Green tea is probably one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Packed full of vitamins and antioxidants known as catechins and polyphenols, green tea provides a wide range of health benefits
One catechin in green tea known as EGCG is so powerful it can even help with weight loss. This green tea component helps with weight loss in several ways. By acting with the caffeine that is also present in green tea, the EGCG also helps to boost the metabolism which will help with weight loss by stimulating a process known as thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the process by which the body starts to burn more fat through the activation of the metabolism and therefore, helping with weight loss.
The EGCG in green tea also helps to prevent fat absorption through the walls of the small intestines which will also help with weight loss in as far as it will prevent you from absorbing any excess fat that you don't need to be storing in your system.
To get the most benefits from green tea for weight loss be sure to only drink good quality green tea. The good quality green tea contains higher amounts of vitamins but more importantly, this green tea also has a greater amount of antioxidants which will be the main ingredients that are helping with weight loss.
Research has shown that just 2-4 cups of green tea per day can on average help a person to lose around 14-16lbs of fat per year if they were changing nothing else about their routine such as diet and exercise. This is pretty good going for green tea alone!
Start your day with a cup of green tea, one before and one after breakfast to help kick-start your metabolism. To assist your weight loss further, have another cup in the afternoon and also before you work out. Having a cup of green tea before you work out will assist your body in burning extra fat by giving your metabolism a boost.
Green tea especially targets that stubborn belly fat that accumulates around the mid-drift. If you want to really target this area and lose belly fat or love handles then consume a cup of green tea before and after an abdominal exercise workout.