Eat something and then burn calories because you consumed it. Sounds perfect or what? Jump start your day by drinking a cup of green tea which refreshes your mind and day as it is packed with important nutrients.
A study at the University of Geneva found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those only on caffeine.Green tea and weight loss go hand-in-hand.
Green tea leaves are steamed, not fermented, hence preserve more polyphenols. They are low in calories with no fat, trans-fat, cholesterol and saturated fat in it. The components of green tea includes catechins, caffeine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Gamma Acid Butyric Acid (GABA), Flavonoids, Polysaccharides, Fluoride and Theanins (amino acid). Epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, one of six catechins in green tea and the most abundant. One cup of green tea contains approximately 100-200 milligrams of EGCG.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants. All the wear and tear of our body along with our meat consumption releases free radicals in the body. Many of these free radicals serve useful physiological functions, but they can be toxic when generated in excess by causing damage to DNA, tissues, etc., possibly creating cancerous cells. Anti-oxidants react with these free radicals and mitigate their effects on our body.Green tea increases the antibiotic effectiveness. Antioxidants includes Vitamin E, Vitamin C, or beta carotene,which protects the body from the damaging effects of oxidation. Research has indicated one of the main antioxidants, EGCG, is found in green tea. EGCG has been found to be more powerful than both Vitamin E and C. EGCG protects cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.Green tea helps to lose weight. EGCG is also known to stimulate brown fat, which is even extracted and used as a weight loss supplement.
The other active ingredient in green tea is catechin that helps you lose weight by influencing intestinal and cell metabolism in several ways. When green tea is consumed the catechin inhibits the intestinal lipases which in turn decreases the fat absorption and increases the fat excretion. Due to which the thermogenic process occurs which decreases the lipogenic enzymes and hence suppresses the appetite.
Green tea extract resulted in a significant (4%) increase in energy expenditure.
The polyphenols in green tea helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This inhibits the formation of the atherosclerotic plaques. Therefore, the consumption of green tea is believed to be linked to a lower risk of heart disease. It also helps improves glucose tolerance as it increases insulin sensitivity. EGCG is the most active catechin that is reponsible for glucose uptake.
Besides EGCG and other nutrients, green tea also contains caffeine. Latest research is showing that coffee may help you lose weight, typically due to its caffeine content. So, the caffeine in green tea might be a double benefit for its weight loss effects.
Oh, and green tea contains almost 0 calories! Almost 0 because everything we consume besides water contains some calories, but it is effectively 0 in green tea. In fact, considering the thermogenic effects of green tea, it could be even considered a negative calorie food.
So, green tea benefits weight loss & positively affects your health. Drinking green tea helps to live longer(reduces your cancerous cells), live healthier (reduces your bad cholesterol), be fitter (helps you burn more calories) and prevent bad breath (tooth decay). And are you still wondering whether you should start drinking green tea?
But do remember that moderation is the key, so you might can have 1 to 2 cups a day as it also contains caffeine in it.
To prepare green tea, boil a cup of hot water. Pour the hot water into tea cup. Dip a green tea bag in a cup of hot water, for 30-60 seconds. If you must, add a bit sugar or honey. If you want maximal weight loss benefits of green tea, then skip the sugar or the honey. Do not add milk to green tea as this might limit the absorption of antioxidants in the green tea. This the easiest way to prepare this wonder weight loss drink!Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo