Green Tea for Weight Loss & 15 Other Health Benefits

green-tea-lose-weightGreen tea has been around for thousands of years. It is a popular drink in the eastern world and many people in the western world have finally caught on to the benefits, although we’re just now getting a good look into what those actually are. Whether you are looking for something to replace your coffee, or would just like something a little more natural, or are desperate  to find the one thing that will have a significant effect on your weight then this would be it. So let’s dive right into it.

What Is Green Tea?

Green tea is made from similar leaves to the black tea that the rest of the world drinks. When  you process raw tea, the oxidation process turns it black and removes many of the parts that actually benefit your body. Green tea preserves as much of that as possible.

This tea originated in China and is widely popular in Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Chinese people have been using it since almost 4,000 years. Far before the English made tea time famous, these nations were drinking green tea on a regular basis and seeing a huge improvement in their lives as a result of it. Ever wondered why they have such incredible longevity? When I visited China 2 years back, I was fortunate enough to see how it was made and all. I was in a city called Hangzhou which is also known as the green tea city. It was a fun experience.

How To Use Green Tea for Weight Loss?

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Tea Gardens in Hangzhou

There are two ways to take green tea if you are interested in weight loss. The traditional way includes drinking 4-5 cups of green tea a day. This can fill your body with antioxidants and keep your body healthy. It’ll even keep you awake since there is a decent amount of caffeine in it, although nothing compared to coffee in many cases.

If you would like to get the maximum benefit though, you are better off taking capsules of green tea extract. A concentrated form of the antioxidants will give you an exponential increase in results. Often, you’ll find green tea extract in a number of over the counter diet pills, but it serves just as well on its own.

Research

Research has found that green tea contains quite a few ingredients such as amino acids, enzymes, caffeine, vitamins, polyphenols, lipids and other dietary minerals. There are a lot of claims when it comes to what those ingredients can do, but the studies that have been conducted state quite a few health benefits.

In 2011 Dr. Robery Goldman headed a study to find out the benefits of green tea especially fat loss. He tested it on mice and he found that there was a 30% reduction in fat absorption after giving them doses of EGCG which is an active ingredient found in green tea. I only have one issue with this study, you would need to have 10 cups a day to achieve the same results. Not only is this not feasible, it might also lead to side effects. We will get into how much you should take each day in the next section. We will also go over what kind of results you should expect and other additional benefits.

Although keeping all that in mind there was another similar study conducted. This time the test subjects were humans, they were all given 250 mg capsules and even in this instance weight loss was observed.

Dosage

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Green Tea a Day keeps the…?

The dosage of green tea is dependent on the effects that you are looking for. If you want to lose weight and I’m assuming you do, 250mg seems to be the sweet spot. That also happens to be the standard dosage for commercial green tea diet pills. Take one pill three times a day and you’ll see a huge difference in your weight.

If you insist on drinking the tea, I would recommend you drink 5 cups a day of very strong tea. It takes a good deal, but if you like the taste it shouldn’t be a problem. It can get expensive though, unless you buy it in bulk. Look for loose teas and make your own bags, you’ll save much more money that way.

Results

With the right dose, 2-3 pounds a week is possible with just the addition of a green tea diet pill. Of course you should always be making the proper changes to your diet and exercising as well. If you combine green tea with proper diet and/or exercise then losing 5 pounds a week is a very realistic goal. Be careful though since the human body can fight back once you start losing weight too quickly. It is always advisable to lose weight on a consistent basis over a period of time rather that looking for overnight success.

Side Effects of Green Tea

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Does Anyone Fancy a Green Tea Ice Cream?

The only side effect that you should be concerned about comes from the caffeine content. Too much green tea can cause you to be jittery, lead to sleepless nights and give you high blood pressure. If you stick to the advisable dosage then you probably aren’t ever going to run into such health issues. If you are particularly sensitive to caffeine though, you should try out small amounts and see how your body handles it. If you still have trouble there are green tea extract capsules available that are free of any caffeine. But in anycase I should point out once

again that the caffeine content in green tea is less than that of a typical American coffee, so you should be fine.

15 Additional Health Benefits of Green Tea

  • Diabetes: Study suggests that this tea helps our bodies make better use of glucose, it also slows down the rise of blood sugar after eating. It balances the metabolism rate which helps in weight loss as well.
  • Esophageal Cancer: It helps prevent cancer, the antioxidant in green tea is very powerful. It is known to be more effective against Esophageal cancer but it helps kill cancer cells in general.
  • Cholesterol: Recently cholesterol has got a very bad name especially when it comes to weight loss and heart diseases. The truth is not all cholesterol is bad for you. This tea improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  • Heart Diseases: Since green tea reduces the bad cholesterol in blood, it greatly reduces the risk of heart related conditions. It helps prevent strokes as well since it prevents the formation of clots. Even after a heart attack it speeds up the recovery of heart cells.
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s: Boomers who drink this tea on a regular basis have claimed to increases their memory. It also helps delay the effect of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This was actually tested on mice and it showed that green tea protected the cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  • Anti-aging: As I mentioned before green tea contains polyphenols which fight against free radicals and hence promotes longevity. It also helps prevent wrinkles and can reduce sun damage.
  • Green Tea helps prevent Tooth Decay & Throat infections. This benefit is found in every tea actually, it not just green tea that helps with all this. It is mainly because tea contains something called “Catechin” which destroys the bacterias and viruses which cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
  • Blood Pressure: It known to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. 
  • Depression: Theanine is an amino acid which is natural found in tea leaves. This helps reduce stress, it provides a nice relaxing effect. Any tea can help fight depression though, since theanine is found in every tea not just in green tea.
  • Anti-Viral & Anti-Bacterial: As I mentioned earlier tea contains something called catechin which kills off bacterias and viruses. So that makes it very effective to treat anything disease caused by bacterias or viruses, so green tea could help with anything from common cold, flu to cancer.
  • Green tea helps strengthen the bones in your body. The credit for this mostly goes to the fluoride content found in this tea.
  • Asthma: I was actually surprised that it helped with asthma as well. As someone who suffered from asthma while growing up I did not expect green tea to help reduce the effects of asthma. But apparently, the theophyline in green tea is what supports the bronchial tubes which in-turn reduces the effect.
  • Ear Infection: It could help with ear infection problem. Before cleaning your ear you can soak a ball of cotton in green tea and then go about cleaning the infected area.
  • Allergies: One of the active ingredients found in green tea is EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) which helps relieve allergies.
  • Green Tea may prevent HIV? Well that’s what scientists in Japan have been claiming. The EGCG which we keep talking about prevents HIV from binding to immune cells by getting there first. You can read more about it here.

In Conclusion

I really believe that green tea is one of the best ways to not only lose weight but lead a very healthy lifestyle. Lot of people have had success with green tea and the scientific research cannot be denied. So it is definitely something worth looking into, if not the pills then you should atleast start drinking a few cups every day.

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