Are you interested in green tea weight loss benefits? Many people these days have added green tea to their daily regimen because of its antioxidants that have been shown to help fight cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol. But today’s savvy consumer has yet another reason to add a box of green tea to their shopping buggy: weight loss.
Secret Ingredient of Green Tea Weight Loss: Catechins
What is the secret ingredient in green tea that makes you lose weight? Catechins. In particular, a type of catechin called the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In one of many studies, these catechins were shown to increase fat oxidation and metabolism, increase fat excretion, and block fat cell development.
Yes, green tea for weight loss is taking hold with some hearty scientific evidence behind it. In another study presented by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, two groups of people were studied, each given a different dose of catechins. Those who were given the higher dose of catechins lost more weight, fat, and bad cholesterol than the other.
What Makes Green Tea Special?
There are three main types of tea: green, oolong, and black. The difference in green tea is that it is not fermented. Oolong tea is fermented partially and black tea is fermented completely. The fact that green tea is not fermented allows it to contain the highest level of antioxidants called the polyphenols, in particular catechins (a type of polyphenols).
If you are concerned about caffeine, compared to oolong and black tea, green tea typically has less caffeine, and all teas have less caffeine than regular coffee.
Green Tea for Weight Loss
Green tea is highly recommended for weight loss. Of course, drinking green tea alone will not cause you to lose significant weight. To truly lose any significant amount of weight, you should be on a weight loss diet and ideally an exercise plan that includes strength training exercises. However if you can tolerate caffeine or are looking for a caffeinated alternative to coffee or soda, green tea is a great option and will most likely accelerate weight loss. It is very satisfying to drink green tea after meals and for some people it may work as an appetite suppressant as well.
The recommended amount is 3-4 cups a day. You should reduce the amount if you have any caffeine related side effects, such as headaches, jittery nerves, sleepless nights and irregular heart beats. Taking a calcium supplement is recommended, in case you are losing some calcium due to the caffeine.
There are also green tea supplements that are available in both capsule form as well as liquid drops. If you prefer to exclude the caffeine, these may be a good alternative and should bring you the same positive results that the drink does.
So next time you’re in the grocery store, instead of fruit juice, soda, or coffee, you may want to reach for a box of green tea :).