In the world of Internet, where collecting information is just a work of fingers, it’s not unknown to anyone that green tea can bless us with so many health benefits. Among all the benefits, green tea is mostly trending and popular because of its natural ability of cutting the extra weight from the human body.
Because of less processing and avoiding the process of fermentation green tea contains higher amount of antioxidants such as- polyphenols, catechins, flavonoids, caffeine and these natural elements have great effects on weight loss.
There is a rumor among overweight people that drinking green tea regularly for a longer period of time is the easiest way to lose weight.
But the question is- “Does the rumor is really true?”. Well, the answer is- it’s half true and half false.
Green tea has been gone through so many studies than other types of tea and most of the studies have done on green tea effects on weight loss.
Most of the studies show that a regular green tea drinker can hardly lose an average of 3-3.5 pounds within 18 weeks of time without following any kind of diet.
Well, I also have to aid that there are also some studies which found green tea has no effect on weight loss.
But I personally heard from some of my relatives that they able to drop some pounds by drinking green tea. They started to drink green tea for the health benefits, they didn’t drink it for the weight loss purpose but they noticed a change on their total body weight and an increase in their energy levels after few months of drinking green tea.
Yeah, that kind of magic happens but it really rares. So you can’t expect to lose weight magically by only drinking green tea, without doing any kind of exercise and following a diet plan.
Another trending fact about green tea and weight loss is that green tea can help people with weight loss and that’s also the main topic of this article. So the question is- “Does it true?”. Yes, it is definitely true. Green tea can help you in losing weight but green tea can’t make you lose weight automatically.
If you are in a weight loss journey, aiding green tea in your weight loss plan, will benefit you by making your plan more effective and more easier to achieve.
Let me explain it more clearly and make it easier for you to understand- the benefits of drinking green tea for weight loss in the rest of article:
Some studies may show that green tea has no effect on weight loss but there is no doubt in that green tea contains bio-active substances that have powerful effects on weight loss.
Green tea can help you with weight loss in the listed 5 ways:
1. By accelerating fat oxidation process of your body:
Drinking green tea regularly will increase your body’s fat oxidation process. Fat oxidation process is really necessary to burn fat more frequently. Without fat oxidation process, fat molecules stay on their larger form and our body can’t use energy from larger molecules.
For body’s being able to take energy from the stored fat, larger molecules should be broken down into small molecules and that can only happen in the fat oxidation process. Green tea ingredients EGCG and Caffeine both works together to increase fat oxidation process which contributes a lot in weight loss.
2. By Improving your exercise performance:
We all know how important exercise is in weight loss, as it is lead to burn more calories than we burn normally everyday. You can bring out more effective result from your exercise by drinking a cup green tea before exercising.
In one studies, men who have drunk green tea before 25-30 minutes of exercise burn 5-7% more calories than men who exercise without drinking green tea.
This is because green tea contains caffeine. Many athletes consume caffeine before going to exercise to improve their physical performance.
Although the amount of caffeine in green tea less than coffee, green tea caffeine has more powerful effect than coffee in improving physical performance by increasing energy levels and also in burning more calories during exercise and even when you are at rest.
3. By helping you to maintain your daily calorie intake:
When you are in your weight loss journey, it’s really important for you to make sure that you don’t consume more calories than you need. There is a hormone called CCK in our body when we eat enough it releases in intestine and tells our brain that our stomach is full and we don’t need to eat anymore. When you drink green tea, the release levels of CCK increase.
That’s why after drinking green tea, you are not going to crave for any other delicious foods which are high in calorie and you also love to eat. So you will automatically consume less calorie and it will be easier for you to maintain your daily calorie intake. So drink a cup of green tea in the evening and late night to stop your evening and late night craving for snacks.
4. By burning harmful fat from abdominal area:
By drinking green tea, you may lose weight or not. But if you lose, you will lose most of the fat from your abdominal area means belly fat because of the green tea’s most potent catechin called Epigallo Catechin Gallate.
5. By boosting your metabolism:
According to a study stated in the American Journal of Nutrition, green tea increases metabolism by 4% over 24 hour period. So drinking 3 cups of green tea a day can help you burn extra 50 calories than you burn normally each day. So your body will burn extra 1,500 calories every month and if this is continued you will burn 3500 calories within 10 weeks of time, which is equal to 1 lbs.
How many cups of green tea should I drink for weight loss?
You may already read on the net that people who lose weight by drinking green tea, have drunk 5 to 7 cups a day. But don’t plan to do this as too much is not good for the human body.
For the weight loss purpose, try to drink at least 3 cups a day and for the health benefits, try to drink at least 2 cups a day.
If you wanna drink 5 cups or more a day then consult about it to a doctor first and make sure you don’t have any medical condition that is preventing you to do it.
Note: All the green teas that are available in the market, will not provide you the same result. That’s why try to buy from a higher brand or a well known brand.
Few More Words Before Finishing: Weight loss is a long term process which can only be achieved by making a perfect plan(for example: doing exercise regularly, following a low fat diet, eating less carbs and more protein, maintaining daily calorie intake) and following it constantly. And green tea is just a part of this perfect plan.