How Green Tea Helps In Weight Loss

How Green Tea Helps In Weight Loss

Running, Exercising, Dieting, Meditating…and what not. We do everything possible to lose weight. But the results vary in respect to the method used and the person using it. Drinking Green Tea for weight loss is one of the popular ones.

Wondering how green tea helps in weight loss? We shall understand it in a moment, once we first understand what green tea is.

What is Green Tea?

China has been well known for tea consumption on a large scale. And green tea is said to be originated in China where it was first brewed in 2737 BC. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves but it does not go through the same oxidation process as something like a black tea would. Green tea comes in various varieties and it’s brewing temperatures may differ with different tea varieties.

Top 5 Benefits of Green Tea

  • Green tea helps in weight loss by increasing fat burning
  • Green tea has antioxidants that improve general health
  • Green tea consumption may lower risk of cancer
  • Green tea consumption may reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
  • Green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and may lower risk of Type II Diabetes

Green Tea and Weight Loss

Green Tea has long been well-known for aiding in weight loss. Various studies on green tea consumption talk about increase fat oxidation which indicates an increase in fat burning. For example: A study has shown an elevated energy expenditure by upto 4% upon consumption of green tea regularly. This is an indication of increase in fat burning ratio. But we need to understand that it’s not a general phenomena that green tea consumption directly leads to weight loss. It is about getting the right amount of caffeine and catechins that can in turn help you lose weight. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one needs to drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day. Each cup of green tea has approximately 10 to 60 mg of caffeine and 120 to 320 mg of catechins. So the important point to focus is drinking catechin-rich tea for achieving weight loss.

Every Calorie Counts

When you have a target to lose weight and you honestly want to achieve it, the chances are that you will be focused. Even an ocean is made of numerous drops of water and every drop counts to make it what it is. Similarly, every calorie counts when it comes to losing weight. You cannot be careless with your general food habits and hope to achieve weight by just gulping down numerous cups of green tea.

For example: You plan to achieve improved health and weight loss by consuming green cathechin-rich green tea. But you think that green tea alone tastes odd and a bit bitter. So in order to make it tastier, you decide to add ingredients such as some cream and honey.

And there goes your dream to achieve weight-loss out in the sky, never to be seen again. Yes, it’s no joke, but harsh reality.

You need to understand that a cup of green tea in itself is just about 2 calories. But when you start adding:

Sugar = 15 calories
Honey = 22 calories
Cream/Milk = 90 or more calories (depending on fat content)

Now if you calculate, it comes out to a number more than 110 calories. And even 2 cups of such green tea consumption would mean consuming more than 200 calories. Surely, this is no way to lose weight.

Therefore, you need to be calculative and focused when using Green Tea to aid in losing weight. Also, you need to be disciplined in your other food activities and exercise regularly for overall better results. And most importantly, as green tea is a source of caffeine, you must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications which might interact with green tea consumption. This shall keep you away from any possible future health complications.

“Excess of everything might not always be a good thing”

Author Bio:
Lakshey is a passionate writer who writes about health, nutrition and technology topics. He loves to read any book you will hand to him and is willing to spend hours hunting down a ripe avocado. He provides health and nutrition oriented advices and can be found on Google+

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