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Advantages & Disadvantages of Losing Weight with Green Tea

Updated on March 8, 2015

Obesity is a growing problem in the world today. There are many diets and weight loss programs on the market to combat this problem. In addition, there are many supplement pills to choose from as well. One supplement that can be used is green tea.

Green tea has been studied extensively. It has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. For that reason, it is a good idea to be well informed before trying to use it to achieve your weight loss goals.

Advantage

Green tea contains caffeine, which has been known to boost metabolism. It is for this reason that many of the weight loss supplements on the market today contains green tea.

In addition to assisting with weight management, there are other advantages to consuming green tea as well. Some of them include the following:

  • It has been known to treat high blood pressure
  • It can lower cholesterol
  • It is thought to assist in the prevention and progression of cancer
  • It can aide the immune system
  • It has been known to prevent tooth decay
  • It may stop such diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
  • It can be used to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis

So, as you can see, there are numerous benefits to ingesting green tea. However, as with any substance, there are also a few disadvantages as well.

Disadvantage

Green tea, although a natural substance, does contain caffeine. For some people, caffeine can cause a lot of problems. So, a few of the disadvantages of ingesting green tea are:

  • heart burn or indigestion
  • heart palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • frequent urination

If you are considering investing in a dietary supplement, prior to taking green tea, you should weigh the pros against the cons and decide for yourself which is the right thing for you to do. Then, as always, you may want to consult with your doctor as well.

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