Anyone else preparing to go little overboard at Thanksgiving dinner tonight? We know we are! That’s what the holiday is for, after all! Come the end of dinner, if your pants are feeling a bit too tight from the evening’s feast — and we’ve all been there — we have just the thing you need.
Whether you ate too much turkey and stuffing or you went a little too hard on the game day snacks, you’re probably going to end up feeling a little bloated tonight. But instead of falling into a food coma and trying to sleep off the overeating, try this metabolism-boosting drink.
After dinner, grab yourself a cup of green tea to help speed up your metabolism. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC), which has been found to increase fat oxidation. Studies have shown people who drink green tea can an extra 70-100 calories per day, so having this tea after Thanksgiving dinner can start that process sooner. The caffeine in green tea also works with the catechins to further increase fat burn.
“Including a cup of green tea in the morning with your breakfast and not on an empty stomach can possibly help with weight loss,” says Dr. Jennifer Stagg, naturopathic physician. “It appears green tea should be consumed during the light phase – the morning - of our 24-hour circadian rhythm because that timeframe greatly impacts fat metabolism.”
To see the great metabolism-boosting benefits green tea has to offer, try drinking about 24 ounces of it a day following your holiday supper. You’ll feel better and less bloated in no time!