Before you yuck Dr. Oz’s yum, sardines are not only a great source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but dipping them in olive oil ups their fat-burning quotient, he writes in his newest book Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Far, Defy Aging and Eat Your Way Healthy. This is a trick he learned from body builders who live to turn fat into lean muscle mass. “I love sardines. They are great for fat burning,” he tells Reader’s Digest at a Manhattan book launch. Sardines are rich in calcium so they also strengthen bones. As a bonus, sardines make the list of foods that may add years to your life.
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These tiny ancient seeds provide major nutrients with minimal calories. Here’s how to burn fat fast: Sprinkle some chia seeds on your Greek yogurt for a power snack. Research shows that a high-protein afternoon snack reduces hunger, increases satiety, and puts the brakes on future snacking compared with lower-protein snacks, according to Dr. Oz. “Chia seeds may help regulate blood sugar, keeping your stomach happy for a long time,” he writes. Check out the other health benefits of chia seeds.