting in higher calorie-burning. Eat grapefruit with breakfast or add to tea to spike your metabolism.

3. Green tea

Green tea contains a chemical known as EGCG that can stimulate the nervous system and trigger calorie burning. Squeeze grapefruit into a cup of green tea following meals to aid in the digestion process and increase your metabolism.

4. Lean protein

Protein in lean meats such as chicken and turkey requires a lot of energy to break down, so your body will burn calories at a faster rate.

5. Legumes

Beans and legumes are rich in fiber and resistant starch, and requires your body to use more energy to break them down. Foods high in resistant starch can increase your metabolism by as much as 24 percent throughout the course of the day.

6. Salmon and tuna

Salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce fat levels by lowering cortisol, while also building muscle and burning calories.

7. Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics that can help burn and manage belly fat, and is rich in calcium and minerals.

8. Chili peppers

Hot peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can cause the body to burn up to 100 extra calories following a spicy meal. Try to eat the hottest peppers you can handle for maximum calorie burning.

9. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamin C and calcium — both of which will work together to trigger calorie burning at a faster rate.

10. Almonds

Some will warn against almonds due to their higher calorie content, but almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that will speed up metabolism and the fat-burning process.

11. Apples

Apples are high in fiber, which not only requires more energy to break down, but also results in a lasting feeling of fullness.

12. Cinnamon

In addition to lowering your cholesterol, cinnamon helps your body regulate blood sugar levels and metabolize sugars more effectively.

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