There are many green tea fat burning and health benefits. People have been drinking green tea (Camellia Sinensi) for thousands of years, and you can use it to help yourself lose weight.
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Check out the list of health benefits below, as well as information about how much green tea to take. It's not a silver bullet, but it can be very helpful.
Tea has tons of therapeutic properties when taken for the right reasons. In Japan and China tea has been drunk for centuries for medicinal purposes, and just as a beverage. And, more importantly, modern science has shown that it actually is effective for burning fat.
All teas contain caffeine, which helps speed up your metabolism to burn fat. But green tea does so much more. In fact, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has stated that, "green tea extract has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content."
Green tea is also unique because it contains the polyphenol component epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which other teas do not. Black and oolong teas are fermented as part of their preparation, and the fermentation process fails to preserve the EGCG.
EGCG blocks the action of an enzyme that breaks down the hormone Noradrenaline (NA, sometimes referred to as norepinephrine). So, when you drink green tea or take a green tea extract with EGCG, more NA stays in your bloodstream helping you burn calories and not convert them into fat.
Here are some more reasons that, from a scientific standpoint, green tea benefits weight loss. There are tons of them, but here are just 4 to start with!
Take 200-300 mg, and take it 30-45 minutes before exercise - if you're exercising that day. Another source says 270 mg is the optimal dosage for green tea fat burning, but that 200-300 mg range will serve you well.
If you're taking tea explicitly for fat loss, consider buying some green tea extract powered or pills. You get about 40 mg of caffeine and active green tea in 1 cup, so unless you're drinking tons of tea throughout the day (5-7 cups minimum) you'll want the extract.
Caffeine boosts your metabolism and helps make green tea fat burning happen. However, if it's late at night and you don't want to stay up, or for whatever reason you don't/can't take caffeine, here's an easy tip for brewing decaffeinated tea to still get some weight loss benefits.
Most of the caffeine in tea is released in the first 1 - 2 minutes of steeping. If you want decaffeinated tea, simply steep your leaves for 1 - 2 minutes and throw out the water. Then add new water to brew your decaffeinated tea.
Green tea fat burning is not magic. It's a great supplement, but if you just start drinking tea you won't lose weight.
Do exercise, start weight training, and eat a good diet. Those are the fundamental steps to take before you try green tea fat burning.
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Green Tea Fat Burning: Get The Info You Need
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