If you are seeking an efficient way to lose those extra pounds from your body without spending hours working in gyms or pursuing weight loss supplements that do not come with any guarantee of safety, then here is an easy and natural way to gain your desired body shape: green tea.
Where does it come from?
The concept and cultivation of green tea originated in China, but has been used as a natural medication against cancer, allergies and heart disease due to its antiviral and antioxidant properties for centuries. Green tea comes from the same family of plants as black tea and oolong tea, and the family is best known as Camellia sinensis. But the processing of the teas is what sets them apart. While black tea is fermented before collecting the extract, green tea is only steamed and dried with the former process left out; and this is essentially what creates the difference in the efficacy of the teas.
What’s in it?
Rich with antioxidants such as flavonoid and polyphenol, green tea has always been the first choice of those who have sought a longer life with a healthy body and stress-free psyche. But recent studies reveal that this type of tea is also useful for losing excess body weight, and can be pretty efficient in burning fat!
So, how does green tea perform such a magic without making you waste hour after hour? Well, the hero of the entire process is the polyphenol present in the tea that is called ‘catechins’. It possesses the ability to manipulate the overall metabolism process that is responsible for breaking down carbohydrate and turning them into fatty acid to be stored inside tissues for later use. As a result, the fat level drops significantly, and you can expect to have a slimmer body shape.
Although the exact dosage of green tea for the best effect has not been confirmed till date, specialists believe that four cups per day should do the trick. However, exceptions apply to pregnant and lactating women, and those who are reluctant to encounter such extensive exposure to caffeine.
Also, the effects of green tea had only been tested on animals – such as mice – so far; but a recent study has changed the mind of the specialists. A group of 35 Japanese men with almost the same BMI (body mass index) were called in for conducting the test, and they were divided into two groups. Each of the groups had been given a certain routine to follow that included similar fat and caloric intake and diet. Along with that, one group was provided with one bottle of green tree brew for each individual daily and was instructed to continue that for exactly three months, while the other group had been given the brew of another tea. The results were as expected: the group that drank green tea lost way more weight than the group that drank another. This result led the specialists to actually believe that green tea must have properties that indeed helped to burn fat and lose weight.
Although skeptics have many theories to offer against this popular belief, trying two cups a day of this natural brew isn’t going to cause any harm to your body, and you can do your own research at home.