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8 Metabolism-Boosting Super Foods


Launch your body into fat-meltdown mode with these 8 metabolism-boosting foods

By Jacqui Hartley

1. Sardines

Boosting Ingredients: Omega-3s, calcium, protein

In the canned foods aisle at the supermarket, these tiny fish often get left on the shelf while can after can of salmon and tuna find their way into your grocery cart. Sardines, however, offer triple metabolic ammo by way of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and protein. First, by lowering levels of a powerful hormone in your body called leptin, the omega-3s in sardines positively influence your metabolism and promote increased calorie burning. Second, with 214 milligrams of calcium (a mineral with proven links to weight loss and decreased bodyfat) in a one-cup serving, sardines can accelerate your metabolism via improved fat burning. Third, the ratio of protein to carbs (18.5:0.5 grams), creates an environment in which the body burns more energy to digest the protein and blood sugars remain steady to further augment metabolic functioning. So swap your can opener and tuna for the metal can with the peel-off top — there’s a whole lot of metabolic fuel packed in there.

Nutrient Breakdown:

Per 1 cup, packed in tomato sauce, drained solids (Pacific variety)

  • Calories: 165
  • Protein: 18.5 g
  • Carbs: 0.5 g
  • Fats: 9.5 g
  • Fiber: 0 g

2. Low-Fat Probiotic Yogurt

Boosting Ingredients: Protein and probiotics

Yogurt contains a high amount of protein and therefore demands a great deal of energy to be processed and utilized by the body. Yogurt with probiotics is even better for revving up your metabolism because these varieties help to regulate your digestive tract. A recent study published in Molecular Systems Biology suggested that probiotic yogurt can positively alter metabolic trends through biochemical effects. Using two sample groups, one receiving probiotics and one receiving a placebo, investigators found that the bacteria in probiotic yogurt communicates biochemically with the bacterial microbes that live naturally in your digestive tract. Subjects who consumed probiotics experienced improved function of gut microbes, which are responsible for a good portion of your metabolic makeup, intensifying their effects. Put simply, the probiotics sent a message to the microbes to work harder, thus speeding up overall metabolism.

Nutrient Breakdown: Per 1 cup

    • Calories: 154
    • Protein: 13 g
    • Carbs: 17 g
    • Fats: 3 g
    • Fiber: 0 g

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