Have you started to notice how losing those extra pounds isn’t as easy as it used to be? As we age our metabolism tends to slow down, and it’s not really a question of “if” but rather “when” it will happen.

Luckily, there are ways to improve your metabolism to make it speed up again. Down below we have listed the foods that are most likely to help you lose those weight as if you were in your twenties again.

Coconut Oil

You have probably heard a lot about coconut oil lately, and that’s most probably because of its healthy properties. The type of fat that coconut contains are less likely actually to be stored as fat in the body than a lot of other high-fat content food, because of the way the fatty acids are constructed in coconut oil. Some studies are showing that coconut oil can increase your metabolism more than other types of fat, and you should have an intake of 30 ml per day to get some results.[1]

Spices that speed up metabolism

Some spices are thought to boost metabolism. The ones that are thought to be most effective are chili, garlic, cayenne pepper, and ginger. Make it a habit of adding some to your food. You are also more likely to eat less if your diet is spicy![2]

Beans and lentils

Studies are showing that people consuming legumes daily are more prone to maintain their weight, and in some cases even lose weight.[3] Legumes are high in protein and fiber which makes it the perfect weight-loss food. However, as they are quite calorie-dense, make sure you don’t overeat.

Even though you can speed up your metabolism through what you eat, the most effective way is to move more. When you exercise you burn more calories, regardless of your metabolism being slow or fast.

Good Old Fashioned Exercise

If you are already working out, or if you’re just not ready to start properly exercising, there are a few tips to incorporate more movement into your daily life. Make it a routine always choosing the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re working at a job where you sit down a lot, set a rule that you have to stand up instead – and only let yourself sit down the last hour as a treat. If you have the possibility, try starting to walk to work instead of taking the car. One hour of exercise a day will make a huge difference, and equally speed up the metabolism as well eventually!


  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-and-weight-loss#section1
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-ways-to-boost-metabolism#section7
  3. https://nutritionfacts.org/2015/12/24/which-works-better-adding-beans-or-portion-control/