Green Tea and Weight Management
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various plant-based compounds that may benefit your health. Some people even claim that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight. This article examines the evidence surrounding green tea and weight loss.
Green Tea leaves contain many beneficial compounds.
Caffeine though present in less amount in green tea, when compared with coffee is a well-known stimulant that increase the rate of fat burning and improve the impact of exercise in term of weight management.
Besides caffeine green tea is rich in antioxidants also most important of which are Catechins. The most important of these is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a substance that can boost metabolism.
Although one cup of green tea may raise your antioxidant levels, most studies have examined the benefits of green tea extract — which is a concentrated source of catechins.
Green Tea may Mobilize Fat from Fat Cells
Studies on animals suggest that active compounds in green tea increase the release of norepinephrine (noradrenaline) the fat-burning hormones. The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG inhibits an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. Increased norepinephrine helps in release of stored fat into the bloodstream. The stored fat is then burned down to the release energy during the physical activities by muscle cells. In fact, caffeine and EGCG — both of which are found naturally in green tea — may have a synergistic effect on weight management.
Increases Fat Burning, Especially During Exercise
Green tea extract has been repeatedly linked to increased fat burning, especially during exercise.
In one study it was found that participants who took green tea extracts before exercise burned 17% more fat than their counterparts who have not taken. Similarly, an eight-week study found that catechins presents in green tea increases fat burning both during exercise and rest. Several other studies confirm that EGCG present in green tea boosts fat burning and can reduce body fat in long term
Green Tea boosts your Metabolic Rate
All living bodies have numerous functions for body to operate as a perfect machine. All these require constant supply of energy. Intense is the physical activity higher is the energy requirement. Stored fats in body are thus consumed and thus exercise helps in weight management. Several studies suggest that taking green tea extract or EGCG supplements can make you burn more calories — even at rest.
Studies has shown varying degree of impact of green tea extracts on increase in metabolic rate. In most cases the increase in metabolism rate is about a 3–4% although in some studies show an increase as high as 8%. The results for increased rate of metabolism by 3-4% is similar to to what you might expect from a high-protein diet. However, not all studies show that green tea extract boosts metabolism. The effect may depend on the individual.
Studies also indicate that green tea reduce appetite therefore reduce calorie intake. However, researchers are not unanimous on the results. studies in animals suggest that it may reduce the absorption of fat from the diet, but human studies have not confirmed this.
Green Tea Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially Harmful Abdominal Fat
When it comes to actual weight loss the effects of green tea are relatively modest. Researches has varying results ranging from no effect to up to 5% weight loss. Controlled trials have found that people lost about 3 pounds (1.3 kg) on average.
While discussing the fat loss, It is much important that that from where fat is lost than how much fat is lost. As we know all fats are not same. Subcutaneous fat lodges under skin, but fat is also present in significant amount at belly called belly fat also known as visceral fat.
High amounts of visceral fat can cause inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to several serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Several studies suggest that catechins present in green tea although impact the weight loss effects moderately but is more helpful in removal of harmful visceral fat.
Therefore, green tea should reduce your risk of many major diseases down the line, which may lead to a longer and healthier life.
We can say that various compounds present in green tea can cause a modest increase in metabolic rate and fat burning however how much it transform into weight loss depnds upon the level of physical activities a person is involved in. Green Tea shows much better results when accompanied with weight management strategies like eating more protein and cutting carbs. However just like other techniques drinking green tea regularly only can benefit you.
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