Once you switch to a plant-based diet and become a vegetarian or vegan, you should notice your energy levels go up and your weight go down. This will usually be the case because you are eating more cleanly, that is, eating whole foods that are fresh and natural, not junk food.
There are also several foods that can help boost your metabolism naturally, for better calorie burn even when you are sitting at your desk working or hanging out watching TV.
Kidney beans are cheap, healthy and delicious. They are full of protein and fiber, so you will feel fuller longer. They will also aid in digestion and the excretion of waste products from the body. Studies have shown they can repair the intestinal lining and fight harmful bacteria, so those with bowel disorders and/or a leaky gut will soon start to feel fit again.
Egg whites can be part of a healthy vegetarian diet. They are high in protein and low in calories. The amino acids in egg whites speed up your metabolism, especially when you eat them with some of the other foods on this list.
Peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical compound that boosts the metabolism almost instantly. By adding some chili peppers or chili powder to a meal every day, you can increase your metabolism dramatically. Fresh peppers are ideal in omelets, soups, stew and stir fry.
Avocado is a super food that is both delicious and nutritious. Technically a fruit, it boosts the metabolism, reduces inflammation and contains heart-healthy fats similar to that found in olive oil. You can enjoy it as is, or in guacamole. You can also use it in place of mayo if you are vegan.
Oats are a super food packed with nutrients and soluble fiber, which helps you feel full longer. It lowers cholesterol naturally and is gluten-free. It balances insulin levels to help speed up metabolism.
Quinoa is a tiny seed packed with protein and amino acids. One cup has 8 grams of protein and a large amount of fiber. Like oats, quinoa can help balance insulin levels too.
There are many foods out there that can boost your metabolism to help turn your body into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine. Try adding these to your menu every day and see what a difference they can make to your health and weight.