The general population in the western world is more overweight than ever. A hefty (pun intended) risk factor for a whole host of other health problems. There seems to be a lot of buzz lately about green tea and weight loss. But is there any truth to the claims?
The Chinese have been harvesting green tea for at least the past 4,000 years. Most people in the west think of it as nothing more than a beverage. However, people in the east have long revered it for its medicinal qualities as well.
Modern western medicine tends to ignore traditional benefits of natural methods, no matter how many thousands of years behind it. The good news is that viewpoint is starting to change, at least where green tea and weight loss is concerned.
The physiologist William Rumpler has studied how green tea effects the oxidation of fat and energy expenditure in the body. His studies have shown how green tea does indeed boost metabolism and increases weight loss. What follows are some of his early findings.
When the study was conducted, the only compound they were able to identify as possibly aiding weight loss was caffeine. In one control group, participants drank water that had the same amount of caffeine as the second control group who drank green tea. Not surprisingly, those who drank the caffeinated water did not show the same amount of weight loss as those in the second group – the green tea sippers.
This means that it isn’t the caffeine in green tea that’s making people lose weight.
Other studies have shown that green tea contains an antioxidant called catechin. It’s believed that catechin reduces how much fat the body absorbs, and may help you feel full sooner. Regardless of what is causing the weight loss, it does appear that green does, indeed, help loose those excess pounds. But there are even more health benefits. It reduces the risk of certain cancers and helps flush toxins out of the body.
More studies on tea are being conducted with mixed results, but in general, the results are promising. Green tea and weight loss is based on traditional Eastern medicine and gaining increased interest from Western science, as well.
Drinking several cups of green tea daily should help you shift that extra weight. Balance that with a healthier food choices and a better lifestyle and it will not only help you loose weight and maintain it, but improve your general health as well.
Selection of references:
- Green tea and thermogenesis: interactions between catechin-polyphenols, caffeine and sympathetic activity A G Dulloo1, J Seydoux2, L Girardier2, P Chantre3 and J Vandermander3
1Institute of Physiology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
2Department of Physiology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Laboratoires Arkopharma, Nice, France
- The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis.
Hursel R1, Viechtbauer W, Westerterp-Plantenga MS.