5 Ways to Use Green Tea for Weight Loss

By Carrie | Weight Loss

Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Bold claim, right? Let’s look at just how magical it is and how it can help you lose that extra weight you want to get rid of.

1. Green Tea Contains Antioxidants That Can Help You Lose Fat

Where green tea really shines is in its massive range of antioxidants including polyphenols called catechins.

They help prevent the damaging effects on your metabolism by reducing rancid fats or oxidation.

And the most important of these is EGCG,  a substance that can boost metabolism. And green tea (especially Matcha green tea) has plenty of them!

2. Green Tea Can Boost your Metabolism And Make You Burn More Calories

Your body is constantly burning calories.

Even when you are sleeping or sitting down, your cells are performing billions of functions that require energy.

Several studies suggest that green tea can make you burn more calories even at rest.

Remember the Catechins in green tea that we mentioned earlier? These increase calorie burning without changing your calorie intake!

In one study of 60 obese individuals, the group taking green tea extract lost 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg) and burned 183 more calories per day after 3 months!

3. Green Tea Can Help Break Down the Fat From your Fat Cells

In order to burn fat, your body must first break it down in the fat cell and move it into your bloodstream.

The substances in green tea increase levels of hormones that tell fat cells to break down fat. This releases fat into the bloodstream and makes it available as energy. I like the sound of this!

4. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning, Especially when You are Exercising

If you look at the label of almost every commercial weight loss and fat burning supplement, you will probably find some kind of tea there as an ingredient.

Why? Because green tea extract can boost the burning of fat.

How do you know this? In studies, green tea has been shown repeatedly to increase the burning of fat, especially during exercise.

Green Tea Can Help You Lose the Belly Fat

You know that visceral fat, (the belly fat that builds up around your organs), is very harmful. How? Well this “belly fat “causes inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to all sorts of serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You’ll be happy to know that several studies on green tea show a significant percentage of the fat lost is the harmful visceral fat. 

And hey, let’s not forget that green tea goes way beyond just helping lose those unwanted extra pounds. It is also terribly healthy for tons of reasons! You can lose weight while sipping on a health drink! Not a bad deal.

Here are some tips on drinking Green Tea for weight loss

How to drink it hot or cold

If you make a cup of hot tea, take a little extra care, as boiling water is bad for the precious catechins (tea’s healthy chemicals). Simply pour hot water over your tea and brew for about one minute before serving. Of course, you can adjust the brew time depending on your taste.

Tea Before Dinner

Before you head out to dinner, pour yourself a cup of green tea. The active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, boosts levels of cholecystokinin, or CCK, a hunger-quelling hormone.

In a Swedish study, tea-sippers report less of a desire to eat their favorite foods (even two hours after sipping the brew), and they found those foods to be less satisfying. So maybe you won’t over eat!

Meet for Tea Time with a Friend      

A new study in the journal Hormones and Behavior found that those who feel lonely experience greater circulating levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin after they eat, causing them to feel hungrier sooner. Meet with a friend and enjoy a cup together. All kinds of benefits here!

Drink it first thing in the morning

A study found that when you drink green tea at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day, it allows for the best possible absorption of EGCG, the magic nutrient in green tea.

Keep your tea out of the sunlight

The active ingredients in teas are highly unstable under sunlight so keep your tea in a dark, dry place. If you brew iced tea, it will stay good for about 4 days, as long as you keep it refrigerated.

You don’t need to drink a lot of green tea to help you lose weight. Weight loss benefits have been found by drinking as little as 2.5 cups of green tea per day.  Green tea really makes a move on your fat cells and drains them away, even when we’re not making the smartest dietary choices.

About the Author

It's definitely been a journey to focus on natural health and wellness because some days I wildly succeed and some days I could eat the whole carton of ice cream. So I learn and grow and write and share. And as we stick together and encourage each other, we can reap the rewards! to Live younger longer and Look younger longer!