Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Is green tea good for weight loss?
Most people, who are hooked on to the “calorie and fat burn” trend, treat their morning cup of green tea to be the elixir to a slimmer, fitter frame. They are right in a way to assume that the positive health benefits from consuming this nutrient rich beverage, makes them feel energetic and more active. But to expect green tea to magically trim off your excess belly fat would lead to nothing but disappointment.
It is true that high concentrations of catechin polyphenols found in green tea can spike up your metabolic levels, inhibit the body’s fat absorption by regulating glucose and insulin, suppress your appetite by keeping you full longer, and absorb excess triglycerides. All these are critical to burning fat effectively but the amount of fat burn is modest and some studies have shown no change in fat burn rate from regularly drinking green tea.
What green tea does best is influence other aspects of your lifestyle that prove more influential in your weight loss in the long term. Enjoying green tea in the morning and as a late afternoon/early evening drink, ensures that you stay away from sugar laced coffee, desserts, sodas, canned fruit juices, or any “fillers” that cause more harm than good. It keeps you full and active curbing your cravings for sugar or excess carb-rich foods.
If there is any fat that green tea burns, it is the visceral fat (fat around your organs) and not much of the “visible” subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin). Visceral fat is harmful and causes inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to all sorts of serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
So green tea provides the most “healthy” alternative to other foods and provides some other astonishing health benefits that make it ideal for being a part of everyday diet. Exercise and eat healthy to boost its potential.