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will green tea help me lose weight

Green Tea / July 26, 2017

Green tea may provide a slight fat-burning boost.Green tea may provide a slight fat-burning boost.

If you're trying to shed the jiggle around your waistline, green tea may be a smart addition to your diet and exercise program. Although drinking tea won't make the fat magically melt away, it may help enhance your results. Don't go overboard, however; MedlinePlus recommends drinking no more than 5 cups of green tea per day to avoid caffeine-related side effects.

Green Tea Basics

Like all teas, green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea is less processed than black or oolong tea, however, and therefore has higher concentrations of antioxidants called polyphenols. In particular, green tea's catechin polyphenols are credited for the beverage's possible role in increasing fat burning. Catechins appear to work synergistically with caffeine, so drinking decaffeinated green tea may not produce the same effect.

Research Results

In a study published in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in 2010, researchers analyzed results from 15 trials involving the effects of green tea on weight and body composition. They found that subjects who consumed green-tea catechins with caffeine saw a greater decrease in waist circumference - and also lost more weight overall - than those who only consumed caffeine. A smaller waistline generally indicates a smaller stomach, so these results show promise if you're aiming for flatter abs.

Combining With Exercise

Exercise is among the best weapons for fighting belly fat, and a study published in "The Journal of Nutrition" in 2009 shows that green tea may enhance the stomach-reducing effect of exercise. Researchers gave subjects either a catechin-caffeine combination or caffeine only and had all participants exercise for at least 180 minutes per week while maintaining a consistent diet. Although both groups lost similar amounts of total fat, the catechin group lost more fat from the midsection.

Don't Expect Miracles

Green tea may aid slightly in fat loss, but it's just a small tool in your belly-shrinking arsenal. To help ensure results, cut junk food and sweets from your diet, reduce portion sizes and eat mostly natural, unrefined foods. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains - such as oatmeal and whole-wheat bread - and lean proteins such as beans, tofu and seafood. Also do 30 to 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, such as fast walking or jogging, most days of the week and perform muscle-building exercises at least twice weekly. These include weightlifting, yoga and body-weight exercises such as pushups, situps and squats.