When wanting to lose weight, and keep it off, we strive for energy balance. We achieve energy balance when our “energy in” equals our “energy out”. “Energy in” refers to the foods and drink we consume, and “energy out” refers to the number of calories we expend or burn each day.
This does not mean we have to restrict ourselves when it comes to our diet though, particularly, when it comes to the drinks we consume. Not all drinks should be considered as a definite no. Yes, sugary drinks should be consumed in moderation, but there is an alternative for you that won’t hidner your weight loss. We are talking about green tea; possibility the healthiest drink, (after water of course) that we can think of.
Green tea has what we call thermogenic properties. These properties or characteristics increase the thermic effect of food; the number of calories required to digest, absorb, transport, and store food. Green tea boosts our metabolism, by boosting the number of calories used by our bodies. This promotes weight loss. *
Green tea has two components which give it thermogenc properties; caffeine and catechin polyphenols.
“Green tea polyphenols are known to promote weight loss by increasing the metabolism of fats by the liver (thermogenic effect), inhibiting lipase (fat absorption enzyme) in the digestive tract, and providing a feeling of satiety and fullness.” (1)
Green tea offers a range of other benefits:
Improve Brain Function
Increases Fat Burning
Improves Physical Performance
May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer
Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
*please note, green tea should be solely relied on for weight loss and maintenance. It should be consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
1. Dulloo AG, Duret C, Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N, Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Dec;70(6):1040-5. PubMed
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.