How To Lose Weight With Help of Green Tea

Female with Hat Holding a cup of Green TeaGreen tea is the healthiest beverage on the Planet.

It is loaded with antioxidants and Various substances that are beneficial for health.

Many studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight fast.

Let me explain how that works .. . . 

Green Tea Contains Substances That can Help You Lose Fat

Green tea is more than just hot, flavored water.

The bioactive 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're actually getting a lot of beneficial substances with potent biological effects (1).

The best known of these is caffeine. A cup of green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40) than a cup of coffee (100-200mg), 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 (23).

But where green tea really shines is in its massive range of antioxidants being loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins (4).

The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a substance that can boost metabolism.

Keep in mind that these benefits can be derived both from drinking green tea as a beverage, as well as taking green tea extract as a supplement. Most of the studies used extracts.

Important Line: Green tea contains bioactive substances like caffeine and EGCG, which cam have powerful effects on metabolism.

A Cup of Green Tea For Weight LossGreen Tea Can Help Mobilize Fat From Cells

In order to 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 can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine (5).

When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increase (6).

This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cell, 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.

Caffeine and EGCG (both found naturally in green tea) may actually have a synergistic effect because caffeine enhances another step in the same pathway (7).

The end result is that fat cell breaks down more fat, which is released into the bloodstream and becomes available for use as energy by cells that need it, like muscle cells.

Important Line: The substances in green tea increase levels of hormones that tell fat cells to break down fat. This releases fat into the bloodstream and makes it available as energy.

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning, Especially During Exercise

If you look at the label of almost every commercial weight loss and fat burning supplement, the chances are that you will find some kind of tea there as an ingredient.

Young female Drinking Tea For Weight loss
This is because green tea has been repeatedly shown to increase the burning of fat, especially during exercise.

In one study, men who took green tea extract and exercise burned 17% more fat than men who didn't get the supplement. This study suggests that green tea can boost the fat burning effects of exercise (8).

Another study that went on for 8 weeks showed that green tea increased fat burning, both during exercise and during rest (9).

There are several studies that agree with this. Green tea selectively  boosts the burning of fat, which may lead to reduced body fat in the long term (1011).

Important Line: A number of studies show that green tea extract can boost the burning fat. The effect is even stronger when exercising.

Green Tea Can Boost the Metabolic Rate And Make You Burn More Calories Around The Clock

Green Tea Powder in Wooden SpoonThe human body is constantly burning calories.

Even when Sleeping or sitting down, our cells are 
performing billions of functions that require energy.

Several studies suggest that green tea can make we burn more calories, even at rest.

In most studies, this amounts to about a 3-4% increase, although some studies show an increase as high as 8% (121314).

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.

Although most of the studies were very short in duration (1-3), there is also some evidence that the metabolism boosting effect persists in the long-term (1516).

In one study of 60 obese individuals, the group taking green tea extract lost 7.3 lbs(3.3 kg) and burned 183 more calories per day after 3 months (17).

However, keep in mind that not all studies show that green tea boosts metabolism. The effect may depend on the individual (18).

Important Line: Several studies show that green tea can boost metabolism and help people burn about 3-4% more calories each day. 

Can Green Tea make You Automatically Take In Fewer Calories?

Green Tea with Pot and CupsOne way that green tea could help with loss, is by reducing appetite.

This would make ustake in fewer calories, aoutomatically, without any effort.

Several studies have looked at the effects of green tea on appetite, but most showed conflicting results(19).

There are also animal studies suggestiing that green tea can reduce the amount of fat we absorb from foods,but this has not been confirmed in humans (202122).

Overall, itseems that green tea exerts its effects promarily by increasing " calories out ". It makes us burn more fat, but it doesn't appear to have any noticeable effect on how much food we end up eating throughout thw day.

Important Line: There is currently on evidence that green tea makes people eat fewer calories. Some studies in animals suggest that it may reduce the absorption of fat from the diet, but this has not been confirmed in humans.

Green Tea Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Harmful Abdominal Fat

Young Woman Making a Cup of Green TeaWhen it comes to actual pounds losts, the effects of green tea are relatively modest.

Although there are numerous studies showing that people do in fact lose weight, there are also some studies showing no effect.

Two review studies that lookes at many controlled trials found that people lost about 3 pounds (1.3 - 1.4 kg) on average (2324).

However . . . Its important to keep in mind that not all fat is the same.

We have subcutaneous fat that lodges the skin, but then we also have visceral fat, which is the belly fat that builds up around the organs.

It is this deep visceral fat that is harnful. It causes inflamation and insulin resisitence, both of which are strongly linked to all sorts of serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.

Several studies on green tea show that although the weight loss effects are modest, a significant percentage of the fat lost is the harmful visceral fat (252627).

This should translate to a reduced risk of many killer diseases down the line.
Which may leed to a longer and healthier life.

Final Conclusion

Even though green tea can mildly increase metabolism and fat burinig, the effects are modest when it comes to actual pounds lost.

However, every little bit adds up and it may work even better when combined with other effective weight loss strategies like eating more protein and cutting carbs.

Of course ... let's not forget that green tea goes way beyond just body weight. It is also extremely healthy for various other reasons.

If you want to read more about the many impressive health benefits of green tea, then check out this article: Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Green Tea.

By Kris Gunnars BSc


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  2. Hi sir sorry to say this on 1st day I was fully on fruit diet. But at dinner I really got hungry and ate a cup of lemon rice with scrambled egg… I regretted de full night.. Now I want to continue… So can I start with my second day diet or should I restart from 1st day again… I started the plan yesterday only.


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