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Green Tea and Weight Loss - Why?

Updated on October 14, 2016

You have probably already heard of the incredible benefits of green tea. This is one of the healthiest drinks around and there is a long list of benefits associated with it.

One of the most important and most sought after benefits of green tea is the fact that it can help you to lose weight. With so many people around the world looking for safe and healthy ways to lose some weight it is no wonder that green tea is becoming such a popular solution. So how does it work and how does it help you shed pounds just by drinking it? You might be surprised to find out in how many different ways it works.

Increase Fat Burning Rates

We already know that faster metabolism rates help to burn fat off from our bodies. The good news is that drinking some green tea can help us tremendously in this respect as research has shown that green tea is a great potential fat burner! This is because it contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate, a substance which it is far easier to call EGCG. This ingredient of the drink is something which allows our bodies to speed up their metabolism and burn off fat more quickly. It is believed that the EGCG in green tea works hand in hand with the caffeine in it to stimulate our central nervous system. This has the effect of releasing part of the body fat stored in the person’s system into their blood stream. This in turn means that the body uses this fat as a form of fuel. This process actually has a name and that is thermogenesis. It can be triggered purely through the use of caffeine but the EGCG and other ingredients found in green tea help to maximize its potential and burn off even more fat. In some studies green tea has been shown to increase levels of thermogenesis by 28%.

Stops You from Generating More Fat

Another of the fascinating and useful benefits of green tea as a weight solution is the way in which it stops the body from producing more fat. This works basically through the fact that green tea contains a lot of things called polyphenols. To understand how polyphenols help we first need to understand triglyceride. When we eat or drink sugar and fat this fuel then gets turned into something called triglyceride. This triglyceride is produced in the liver and in the body’s intestines and is then carried off to different parts of the body. Triglyceride is something we need in order to be healthy but when there is too much of it in the body it gets turned into fat, which is when the problems start. If we go back now to those polyphenols that can be found in great numbers in green tea, we will see that these substances are fantastic at helping the body to get rid of excess triglyceride safely and healthily. It all sounds a bit complicated but the end result is that drinking regular cups of green tea can help your body to cut down significantly on the amount of fat it produces.

It Helps You Do More Exercise

Anyone looking to lose some weight should consider carrying out regular bouts of exercise in order to do this well and feel great about it too. There are a lot of wonderful benefits to exercising and it will help you to lose weight in a controlled and healthy way. So, how can drinking green tea help you do this? In this case, the key lies in green tea’s catechin polyphenols. These are highly effective at helping the body’s muscles and liver to work hard using fatty acids present in the system. What this means is that carbohydrates are burned up at a slower rate than would normally be the case. The end result is that you can work out for more time and get rid of more calories thanks to the effect of the great tea you have drunk.

Makes You Feel Full

Some of the best foods and drinks for helping you lose weight are those that make you feel full up after you have taken them on board. This type of effect is present in green tea and what it does is turn the beverage into a highly effective way of suppressing your appetite and thereby eating less. It can also mean that, as you no longer feel the need to snack on unhealthy foods, you can concentrate more on introducing healthy food like fruit and vegetables into your diet. A good start to make with this drink is to use it to substitute other, less healthy drinks you might currently consume. A cup of green tea with a healthy breakfast gets you off to a great start to the day and you can then drink it throughout the day. A particularly good tip is to make a cup of this stuff just before you eat, as it should ensure that you eat less than you would otherwise have done. The only possible downside is that green tea contains a diuretic that can lead to you making more frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the day once you start to drink it on a regular basis.

Summary

It is easy to believe that we are being told tall tales when we hear that certain food or drinks have almost miraculous properties that can enhance our lives. In the case of green tea, the difference is that the benefits have been proven and it can be shown how they work. In the example of losing weight, the drink works in a number of subtle ways, each one of which adds up to make it a lot easier to lose weight without taking any risks. Best of all, it is something that is great tasting and that you can drink at any time of day. If you want to lose weight then you could try drinking a few cups each day and seeing how it works for you. It has already worked for plenty of other people in the past.

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    • Phillip Ryan profile image

      Phillip Ryan 3 years ago from 323 Emerald ST. Torrance, CA 90503

      great! It's all make sense.