If dropping a few pounds is one of your New Year’s resolutions, consider the evidence associating green tea and losing weight. While no one dietary factor will cause you to lose weight and keep it off, research suggests that consumption of green tea boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight. Green tea fits right into a prudent program of balanced diet and regular exercise.
According to research reported on by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the catechins and caffeine in tea increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation, helping achieve and maintain healthy body weight. According to the article by the AAAS:
The results of one meta-analysis suggest the increase in caloric expenditure is equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period, or 0.13 calories per mg catechins. In a related review, researchers concluded that subjects consuming green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds within 12 weeks while adhering to their regular diet. Population-based studies also show that habitual tea drinkers have lower Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) and waist-to-hip ratios and less body fat than non-tea drinkers. In addition, green tea and caffeine also appear to boost fat oxidation over 24 hours by an average of 16% or 0.02 grams per mg catechins.
Dr. Oz promotes green tea consumption for weight loss on his show, as we’ve reported. Dr. Oz says drinking two cups of green tea a day helps melt belly fat because of a green tea ingredient, EGCG. EGCG – epigallocatechin gallate, is a catechin that raises metabolism and thus contributes to burning fat. EGCG is also believed to protect against free-radical damage. Dr. Oz recommends green tea not only for its fat burning qualities, but also because he says it prevents fat storage and has other health benefits.
Green tea is a delicious drink that contains few calories and is satisfying without the addition of sugar. It’s a natural alternative to beverages that contain high calories and additives.