Top 5 Supplements to Boost Your Metabolism

by JJ Virgin on May 9, 2018

Don’t you wish there was a magic metabolism pill to be the best fat burner? 

Advertisers sure want us to think there is! There’s always some “exciting new discovery” to boost your metabolism, magically shrink your waistline, or otherwise give you that fat-burning edge.

Most of them ultimately produce zero results, and some even cause harm. (Remember fen-phen and ephedra?) But the hunt goes on – “weight loss pill” remains one of the most-searched terms in Google.

The truth is, there’s no pill in the world that will replace eating clean, getting the right exercise, up-leveling your sleep, and addressing your stress. But if you have good habits dialed in, there are a few well-researched supplements that studies show can speed up your metabolism and rev up your fat loss efforts.

Here are my top 5 supplements to boost metabolism, burn fat, and get you to your goal weight faster! (No magic pills here, just hard science…)

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1. Green tea extract

Studies have shown that green tea drinkers who had four glasses of tea over two months experienced noticeably decreased body weight and waist size compared to those who didn’t drink green tea.1 It’s a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps fight obesity.2

I drink at least 32 ounces of iced unsweetened green tea every day. But if drinking that amount feels like a struggle, you can still get the benefits of green tea extract in supplement form.

2. Branched-chain amino acids

Branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs can do amazing things for your metabolism! One key benefit of BCAAs are their ability to maintain or increase muscle mass, especially post-workout.3  Muscle is metabolically expensive, so keeping muscle mass helps to maximize your ability to get and stay lean.

BCAAs also control hunger and increase your body’s ability to burn fat, especially around the waist.4 A definite win-win! My Paleo-Inspired All-in-1 Shakes are especially rich in BCAAs. You’ll find them here in chocolate and vanilla.

3. L-Glutamine

L-glutamine is an incredible multitasker! It’s the most abundant amino acid in your bloodstream. L-glutamine protects against muscle wasting, while also boosting your cell growth and repair.5 That makes L-glutamine an excellent choice for faster post-workout recovery. L-glutamine can also raise growth hormones, which increases your resting metabolic rate and boosts fat burning.6

Every serving of our L-glutamine powder offers three grams of this hardworking amino acid. (And talk about value… There are 83 servings in every container.)

You know I’m a loaded smoothie fan, so I add L-glutamine powder to my smoothies. Find out more about the amazing health benefits of L-glutamine and grab my crave-crushing lemonade recipe HERE.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids

Fish oil is one of my favorite multi-tasking supplements for its role in helping my son heal from a traumatic brain injury. Fish oil is loaded with omega-3s fatty acids, which are nature’s best way to lower inflammation. (Learn about the many, many benefits of fish oil in this podcast.) 

Fish oil may also make you a better fat burner. Studies show that adding the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA)to your diet for over six weeks can lower your body fat, especially when compared to diets that are rich in other fatty acids. 7

When you buy omega-3 fatty acids, the only two numbers that matter are how much EPA and DHA each softgel provides. Most commercial brands have very low amounts of these two critical fatty acids. I fixed that problem with my Omega Plus. Every softgel packs a whopping one gram of omega-3 fatty acids, with 662 mg of EPA and 250 mg of DHA.

5. Probiotics

To be the best fat burner, start with gut health! Studies show that the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut can influence your ability to lose weight and keep it off. (Learn more about how important gut health is for fat loss, mood, immune health, and more in this article.)

One way to support a healthy balance of gut bacteria is by supplementing with probiotics. Prebiotics, which are the food that probiotics feed on, assist with that process. Large studies show that supplementing with prebiotics and probiotics may help you lose weight and lower the inflammation that can lock the doors on fat cells. 8

To be the best fat burner, support your immune system, reduce inflammation, and feel great… Start with the end of your fork! Eating cleanly along with consistent quality exercise, great sleep, and stress management will go a long way toward boosting your metabolism and blasting fat. If you’re doing all of those things and need an extra boost, these five supplements can give you a favorable fat-loss nudge.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The views in this blog by JJ Virgin should never be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Please work with a healthcare practitioner concerning any medical problem or concern. The information here is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or condition. Statements contained here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.