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8 Metabolism-Boosting Super Foods


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

3. Turkey Breast

Boosting Ingredient: Protein

This bodybuilder favorite has been highlighted in many studies for its capacity to help boost metabolism, augment fat burning and build lean muscle tissue to burn more calories. Your body has to work harder to digest the protein in meat than it does to digest fat and carbohydrates, so you end up burning more calories in the process. Turkey breast is rich in protein and low in fat, making it a powerhouse for building lean muscle tissue (and the more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolic system functions). Many people label turkey as the “sleepy” protein because of its tryptophan content and worry that eating it may actually inhibit energy and metabolism. Nutritionists and other experts, however, argue that the amount of tryptophan in a serving of turkey isn’t enough to trigger the body to produce more serotonin. The tryptophan has to compete with all the other amino acids in the bloodstream, so very little actually reaches the brain. So, grab a fork and gobble up!

Nutrient Breakdown: Per 4-oz. breast

      • Calories: 152
      • Protein: 27 g
      • Carbs: 0 g
      • Fats: 3 g
      • Fiber: 0 g

4. Oatmeal

Boosting Ingredients: Complex carbohydrates and fiber

One serving of oatmeal contains a high amount of complex carbohydrates and about 13% of your daily fiber needs. Together the complex carbs and fiber boost metabolism because they take longer to digest and keep insulin levels low after you eat. When insulin gets spiked (such as when you eat simple carbs) your body receives a signal to store bodyfat. To accomplish this task, it slows your metabolic rate, causing you to burn fewer overall calories. Oatmeal, however, breaks down slowly in the stomach so you get less of a jump in insulin than if you were to eat, say, a bagel. Because of its ability to steady insulin levels, having a serving of oatmeal at breakfast can lay the groundwork to jack up metabolism for the entire day. A study conducted by the U.S. Navy found that subjects who consumed oatmeal as part of their daily breakfasts experienced increases in metabolic rates by as much as 10%. Tip: Go for steel-cut or rolled oats over instant oatmeal because processing and refinement techniques used for the instant varieties remove some of the vitamin, mineral and fiber contents.

Nutrient Breakdown: Per ½ cup, dry measurement

      • Calories: 154
      • Protein: 5 g
      • Carbs: 27 g
      • Fats: 2.5 g
      • Fiber: 4 g

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