Green Tea and Weight Loss
Article by Matt Davis
I frequently receive emails about offers for magical weight loss supplements that claim to have the ability to simply make that excess body fat disappear. The emails aren’t the only place these offers enter our personal space; they seem to pop up all over the Internet on weight loss sites too.
One of the more popular promotions now seems to be based on teas. There are tea supplements and various tea combinations, all available in stores and online. But is there any truth to all of these claims?
The reality is that there is scientific evidence to show that green tea can help with weight loss. Many studies have shown a reduction in fat due to inhibiting the growth of fat cells and to inhibiting fat absorption from the gut. Of course, you’ll come across a study that will counter that statement with the argument of the dose is required to get this effect are generally higher than those contained in the weight loss products or by drinking tea. However, the results are significant enough to be considered.
It has been shown that green tea dramatically reverses insulin resistance, which is a common cause of type II diabetes. It has been found that the EGCG acts like insulin and that green tea extracts have a strong protective effective in diabetic animals with diabetic neuropathy.
The reality is that tea does quite a few things with boosting your health. Unfortunately, one of the common claims that it can prevent cancer is not supported by enough evidence at this time.
Known benefits of green tea
It has been used by many cultures for its medicinal properties for centuries.
Studies have shown that it is a big help in combating stroke, heart failure, and diabetes.
Green Tea can help protect the retina from free radical damage that causes macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Teas are also a great digestive aid.
Consuming green tea
Unfortunately, tea is not a magical solution. When it comes to weight loss, the consumption of green teas without the restrictions of diet and exercise is simply not going to do much for you.
Several tests have shown that when athletes have been given caffeine (about 95 mg or the equivalent of an 8-ounce cup of green tea), their performances have greatly improved. One such study conducted in Australia of runners improved their 5K times by an average of 10 to 12 seconds. That’s not too shabby.
Green tea and weight loss conclusion:
So should we be jumping on all these email and Internet ads for green tea and its many versions or supplements? In short, that’s up to you. Green tea is good for us, and it’s going to help with your health. It will also help with weight loss but only when used in combination with the total fat loss package which is simply diet, lifestyle, and exercise.