If you are trying to lose weight and improve your overall health, I am sure you would be interested in a green tea diet. Dieters are always looking for a quick and easy, possibly effortless way to shed extra pounds and the closest they can come to this is green tea. Studies have shown that the catechins in green tea significantly encourage weight loss.
What is a green tea diet?
No, a green tea diet plan doesn’t mean you have to go on a liquid diet and drink tea all the time. In fact, it’s quite simple, what you need to do is start drinking green tea on a daily basis.
Green tea can be found in many forms: loose leaves, tea bags, pills, powders that may contain different amounts of the active ingredients in green tea. You should follow the instructions on the boxes.
If you make your own tea, three to five cups a day would be the recommended dosage in order to take advantage of the many benefits of green tea.
Your diet should be a regular balanced diet, without any excesses. It’s not a must to count your calories, a small calorie deficit will suffice.
At the same time, start doing some cardio or weight training to make sure you burn off the fat faster. Drink green tea in the morning, during the day and in the evening to boost your metabolism.
How does green tea help in a weight loss diet
Various studies have already proven that catechins – more precisely epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, offer a lot of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to lowering cancer risk. Because green tea is obtained through the process of steaming the freshly picked leaves and there is not a lot of processing of the raw leaf, it has a high catechin content of over 25%.
The reason why green tea is such an efficient calorie burner, the fact that EGCG has the property of increasing thermogenesis – heat production – by influencing certain enzymes that play an important role in the metabolic process. This heat production does not mean you’ll start feeling hot after drinking the tea; it means that the number of calories you burn during a day doing your daily activities is increased.
EGCG boosts the metabolism and accelerates weight loss. But that’s not all… green tea also suppresses the appetite and gives you more energy.
Green tea’s ability to suppress the appetite is attributed mainly to the effect of norepinephrine and dopamine – two peptide hormones that activate the sympathetic nervous system which triggers a reduction in the desire for food and cravings. You won’t feel tempted to give in to temptation and you will feel full with less. This is why the success chances of a green tea diet are higher than in case of other diets.
The caffeine content in this type of tea will make you feel fresh and full of energy throughout the entire day. A cup of green tea contains an average of 15-50 milligrams of caffeine per cup. You should know that the caffeine in green tea does not have the same side effects of the caffeine in regular coffee, and if you want you can lower this caffeine content by using the same bag or tea leaves more than once. You will certainly need this boost of energy during your weight loss diet, because if you want to lose weight faster, you should start doing some exercises every two days or so.
Remember, green tea is good not only for weight loss; it will be a huge improvement on your overall health too!