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How Green Tea Aids in Weight Loss
Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis but with no fermentation which makes it fresher than black or oolong tea. Asian countries, particularly China, have been drinking green tea and enjoying its health benefits for thousands of years. Green tea is also the most popular type of tea in China.
So how does green tea aids in weight loss?
Drinking green tea 30 minutes before meal suppresses appetite. This makes a huge difference in your diet because not only will you eat less but it will help you eat more small meals rather than few big meals. More small meals help you regulate body metabolism and digestion. Keep in mind that when you eat a lot, your body will not be able to digest all of them efficiently. Guess what will happen to undigested foods and fats? Well, it piles up in your belly.
Green tea is known to boost energy and improve body resistance to heart diseases. Unlike coffee, green tea provides caffeine but does not nullify the effects of vitamins in your body. More energy means you have the stamina to work your dormant body fats whether by going up the stairs or exercising in the morning. Green tea also has no calorie. Next time you are in a restaurant, look for the calorie content in the menu.
The most potent component of green tea is the polyphenols called Epigallo Catechin Gallate or EGCG which significantly improves metabolism and reduce health risks. Green tea contains 30-40% of EGCG while other types of tea only have 3-10%. This is due to the fact that green tea is not fermented so all the important components are preserved. EGCG is also strong anti-oxidants and is more powerful than Vitamins C and E. In fact, most of the counter diet pills claim it has green tea extracts that help you lose weight.
If you are still not convinced about the great benefits of green tea, then go and visit China when you get the chance. Almost all Chinese drink tea… taxi driver, factory worker, office workers, it’s everywhere. Offices have pantry especially dedicated for storing teas. Taxi drivers drink tea while they drive (scary though). But the point is they do not have many problems with heart disease or obesity compared to western countries. You will rarely see overweight Chinese; most of them are skinny actually. They are known to live long lives also.
Green tea aids in weight loss especially when combined with weight loss program or diet plans. Although it will not get you from biggest loser contestant to Jennifer Aniston body overnight, it certainly is a safer way than counter diet pills. Surely you have heard of diet pills being recalled because it contains potentially unsafe ingredients which can cause heart diseases and even death. Green tea never had any recalls at all.
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