According to the book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life by Nadine Taylor, green tea has been used by ancient Chinese people for at least 4,000 years to cure various health problems ranging from mild headaches to severe depression.
Having originated from China and is still closely associated with various cultures found in Asia, green tea today has become more widespread in the West (where black tea is traditionally consumed).
There has been enough evidence presented by scientific studies conducted in Asia and the West to prove that green tea benefits go way beyond helping relieve mild bodily pains, but symptoms of serious medical conditions as well, including rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, infection, impaired immune functions, and even cancer.
Green tea, however, is not only for those who are suffering certain illnesses, but for individuals who want to lose weight as well. If you are trying to shed excess pounds, drinking green tea can make the whole process a whole lot easier.
What exactly is green tea and how can it help you lose weight?
Green tea is a type of tea made solely from unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis. Because it undergoes only minimal oxidation during the processing, much of its natural components are preserved, especially catechin polyphenols. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, which is a powerful anti-oxidant that inhibits the growth of harmful cells in the body.
These same catechins plus caffeine found in green tea will force your body into thermogenesis, a biological process involved in burning fat for energy. They not only increase your metabolism, they are also known to be mild appetite suppressants. Moreover, components of green tea stops the movement of sugar into your fat cells.
A Japanese research shows that if you consume 5 cups of green tea a day, you can effortlessly burn 70-80 calories as a result of thermogenesis. It is said that drinking 5 cups of green tea without making changes to your eating habits, you can lose 1 pound over the course of 43 days or 8 pounds in one year.
Eight pounds in a year is definitely not much, but if you combine a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen with green tea consumption, then you can count on not only losing extra pounds, but keeping them off!
Five cups of coffee may seem a bit overboard to some, especially to those who do not like the bitter taste of green tea and to those who are afraid of negative side effects it may bring. You can always add lemon juice or honey to add flavor to it. Know that green tea is an acquired taste and after a while, you won’t need much sweetener to enjoy it. As for the negative side effects, they do not usually come up if you limit your consumption to 5 cups a day. If you go beyond that, you may experience insomnia, headache, nervousness, and irregular heartbeat.
Just remember to not go beyond the suggested number of cups to drink in a day and you will experience the many benefits of green tea, especially weight loss.