A green tea diet? No. A diet boosted by green tea? Certainly.
Drinking a cup or two of green tea a day can help speed your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day. As a result, green tea is often a wonderful supplement to your diet that can help keep your energy levels up while at the same time give you a little extra in your fight with fat loss.
Green tea has been a staple of Asian cultures since we’ve kept track…well, of whether it was being brewed. However, only recently has it seen a large influx over in the West. Green tea has many amazing benefits, such as anti-cancer, anti-viral, and most notably high anti-oxidant content. However, for the focus of this quick tip we’ll concentrate on how it can help you stay lean or shed off the pounds.
Green tea is rich in a particular plant-based substance (polyphenol) called a catechin. In a variety of studies it has been linked to weight loss reduction, and perhaps more importantly, body fat reduction (we don’t want any muscle going to waste!). The overall thermogenic increase isn’t substantial (80-90 calories), but we’ll take what we can get. If we drink a serving or two of green tea a day, those extra calories burned will start adding up over time. Why not take advantage of that extra fat loss boost with green tea?
Next time you’re at the market, consider adding this to your shopping list. There’s decaff available for those who don’t want the caffeine naturally found in tea. Whether you fill up a pitcher and drink it throughout the day, or sip a cup freshly made before you head out, it’ll help give a slight boost to that metabolism so it can work a little faster, while you take care of business. There’s also green tea pills available, if you’re not fond of drinking green tea. Either way, it really is a waste not to add it to your diet if you’re looking to shed off the pounds. For more nutrition facts, check out our interview with Alan Aragon. Good Luck!