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20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

There’s nothing better than sinking into your comfy chair with a wonderful book and being drifted off into a whole new world. A world that isn’t yours. Many will agree that reading books is different than watching the movie version, since you grow attached to the characters as their feelings and story progresses. It’s not uncommon for a reader to actually get caught up into the book to such a level that they cry, laugh, blush or scream while their favorite character goes through different life episodes. That being said, there are 20 amazing novels that you must read before you watch the movie! Not only to know what to expect before it happens, but also to compare your vision of the character to the movie’s portrayal.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s dystopian story comes to life as it takes a spot on the big screen. It’s a story that we’ve all fallen in love with, and it’s now time to connect with each character on a whole new level. A community without war, suffering, differences or free will is shaken up as a young boy, named Jonas, is given the opportunity to learn about emotions and past events from an elderly man. Will Jonas be able to take what he’s learning and change the community? With Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, and Alexander Skarsgard. Release date: August 15th, 2014

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    2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    John Green’s book has made many weep and smile as they read about Hazel and Gus’ story. This amazing story has shined a new light on relationships and true love and the time has finally come to bring the characters to life! Two teenagers, named Gus and Hazel, fall in love while they’re both being treated at the hospital. Their wits and weirdness brings them closer together as the story moves forward and keep each other strong throughout the struggles that their illnesses put them through. Will it be a happy ending? With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe.

    3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    We’ve fallen in love with Suzanne Collins’ characters, Katniss and Peeta, during the first two movies that were inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy. Hollywood finishes the trilogy by dividing the third book’s story into two parts. Katniss unintentionally becomes the face of rebellion as she teams up with her mentors and hunger games teammates to bring President Snow down. It’s way more than just a rebellion though as she is also forced to choose between her two loves, Peeta and Gale. With Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland.

    4. If I Stay by Gale Foreman

    For those of you who like the supernatural and have a soft side in your heart, you will love Gale Foreman’s book, If I Stay. Not only do you connect with the characters, but you also start viewing life in a whole different way… in a supernatural way. Time to let the dreams begin. Mia’s life changes drastically as she is put in a coma after a tragic car accident. While in a coma, she has an out-of-body experience where she meets various individuals. As her story moves forward, she has to decide whether or not she will stay in a coma, since she is not yet ready to let go of the people she met while in her out-of-body experience. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, and Stacy Keach. Release date: August 22nd, 2014

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      5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

      Gillian Flynn’s mystery and thriller book Dark Places keeps us on the edge of our seat as the characters get themselves in various situations. The suspense of knowing whether or not the characters will reach their goal is what makes this book a must-read! Libby’s life is turned upside down when her mother and two sisters are murdered by her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben. After testifying against her brother, she thought she was done and ready to move on… but she was wrong. Twenty-five years later, a secret society pumps her for details about what happened to her mother and sisters in order to free Ben from prison, forcing Libby to reconnect with the tragic event. Will she survive her run from the killer? With Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Corey Stoll. Release date: November 14th, 2014

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        6. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

        Jonathan Tropper’s book makes us laugh and nod our heads as we realize the funny truths about our own families. An easy-read that needs to be shared with everybody! All grown and somewhat responsible, four siblings are shaken up as their father passes away. Although the passing upsets them, it’s what comes after that really hits them. Their father’s last wish, to ground all his children for one week, has been written in his will and forces all four siblings to return back home and face each other’s drama-filled lives. Will they survive the week? With Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, and Corey Stoll

        7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

        This story will most definitely hook you from beginning to end, as the characters go through a hard journey to keep their identity. Get your running shoes ready, because you will live this story at full speed. Thomas’ life is changed dramatically as his memory is erased and he’s dumped with 60 other teenage boys in a closed space. With the other boys, Thomas tries to escape by going through a maze that surrounds their living environment. Little did they know that they must run to keep themselves from being trapped there forever. With Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, an Will Poulter.

        8. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

        A forbidden love affair always makes everything more interesting for the lovers and the public who’s watching. Who’s to say that love can’t happen between two people? Certainly not Mark Helprin. Set in the 19th century, in Manhattan, a middle-aged burglar and a young heiress fall in love without meaning to. As their journey moves forward and their love for each other grows, a turn of events shakes up their relationship. As the burglar is left alone after the heiress dies, he realizes that he has a magic power that could help him bring back his beloved: the power of reincarnation. The burglar then goes on a journey to help the heiress and bring her back into his life. With Colin Farrell, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Crane, Brian Hutchison, Kevin Corrigan, and Alan Doyle.

        9. Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord

        ‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ is the question Francois Lelord wants to answer in his new book. Tears will fall down your cheeks from laughter and sadness, as you connect with the character through his journey to happiness. We always thought that psychiatrists had the answer to everything, but Hector is shaken up as he realizes that he doesn’t understand what true happiness is. He decides to quit his job as a shrink and go around the world to find what makes people happy and in turn find happiness for himself. With Simon Pegg, Jordan Schartner, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman, Veronica Ferres, Jakob Davies, and Chris Gauthier.

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        10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

        Gillian Flynn does it again! This book will submerge you in the story as you connect with the characters and look at the situations through their eyes. Nick’s wife has disappeared and instead of searching the town for the killer, the media bombards Nick with questions, blaming him for the disappearance. Under a lot of pressure from the police and the media, Nick concocts lies to keep them away as long as he can. He’s playing the role of the innocent, but is he really? With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Carrie Coon, and Patrick Fugit.

        11. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

        Nicholas Sparks’s books have touched our heart many times as we grew attached to the characters in his stories and felt the emotions they were going through. The Best of Me is no exception; an easy read that will bring you on a wonderful emotional journey. Amanda and Dawson fell in love in 1984, when they were both in High School, but their relationship never made it until the end. They both went their own way after they graduated 12th grade, almost forgetting about one another, until they are forced to come back together twenty-five years later and face the painful memories that brought them to that point in their lives. Will their love for each other be enough to surpass the pain? With Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, James Marsden, and Luke Bracey.

        12. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

        Cecelia Ahern’s book tells about something that a lot people are struggling with nowadays: the Friendzone. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you laugh and connect with the characters’ struggles to find love for each other while not jeopardizing their friendship. Alex and Rosie has been best friends since they were five years-old. Since they grew up together, they learned to see each other like siblings, oblivious to all the signs showing them that they should actually be in a relationship. Follow their hilarious journey as they try to be together but just keep missing their chance! The movie is titled Love, Rosie.  With Lily Collins, Sam Claffin, Christian Cooke, and Art Parkinson.

        13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

        It’s so easy to connect with the main character in this books, as we’ve all felt like running away from everything at least once in our lives. Cheryl Strayed uses the perfect words to bring the story to life and make us feel like we’re on the journey as well. After having her life turned upside down by her mother’s death and family destroyed, Cheryl decides to go on a journey to find herself and be at peace. With nothing more than a backpack and ambition, she hikes more than a thousand miles from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon all the way to Washington State. Alone with her thoughts, she hopes to heal her heart from all the drama that’s recently filled her life. Will she succeed, or will the journey be too much for her to handle alone? With Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Charles Baker, Michiel Huisman, and W. Earl Brown.

        14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

        There is absolutely no way to not fall in love with The Hobbit! J.R.R. Tolkien describes Bilbo’s journey like no other, with details that make the magic come to life from within. Goosebumps are guaranteed to occur when you follow the hard, yet hilarious, journey of The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins’s journey continues as he tries to reclaim Erebor from the enemies and take back the treasure that was once rightfully his and the Dwarves’s. Will Bilbo be able to claim what is his? With Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, and Luke Evans.

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        15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

        Laura Hillenbrand’s words grab you and draw you into the story, leaving you feeling slightly like a better person for being part of the character’s journey. This is not a book that you read and put down every half hour, so prepare the time to read it in one sitting because you will not want to stop. Louis Zamperini was born to run. Not because he wanted to, but because there was a delinquent side of him that could only be tamed through running. Through running, he was able to go to the Berlin Olympics and compete at a young age. When World War II started though, he had to join the army and fight for his country. Little did he know that his journey was going to take a drastic turn and bring him right in the Japanese’s hands. A prisoner of the enemy clan, will he survive to see the day? With Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, Luke Treadaway, and Alex Russell.

        16. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

        Someone’s memoir is always interesting as it captures the author’s true feelings about a situation but Michael Finkel takes it to the next level by sharing the truth about why his feelings became what they did. This book will leave you frustrated on so many levels, while still wanting to know more. A must-read for anyone looking to know the truth about business and society. New York Times writer Michael Finkel received a troubling note one day that changed everything. A wanted convict had taken his identity by using his name while captured in Mexico. The story could stop there, but after losing his job under the claims of falsifying an investigation, Finkel goes out of his way to find the truth. This emotional journey brings together Finkel and the convict as they try to uncover what really happened in the investigation. Movie is titled True Story. With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones.

        17. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

        E.L. James brings the erotic books to a whole new level by describing the passionate love between the two main characters. Not only do you connect with the characters as they find a way to love each other, but the story also makes you think about the passion in your own love life. Certain to make you blush and while raising a few hairs off your back! Anastasia was just a normal University student; her life lacked passion as she focused all her attention on work and studies. Everything changes though, when she meets the handsome billionaire Mr.Grey. Their erotic and somewhat bizarre love for each other brings new adventures as secrets are revealed on the tormented billionaire. Will Anastasia find out the true reason why Mr.Grey is the way he is, or will she remain blind to the truth? With Jamie Doman, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, and Max Martini.

        18. Fallen by Lauren Kate

        The fantasy world portrayed in Fallen will surely make you look at your life a little differently. The feelings between the two characters are described so vividly that it may bring back memories of your own love life, both good and bad. Mostly good. You can’t go wrong with true love, even if it’s in a fantasy world! Lucinda is a teenager living a pretty ordinary life until she’s falsely accused of a crime. Now at a reform school for the delinquent teenagers of the city, she finds herself being attracted to two mysterious students. As her journey moves forward in the reform school, many secrets of her past unravel and make her realize the truth about those two mysterious students, who are actually angels battling for her love. Will she choose the right boy to love? With Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, and Harrison Gilbertson.

        19. A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney

        Joseph Delaney shows off his talent at suspense in his book A New Darkness. Get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime that will bring fantasy creatures to life and give danger a whole new meaning. John Gregory is the local spook and seventh son of his generation. His job is to protect the country from evil creatures, but he now needs to pass on his knowledge and power to a younger individual: Thomas Ward. The young man has to survive countless challenges that many have failed before him in order to take over the local spook’s job. Will he succeed and protect the country from the evil beings? The movie is titled Seventh Son. With Julianne Moore, Kit Harrington, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Antje Traue.

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        20. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

        A hilarious detective story with unforgettable characters that will take you on an amazing trip back to the sixties. The story will capture every moment and detail without fault and leave you eagerly guessing about the next chapter in the characters’ lives. Doc Sportello hasn’t seen his ex-girlfriend in a long time, and he didn’t mind. One day though, she shows up at his doorstep with a crazy plan to kidnap a billionaire land developer, whom she loves. Why does she want to do that and will Doc join in on her madness? With Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newson

        Which ones are you going to read and watch?

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        Last Updated on November 15, 2019

        Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

        Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

        Wouldn’t you like to be able to eat twice as much as you do now without gaining weight? If so, I have good news for you because this is possible when you learn how to increase metabolism.

        How Much Do You Know About Metabolism?

        Before we get to the meat, let me say that metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body.[1] These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning, however, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with the metabolic rate or the number of calories you burn.

        The metabolic rate is a rough estimate of how much energy your body needs to simply stay alive and perform all its biochemical reactions. These reactions require energy, aka burn calories.

        Imagine that your brain alone consumes nearly 20% of your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure at rest),[2] your digestion and the detoxifying system come second, repairing tissues third and so on.

        Staying alive is expensive for your body and its two main currencies are fats and sugars.

        When I am talking about improving your metabolic rate (metabolism), I mean improving the amount of energy, your body requires to (pretty much) lay down in bed and do nothing for 24 hours.

        Extra physical activity, extra thinking or fighting illness are things that require a lot of energy (burn a lot of calories) but they don’t really increase metabolism… actually they can decrease it.

        Can You Naturally Change the Speed of Your Basal Metabolism?

        The answer to this question is yes and you can also achieve an increase in metabolism and a drop in body fat by eating more.

        Shocked? Well, I was too.

        The way I came across this phenomenon is quite funny. Over my 10 years as a coach, I helped many busy professionals to naturally increase their metabolism by getting them leaner, fitter and stronger but, at the beginning of my career, I actually had no idea whether they were losing weight because of an increase in metabolism or because we created a calorie deficit with diet and exercise.

        When I was training my clients regularly, they would lose weight. Every time I would take a few weeks of vacation, I would come back to London and find out that most of them gained back a generous amount of weight despite the fact that they were following their diet and they swapped our weight training sessions with cardio.

        On the contrary, when they were going on vacation, they would do zero exercises and binge like there was no tomorrow but come back either lighter or weighing the same (but looking more muscular).

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        Observing this phenomenon happening over and over again, got me curious about the mechanics of our metabolism and the ways to hack it.

        Was it really possible that by relaxing and eating more food, someone could actually maintain his/her current weight or even be losing fat?

        Driven by the desire to answer this question, I spent a good amount of years researching and testing different food strategies until I finally cracked the code to an improved metabolism that allows you to eat like a king and look like a Greek God.

        Does Eating More Increase Metabolism?

        Before I explain why eating more increases your metabolism, let me dig into something that I see people doing much more often: “eating less and moving more.”

        It is quite common to see people embarking their yearly weight loss journey (usually after Christmas or Easter) by following very restrictive diets and bombarding their body with several hours of exercise per day.

        Despite the short-term effectiveness of this approach, in the long run, if the goal is to increase metabolism and lose a lot of fat over an extended period of time, this simply won’t work.

        As I have mentioned before, eating fewer calories and exercising more are energy-consuming activities for your body. In the first case, your body needs to use its own energy reserves to top up the missing energy it needs to fully function; and in the second, it takes your body extra energy to contract your muscles.

        In both cases, your TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure at rest) doesn’t vary much; therefore your metabolism stays unchanged.[3]

        A different scenario happens when you eat less and move more for an extended period of time (weeks or months). In that case, your metabolism will slow down because your body is receiving a “we have little access to food and we need to run away from threats” signal.

        Your metabolism is like your bank account.

        To understand this concept, let’s imagine that you have $4,000 coming into your bank account each and every month. The money you spend on housing, transport, food and leisure are calibrated according to this monthly income.

        Now, imagine that a rich uncle starts to send you $1,000 each day. What would you do? Probably, you would save that money for the first two or three days but, when you notice that $1,000 keep on coming every single day, you would likely start to spend more right?

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        What if, instead of a rich uncle sending you money, a poor uncle needed your financial help to pay for the treatments of his illness? You would probably try your best to adjust your spending according to your old $4,000 monthly budget.

        That’s exactly how your body reasons:

        More Resources Coming in = More Energy Released (Improved Metabolism)

        Fewer Resources Coming in = Less Energy Released (Decreased Metabolism)

        Note that activities like weight training[4] and high-intensity interval training (HIIT),[5] when combined with an increase in nutrient-rich foods, will also improve your metabolism.

        For this reason, today, when I coach a new client, I always start by increasing their daily food intake and their physical activities. Usually, people are quite confused because they come to me to lose weight and I tell them to eat more but, without fail, the next weekly weight-check shows a lower number.

        Be aware that not all foods are equal and only certain foods have the power to increase metabolism to a noticeable extent.

        Foods That Increase Metabolism

        Doubling up on Snickers bars won’t improve your metabolism and you know that. What you may not know is that certain foods that are marked as “healthy” doesn’t help you with increasing your metabolism. They also make you gain weight.

        Before giving you a list of foods to eat or avoid, let me explain a simple principle of human biochemistry.

        Your body uses energy from three (or four) main sources:

        • Sugars: whether you eat a Snickers bar or a banana, the carbohydrates contained in both get absorbed in the gut and become blood glucose (the basic form of sugar our body utilizes as a source of energy).[6]
          When blood glucose is present in the bloodstream (elevated levels), the body always uses it as its primary source of energy. When blood glucose levels drop (this phenomenon happens when you’re using these sugars to fuel a physical activity or when your pancreas produced a spike of insulin and stores that glucose into fat and muscles), your body starts to release fatty acids into the bloodstream to use as a source of energy.
        • Fatty acids: either from your own fat cells (adipocytes) or from whatever fat-containing foods you ate in the past 2-3 hours. Fatty acids are a slower and more consistent form of energy than sugars that your body can utilise.
        • Amino acids: Amino acids are the broken-down form of proteins. Proteins cannot be used by the body as a source of energy, not even in their broken-down form. Your body can transform amino acids into glucose with a process called gluconeogenesis.[7] This is a very inefficient process where a decent amount of energy gets wasted (and that’s a good thing for us but I’ll get to that later).
        • Ketones: when you don’t feed your body any source of carbs (or proteins in excess), your liver produces an alternative source of energy called Ketones. It can replace the need for glucose (most of it at least).[8]

        Now that you know the four energy sources the body can use to fuel its metabolism, let’s get to the meat (quite literally).

        To make this simple for you, I am going to divide foods into three categories:

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        1. Red Flags – Avoid the red foods because they slow your metabolism. They are usually extremely low in micronutrients and high in antinutrients (agents that are highly toxic). They are highly processed or spike your insulin levels (therefore stopping your fat burning process).
        2. Orange Foods – Limit your consumption of orange foods. The orange foods on the list are suboptimal choices but they don’t have a negative impact on your metabolism when consumed in moderation. In fact, they contain a decent amount of micronutrients and, if eaten in small amounts, they shouldn’t stop your fat burning process.
        3. Green Foods – These are foods to consume most. Green foods will improve your metabolism and should be the main bulk of your diet.

        Next, I’ll get into details exactly what foods to eat and avoid:

        Sugars and Carbs

        Sugars do not directly improve metabolism because they stop the process of fat utilisation. There is an exception to this rule though. When you eat a diet extremely low in carbohydrates and sugars for an extended period of time (two to six days onwards), introducing carbohydrates and sugars can actually improve metabolism quite a bit.

        Unfortunately, for most of us that love eating bread, pasta, fruit and yoghurt, unless we were on a low-carb diet for the past few days, these foods are not an optimal choice.

        Sugars like fructose (found in fruit or commercial sugar) actually decrease metabolism and should be limited. Heavily processed sugars and carbohydrates should be also limited. Here is the colour list of sugars and carbs that affect metabolism:

        Red Flag Sugary Foods You Should Avoid:
        • Dried fruit
        • Commercial and packaged corn
        • High fructose corn syrup
        • All sorts of candies and lookalike
        • Packaged fruit juices and purees
        • Sugary dairy products like flavoured yoghurt, condensed milk etc
        Orange Sugary Foods You Should Limit:
        • Bread and flour-based products
        • Milk and also vegan milk alternatives that are sweetened
        • Most fruit (exceptions are in the green list below)
        • Potatoes and potato starch products
        • Oatmeals and other grains
        Green Sugary and Carb-Containing Foods That Improve Metabolism
        • All berries except strawberries
        • Tubers like squash, carrots, parsnips etc
        • Sweet potatoes
        • White rice
        • All green vegetables

        Fats

        Fatty acids and fats, in general, can improve or decrease metabolism depending on their composition.

        Red Flag Fatty Foods You Should Avoid:
        • Margarine and hydrogenated fat
        • Lard
        • Gmo oils
        • Most vegetable oils from seeds and peanut oil
        Orange Fatty Foods You Should Limit:
        • Nuts
        • Meat fat
        • Nut oils (macadamia, almond, cashew etc..)
        • Seeds
        Green Fatty Foods You Should Eat Daily
        • Extra virgin olive oil (non-heated)
        • Avocado
        • Coconut oil
        • Butter (organic)
        • Egg yolks (free-range)
        • Bone marrow

        The fatty foods in the green section tend to be very effective in increasing metabolism, especially in the absence of carbohydrates because they stimulate the production of ketones (I’ll talk about this later).

        Bear in mind that 1 gram of fat has 2.5 times the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrates; therefore “eating more fats” to increase metabolism should be done very gradually to avoid weight gain.

        Proteins

        Eating food not only sends regulatory signals to your brain about abundance vs scarcity of resources, but it can also increase your metabolism for a few hours. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).[9] It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.

        Protein causes the largest rise in TEF.[10] It increases your metabolic rate by 15-30%, compared to 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats

        Eating protein has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating, in fact, a study found that people were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet.[11]

        Also, proteins help preserve muscle mass.[12] The more muscle mass we have, the higher our basal metabolism is.

        For these reasons, the first nutritional advice I usually give to clients is to reduce sugars and increase proteins. This quick swap is often enough to kickstart their metabolism and commence the fat burning process.

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        Red Protein Sources That Should Be Avoided
        • Cheap whey proteins
        • Soy proteins
        • GMO meat
        • GMO eggs
        • Packaged meat
        Orange Protein Source to Be Limited
        • Canned tuna
        • Canned fish
        • Canned meat
        • Gluten-rich products like Seitan
        • Farmed fish
        Green Protein Sources to Have Daily
        • Free-range meat
        • Free-range eggs
        • Wild meat and fish
        • Whey protein isolate
        • Collagen and beef protein hydrolyzed

        Note that this is a general categorisation of the foods that, when added to your diet, have the power to increase or decrease metabolism. There are some specific foods and supplements worth mentioning because they have been proven to improve metabolism by increasing thyroid output or resting heart rate, they are as follows.

        Other Foods and Supplements

        Cold water

        Drinking water may temporarily speed up your metabolism. Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 litres) of water increases resting metabolism by 10-30% for about an hour.[13]

        This is not a surprise since our body is made up mainly by water and proper hydration is key to a fast metabolism. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature.

        MCT Oils or Powders

        Medium-chain triglycerides or MCT have been shown to improve metabolism by stimulating Ketone production.[14] Coconut oil contains MCT fats and, when used as a replacement for cooking oil can help you improve metabolism.

        You can buy the concentrated version of MCT oils and eat it separately to further enhance this effect. Either way, coconut oil or pure MCT oil can be a great addition to your diet if you’re following a ketogenic or intermittent fasting protocol.

        Caffeine

        Caffeine and coffee have been shown to improve metabolism by improving heart rate and, therefore improving calorie consumption.[15]

        Green Tea

        Green tea

        is thought to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation, and to reduce fat production and absorption.[16]

        Bottom Line

        In this article, I just covered the basics of food and metabolism but, there are many other non-food related things you can do to improve your metabolism, like improving your sleep quality and following certain exercise routines.

        For now, just know that making small and gradual changes to your diet can increase your metabolism and improve your general health. Starting from changing one habit at a time is always the best strategy to accomplish any goal.

        Once you improve your diet, your hydration and your supplementation you can think about testing more advanced “bio-hacks” or techniques like ice baths and fasted HIIT training.

        And remember, having a higher metabolism doesn’t only help you lose weight and keep it off but it also give you more energy and a feeling of vibrancy. If you give it time, it really is worth the investment.

        Featured photo credit: Fitsum Admasu via unsplash.com

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