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Green Tea Weight Loss Diet

I have not found a green tea weight loss diet yet. However, adding green tea to a balanced diet can help you lose a little extra weight. Green tea has great health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol, slowing the aging process, helps to slow wrinkles, lowers blood pressure and prevents cancer.

Why is green tea good for you?

Green tea is unfermented, unlike it's cousins black tea and oolong tea. Green tea leaves are steamed preventing the oxidation of the compounds that make green tea so special. What makes green tea special is it's ingredient (EGCG) epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant! EGCG inhibits the growth of cancer cells, in studies it also has shown to kill cancer cells without affecting healthy tissue. Besides it's cancer preventing properties, it's shown to lower (LDL) cholesterol otherwise known has bad cholesterol. I has imroved the ratio of good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Green Tea and Metabolism

In a few studies green tea has appeared to raise metabolic rates as well as speed fat oxidation. Researchers found an overall increase of 4% in energy expenditure. The research found that this energy expenditure took place during the daytime. Since thermogenisis (body's rate of burning calories) contributes 8-10% of daily expenditure in a normal person. The 4% increase actually led to a 35-43% percent increase in overall daytime energy expenditure.

Choosing a Good Green Tea

Try to choose a reputable brand from either a health food store or your local grocery mart. I personally try to avoid buying brands that are the stores own brand. Choosing a good reputable brand will help you in getting the full benefit of green tea. Here are a few tips in helping you choose your green tea.

  • Know when it was packaged
  • Check when it was stocked on the shelf
  • First harvest is best with quality going down each other harvest
  • Know where it came from

How much should you drink?

Experts recommend drinking 3 cups a day to effectively lose weight. Drinking 6 cups or more a day can cause palpitations (irregular beating of your heart) in individuals sensitive to caffeine. Caffeine content per cup of green tea is typically 8 - 20 mg. Black tea is double that amount. When compared to drinking a cup of coffee which is 80 mg that is relatively low.

Conclusion

If there is a green tea weight loss diet I haven't found it. Don't be scared to add this item to your current diet. Doing so will only lead to better health and a better you. It will help you to lose some extra weight. Green tea helps you to burn about 78 calories per day. That 780 calories a week by just drinking your green tea. So why wouldn't you want to add it to your diet? Just remember to not spoil the drink with sugar and cream and other additives that are just going to add up the calories. Keep it natural and without sweeteners.

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  1. Correction 546 Calories Per Week not 780. Thinking 78 x 10 not 78 x 7.


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