Friday, September 7, 2012

5 Things You Should Know About Green Tea & Dieting

Green tea has long been revered for its remarkable healing qualities. In recent times, modern science has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the antioxidant power of green tea can fight cancer and disease, boost the immune system, promote healthier skin, and enhance focus and mental function.

But these studies have found out some other things about green tea. Things that you'll be very interested in if you're sick of that extra weight and want to lose a few pounds. Let's take a look at them in order of importance.

5. Green Tea Increases Endurance & Helps You Exercise Longer

Everyone knows that dieting isn't nearly as effective if you're not pairing it up with some sort of exercise. This, of course, is because exercise burns calories and builds muscle, which in turn boosts your metabolism and leads to even faster weight loss.
Antioxidants in green tea stimulate the use of fatty acids by liver and muscle cells. This reduces the rate that carbs are used and increases endurance while allowing for longer exercise times. A study on lab rats found that green tea increased the time they could swim by as much as 24%.

4. Switching to Green Tea Leads to Calorie Reduction

Want to do something really smart? Stop drinking coffee and soft drinks and switch to green tea exclusively. If you're worried about losing the caffeine burst that you get from your morning cup of Java, don't be. Green tea has just enough caffeine to do the trick, and absolutely no calories!

Many people add sugar and creamer to coffee which sends the calories through the roof. And let's not even talk about the nutritional disaster called soft drinks! Switch to green tea and you'll be getting a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants while simultaneously dropping the calories and sugar.

3. Green Tea Helps Calm Cravings

A recent study found that lab rats injected with green tea consumed 60% less calories than other rats. I'm sure you can imagine how this can help you during a diet. Frequent consumption of green tea also fills up the stomach reduces appetite even further.

2. Green Tea Increases Metabolism

An antioxidant in green tea called EGCG, along with the caffeine, stimulates the central nervous system and causes fat to be released into the blood stream for the body to use as fuel. This process is called "thermogenesis" and it greatly boosts the metabolism.

Caffeine alone can stimulate the metabolism this way, but researches have found that the combined ingredients in green tea do a much better job than caffeine by itself.

1. Green Tea Burns Fat

Green tea's ability to stimulate the metabolism also causes the body to burn calories at a faster rate. Once the body runs out of carbs, it will turn to fat as a source for fuel. This is exactly what you want if you're trying to burn off those pesky pounds!

So there you have it. These 5 things are helpful enough individually, but put them together and you have one heck of a head start on losing weight. Pair green tea with a good diet and exercise and you're well on your way to a slim, fit body!

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