- Posted August 24, 2013 by
Loss Weight with Green Tea
Numerous scientific studies have shown that tea drinkers, specifically green tea drinkers, lose weight faster than those who don’t. According to a study by Abdul Dulloo, from the Institute of Physiology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the plant compound EGCG found in green tea, plus caffeine, increases thermogenesis by 84 percent. Thermogenesis is the generation of body heat that occurs as a result of normal digestion, absorption, and metabolization of food. Green tea also increases your levels of norepinephrine, which prepares your body to burn fat for the "fight or flight" response.
While not every researcher believes that green (or other) tea drinking is a “magic bullet” for weight loss, nearly every weight loss expert would agree that flooding your system with water or drinking tea versus eating a candy bar or drinking soda can help move the digestion process along quickly and perhaps distract you from munching snacks that aren't healthy.
Find a tea you enjoy. While Dulloo's study referred specifically to green tea as having weight loss properties, it's important to find a tea (green or otherwise) that you enjoy drinking. And some green teas are quite strong in flavor and can be unpleasant if you're not used to them, while others are truly delightful even for a beginner in green tea drinking. Here are some options to try:
- Flavored green teas. Both green and white (which has antioxidant properties as well but is more expensive) are offered in a bevy of flavors. For best results, consider choosing a green or white tea that contains caffeine (according to the research, a caffeine-based tea provides maximum calorie burn).
- For individual green tea types, see the section on choosing your green tea in the article How to brew green tea; this article provides a detailed rundown of the different types of green tea and their properties.
- Herbal teas. Herbal teas come in a variety of delectable flavors ranging from spicy orange to jasmine. Rooibos (red tea) is another good herbal tea choice. Since herbal teas are typically decaffeinated, they can be used as a late night treat or in between drinking caffeinated teas.
- Diet teas. While diet tea tastes similar to many black or herbal teas, diet teas may contain a laxative element, so you should drink these teas in moderation, especially if your tea contains senna, aloe, agarwood, rhubarb root, buckthorn, or castor oil. Experts warn against drinking too many cups of diet tea because you could develop vomiting, nausea, persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and even fainting and dehydration although each tea has different effects so do your research.
- Black (English) tea. Black or English tea has been a popular choice for numerous tea drinkers across the globe. Although black tea can be obtained in a decaffeinated form, trace amounts of caffeine may still remain, which can have an impact on those who want to fall asleep at night.