3 WAYS GREEN TEA CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

HOW CAN GREEN TEA HELP  YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

 

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Media and many magazines often talk about green tea as being a ‘super food’.  It is always promoted as healthy and a great way to help you lose weight. Apparently it’s better for you than coffee and contains loads of antioxidants too.

 

It definitely sounds good. It’s the ‘go to’ beverage for Asian cultures and you see it everywhere in restaurants serving Asian cuisine. So what’s true about green tea? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Well let’s take a closer look.

 

 

 

GREEN TEA VS BLACK TEA

 

Green tea originated in China but has obviously spread all over the world.

Funnily enough both green and black tea come from the same plant. The difference is all in the processing method. Black tea is fermented or oxidised more than green tea. Black tea also has health benefits but it’s not known for any weight loss qualities. 

 

GREEN TEA FOR WEIGHT LOSS

 

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 1 Caffeine

 

 It does in fact contain caffeine, a known stimulant. It does have much less than coffee but it still contains enough to have an effect and help in fat burning. See my post on coffee here.

 

 2 Catechins

 

Green tea has a massive amount of antioxidants called catechins. It’s these catechins that are known to increase metabolism as well.

 

Caffeine and catechins help in  mobilising the fat from the fat cells and making it more available in the bloodstream for energy. One of the ways these antioxidants do this is my stopping the enzyme that breaks down adrenaline. When this happens adrenaline increases which helps increase your metabolism so therefore you burn more fat. It would appear that overall, green tea stimulates your metabolism and helps burn fat when you exercise and even at rest.

 

While it hasn’t been confirmed in human studies, according to some research reviewed here, green tea can reduce the absorption of fat from food. It would be nice to drink a cup and have it cancel out those fatty french fries!

3 Mindset

 

 Another way I think green tea might help lose weight  is that it implies health just in its name! Its green! Mentally we already believe it must be good for us and you naturally get into that frame of mind. You’re not likely to be drinking a green cup of tea with a piece of chocolate cake, like you might if you’re in a coffee shop enjoying a latte!

 

 

MY VERDICT?

 

Every little bit helps! If you love your food a little too much, but need to lose weight, adding green tea to your strategy is well worth considering. It may be a little of an acquired taste especially if you’re prone to piling sugar and milk into your hot beverages but give it a go. Definitely try it next time you find yourself in a Chinese restaurant. 

 

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5 comments

  1. I love green tea! It’s something so simple that has such positive effects. I don’t like green tea in tea bagS, I find it watery because I like strong tea. I drink organic matcha green tea, its smooth, creamy and strong. It also has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea! It’s worth buying a pack and giving it a try 🙂 Another great post! XX

    1. I recently tried the matcha tea and it definitely is creamy and has a strong flavour. Cant go passed the benefits that’s for sure xx

  2. I really like green tea, and have heard that it helps in losing weight. At the end of the day every little bit does help, its pretty cool.

  3. I really love green tea.. thanks for the good information .. I would love to know about matcha tea and it’s benefits… never tried it but heard about it many times..

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