You’ve just finished a meal. You feel full. Perhaps you even feel sluggish.
There’s a supplement you can take that will make you feel better — and that could even boost your metabolism and get those calories burning.
This is the one supplement you should have right after you eat to speed up your metabolism and burn calories faster.
Supplements are tricky. The majority of natural supplements are not covered in studies, and adding vitamins and minerals to your diet in pill form is only effective if your body is already deficient in that nutrient.
It always helps to stick with supplements that have science-back benefits. One of the few that fits the bill? Green tea.
Drinking green tea or oolong tea has been been shown to increase metabolism by 4 to 5 percent, according to Healthline.
“It's thought their metabolism-boosting properties may help prevent the dreaded weight loss plateau that occurs due to a decrease in metabolism,” reports Healthline.
Drinking a cup of green tea after a meal or taking a green tea extract supplement can help boost your metabolism thanks to cathechins, a natural antioxidant that has been linked to a reduction in body fat in animals.
Green tea also increases the body’s thermogenic response, which means the body heats up and burns more calories than it ordinarily would. And, of course, it contains caffeine, which itself is a natural metabolism booster.
It’s important to note that there are very few studies on green tea that have been performed on human subjects. And the amounts of green tea that are effective on animal subjects are higher amounts than most people would consume. With this in mind, your best bet might be to take green tea extract in supplement form in addition to (or instead of) relying on just a cup of tea.
Remember: no one supplement can perform miracles. But incorporating green tea into a healthy diet and exercise plan can help if you are trying to speed up your metabolism.