Sci­ence-backed strate­gies that de­liver both a fast metabolism and a happy out­look.

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Afast metabolism, a happy out­look – these are two things we can all agree are worth chas­ing. And now, sci­en­tists are real­is­ing that go­ing after one may nat­u­rally de­liver both.

What we know for sure: The key to this con­nec­tion is the hunger hor­mone lep­tin, which tells your brain that you feel full. “Lep­tin im­pacts not only your food in­take, but your mood as well,” says Paul Burghardt, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of nutri­tion and food sci­ence at Wayne State Univer­sity in Detroit. This is partly be­cause of the hor­mone’s re­la­tion­ship with dopamine, a neu­ro­trans­mit­ter that con­trols hap­pi­ness and mo­ti­va­tion. Gen­er­ally, when lep­tin lev­els dip, the re­lease of dopamine in­creases, says Stephanie Ful­ton, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of nutri­tion at the Univer­sity of Mon­treal. That’s when one’s mood starts to rise.

The fol­low­ing five strate­gies will help lp de­liver a happy mind­body bal­ance.

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