One question that seems to be being asked many times is can green tea really help with quick weight loss?
Well, I did some digging and found details of a research study that was focused entirely on the health and weight loss benefits of green tea. Here’s what I discovered…
Green Tea is Definitley Good For You
Sure, green tea is good for you. It’s calorie-free and provides lots of antioxidants, which have been linked to a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease.
But can it help you lose weight?
Well, this one study I found suggests it can.
Researchers from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland concluded that green tea caused an increase in daily energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
The results of the study by A.G. Dulloo were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in December 1999. In the years since, green tea dietary supplements claiming to promote weight loss have been popping up on shelves of drug and health food stores.
C.S. Yang, professor and chair of Rutgers University’s chemical biology department, has studied green tea for 18 years. He said human studies have found that when green tea extracts are consumed at high doses, it may cause some weight loss. In his studies on green tea as a cancer preventative, weight loss was noted in some of the subjects. Yang attributes the weight loss largely to caffeine, and possibly to decreased fat absorption caused by antioxidants in green tea.
In the Dulloo study, “they speculated that there was some synergy with the caffeine and the (green tea extract) working together to cause weight loss,” Yang said. ‘That has not been confirmed in other studies.”
Yang, who drinks one or two cups of green tea per day, pointed out that human studies thus far have been inconclusive. “One study will find something, one will not,” he said. “I drink green tea because I like it. I prefer it to other drinks.”
Green tea contains phytochemicals, specifically polyphenols known as catechins, which are antioxidants. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is one of the major catechins found in green tea. It is the catechin that was used in the Dulloo study. It’s also the one linked to cancer prevention.
Green Tea Can Help Burn Extra Calories
Current, ongoing research on green tea doesn’t show a definite benefit to those trying to lose weight. The findings of the Dulloo study equate to an increase of about 60 or 70 extra calories burned (per day).
That may help those people who are looking to prevent weight gain over the course of a year. But it will not reverse excessive weight gain.
If you want to give green tea a shot at helping you lose weight, go ahead. It won’t hurt your weight-loss goals, and losing an extra 60 or 70 calories a day will always help. If it’s combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it can only benefit your overall health.
Ideally, you should drink green tea plain, without sugar or cream, especially if your goal is to lose weight.
More research is needed to fully understand the health benefits it can have. Even though we don’t know everything about those health benefits, it is a healthy drink. It certainly won’t do harm.
This research and the studies of other scientists is showing that green tea may help promote oral health and prevent certain types of cancer and cardiovascular problems.
Some studies show benefits with the equivalent of a few cups a day. Yang’s cancer research has subjects consuming the equivalent of at least three to five cups a day.