You can find a lot of weight loss tips, and one of the most common, nowadays, is using green tea for weight loss.
What’s green tea, how to use it and does it really help you lose weight you can find out in this article.
So, what’s green tea?
Green tea is made by heating the leaves right after picking and by doing that the process of oxidation in the leaves is stopped.
Then, the leaves are cooled, rolled, and separated.
In the leaves, there is:
- Tein (a refreshing substance released when you pour hot water into your tea),
- Theobromine, (similar to caffeine, less strong),
- Theophylline (alkaloid that improves circulation),
- Caffeine and
- Essential oil.
Green tea is considered to be a natural remedy against toxins that are piled up in your body, flatulence, and extra pounds.
It’s a natural antioxidant which contains polyphenols that cleanse your body and eliminate fats.
So, it’s no wonder why women love it- it’s a great ally in the everyday battle against extra pounds.
How does green tea help in the weight loss process?
One of the main reasons is that green tea is one of the best natural appetite suppressants.
One cup of tea before a meal makes you feel full so you will eat less during the day.
Drinking green tea can reduce insulin levels.
And when you reduce insulin levels you reduce your appetite too.
Green tea speeds up your metabolism thanks to the caffeine.
Also, green tea is a good zero-calorie food.
It contains a big amount of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is responsible for speeding up your metabolism. (1)
It gives very good results when you add exercise to your daily routine.
EGCG stops the enzymes that destroy the norepinephrine hormone and noradrenaline and as a consequence of that their level grows.
The nervous system uses EGCG as a signal to the fat cells to start breaking down fats.
That’s how the natural process of breaking down fats (lipolysis) is done.
Your body releases fats in your bloodstream and in the end it gets rid of them and it burns calories.
So, your body burns calories when you are active and when you are sleeping.
When you are active it does that faster.
Green tea allows burning calories faster even when you are not active and you are resting.
That doesn’t mean you should lay around all day drinking green tea and expecting to slim down in a week.
Be active, exercise, and green tea is an addition that will boost the effects of exercising.
How to prepare green tea for weight loss
You probably think green tea isn’t very tasty, and I don’t blame you.
But, if you add some lemon juice with no sugar or some other fruit, the taste might be very good.
The good thing is that you shouldn’t drink more than 1-2 cups of green tea a day.
That amount is enough to eliminate toxins from your body and speed up the burning fat layers process.
Every box of green tea has instructions how to make it, and it’s recommended to pour one cup of boiled water cooled to 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 Celsius) and add one teaspoon of green tea to get the best results.
Leave the tea for 3 minutes like that and then drink it without sugar.
How NOT to drink green tea
You shouldn’t make green tea with boiling water because that way it loses its positive effect.
Green tea contains polyphenol, a strong antioxidant which cleans your body from harmful substances.
However, if you put it in boiling water, or the temperature of the water is above 90 degrees Celsius (194 Fahrenheit), its leaves will release a too big amount of polyphenol.
That’s not good because a big amount of this antioxidant can disturb the work of your metabolism and blood vessels, or cause digestive, and even heart problems.
And the taste will be bitter since all phenols produce bitterness.
It’s also harmful to keep green tea in hot water for more than 3 minutes.
When you do that the concentration of substances contained in this plant increases which totally disturbs its effect.
When is the best time to drink green tea for weight loss?
If you are drinking 2 cups per day, I suggest you drink it before meals or half an hour before exercise.
Other Benefits of drinking green tea
There are many benefits of using this tea, besides weight loss.
As I already mentioned, green tea contains antioxidants and they are helpful in the battle against aging.
It is also good when it comes to fighting malignant cells.
Furthermore, green tea reduces tiredness, sleepiness, and it is vitalizing.
Green tea can strengthen your heart and decrease bad cholesterol and blood sugar level.
You should pay attention to the following when you use green tea:
It has many benefits, but it can have a negative effect if you overuse it.
You should be careful how much green tea you drink.
Don’t drink more than 2 cups a day.
First of all, it contains caffeine, so if you have insomnia don’t drink it in the evening.
Avoid green tea if you have high blood pressure.
Green tea can reduce the absorption of iron so it’s not recommended for people with anemia.
If you intake sodas, energy drinks and coffee you should skip green tea that day.
So, what’s the bottom line?
Can green tea help you reduce cellulite, fat layers and finally lose weight?
Research has shown that green tea can speed up your metabolism and help you, however, it can’t do wonders for you.
If you have a good diet and you exercise the results will come faster with this tea.
And, that’s not it!
Green tea is high in antioxidants and it’s considered to be one of the healthiest products, so you shouldn’t drink it only for weight loss.
Consumers claim that their skin looks better, they don’t have pimples, they are healthier, more energetic, and they feel great.
So, maybe it’s not a magical potion that will burn fat in a blink of an eye, but it’s worth trying.
You get 2 in 1 with green tea – health and fast metabolism.
Our advice is to start drinking green tea every day.
It will be worth it.