Turbocharge Your Metabolism

If your metabolism feels more like a creaky tricycle than an energy-burning sports car, it’s time for a turbocharge. Dr. Oz shows you the secrets to boosting your body’s fat-burning potential.

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If you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, it could mean that your metabolism is in need of a boost. Metabolism is the process your body uses to convert food into energy. Your body either uses this fuel right away or stores it in body tissues, muscles, or as body fat. Here, Dr. Oz unveils his favorite metabolism-boosting drinks, supplements, and foods to help you shed unwanted pounds and leave you bursting with energy, followed by five ways to turbocharge your metabolism in under 5 minutes.

Metabolism Booster #1: Rocket Fuels

Begin your day with a Belly Blast Hot Shot and start off with a bang! Combine 2 tablespoons of tomato juice with a half-teaspoon of horseradish, both of which are packed with powerful antioxidants to blast belly fat. Then add a dash of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime. They’re rich in metabolism-boosters vitamin C and limonene.

At lunch, skip the cola and its associated sugar rush and try a Kombucha Wonder Drink. Available for around $3 a bottle at health food stores and natural markets, it’s a tart, bubbly drink made from fermented tea (don’t worry, it’s alcohol-free) brewed using an ancient Japanese method. You may be aware that there has been controversy surrounding kombucha tea, which has been touted as an anti-cancer tonic and an energy booster. In fact, some people brew the tea at home using their own starter cultures, which can cause dangerous side effects due to lack of pasteurization.

Kombucha Wonder Drink and most other store-bought kombuchas are different and cleared for consumer safety. And while the FDA has not approved any of the more extravagant claims some people make about kombucha, Kombucha Wonder Drink is USDA certified organic, sweetened with organic cane juice instead of artificial sweeteners, and is infused with oolong tea which helps protect your liver so it can concentrate on metabolizing fat. All in all, switching out artificially sweetened colas and iced teas for Kombucha for a year will lead to your losing about 7 pounds, without having to lift a finger.