Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Drink Tea Daily for Losing Weight

There’s evidence that the chemical EGCG found in ordinary green tea may help people lose weight. Unlike dark tea, which is brewed with fermented leaves, green tea is produced by steaming fresh leaves. This results in a higher content of polyphenols like EGCG, which is a flavonol.

Okay, there are other ingredients in tea called catechins that contribute to its helpfulness in losing weight. The scientists quote other studies showing that green tea is similar to black in this regard. This is not surprising since green tea also has caffeine and catechins.

A study reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a metabolism 'boost').

The researchers also concluded that that over a 24-hour period, green tea extract increases the metabolic rate by 4%. These effects are probably due to the high concentrations of catechin polyphenols found in green tea. These work to help intensify levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis (the rate at which your body burns calories).

Drink white tea hot or cold, which also comes in an array of flavors as green tea does. The weight loss and antioxidant benefits of white tea are very similar to that of green tea. A study on white tea shows that it may lower blood pressure and cholesterol both of which improves the overall health of your heart and may allow you to do more cardio exercises.

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