Time to put your gym bag away and run to the kitchen to put the kettle on, as research has proven that drinking green tea can help your body to burn fat. Yes, you read that correctly – green tea helps you to lose weight! Readers all over the world are now doing a mini celebratory dance at the thought of drinking up to slim down. And so you should, but not before you find out how the healthiest drink on the planet manages to achieve such a feat.
Green tea is packed full of healthy antioxidants, which are the body’s nutritional equivalent of Kevin Costner – literally the body’s bodyguard. They deter disease, safeguard our cells and neutralise dangerous free radicals in the body.
It is an antioxidant by the rather unmemorable name of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that shifts your fat busting metabolism into high gear.
Studies have shown that green tea drinkers who regularly exercise will lose double the amount of weight in comparison with non-drinkers on a similar regime. This statistic alone should be sufficient to send you dashing down the supermarket aisles with a trolley-load of the green stuff.
But there are so many green teas on the market, how do you know which one to buy?
The catechins in green tea extract are the secret behind its miracle fat-burning properties. In order to burn fat, it is vital to avoid flavoured green teas that contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. Some flavoured green teas are seasoned with natural ingredients that won’t lessen the fat-burning benefits but any unnaturally flavoured tea (i.e. tea with added sugar or sweeteners) will contain calories, which will compromise your weight-loss objectives.
Another common problem for people attempting to lose weight is the ability to stick to a routine, whether it be exercising, dieting or taking daily supplements.
Here are some tips on how to make it easier to remember to drink the recommended three cups a day:
- Swap your usual morning cup of Joe for green tea
- Ensure you have a supply at home and at work
- Make it a social activity, so that co-workers and partners will share in the brew
What about drinking it cold – is iced green tea as magical as its hot counterpart?
Provided that you check the ingredients in the same way you would for tea you plan to drink hot and put anything with sugar, artificial flavours or sweeteners straight back on the shelf, you can supplement your hot green tea drinking routine with the occasional glass of refreshing ice tea. However, it is worth pointing out that the weight-loss values are maximised when the tea is hot; iced tea is often diluted and sweetened, so make it an occasional healthy sip rather than a routine gulp.
Remember, if it’s simple, convenient and delicious you will be more likely to stick to your drinking plan. And it won’t hurt to put your running shoes and sprint into the kitchen to make it.
Recommended Green Tea Brand
As you can imagine some Green Tea brands are better than others, especially when it comes to weight loss as the usual supermarket choices are likely to miss out on critical tea ingredients.
However, I would like to make you aware of a fantastic green tea brand that you will only find on their official website and not anywhere else (not on Walmart, Boots, Amazon, …) – Tava Tea.
Tava Tea burns 2.5 more calories than the usual green tea thanks to it’s very own unique blend of organically grown Sencha, Wuyi Cliff Oolong and Puerh species. This blend is not found anywhere else and is extremely effective for weight loss and increased health.