Green Tea and Fat Loss: Is there a Correlation?

Green Tea and Fat Loss: Is there a Correlation?

Posted on 11. Apr, 2010 by in Fat loss

The other day, I was trying to review my healthy habits and what I have changed or kept over the last several months. I realized that since I quit my desk job, I stopped drinking green tea. Before, I would drink green tea instead of water all throughout the day and always have a cup sitting by my computer screen. This keeps me warm and also helps me drink at least 5 cups of green tea a day.

So, why drink green tea?

You’ve probably heard that green tea is a great source of antioxidants. But, what you may not know is that it also contains other vitamins and minerals such as chromium, manganese, and other phytochemicals. But, the most important one is a polyphenol called epigallocatechin or EGCG. This polyphenol basically works with the caffeine in green tea to help increase fatty acid oxidation (use of fatty acids), block the development of fat cells, reduce fat absorption and increase fat secretion. Best of all, both of them combined also helps increase metabolism. As you can see, all these conditions favor fat loss. All of these benefits were proven by research and you can view the reference at the end of the post. The recommended dose that they found with the study that is effective for fat loss and good health in general is 3-10 cups per day.

So, starting this weekend, I started brewing my green tea again on a regular basis. I am now up to 2 cups per day and I’m working my way up to having more as the days pass. The other strategy that I plan to start doing is to drink cold green tea like an iced tea. Basically, I will brew at least 20 cups of tea over the weekend, put it in the fridge, and let it cool down. I will then use this “iced tea” as my water during workouts or just water in general. This will also help me increase my water consumption in general.

The other thing that I like about drinking green tea is that it helps take the edge off myy desire to eat more after having a meal. You know those times when after you eat, you still feel a little hungry? (I hope you do because then that would mean that I’m normal…LOL). It is for this reason I drink my green tea after meals too.

If you’d like more information about green tea, you can read this page about it on www.wikipedia.org. That article talks about the different types of green tea and the proper way of brewing it. When preparing my green tea, I turn off the heat just before boiling point so that the tea leaves would not taste burned or overcooked. I then steep the tea in the hot water for about 1-2 minutes before drinking it. I also don’t add any sugar to my tea because this will just defeat the purpose of drinking it for health 🙂

Do you practice drinking green tea? If so, what kind of benefits have you gotten from it? Let me know in the comments section below.

Reference:

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.47
“Epigallocatechin-3-gallate and postprandial fat oxidation in overweight/obese male volunteers: a pilot study”
Authors: F. Thielecke, G. Rahn, J. Böhnke, F. Adams, A.L. Birkenfeld, J. Jordan, M. Boschmann

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  • Bev

    I am TRYING to drink more green tea. I do better in the winter months because I drink a lot of hot tea of all types. I’ve found two types of green tea I really enjoy: Stash Morrocan Mint and Tulsi Tea green tea. Both are tea bag teas, but they are easier to have if I am at work.

  • I’m glad I read your article, Anna. I haven’t had any green tea in ages! It’s just “one of those things”. I totally forgot about it and all the wonderful benefits. I definitely love the flavor.
    Have you ever tried adding a little honey?

    I’ll be rooting for you during the 30-day blogging challenge with Connie Green. This is the FIRST time I’m participating and, so far, it’s tons of fun!

  • admin

    Hi Bev, I’m glad I’m almost out of green tea because now I can try the varieties you mentioned 🙂

    Melanie, I know what you mean about the flavor. It has that very pleasant, light flavor. I don’t know if that makes sense but that’s how I think about it. It’s my first time doing the challenge too. Good luck to both of us!

    Thanks for stopping by, guys!

    Anna

  • Hi Anna,
    I had always heard that green tea was healthy, but I didn’t realize how healthy until I read your post. I’m so happy to hear it’s okay to count it as part of my water intake too. Thanks so much for the helpful info. Think I’ll go brew a cup of green tea right now . . .

  • admin

    Hi Renee, glad I to help you out. Yes, it does count as water 🙂 That would include water from fruits and vegetables too. Enjoy your tea!

    Anna

  • Hey Anna, I too knew about the antioxidant power of green tea and the EGCG benefits. However, does every green tea have EGCG? Also, because drinking more green tea with caffeine means more diuretics, one probably has to drink water enough as well each day to rehydrate right?

    Thanks for the tip!

  • admin

    Hi Lee, yes, green tea naturally has EGCG. Yes also for your question about diuretics because of the caffeine although it’s not as much effect as you would have when drinking coffee which has a lot higher caffeine content. Of course, we always have to keep enough water to help keep us hydrated.

    Anna

  • Lee

    Thanks, Anna. Just started adopting your strategy of ice green tea and it’s working out nicely. Great replacement for diet soda — it’s healthier, cheaper and fewer calories!

  • admin

    Glad to hear it’s for you, Lee.

    Anna

  • I drink green tea everyday, I find it a great alternative from coffee in the mornings and in the early afternoon. I like to buy the loose tea and mix green tea with mint tea for after lunch. taste great. its almost refreshing. I recommend it.

  • admin

    Hey Alejandro, I like to mix my teas too! Last night, I mixed my green tea with chai tea (no milk). It tasted great! Best of all, there’s tons of antioxidants in that combo.

    Anna

  • Spacify Directories

    The other thing that I like about drinking green tea is that it helps take the edge off myy desire to eat more after having a meal. You know those times when after you eat, you still feel a little hungry

  • That’s what I’ve found too. It definitely helps especially when I’m fasting. Thanks for stopping by.