Fire Up Your Metabolism

06 Aug 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Power up your day with savvy combos of carbs and protein

When it comes to a fast metabolism, some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot. Luckily, your metabolism doesn’t solely depend on factors out of your control such as genetics, age or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and making wiser food choices are among the options for anyone seeking a faster metabolism and a smaller waistline.

Increased physical activity affects the metabolism more than anything else, but before you opt to take the stairs over the lift make sure you are fuelling your body with the energy it needs. A great first step is to examine your diet and understand which foods will give you long-lasting energy to burn more calories and help you move more during the day.

Registered dietitians Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames aka “The Nutrition Twins” favour an energy-revving complex carbohydrate with a nutrient-rich protein.

“For example, we recommend pairing oatmeal with a healthy protein like eggs,” say the twins.

Eggs pack a protein punch and some brands contain as little as 60 calories, which aids in fat loss. They also contain nutrients vitamin B12, which assists in producing energy to power metabolism.

Here are some foods The Nutrition Twins recommend to help boost your metabolism:


The blood sugar stabilising protein found in eggs helps keep you full and extends the power boost from carbohydrates like oats. Eggs provide high levels and vitamin B12, a nutrient that assists the body in creating energy, as well as Omega-3s, which stimulate leptin, a hormone that increases the feeling of fullness, meaning you’ll be reaching for the snack jar less often.


The complex carbohydrates in oats fuel your brain and your body. Without them, your metabolism will suffer because you’ll have very little energy to be active and burn calories. Oats are also fibre-filled, which helps extend energy levels.


Berries, such as blackberries and strawberries, taste great and contain the phytochemical known as cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G). Research shows C3G helps in the production of both adiponectin, which enhances fat metabolism, and leptin, which suppresses appetite.

Recipe: Wake-up Sunnyside Pineapple Berry Oatmeal


Serves: 2 


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut in chunks


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Add oats and reduce heat. Stir. Simmer for about five minutes or until oats are tender.
  3. While oats are simmering, spritz a small pan with oil in a spray container. Heat over medium heat and add eggs. Cook for about three minutes, until white is set and yolk is still soft (not cooked through).
  4. When oatmeal is tender, add almond milk (if using) and stir.
  5. Divide oatmeal evenly amongst two serving bowls and mix in fruit.
  6. When eggs are ready, remove from pan.
  7. Top each bowl of oatmeal and berries with an egg. Enjoy!

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