Everything You Need To Know About Green Tea For Your Weight Loss Journey
The quote about green tea by Paul Reps was written when he was fighting the Vietnam War. However, there is another war that almost all of us go through - the war against weight gain and against our own perceptions about how we look. Green tea can literally stop the war because of the amazing weight loss benefit it offers.
Green tea use dates back to about 2700 BC. Legend has it that it was an accidental discovery by the Chinese Emperor Shennong who drank water with a dead tea leaf in it. He liked the flavour, and it was soon a new beverage for the royalty. Today it is popular around the globe and preferred by many.
How much do you know about the benefit of green tea for weight loss?
What is Green Tea?
Green tea is made from the buds and leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The first flush leaves are used to make green tea in the middle of the spring. These leaves are then steamed and roasted to prevent further oxidation.
A majority of the green tea weight loss benefits come from how it is made. It undergoes very little oxidation (unlike black tea) which makes it super healthy. In India, it is majorly grown in the tea gardens of West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka and Kerala.
Before we learn about the benefit of green tea for weight loss, let's look at the interesting nutrition facts.
Serving size: 1 cup (245g)
Here's how green tea helps with the maintenance of a healthy weight:
A study published in the journal 'Chinese Medicine' found that green tea has anti-obesity effects. So if you don't want to gain weight in the future, green tea is ideal.
Almost Zero Calories and No Fat
This is one of the greatest green tea weight loss benefits. It has absolutely no calories and no fat! Amazing right? Sip on it as much as you want.
Contains Caffeine That Can Help With Fat Burning
A cup of green tea has 29.4mg of caffeine. The 'American Journal of Clinical Nutrition' published a study that states caffeine can stimulate energy expenditure (calorie burning) and lipolysis.
Contains Effective Catechins
Green tea contains catechins that help in a significant reduction of body weight and in maintaining healthy body weight, according to a study published in the 'International Journal of Obesity'.
Also, green tea contains EGCG, plant-based catechin that is known to increase thermogenesis by 4%. This increases fat oxidation, leading to weight loss. The findings were published in the 'Journal of Research in Medical Sciences'.
Causes Higher Fat-Burning During Exercise
The 'Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition' published a study where two groups of men participated. One group took green tea supplements, and the other group took placebos. The fat-burning rate during exercise was 17% more in the men who took a green tea supplement. There's your proof!
Busts Stress That Can Lead to Weight Gain
The journal 'Current Obesity Reports' published a study that found that stress may play a major role in the development and maintenance of obesity, especially in those individuals glucocorticoid exposure or sensitivity. Glucocorticoids are corticosteroids that play a role in metabolism. The consumption of green tea can reduce stress levels according to research published in 'Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin' and ultimately help in reducing weight and prevent obesity.
Now that you know the benefit of green tea for weight loss, share it with your friends and family and inculcate a habit of drinking at least one cup a day. Green tea may also help reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, like stroke, cancer, hypertension, diabetes etc. stated a study published in the journal, 'Chinese Medicine'. Green tea also has a high amount of antioxidants that can prevent ageing due to oxidative stress.
How to Make Green Tea
To make the most of the benefit of green tea for weight loss, you need to ensure you are having the right kind of green tea and are preparing it the right way.
Boil drinking water (stove top or electric kettle). When you see the first few bubbles, turn the heat off and let it cool for a minute.
Either add tea leaves to the water or pour water over the tea leaves in another vessel. Leave it for 2-3 minutes.
Strain it and enjoy.
Don't buy tea dust (usually, what is in the tea bags), buy loose tea leaves. Sip green tea in the morning, afternoon or evening. It is truly a stress-buster, apart from all the health benefits it offers. You can also add mint leaves, rose petals, tulsi leaves, lemon or honey to it.
Try buying the green tea directly from those who run tea gardens in India to ensure that the quality is premium and you get only the best. You can research online; there are many brands that sell it directly from the tea gardens or cultivate tea on their own that is all-natural.
We hope this article gave you interesting insights into the benefit of green tea for weight loss. Enjoy it!
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