The Familiar Drink Linked To Easy Weight Loss

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People in the study lost 5.5
pounds, without changing their diet or doing any more exercise.
Drinking green tea leads to
weight loss without any other lifestyle changes, research finds.
In one study, people drinking
four cups of green tea a day lost 5.5 pounds, without changing their diet or
doing any more exercise.
The flavonoids and caffeine in
green tea speed up the metabolism.
This allows the body to
process fat faster.
Along with caffeine, the active
ingredients in most green teas are called catechins, which are antioxidants.
The most important of these is
called Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG.
However, catechins can be
damaged by boiling water, so let the water cool a little before adding it to
the tea.
Alternatively, EGCG can be
bought as a food supplement, which provides a more concentrated hit of the
For the study, 35 obese people
were randomly assigned to either drink green tea, take green tea extract or act
as a control group.
The results showed that four
cups of green tea led to 5.5 pounds of weight loss without any other lifestyle
The supplements were linked to
4 pounds of weight loss.
Another study on mice has
shown that even when they are fed a high-fat diet, green tea slows down the
rate at which they put on weight.
Joshua Lambert, who led the mouse study, said:
“Our results suggest that if
you supplement with EGCG or green tea you gain weight more slowly. There seems
to be two prongs to this. First, EGCG reduces the ability to absorb fat and,
second, it enhances the ability to use fat.”
The study showed that green
tea did not suppress appetite, rather it limited fat absorption.
Lambert explained that both groups of mice were eating the same:
“There’s no difference in the
amount of food the mice are eating. The mice are essentially eating a
milkshake, except one group is eating a milkshake with green tea.”
Lambert thinks a couple of cups of green tea can have an effect on body weight:
“Human data — and there’s not
a lot at this point — shows that tea drinkers who only consume one or more cups
a day will see effects on body weight compared to non consumers,”
The studies were published in
the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and Obesity (Basu et al.,
2013; Grove et al., 2011).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.