Green Tea for Weight Loss

Green tea has been around for a long time.  This type of tea has been credited with various physical benefits.  Among these benefits, green tea has been shown to help with weight loss.  If you are thinking of losing 20 pounds by next week, the green tea is not going to work.  If, however, you are interested in losing weight steadily and for the long term, then green tea may be for you.

Green tea helps burn calories and fat.  This is why some over the counter diet pills have some green tea in them.  When you eat fat and sugars, the level of triglycerides in your body increases.  Excess triglycerides turn into fat.  By stimulating a specific enzyme in your body, the green tea will help dissolve the extra triglycerides thus avoiding conversion to fat.

In addition, green tea has plenty of antioxidants.  These antioxidants help to increase your metabolism helping with weight loss.  A person’s metabolism will increase by 4% from the green tea on the average.  This means that you will burn about 100 calories per cup of green tea.  100 calories is not a huge number, but you can see how this number adds up over time.

There are other teas which also help with weight loss and maintenance like oolong tea, but this discussion is centered around green tea.

Other benefits that green tea promotes are an increase in heart health and liver health.  There is even some speculation that the green tea will help ward off cancer, and could even stimulate healthy cells to fight the malignant cells.  I should point out that the issue of helping with cancer is speculative, and more research needs to be conducted in this area.

Green tea also helps with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

The tea helps with glucose control, and may be of some benefit to people with Type I diabetes mellitus.  Another perceived medical benefit is improvement with arthritis.

The immune system also seems to improve with green tea.

Remember that some of the above benefits of drinking green tea are theoretical and not proven at this time such as helping to prevent or fight cancer.  What is known, however, is that green tea will help to increase your metabolism, burn fat, and suppress your appetite so that weight loss and maintenance are real benefits.

Drinking green tea should become a habit as the above benefits are maximized only if you drink the tea on a regular basis.  Avoid tea which has additives like sugar.  Don’t add any other substances to  your tea unless it’s something like lemon.

Substitute the tea for the soft drink or cocktail that you normally drink.  A tip that will  help you always have ready made tea to drink is preparing the tea ahead of time, and placing the brewed tea in the refrigerator so that it is ready to drink whenever you are ready.  Drink the tea three times a day.  Drink a cup in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one before bedtime.  You can substitute a decaffeinated tea for bedtime if caffeine keeps you awake.

As always, consult your physician before you embark on new regimen of exercise or diet.  Wishing you continued success in your weight loss and maintenance.

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