How Does Green Tea Help You to Loose Weight?
Green Tea & Weight Loss
One of the many well known benefits of green tea is its ability to aid in weight loss. Along with providing an extra energy boost, green tea stimulates the metabolism while simultaneously blocking fat absorption. Many unnatural weight loss products use synthetic caffeine as an ingredient to increase metabolism, and often very heavy doses. While this can be very effective, not only is it unnatural and unhealthy, it can also be dangerous for many with heart conditions. Green Tea, on the other hand, is considered a safe, effective, and natural way to support weight loss (source).
Green Tea’s Health Benefits
In 2006, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that tea is a healthier choice than almost any beverage, including water (although we would still suggest making water your main source of hydration throughout the day). Green tea not only hydrates the body as does water, it also provides many nutrients and powerful antioxidants that protect against a wide variety of health concerns including diseases, cancers, strokes, heart problems, viruses and more!
How Does Green Tea Burn Fat?
When you intake food (including sugar and fat) it is synthesized into a substance called “triglyceride” in the liver and small intestine. Then it is carried into the bloodstream to feed other tissues in the body. Triglyceride is used as source of energy for life support and physical activities, and is very necessary for proper function. However, when there are excess amounts of triglyceride it’s then turned into fat which can lead to excess weight and obesity. That’s where the benefits of green tea comes into play. Green Tea contains high amounts of polyphenols which activate the enzyme responsible for dissolving excess triglyceride. While green tea (and any safe weight loss product for that matter) will not aid in burning many pounds per week, in the long run, green tea does effectively aid in burning fat.
How Does Green Tea Stimulate Your Metabolism?
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechin polyphenols that are responsible for many of the health benefits of green tea. One of them in particular, epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG), has been found to stimulate the metabolism and accelerate weight loss. Coupled with the caffeine in green tea, EGCG stimulates the central nervous system and causes fat to be released into the blood stream for the body to burn as fuel. This process of fat being used for energy is called thermogenesis. Although caffeine alone is capable of stimulating the metabolism this way, researchers have found that the combined ingredients of green tea were much more effective at this process than just caffeine by itself.
Other Natural Way to Improve Weight Loss
There are many other ways to natural boost your metabolism and burn fat and we'll work to add research delving into this are as well! In the meantime here are a few other tips and links:
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