Thursday, December 6, 2007

Drink Green Tea, Lose Weight!

We have been aware for some time of the positive health benefits of drinking green tea, however, research has also shown green tea has weight loss benefits as well.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people lost more weight drinking green tea than those who drank regular oolong tea. The study was performed over a three-month period where people either drank a bottle of green tea or a bottle of oolong tea each day.

A substance in green tea called catechins may stimulate weight loss by increasing the body’s ability to burn calories. Even though black and oolong teas come from the same plant as green tea, the green tea leaves are not fermented before they are steamed and dried.

Specifically the visceral fat, or the fat that builds in the tissues of the abdomen and around the intestines and internal organs, benefits directly from the catechins in green tea. Visceral fat is associated with type 2 diabetes.

General recommendations on the amount of green tea needed to maximize the weight loss benefits is as little as a cup a day, to as much as 4 cups a day. Consuming green tea can also decrease LDL, or bad cholesterol levels.

The researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study concluded the catechins in green tea can not only aid in calorie burn, but help reduce body fat. Preventing sharp changes in blood-insulin levels is another fat-burning effect of green tea.

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