Green Tea Weight Loss Benefits

Green-teaLoosing those additional pounds has been made easier with just a cup of tea. But it’s not any ordinary tea, its green and it has properties that could do wonders to your health.

It is China’s one of the most popular beverage export, and has quite a good fan following in the eastern world. Over the last decade several health studies have hinted its potential health benefits and that the tea provides a boost to exercise induced weight loss. Not only does green tea help in reducing weight but it also increases one’s metabolism and energy levels.

The Los Angeles time wrote about a study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, where 132 obese adults were evaluated. All consumed a diet that was consistent in daily calories and participated in 180 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise.

They also drank a daily beverage containing 39 milligrams of caffeine, but one group consumed green tea with 625 milligrams of catechin, an antioxidant that is the main component of green tea.

After 12 weeks, the participants drinking the green tea had greater loss, 4.4 pounds compared with just over 2 pounds in the control group. The green-tea group also had larger declines in total abdominal fat, subcutaneous abdominal fat and triglycerides.

Scientists have acknowledged that green tea speeds up the process by which fat is broken down in the body. It also lowers the risk of diabetes and over many years may have a subtle influence in decreasing the risk of breast cancer.

Moreover, Top 10 Home Remedies website states that green tea is a wonderful superfood to fight stress because it contains powerful antioxidants.

So, how does this work? How should one use green tea to reduce weight? What kinds of green tea should one be drinking? Is green tea extract effective? Does the temperature affect its potency? Here are some common queries answered.

1. How should I prepare green tea?

The first rule would be to get a good quality tea. There are several varieties available in the market but it is advisable to use the organic variety available as it keeps the harmful effect of chemicals away from you. Try using filtered water for preparation.

Green tea should be steeped at lower temperatures than the ones required for steeping black tea. It should be between 75 and 90 degrees Centigrade.

Never ever boil green tea. Steeping time, as well, should not be too long. The tea will lose its taste after 3 minutes of steeping. The quantity of tea and the type of infuser used are also important.

2. How many times in a day should I have green tea?

On an average, a 4-5 cups of green tea have proven beneficial. But make sure you are not over doing it. Having 8-10 cups a day is never advisable as it can produce side effects like headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea etc. Like it is said, “excess of anything is bad” so, green tea too, should be enjoyed in mild proportions to reap the maximum benefits.

3. Does having green tea alone help me lose weight?

Studies have highlighted that green tea certainly helps reduce weight. According to Science Daily, research has shown that green tea extract can be used as a herbal remedy for controlling weight and regulating glucose levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

However, it should never be considered that green tea alone will serve the purpose of weight loss. Intake of green tea should be combined with regular exercise and proper eating habits to benefit the most.

4. What if green tea doesn’t suit your palate?

Green tea has a distinct flavor, unlike the ordinary tea that we drink. People often get put off by its bitter taste. So, if one has certain reservations against green tea, then one can add green tea extract in water and drink this solution.

Around 1 ml of green tea extract serves the purpose of 8 to 10 cups. You can always add other ingredients such basil leaves, cinnamon, rose petals, chamomile or Moroccan mint and orange to the solution to enhance its flavor.

One can also try to sweeten it with honey or mint but sugar would not be advisable. The Shape Magazine suggests combining green tea powder with soy milk, banana, vanilla protein powder and ice to make green tea smoothie.

5. Can green tea be served other than hot?

Sure, green tea can be consumed with chilled water or ice, but keep in mind that iced teas can be diluted with water. The weight loss benefits are maximized when it is served hot.

A cup of green tea surely serves as an ideal way to begin with one’s weight loss program but one must also keep in mind that green tea alone does not serve  as an all in one solution. It should be combined with physical activities and proper diet plan to reap its benefits.

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