Health And Fitness Weight Loss Green Tea For Weight Loss: Is It A Myth Or Truth? By aparna Posted on February 18, 2017 5 min read 3 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The health benefits of green tea are well documented throughout the planet. It has been used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to facilitate faster healing of the wounds and aid digestion. But did you know you could lose the extra pounds by sipping a few cups of green tea every day? Yes, it’s true. Below we’ve explained the benefits of green tea for weight loss in detail. Peep on! Green Tea Mobilizes Fat: Caffeine, as we all know, is natural stimulator and helps in the fat burning process. A cup of green tea contains around 24 to 40 milligrams of caffeine, which may not be anywhere near to the 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine, but is sufficient enough to aid your weight loss process. You can burn nine calories for every 1000 mg of caffeine you consume via green tea. More than its caffeine content, green tea is loaded with catechins and EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which boost the metabolism and increase the body temperature, assisting in weight loss. Green Tea Increases The Fat Burning Process During Exercise: You must have noticed almost every weight loss supplement contain green tea as one of its active ingredients. That’s primarily because green tea has been shown to increase the fat burning process, especially while working out. You can take green tea both as a beverage or a supplement to expedite the weight loss process. Researchers mostly make use of supplements and extracts in their studies. A survey carried out by NCBI found that men who exercised after taking green tea extract burned 17% more fat than those who did not (1) Green Tea Increases The Metabolic Rate Even While Resting: It’s a known fact that our bodies constantly burn calories, even while sitting and sleeping. A study, conducted for eight weeks showed that green tea increased the fat burning process, not just while exercising, but also during rest (2). The increase in calories burnt varies from 4 to 8%. So if you are trying to burn 1000 calories a day, you can burn 30 to 40 additional calories just by drinking a cup of green tea. Note: The effect of green tea on the metabolism varies from person to person. Inhibits Lipolysis To Burn Fat: Green tea is proven to inhibit lipolysis, the process in which triglycerides or dietary fats are broken down in the body. This halting of triglycerides break down prevents the absorption of fat in the body. Highly Efficient For Burning Abdominal Fat: More than anything else, green tea has shown excellent results in helping you lose stomach or abdominal (3). Belly fat, or visceral fat, is the most dangerous type of body fat, linked to several diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, you’ll be leading a longer and healthier life just by incorporating green tea into your diet. And I can say from my personal experience; green tea works tremendously against belly fat. How Much Green Tea Should You Drink For Losing Weight? A cup of green tea contains 120 to 320 mg of catechins and 10 to 60 grams of caffeine, depending on your brewing technique. So, according to University of Maryland Medical Center, you need to drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily to accelerate the weight loss process. How To Drink Green Tea For Weight Loss: Source: Shutterstock When you are consuming green tea for a healthy weight, you surely wouldn’t want to negate its benefits by adding sugar, honey, cream or milk to it. A cup of green tea contains just 2 calories. But when you add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of cream to it, you will turn your drink to 86 calories. So if you consume 3 cups of the same green tea, you will consume around 260 calories, which will add 1 kilogram to your weight by the end of the month. You also have to be very careful while purchasing green tea for weight loss. You must buy green tea that contains no preservatives or artificial ingredients. And always try to purchase loose green tea instead of tea bags. Green Tea Recipes For Weight Loss: Below are three green tea for weight loss recipes for your assistance. 1. Tulsi Green Tea: Source: Shutterstock Ingredients: 8 to 10 Tulsi leaves ½ teaspoon of loose green tea Water How To: Chop tulsi leaves finely and add to the cup containing green tea leaves. Pour boiling water over the Tulsi and green tea mixture and let it steep for 4 minutes. 2. Mint Green Tea: Source: Shutterstock Ingredients: ½ cup fresh mint leaves 1 teaspoon of green tea Water How To: Wash and chop the mint leaves and transfer to a tall glass. Pour boiling water over it and leave it steep for 4 minutes. Now refrigerate the drink for 4 hours. Top it with crushed ice and serve. 3. Lemon Grass And Ginger Iced Green Tea: Source: Shutterstock Ingredients: 1 stalk of fresh lemon grass 3 teaspoons of green tea 7 slices of fresh ginger Water How To: Wash the lemongrass and cut it into 2 inches long pieces. Now crush it using a fork or knife. Boil 2 cups of water and add ginger and lemon grass to it. Remove from the heat and add green tea to it. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea and refrigerate for a few hours. Serve tea in ice-filled glasses. A Word Of Warning: While green tea is associated with a number of health benefits, you need to be a bit mindful, as it is a source of caffeine, which can backfire. So consult your doctor before brewing a cup of green tea, especially if you suffer from anxiety, heart problems and high blood pressure. It can even interfere with blood thinners, antibiotics, chemotherapy and blood pressure medication. The bottom line is, do not expect a dramatic weight loss just by drinking green tea. Its effects are modest, but when it comes to losing weight, even the littlest of bit add up. Besides, the health benefits of green tea go way beyond the body weight. So brew a cup of green tea right away. Have you tried green tea for weight loss? Did not notice any effect on body weight? Let us know by commenting below!