For some time now, people have been gulping down multiple cups of green tea daily in their quest to shed the extra kilos. But can it actually make you lose weight?
Antioxidants: Green Tea contains a fair amount of antioxidants which mildly boost metabolism. This slightly steps up your calorie burn. It also improves your body’s ability to burn more fat cells for energy, especially during exercise.
Caffeine: Caffeine is also known to marginally boost metabolism. Green tea has a controlled amount of caffeine (approx. 25-30 mg in one teacup = 230-250 ml), which makes it a good alternative to coffee.
Now, before you cancel your gym membership and stock your kitchen with packets of green tea for weight loss, you should know that drinking it alone would generate mild and unnoticeable results.
However, combined with healthy eating habits and regular exercise, green tea makes your weight loss efforts more effective.
According to University of Maryland Medical Centre researchers, drinking two to three teacups of green tea a day is required for weight loss/health benefits.
Follow these tips to optimise your green tea consumption to aid weight loss:
- Loose leaf over tea bags: Choose loose-leaf tea over tea bags if possible as this gives the tea more room to expand and realise its full flavour potential.
- Check the brand: The quality of green tea leaves differs from brand to brand; unnecessary additional ingredients can make the tea less effective. Look for brands that have all natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives.
- Choose your flavour wisely: If you like flavoured tea, check the packaging for the list of ingredients before picking your flavour. Some flavours may contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners, hindering your weight loss efforts.
- Avoid adding sugar.
- Iced or hot? If you prefer iced green tea, then go for homemade iced tea over bottled or powdered iced tea you get in the market. Bottled iced tea or the powder form does not pack the same level of anti oxidants and can also contain unnecessary calories from added sugar and flavouring.
- No caffeine please: For those of you who prefer decaffeinated tea, drink green tea that has been converted to decaf through water and C02 as it maintains 95% of the important antioxidants required. Check the labels for this information to be sure you pick the right brand.
- Avoid bitter taste: Leaving the tea bag in the water for more than 3 minutes means loss of flavour and a bitter taste.