Green Tea and Belly Fat Loss?
Green Tea May Help You Lose Belly Fat
Looking for the full scoop on green tea and its ability to help reduce belly fat? Well pour yourself a nice strong cup and then sit back down to read why this relaxing beverage has been shown to help reduce fat in the belly area.
Studies are indicating that it is indeed true. Simply sipping green tea daily can help you to lose weight and reduce that hard to lose belly fat.
Why this specific beverage? All of the teas made from the Camellia sinensis plant contain catechins. However, there is a large difference in the amount of catechins within them and it is green tea which maintains the highest catechin content once it is processed for our use.
It is this high catechin content which is believed to be the reason why it is the most efficient tea for aiding weight loss. Even better news is the fact that catechins are super antioxidants and this means that you not only lose weight by consuming them but you also keep your body healthier too.
The Research Says it is True
The first significant study on the effects of green tea and weight loss was conducted on a group of men and the results showed that belly fat did indeed reduce in the men who were given a rich infusion of green tea each day, compared with men who were given a lesser amount. Further studies are backing up the results of these early studies.
The studies were done using men as the subjects but green tea is proving to reduce belly fat in the men and women who drink it on regular basis. This beverage does indeed encourage a loss of belly fat in individuals who consume about 690 mg of green tea catechins per day. This is the equivalent of about five cups daily.
So to see weight loss results you would have to sip about 5 cups daily. An added bonus to this relaxing weight loss method is the fact that green tea is also loaded with antioxidants so without ever having to break a sweat you will be getting healthier as you lose weight.
White, green, and black tea leaves are all picked from the Cemellia sinensis plant but their processing is different.
The Catechins Make You Lose Belly Fat
Drinking five cups of green tea per day may actually reduce the amount of belly fat that we carry around on us. It is actually the catechins within green tea which are believed to be responsible for this loss of belly fat.
Most teas, other than herbal tea, basically begin the same way. Black tea, green tea, white tea and Oolong tea are all created from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference in these teas lies in how they are processed for our use. How the tea is processed is how it is decided whether a tea will be classified as black, green, white, or oolong.
A Research Study Says it is True
The results of a 12 week double blind study involving Japanese men who drank green tea over a twelve week period came to the startling conclusion that a daily consumption of green tea with 690 mg catechins for a twelve week period actually reduces body fat within the belly region.
The exciting results lead to the conclusion that green tea could indeed be used as a successful tool in the fight against obesity. But don't think of green tea as the ultimate weight loss tool and dash out to buy yourself a bottle of advertised "Super Duper Green Tea Diet Pills".
Further studies have shown that those individuals who drink green tea throughout the day actually have a better weight loss result than those individuals who take green tea in a pill form. These studies also showed that it was a combination of exercise and green tea which produced the greatest results.
Note also that the caffeinated green tea worked better than the non caffeinated green tea for reducing belly fat in men who consumed it on a daily basis.
So if you want to lose a little of your extra belly fat in your next healthy weight loss program then you may want to include the addition of green tea into your diet plan. Put your feet up, sip a cup of green tea, and lose your belly fat while you do it.
Cinnamon or a Slice of Fruit to Add Flavor to Your Tea
So Why did Men Lose Belly Fat When They Drank Green Tea?
It is actually the catechins which are believed to help so tremendously in the reduction of belly fat in men. Catechins are plant polyphenols or Tannins. They are what causes the bitter or tart taste in a strong cup of tea or a glass of wine.
Catechins are also powerful antioxidants which are extremely efficient in combining with the free radicals within the human body. In reducing the free radical activity within the body antioxidants can help to improve your health, and perhaps even your longevity. The catechins speed up your body's fat burning capability and they are extremely high in green tea. Associated with weight loss they are particularly noted for being beneficial in the loss of the all too difficult to lose belly fat.
Sampling of Catechin Levels In Foods Per 100G:
Green Tea - 10-80 Chocolate - 46-61 Beans - 35-55 Black Tea - 6-50 Strawberries - 2-50 Red Raspberries - 2-48 Apples - 10-43 Red Wine - 8-30
Apricot - 10-25 Cherries - 5-22 Grapes - 3-17.5 Peaches - 5-14
Oxidation is Why it Aides Your Body in Burning Fat
But Does it Actually Work?
Black tea is fermented during its drying process which causes much of the Catechin in it to be lost during it's processing. Green tea is processed differently than black and because the leaves are not fermented during processing they successfully retain their high Catechin values.
It contains approximately 28mg to 42mg of Catechins per cup and it is estimated that approximately five cups of green tea consumed daily would be enough to achieve a noticeable weight loss after a three month period. If previous studies are accurate than yes consuming large sums of this beverage daily should help you lose a little of that annoying belly fat.
Green tea contains one of the highest amount of Catechins available in a tea and so is one of the best to consume if you are looking for something to help with your weight loss goals.
Do You Drink Green Tea?
Do you drink green tea?
I Firmly Believe in Limitation in all Things but a Cup or Two is a Definite Yes in my Books. Pour a cup today. It's good for you.
It May Help You Lose that Extra Belly Fat
If you have belly fat and are unsure how to lose it then green tea may indeed be able to help you out. It is not a cure all for your tubby tummy woes but it may help you burn your belly fat faster and its health benefits increase your overall well being.
If you are a man attempting to lose a little of your excess belly fat or a woman with a little too much stomach fat poking out of your blue jeans, start sipping a nice hot cup of tea 5 times a day.
You are still going to have to exercise a bit more to receive the ultimate affects of belly fat loss from green tea, but what the heck, it is definitely the perfect time to start. You can look like you do now three months from now, or you can create yourself a healthy weight loss program, and look a whole lot better three months from now. Pour yourself a nice hot cup of green tea and think it over.
Green tea also has antibacterial properties. You can use it to clean your house.
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© 2009 Lorelei Cohen