Green tea, which is used in beverages, health foods, dietary supplements and more, can have a helpful role in weight loss. Research indicates that it has a mild fat-burning effect, boosting the body’s metabolic rate about 4% without increasing your heart rate.
Other Health Results of Drinking Green Tea
Green tea seems to be good for your heart. There’s evidence that drinking green tea lowers your risk of heart disease, and may protect against certain types of cancer.
Green Tea Reduces Belly Fat
Another strong benefit of green tea is that it particularly targets that stubborn abdominal fat (belly fat), that many of my patients are eager to get rid of. Research has shown that if you’re participating in moderate exercise to reduce belly fat, your results will be better and faster if you include green tea in your belly fat reduction plan.
Even More Reasons to Drink Green Tea
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, after water. Because of the “non-fermented” processing of green tea, it contains more catechins than the black tea we traditionally drink in north america. Catechins are strong antioxidants, which explains the findings that green tea can help prevent some cancers. Green tea also contains vitamins and minerals that are being researched for other positive healthful effects, as widely varied as lower blood pressure, improved bone mineral density, and even oral health benefits.
Traditional Chinese medicine has recommended this tea for centuries, and today researchers are beginning to discover why.
How to Lose 10 Pounds Easily
The evidence seems to clearly indicate that if you’re dieting, making green tea a regular part of your diet can help reduce belly fat. While it’s not going to do the job on its own without a health diet and lifestyle, its just one more lifestyle choice that supports long-term weight loss. The fat-burning (thermogenesis) effects of daily consumption of green tea are equivalent to about 100 calories a day – but over a year’s time, that’s about 10 pounds worth of calories.
How to Brew Green Tea
If you’ve never tried green tea, try adding a cup or two when you would normally drink black tea. If you’re using loose tea, add about one teaspoon of green tea per cup, and steep it for up to three minutes, depending on your taste preference. If you find the tea a bit bitter, it may be steeped too long. Higher quality teas can be steeped longer without adding bitterness. A cup a green tea is also a great way to fight off a sugar craving.
Green teas are available both in caffenated and uncaffenated versions. Although the caffenated type has higher fat-burning qualities, be sure not to drink it within three hours of bedtime or it may interfere with the quality of your sleep. Limiting yourself to three cups of tea during the day is probably your best choice.
Iced Green Tea Recipe
Green tea is also delicious as a cold beverage – it’s probably the most healthful substitute you could make if you’re removing pop from your diet. When you’re making iced tea, generally you will double the amount of loose tea or teabags you would normally use for the same amount of water, because you’ll be adding ice later. Try this as an iced green tea recipe to get you started, then create your own variations:
4 cups boiling water
8 green tea bags (or 8 teaspoons of loose green tea)
1/4 cup granular Splenda artifical sweetener (or 8 packets), or Xylotol or Stevia to taste
Lemon or lime slices
4 cups of ice
Pour boiling water over the green tea and steep 3 minutes. Remove the teabags or strain out the leaves. Stir in the sweetener. Add the lemon or lime slices. Let tea come to room temperature, then serve over ice, garnished with a fresh slice of lemon or lime.
Variations can include adding one flavored tea bag (try mint or ginseng), fresh mint, orange slices, a slice of ginger, peach, nectarine, melon or mango slices, raspberries… have fun experimenting with every healthy cup!