In order for us to lose weight (if this is what you need/want), experts recommend following a healthy and balanced diet, combined with regular spells of physical exercise each week. There are a number of supplements currently available however, which are designed to help you lose weight, and, if you take a look at their ingredients, you’ll find that some of them contain the same two compounds: green tea extract, and caffeine, which also happens to be found in green tea. But does green tea make you lose weight? Well, let’s take a more detailed look, shall we?
Does green tea make you lose weight?
There is no yes or no answer to this question, because it all depends on a number of different factors. For example, if you were to drink green tea each day, but spend the rest of your time laying on the sofa, eating junk food, and doing very little physical activity, the green tea would probably not help you lose any weight in the slightest. If however, you clean up your diet, got more physical exercise, and consumed green tea each day, there are some suggestions that you would lose more weight, or rather, you would lose more body fat, with the green tea, than if you were to diet and exercise without it.
How does green tea make you lose weight?
In terms of how green tea can help you to lose weight, that most likely comes down to the natural catechin content found in the green tea, along with the caffeine. Of the catechins found in the tea, it is EGCG (Epigallocatechin Galate) that is considered to be the most relevant and beneficial, particularly when it works in conjunction with caffeine. Studies have found that EGCG can help to suppress your appetite, reduce leptin levels, reduce lipid (fat) absorption, and boost the metabolism. What does this mean? Well, quite simply, as your appetite is suppressed you will consume less calories, your body will be able to absorb less body fat and will use more for energy, and as your metabolism will be increased, you will also have more energy whilst burning more calories in the process.
How much should be consumed
Some experts recommend consuming around 100 – 125mg of caffeine per day, along with around 570mg of catechins via green tea. This equates to roughly 4 – 5 average sized cups of green tea each day, but you should of course do what suits your situation the best. As well as the tea, you should also watch your calorie consumption, drink plenty of water, eat wholesome nutrient rich foods, and get plenty of physical exercise each week.
Please note that you should of course always consult with your doctor.