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Green Tea and Fat Loss

Green Tea has received a lot of media coverage in recent years and has been associated with a whole range of health benefits. Here we examine the most publicized of all of them, fat loss, and look at the mechanisms by which it helps you lose weight.

Green Tea and exercise
Green Tea’s fat loss properties are directly related to its content of something called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is what’s known as a polyphenol compound and these are found naturally in plants. Regarding how this works to help the body to lose fat, scientists at the University of Geneva showed that Green Tea Extract was able to increase the rate at which stored body fat is burnt by over 30%. This means that by including Green Tea in your diet you are basically increasing your body’s ability to burn more fat during exercise compared to if you weren’t taking it.

Green Tea and fat storage

Next Green Tea has also been found to actually block the absorption of fat too meaning you don’t even have to visit the gym to get the benefits. A study published in the prestigious journal Phytotherapy Research, shows that as well as boosting the metabolic rate, Green Tea Extract helps to block the absorption of fat. This is why so many nutritionists recommend starting your day with a cup of Green Tea since it will help to stop fat being stored for the rest of the day.

Green Tea and stomach fat
Lastly of huge interest for those looking to specifically lose weight from around their stomach area, research conducted at the Provident Clinical Research Centre in Bloomington, USA, found Green Tea may increase exercise induced loss of abdominal fat. (Kevin. C Maki, 2009.) Researchers recruited a group of healthy adults between the ages of 21 and 65 and gave them 625mg of green tea catechins, after 12 weeks they found the group taking the Green Tea Extract had significantly reduced the circumference of their waist. So if you’re one of many who have a tendency to hold fat around the waist, green tea could hold the key to shifting that unwanted fat.

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