Green Tea Weight Loss – What’s the Scoop

If you’ve read a few weight loss tips you’ve probably seen the reports:

***Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water or green tea every day and avoid drink with added sugar to drop the pounds.***

It’s very common advice, and as it turns out, quite helpful too. Personally I think the term “super food” is a bit of a buzzword and overused by the media today, but green tea has numerous qualities which make it a spectacular addition to your day.

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Why is Green Tea Effective for Weight Loss?

The biggest benefit of green tea comes from something called polyphenol, an antioxidant which green tea has in the form of catechin polyphenols. One of these, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate, the most active) has been popularized in the 4-Hour Body which claims that it drastically improves weight loss when taken in a stack with other supplements. On its own though, these polyphenols are still going to help you out. Not only do they have cancer fighting properties, but they also neutralize free radicals, cleaning the blood and making you more efficient.

Green tea also contains caffeine, about 30-50 mg per 8 oz. This is not an extreme amount for a drink if you are watching your caffeine intake, but the EGCG and other compounds help counteract negative affects which might normally occur like jitters, upset stomach or irritability. This makes green tea a safe natural source for caffeine, which will help increase your metabolism slightly and aid in fat oxidation (more likely to burn fat for fuel) again only slightly though.

The biggest aid to weight loss from green tea comes from keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated keeps you feeling fuller and less likely to eat unwanted food and gives you these added benefits as well over water.

What is the Green Tea Diet?

If someone has told you about a diet that consists entirely of drinking green tea – be wary. This type of fad diet can be dangerous and will likely lead to binging on food after a few days of starvation. At most, this might be considered a “cleanse” lasting only one or a few days. This would still not be recommended.

However if you’re thinking of adding green tea to your current diet plan it can give you a great boost.

How Green Tea Can Help?

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    If you are replacing sugar filled drinks with unsweetened green tea you will instantly cut out a lot of calories from your diet. This is the key way to lose weight.

  2. Staying hydrated and drinking unsweetened drinks between meals, along with determination, helps stop you snacking.
  3. Green tea gives a small boost to metabolism, fat oxidation and overall energy.

Green tea is obviously not a miracle cure for weight loss but it does have important benefits that will help you.

How to Add Green Tea to Your Diet

If you only consider green tea as a hot beverage you might find it difficult to think about drinking so much hot tea through the day. Luckily, green tea is also great cold. To get cold green tea, you can either throw a few tea bags in a jug of water and wait a few hours, or you can hot brew the tea and wait for it to cool. I keep a gallon in my fridge at all times.

The majority of us drink out tea with a bit of sugar to cut the bitterness and enhance the flavor. Unfortunately, if you’re drinking tea instead of water the calories in that sugar will quickly add up. My favorite solution is Stevia. It’s a great natural sweetener which is gaining popularity. You can get it in powder form like traditional sugar, or, my preferred way, especially for cold tea, liquid form. My best recipe is a cup of green tea, squeeze of lemon juice and a few drops of Stevia. The lemon and green tea flavors go together beautifully and the liquid Stevia blends very easily even in the cold liquid.

Aim to drink 2-4 liters per day depending on your size.

Green Tea Supplements

green tea supplementsIf you’ve had enough to drink and don’t want to consume tea all day but still want the benefits of green tea weight loss, you could consider a green tea supplement. According to Tim Ferriss, 325 mg 3-4 times a day for a 150-200 lb person is the ideal dosage, just make sure to get decaffeinated pills. If you are worried about side effects you can try starting with a smaller dose and increasing it over time.

Tim found supplementation at this level was found to slow fat storage and instead prefer to use carbohydrates to build muscle and encourage fat cells to undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death). Check out the details on P119 of the Four Hour Body.

This is one supplement you should be sure to consult about with your doctor if you are on any medication or treatments as it can interfere with some drugs and procedures.

Personal Experience

During my test period of the 4-Hour Body Slow Carb Diet I used a green tea supplements as part of the AGG stack. I felt it made a difference and I continue to take the ALA, green tea extract and garlic extracts as part of my permanent diet which I now follow, though only 2x per day rather than 4x. I feel it makes a noticeable difference to weight loss and maintaining my goal weight.

As for drinking green tea I continue to drink green tea all day as I mentioned above with lemon juice and Stevia. I cold brew with a gallon jug and 2 tea bags in my fridge for 4-6 hours and pour it out during the day.

I use -

Green Tea – Almost any is fine, this is just what I use, nothing flashy.

Green Tea EGCG Extract – Each pill is 325mg EGCG and are decaffeinated, the perfect amount. I use it as recommended by the 4 Hour Body Book.

Stevia – I much prefer liquid Stevia but I find many of my guests are more accustomed to the powdered kind as it is more recognizable and so I keep both. I love converting people to Stevia.

Green Tea Weight Loss – The Final Word

So, is green tea an effective tool for weight loss? The answer is yes. While it may not have an extreme effect it is effective as a tool to help boost the effects of a healthy diet and encourage fat loss even more than normal. Keep in mind, green tea is not a diet unto itself, but one part of a whole. If you need help picking a diet that will fit you and your lifestyle check out the diet selection tool.