4 Eating Habits That Speed up Your Metabolism After 50 — Eat This Not That

As you approach your 50s, there are many habits that you need to either correct or start doing for your health. It is important to make your routine doctor appointments, exercise regularly and eat foods that are good for your body to ensure that you stay in the best shape possible. However, aging comes with many different changes to your body – your metabolism is one of them.

As you get older, your metabolism slows down. Slow metabolism can lead to fatigue, hair loss, headaches and weight gain. While you may not be able to change the inevitable, there are ways to help your metabolism progress to avoid those situations. Changing your eating habits can be an effective way to make sure your metabolism stays steady, even after 50 years of age. Read on to see the eating habits that can help speed up your metabolism. Then look at 13 ways to boost your metabolism and burn belly fat.


“Adding chilli pepper to your dishes can help speed up your metabolism,” says medical expert board member Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LDN, CLICK, CPTauthor of First time mom’s pregnancy cookbook, The 7 Ingredients Healthy Pregnancy Cookbookand Fuel for male fertility.

Manaker suggests that the capsaicinoids (CAPs) found in both chillies and pepper extracts play a role in improved metabolism.

According to a Biosciences reports study, capsaicin — the most common capsaicinoid — plays a role in numerous aspects of your health. Specifically, it has been found to support metabolic health, especially when it comes to weight loss in obese individuals.

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According to Manaker, some studies have shown that ginger improves thermogenesis (calorie burning). Consumption of ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing and stimulating effects on the digestive tract.

Furthermore, this rhizome can help with weight loss in those who are overweight or obese. This is because ginger is full of natural plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Their anti-inflammatory abilities can also aid in weight loss.

Oats in a bowl and on the table

“Oats, and other whole grains, can help people support a healthy metabolism,” says Manaker. “In one study, results showed that substituting whole grains for refined options could help increase a person’s resting metabolic rate.”

Eating oatmeal can help you feel fuller for longer and burn more fat. This is because raw oats are a major source of resistant starch: starch that escapes from digestion in the small intestine of healthy individuals. Once it reaches the colon, this resistant starch serves as a food source for the good bacteria that live in your gut. It helps keep your microbial balance healthy by providing a better ratio of “good” to “bad” gut bacteria. A healthy gut has many benefits, such as keeping appetite in check as well as supporting energy metabolism.

dark chocolate

Manaker suggests that eating a little flavonoid-rich chocolate, such as dark chocolate, can help with your metabolism.

“According to results of a study published in Molecules in 2018, people who had a daily consumption of 2 grams of dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa experienced better aspects of glucose metabolism for 6 months compared to people who had 2 grams of chocolate milk for the same time, “says Manaker.

Although dark chocolate does have benefits, it is important to eat this sweet treat in moderation and make sure you only buy 70% cocoa or more; the lower the cocoa percentage the higher the added sugar percentage. Chocolate is caloric, and too much of it (like all good things) can cause weight gain – the opposite effect you want.

Kayla Garritano

Kayla Garritano is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That! She graduated from Hofstra University, where she majored in Journalism as a major and double minor in Marketing and Creative Writing. Read more

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