In an earlier post, I had already explained in details what green tea is all about. Therefore, I will prefer to go straight to the point to highlight how it increases the rate at which you could lose weight.
Many of us are regular consumers of green tea without in depth knowledge of its benefits. Most of us take it basically for its antioxidant benefits–which is still very good. It is way up more beneficial than we all think…
Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health.
Recent studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight.
Let me explain how that works…
Green Tea Increases Your Fat Burning Rate, Especially During Exercise
Next time you see any commercial weight loss or fat burning supplement, do take a closer look at the label. You will notice that almost every one of them do contain some kind of tea as an ingredient.
This is because green tea has been repeatedly shown to increase the rate of fat burning, especially during exercise.
A scientific study shows that: men who took green tea extract and exercised burned 17% more fat than men who did not get the supplement. This study suggestively conclude that green tea can boost the fat burning effects of exercise.
It Boosts Your Body Metabolic Rate And Makes You Burn More Calories All the Long
The human body is in a habit of constantly burning calories. Even while sleeping or sitting down, our cells are performing billions of functions that require energy. Several studies suggest that green tea can make us burn more calories, even at rest.
For a person who burns 2000 calories per day, 3-4% amounts to an additional 60-80 calories per day, similar to what you might expect with a high protein diet.
The green tea fat burning effect persists for days. That means someone in the habit of taking green tea could still be burning a good amount of fat, even after days of not drinking it.
In as much as green tea boost general body metabolism. The effect may vary among individuals.
Active Substances in Green Tea Can Help You Lose Fat
Green tea is more than just an ordinary hot, flavored water. The bio-active substances in the tea leaves dissolve in the water and make it into the final drink.
When you drink a cup of quality tea, you are actually getting a large amount of beneficial substances with potent biological effects (Take note of “Quality”)
A cup of green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40 mg) than a cup of coffee (100-200 mg), but still enough to have a mild effect. Caffeine is a well known stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance in numerous studies.
Green tea is well known for its massive range of antioxidants… being loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins. The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a substance that can boost metabolism.
These benefits can be derived both from drinking green tea as a beverage, as well as taking its extract as a supplement.
It Helps Your Fat Cells to Mobilize Fat
You have to understand that before your body could burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream.
The active compounds in green tea can aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones. The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases.
This hormone (norepinephrine) is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down.
Green Tea Can Help You Lose Harmful Abdominal Fat
When it comes to actual pounds lost, the effects are relatively modest. Although there are numerous studies showing that people do in fact lose weight, there are also some studies showing no effect.
However… it’s important to keep in mind that not all fat is the same.
There are subcutaneous fat that lodges under the skin, but then there are also visceral fat, which is the belly fat that builds up around the organs.
It is this deep visceral fat that is harmful. It causes inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to all sorts of serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
This should translate to a reduced risk of many killer diseases down the line… which may lead to a longer and healthier life.
Even though green tea can mildly increase metabolism and fat burning, the effects are moderate when it comes to exact amount of pounds lost.
However, every little fat reduction adds up. And green tea may produce even better (fat burning) results when combined with other effective weight loss strategies like “eating more protein” and “cutting carbs”.
Of course… let’s not forget that it goes way beyond just body weight. It is also extremely healthy for various other reasons.