Green tea for weight loss
Green tea is made from the same plant as regular teas are – Camellia sinensis. The difference lies in the process. Green tea does not undergo the withering and oxidation that gives black and oolong teas their dark color. Green tea leaves, on the other hand, are quickly heated, either by pan firing or steaming, and dried to prevent too much oxidation and to retain the characteristic green color. Green tea is quite possibly the best beverage for weight loss. Of course, green tea benefits extend far beyond just weight loss, but here we’re just going to be focusing on this particular health benefit of green tea.
How does green tea help in weight loss
Green tea is rich in potent antioxidants called catechins, one of which is EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is pretty awesome when it comes to boosting your metabolism and helping you lose weight. The catechins in green tea are also believed to inhibit carbohydrate digestion and absorption. Studies have also suggested that the active compounds in green tea can help in weight loss by enhancing the effects of some fat-burning hormones, such as norepinephrine. Green tea also contains caffeine, another well-known stimulant that aids in fat burning. Green tea aids your weight loss efforts by dampening your appetite. Its benefits include reducing visceral fat, improving good cholesterol, and regulating insulin spikes.
What does green tea taste like?
It’s kind of hard to describe what exactly green tea tastes like, but most people would agree that it tastes like a slightly earthier, grassier version of regular black tea. Just like with black or oolong tea, green tea too comes in many flavors and variations.
How to drink green tea for weight loss
Which is the best time to drink green tea?
It is best to drink green tea on an empty stomach. This makes green tea an excellent option for a morning drink. It’s an ideal replacement for your morning cuppa joe as it has just enough caffeine to give you that morning energy buzz. You can drink green tea in the evening too unless you’re someone who has trouble sleeping after consuming caffeine.
What is the best time to drink green tea for weight loss?
If you’re drinking green tea to lose weight, the best time to have a cup or two is before you work-out. This is because studies have shown that green tea consumed an hour or an hour and a half before exercise significantly increases fat oxidation rate during exercise. You can also consider drinking green tea before a meal to reduce your appetite.
How to make green tea
Green tea is made rather differently from the traditional teas we’re used to brewing, especially Indian chai tea. To start with, boiling the water after you put in the tea leaves is a great big no-no. Let’s walk you through the simplest way to make green tea
- Boil water to 80-degree Celsius or 175-degree Fahrenheit. Use filtered water or spring water for better taste.
- While your water is boiling, measure out the desired quantity of green tea leaves into a strainer or a tea ball (readily available on Amazon.com.) and place it your teacup.
- Once the water is hot enough, pour it into your cup and let the tea steep for around 3 minutes. You’re done.
Tip: Don’t let the water get too hot, your tea will taste more bitter and astringent.
Green tea with lemon and honey
This is every dieter’s favorite weight-loss brew, and it tastes pretty good too. To make this elixir, you will need to make green tea in the same way as described above and then add freshly squeezed lemon juice (from half a lime) and half a teaspoon of honey. The benefits of green tea with lemon and honey are reported to be even more than just regular green tea.
That’s because the catechins in green tea aren’t absorbed all that well within the intestines. After digestion, only less than 20% catechins remain. Studies have shown that adding lemon or similar citrus juices can help our intestines absorb around 13 times more than normal catechin levels. On top of this, lemons are veritable powerhouses of vitamins, and honey is rich in antioxidants. What more could you need to help you on your weight loss journey?
Which green tea is best for weight loss?
Some of the green teas that are considered best for weight loss are
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Ginger Infused Green Tea
- Sencha Green Tea
When it comes to brands, I have found that Lipton works best for me. It is available in the form of tea bags and a large selection of flavors, which makes it very convenient to carry some to work.