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Healthy Drinks: Green Tea for Weight Loss
By Marina De Haan

One of the most popular healthy drinks in the world now is green tea. This tea has been around for thousands of years but the ritual of drinking it is still present until the present times. It is common knowledge that the regular drinking of green tea is very beneficial to keep the body healthy. The Chinese & the Japanese were known to be the first ones to drink this healthy beverage, but now, there are green tea drinkers all over the world. This goes to show that a lot of people do believe that they will benefit from drinking (green) tea regularly.

This sort of tea is said to help stop ailments, and at the same time, it is believed to be helpful for those who are trying to lose weight.

It is known to help the body burn extra calories whenever a person drinks it. Thermogenesis is a term used by medical experts to explain the phenomenon of burning away of fat through the production of heat in the body. This tea has been found out to induce thermogenesis in a person who drinks it and thus burn an extra 70-80 calories per day. This is already very helpful because a person only has to drink green tea but his or her body will already be burning extra calories.

Green tea is also known to speed up a person's metabolism. An increase in the metabolism would therefore increase the body's capacity to burn away excess fats in the body. A fast metabolism could then inhibit the formation of new fat cells from the excess glucose in the body. This is then the reason why diabetics are encouraged to drink the healthy beverage as well. An antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG) plus caffeine stimulates the body to release fat into the bloodstream which will then be used as fuel. This is why people lose weight fast when they drink green tea often.

The caffeine found in (some sorts of) green tea is also helpful in weight loss. There is an increase in a person's energy thus making it possible for the person to exercise longer. Longer exercise could then lead to more fat being metabolized thus a faster weight loss ensues. When people exercise, their muscles become bigger. More muscles also mean that the body is capable of burning more fats in the body. There are really a lot of things in this tea that help people to lose weight faster.

Studies however, say that green tea works better when it is coupled with exercise and a healthy diet. It is a healthy drink and there are a lot of benefits when people drink it often. It is still important to keep in mind though, that this tea supports the body when it tries to lose weight. Dieters could as well try drinking this for a slimmer body. The weight loss may not be immediate and drastic (example, a loss of 2 pounds the next day), but nevertheless, it helps.


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