8 Metabolism-Boosting Super Foods

8 Metabolism-Boosting Super Foods

Looking for a way to boost your metabolism? Launch your body into fat-meltdown mode with these 8 metabolism-boosting foods.

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)

Calories165
Fat9.5g
Protein18.5g
Carbs0.5g

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