Green Tea is often associated with various health benefits. From strengthening our immune system to improving our skin to reducing stress and tension.
Some research also suggests that adding this beverage to your diet can help your weight loss efforts.
That’s why in this article we are going to explore the current evidence and information to answer the question: is green tea good for weight loss?
What Does The Current Evidence Say?
Several studies have been conducted on the relation between green tea and weight loss.
One of these studies was published in 2012 and involved overweight adults with a body mass index of 25 or greater. They were divided into two groups and results showed a mean difference in weight loss in favour of green tea preparations over control, even though such a difference wasn’t considered statistically significant.
Another study published in the International Journal of Obesity analysed the effects of catechins (natural antioxidants contained in green tea and often associated with weight loss) and found out that factors such as caffeine intake and ethnicity may have an important role. High habitual caffeine intake was shown to inhibit the effectiveness of catechins in weight loss. Moreover, the positive impact of catechins on weight loss was higher in Asians compared to Caucasians.
Finally, research conducted on mice by Ohio State University found out that mice fed with green tea extracts over a certain period achieved better results in cutting obesity and in reducing other health risks compared to mice that were not fed with green tea extracts.
While these studies don’t allow us to reach a conclusive scientific verdict, there is a strong indication that consuming green tea may have significant weight loss benefits.
How much Green Tea Should I Consume And When?
While the answer varies from person to person depending on their metabolism, their ethnicity, and how much caffeine they consume, two or three cups of green tea are typically considered a sufficient daily intake to help you lose weight.
As for when you should drink green tea to maximize weight loss benefits, interesting research shows that drinking green tea right before you exercise increases fat oxidation while you work out.
You should also avoid drinking green tea right after your meals because this can negatively impact nutrient absorption. After you have eaten, wait at least 40 minutes before enjoying your green teacup.
Which Type of Green Tea Should I Drink For Weight Loss?
Minimally processed Green Teas are typically the best choice for those who are trying to lose weight. This is because they keep most of their nutritional content and are richer in antioxidants compared to other teas.
Our Organic Green Tea Chai is made by using only Whole Leaf Tea. This ensures that our product has the highest antioxidant content possible (95% more than an average Teabag). We use only First Flush Sencha Green Tea, which is the least processed of all the Green Teas due to its gentle steaming process.
Another great option to kickstart your metabolism is our Organic Chun Mee Green Tea, one of the finest Green Tea according to the Chinese. Chun Mee means ‘eyebrow’, which is indicative of the leaves' oval shape. It has a soft, almost fruity aroma, with a sweet after-tone.
To maximize weight loss effects you can increase steeping time and prepare your green tea at a higher water temperature, which allows you to extract a higher amount of Epigallocatechin Gallate, one of the most important catechins associated with weight loss.
If you are used to adding sugar to your teacup, try reducing its amount to achieve better weight loss results.
Green Tea Is Not A Replacement For Other Weight Loss Strategies
If you want to lose weight, Green Tea can be an important addition to your diet but it’s not a substitute for a comprehensive weight-loss strategy.
To maximize its benefits, it should complement your weight loss schedule (typically consisting of a diet plan and an exercise routine) and not replace it.
We suggest you also check our article on the power of antioxidants to improve your knowledge of how tea can contribute to your general health.
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