It’s been well over a year since I last detailed the benefits of green tea, and the evidence has been growing even stronger that it’s an excellent support for weight loss and good health in general.
Green Tea Can Help You Lose Ten Pounds Per Year
If you were overweight and you’d added green tea to your diet in August of 2013, when I wrote about it, you’d probably be several pounds lighter now. In fact, odds are good that on a calorie-neutral diet you’d be about 15 pounds lighter, because it’s been 18 months. As I mentioned in the previous article, the metabolic-enhancing and fat-reducing effects of green tea can generate a reduction of about 10 pounds per year on their own.
Green Tea Reduces Belly Fat
That not only means weight loss, but targeted weight loss, since green tea seems to actually focus on belly fat. You’ll know if you’ve ever tried to exercise belly fat away that it’s a tough challenge. Exercise targeted on one body part just doesn’t work well when it comes to weight loss – yet green tea seems to assist better than most other methods when it comes to reducing belly fat.
A Coffee Substitute
While coffee is just fine for some people, others tend to load it with artificial sweeteners, and we know that doesn’t support weight loss well. If you want an alternative that still contains caffeine, try green tea. You may find you enjoy substituting your second cup (or even all your cups), if you try it.
Green tea does contain less caffeine than coffee, with about 24-40 mg, compared to coffee’s 100-200 mg.
“Green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The Perfect Diet Cold Drink
Many of my patients found out that pop was responsible for adding part of their extra pounds. Getting pop completely out of your life is an essential lifestyle change for permanent weight loss. Yet it can be hard to stop a habit. In fact, changing it is much easier – putting a healthier substitute in place of the old habit. Iced Green Tea is the perfect substitute for pop, since it offers a tasty cold beverage with many health benefits, and helps you lose weight and belly fat.
To get instructions for brewing green tea, or making iced green tea, see the previous article.
Why Green Tea Is A Great Habit To Add
Let’s review the benefits of green tea, and add a few I didn’t previously mention.
- boosts metabolism about 4%, burning up to 10 pounds annually, primarily through the actions of caffeine and the antioxidant EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate)
- seems to target belly fat in weight reduction via polyphenols increasing fat oxidation. Fat burning is increased both during exercise and at rest.
- reduces fat absorbtion in animals, although this has not yet been confirmed in human studies
- contains theaninine, a great compound for fighting stress (and reducing stress helps you lose weight). It can also be helpful for depression.
- appears to lower your risk of heart disease
- seems to lower risk of stroke by protecting against the formation of blood clots
- green tea reduces bad cholesterol, and improves the ratio of good to bad cholesterol
- may protect against certain types of cancer, particularly esophageal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer
- contains catechins, flavinoids and other polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that help fight disease and reduce aging
- contains vitamins and minerals and seems to improve bone mineral density
- improves oral heath and reduces tooth decay through antibacterial and antiviral properties
- lowers blood pressure
- fights sugar cravings
- reduces appetite in some people
- improves exercise performance
- protects against type II diabetes by slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating, which reduces insulin spikes (and fat storage!)
- seems to have neuroprotective effects (keeps your brain healthier). Studies on mice indicate that green tea delays the deterioration of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and even seems to repair damaged brain cells
- offers skincare effects, reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging, through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. It even reduces sun damage when applied topically.
“In once study, men who took green tea extract and exercised burned 17% more fat than men who didn’t get the supplement.”
Get Both Caffeinated and Decaf Organic Green Teas
It’s important to get organic green tea, since much tea is grown in places where there is little control of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and it is not washed before being dried for market. You’ll probably want both caffeinated and decaf versions, since the caffeinated green tea has better metabolic effects, but you won’t want to drink caffeine for several hours before sleep.
Green tea is also available in supplement form, of course, and a quality green tea supplement is fine, but many of my patients need to drink more liquids and find healthier drinks anyhow, so I encourage the “natural” form for those reasons.
I mentioned green tea in a recent article as one of the eight safe weight loss shortcuts that work – check out the others!