Exercise and healthy diet are proven ways of losing weight, but what about green tea? Researchers say that the antioxidants in the green tea plant along with other anti-inflammatory ingredients could help in weight loss, but only one cup a day is not enough to replace the benefits of a diet and exercise.
One cup of green tea every day, enough for weight loss?
No one can deny the benefits of drinking tea – especially green tea – which is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world, almost as popular as water itself. Although green tea in and of itself isn’t enough to lose weight, when incorporating it within your diet to supplement exercise and healthy eating can melt away fat and help you see quicker weight-loss results.
Green tea does play a role in enhancing metabolic activities due to the presence of caffeine and an antioxidant called catechin in it. Researchers say that these two compounds make the body’s metabolism more efficient, hence converting food into energy rather than storing it as fat. Catechin is also an effective fat-burner and breaks down excess fat inside the body. The impact of these two compounds is relatively small but definitely positive for managing and losing weight.
The conditional benefits of green tea consumption
A research conducted to discover the impact of consuming green tea in overweight and obese people found that drinking the beverage every day had numerous health benefits but didn’t make a significant contribution in weight loss on its own. Hence, researchers concluded that the study did not have any clinical importance, despite the theoretical basis of the tea’s weight-loss benefits.
The results of the study were dismissed with the assumption that a cup of regular green tea a day did not make any difference to your waist, unless combined with other proven weight-loss methods such as exercise. But what if you drink more than one cup of this healthy tea a day?
A new study has added fuel to the green tea debate which has been raging among researchers wanting to know if the substance has any meaningful impact in controlling and lowing body weight. Scientists from Anglia Ruskin University finally discovered the weight-loss benefits of consuming green tea when combined with exercise. The study asked 14 male participants, with an active lifestyle and average age of 21 years, to consume a capsule of decaffeinated green tea extract.
This was the first time that caffeine was omitted from a research to study the weight-loss and metabolic benefits of green tea. Half of the participants in the research were given 571mg capsules of green tea extract whereas the rest were given a placebo. The use of decaffeinated green tea is the study removed any doubts about the stimulating effects of caffeine.
Impact of green tea on physical performance
Once the test was complete, the body’s fat percentage of both groups of participants was measured to see if the green tea made any difference to their body composition. The group which received real green tea extract showed a decrease in body fat percentage by 1.6% in comparison to the placebo group.
Moreover, the fat oxidation rate, a beneficial process in aiding weight loss, had also gone up by 25 percent due to the green tea consumption. Green tea also had a positive impact on the participants’ performance in the gym. The researchers asked both groups to cycle two to three times a week and those who regularly consumed green tea experienced a boost in their performance by 10 per cent over a period of 4 weeks.
How much should you be drinking to lose weight?
In conclusion, the researchers said that key ingredient in green tea which promotes weight loss and enhances performance is EGCG which is only present in small quantities. In order to get the recommended dosage of this substance one cup of green tea is not enough.
The 571mg capsules of green tea extract used in the experiment were equivalent to 6-7 cups green tea, which means that in order to see positive results from green tea, you must consume at least 6 cups of it a day. In addition, the weight loss effects in the study were only noticed when the use of green tea was combined with exercise. The beverage alone makes no significant difference to your waistline.