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Green Tea Weight Loss - Fact or Fiction?

Updated on July 20, 2009

A little of both. With obesity on the rise worldwide the weight loss industry is huge and a new "lose-weight-quick" product is pushed every day onto unsuspecting people. Although green tea weight loss is possible it's not a magic pill nor is the weight loss mainly from green tea. It does have amazing benefits and can help in your weight loss endeavors and we will have a quick look at how.

Green tea is one of nature's wonder drugs, it has a lot of health benefits that have been clinically proven. This is not to say that you drink one cup and turn into the healthiest person on the planet but consistent consumption over a lengthy period of time does have health benefits.

Green Tea Field in South Korea
Green Tea Field in South Korea

It has anti-aging properties by accelerating cell regeneration and reduces oxidation in the body due to the high levels of antioxidants it contains. Other places you can find these anti-oxidants in similar quantities are coffee and blueberries and they also help in lowering cholesterol. A lower cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers blood pressure.

Green tea also reduces the overall risk of cancer by a significant percentage but again the key is consistency.

Green tea also contains trace amounts of caffeine which can be a great energizer and which has also been found to increase metabolic rate. This happens as a direct result of the energy increase and thus your body burns a larger amount of calories.

Green tea weight loss is attributed to the thermogenic effect of the plant which raises your core temperature and increases your metabolic rate. A lot of fat burning and weight loss supplements on the market contain green tea extract because of this.

This tea will help you with your weight loss but only if you also stick to a clean diet and do some exercise. Your tea intake should be around 2 or 3 cups every day. Now, if you don't like the taste of green tea, which can be an acquired taste, there are other alternatives. You can find green tea pills, green tea extract as well as a lot of other products made from green tea, though I wouldn't recommend drinking sugary green tea drinks or eating the candy that is on the market since that will defeat the purpose.

If you don't feel like drinking it like regular tea another option is homemade iced green tea.

One drawback, if it can be named so, is that it cannot replace your water intake for the day, so alongside your 2 - 3 cups of tea, you will still need to drink at least 8 of water, if not more. Green tea is similar to coffee in that it does dehydrate you and your body will need the extra water to flush out all the toxins.

A reasonable diet and exercise with a little support from green tea and a lot of focus on your part will lead to weight loss.


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