Losing weight is a battle, and if you have tried everything in vain, you may be suffering from a slow metabolism. People with a slow metabolism tend to put on weight more quickly, and lose it more slowly as well. If you have a slow metabolism, it can definitely be a lot more difficult for you to lose those unwanted kilos. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can boost your metabolism — and one of the most simple is to eat metabolism-boosting foods. If you are the kind of person who loves to snack, then you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to feel guilty if you feel a craving for something — with these popular metabolism-boosting snacks, you can munch away to your heart’s content.

Celery

Yes, we’ve heard it all before: celery is already one of those ‘diet’ foods that everybody loves to hate. But if you are really determined to boost your metabolism, you may want to take celery more seriously as a snack food. If you are bored with the simple, bland taste of celery, you can always liven it up with some peanut butter or eat it along with some cheese sticks. This way, you not only get a metabolic boost — you are getting some protein and healthy fats as well.

Fruits

Whilst there has been an increased emphasis on exotic fruits such as noni fruit, acai berries, dragon fruit, and more in recent times, there’s still nothing wrong with consuming regular fruit — the fruit you will always be able to find in your neighbourhood shop. In fact, fruits such as apples are known to contribute to a faster metabolism, thus giving truth to the adage ‘an apple a day keeps the (metabolism) doctor away.’ Make it a point to eat at least one or two servings of fruit per day, and you will see the difference in no time at all. Opt for fruits that do not have such a high sugar or fructose content, such as pears, grapefruit, and strawberries, aside from the above-mentioned apples.

Oatmeal

If you would like to give your metabolism a boost, you can also eat more oatmeal. And whilst you may think that oatmeal is just for breakfast, think again — you can have it at any time of day, be it a mid-morning, a mid-afternoon, or even an after-supper snack. Oatmeal has plenty of fibre, making your body work more to digest it and therefore burn more calories. Pair this metabolic-booster with some skim milk and berries, and you’ll give yourself the energy you need as well.

Other foods that are known metabolic-boosters include coffee, green tea, ginger, and spices such as black pepper, curry, cayenne paprika (found in the most effective natural weight loss pills), mustard, and cinnamon.