Do Antioxidants Help You Lose Weight?
Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Many studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight. That’s because the weight-loss benefits are in the epigallocatechin gallate (a.k.a. EGCG, a health-boosting antioxidant) found in green tea. Not the green tea flavor.
Let me explain how it works…
When you drink a cup of quality tea, you’re actually getting a large amount of beneficial substances with potent biological effects. But where green tea really shines is in its massive range of antioxidants… being loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins. The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a substance that can boost metabolism.
If you look at the label of almost every commercial weight loss and fat burning supplement, chances are that you will find some kind of tea there as an ingredient. This is because green tea has been repeatedly shown to increase the burning of fat, especially during exercise.
In most studies, this amounts to about a 3-4% increase, although some studies show an increase as high as 8%. For a person who burns 2000 calories per day, 3-4% amounts to an additional 60-80 calories per day, similar to what you might expect with a high protein diet.
We have subcutaneous fat that lodges under the skin, but then we also have visceral fat, which is the belly fat that builds up around the organs. It is this deep visceral fat that is harmful. It causes inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to all sorts of serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However… it’s important to keep in mind that not all fat is the same.
Methods for preparing Green Tea
- Place the tea leaves in the teapot.
- Prepare water at the appropriate temperature. Pour the water from the kettle into the tea cups to bring it to the appropriate temperature and then pour it into the teapot.
- Wait while the tea’s components infuse.
- To ensure the tea’s strength is even, pour a little tea at a time into each cup. Pour the tea until the last drop is poured.