The Chinese people are credited to being the first civilization to systematically cultivate tea for all its benefits. Many health buffs include green tea in their everyday regimen because of its reported health benefits. One of its key results supposedly is weight loss. With so many products and campaigns targeting clients interested in weight loss, we’ll examine just how effective green tea is as a weight loss option.
How Much Healthy Is Green Tea?
Green tea is organic and that already is good enough for many people to regularly drink green tea. But few know that green tea extract is also a good source of caffeine which is a usual component of fat burners.
Green tea is also a top-notch anti-oxidant similar to vitamin C and beta carotene; it is a good source of the active ingredient EGCG or epigallocatechingallate which is pegged as two hundred times more powerful than vitamin E.
Green tea has also been studied to be a regulator of glucose. Following a meal, it slows the rise in blood sugar. This is achieved by inhibiting the action of a specific digestive enzyme referred to as amylase. This enzyme is crucial in the breakdown of starches which affect blood sugar levels.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea also speeds up your metabolic rate and enables you to achieve a greater calorie burn. From the same journal, results of scientific research indicate that catechins (which are abundant in green tea) can lead to the lowering of body fat and levels of cholesterol.
The fatty acid synthase stands no chance when set against green tea. Additionally, catechins lower levels of LDL (a bad form of cholesterol) and triglyceride.
Set Realistic Expectations
With the long list of health benefits you can experience by drinking green tea, it will do you some good to temper your expectations. Green tea is not a magic formula which will solve all your weight loss issues instantly. It may work but its effects are subtle and should be incorporated with a proper weight loss plan involving regular exercise and proper diet.
For example, another study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal that while green tea does increase the rate of metabolism, it does so at a rate of only four percent which is trivial when you look at it. But with daily consistency, a small thing will go a long way.
Another realistic way where green tea may contribute to a weight loss program is by offsetting the craving for unhealthy sweets. Last but not the least, natural is always better because it has less complications.
If you wish to try the effects of green tea, you can easily prepare a concoction at home. But it requires a delicate amount of skill to perfect especially because the ingredient called polyphenol which may significantly affect the taste. A key reminder is not to brew the drink excessively.
Two to four grams of tea or a single tea bag is enough to prepare a single cup. Fill the kettle until it reaches its boiling point. Allow it to stand for three minutes then pour the boiling water to the tea bag. Let it cool for another three minutes for a perfect blend.
While green tea has been proven by certain scientific research to give positive gains for the body, a steady combination of ample rest, consistent exercise and hearty nutrition is key to having an effective weight loss program.