How Much Green Tea to Drink to Lose Weight
If you're from the southern part of the United States, you know that sweet tea is a staple. Though most teas have beneficial nutrients to help fight disease, green tea is known for its many therapeutic benefits. Studies have shown that green tea's active component called "epigallocatechin gallate" or EGCG to be very beneficial in treating cancers of the brain, prostate, cervix, and bladder. This magical antioxidant has also proven therapeutic for diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, sjogren's syndrome, endometriosis, spinal muscular atrophy, neurodegeneration, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It can even help with weight loss.
Research has shown that ECGC may:
- increase metabolism and fat oxidation
- inhibit fat cell development
- increase the excretion of fat
Now you're probably wondering how much green tea you should drink in order to get enough ECGC to lose weight. Below you will find the benefits for one, two, and three cups of green tea per day.
A Medical Warning
It is important to note that green tea extract is potent and can be dangerous when used improperly, specifically by causing liver toxicity. One study mentions an increase in the number of toxicity reports, as the extract grows in popularity. It is important to let your doctor know if you plan to use green tea extract, so your dosage and response can be monitored.
One Cup for Blood Sugar Levels
Drop a pound of body fat! Replace just one cup of your favorite non-fat latte or soft drink with a cup of green tea, and you can save at least 150 calories per day. Because green tea is virtually calorie free, you will lose about a pound in six months according to researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
According to a study in The Journal of American College Nutrition, just one cup of green tea can help stabilize high blood sugar levels when combined with exercise three days per week. By improving your insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, your body will use energy much more efficiently. This will help you slim down or maintain a healthy weight.
Do you drink green tea?
Two Cups for Energy
Boost your metabolism! Two cups of green tea provides optimal dosages of important minerals like manganese, selenium, chromium, and zinc. However, it has also been proven to prolong norepinephrine, the fat burning accelerating hormone.
Boost your motivation to workout! Green tea also contains theanine, an amino acid, which has been shown to boost alertness. Unlike caffeine, theanine doesn't cause the jitters. Theanine can also help increase your brain's dopamine and serotonin levels. These neurotransmitters help the body and brain with correct behavior, cognition, memory, learning, motivation, mood, appetite, and sleep, They also help with voluntary movement which can keep your mind positively on your muscles.
Scientific studies have shown that just 30 minutes after drinking two cups of green tea, the endothelia cells that line your circulatory system dilate. In turn, your arteries and veins relax which allows proper blood flow and nutrient assimilation. Endothelial dysfunction can be reversed with drinking just two cups of green tea per day.
Green Tea Helpful Tips
- To extract additional fat burning EGCG, dunk your tea bags a few times before consuming.
- Add lemon and/or lime to help increase absorption as antioxidants can be lost through digestion.
- Just steep your tea bags once as they lose antioxidants after the second use.
Will you add green tea to your daily regimen now that you know the benefits?
Three Cups Burns Belly Fat
Lose 11 pounds of body fat! A scientific study reported that drinking three cups of green tea per day, mixed with a bit of low-fat milk, can burn 106 calories per day when drinking for three days in a row. Drink three cups of green tea for every day of the year, and that equates to 38,000 calories burned. That's 11 pounds of body fat burned!
Burn belly fat fast! The Journal of Nutrition reported that three cups of green tea combined with exercise burns abdominal fat. Results were shown after three months, but fat burning begins after the first three days of exercise.
Burn 17 percent more fat! Green tea's ECGC can help you blast more body fat during moderate intensity cardio exercise. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that fat burning increased by 17 percent during a 30-minute cycling test when 366 milligrams of EGCG was consumed.
You may know that strength training increases bone strength, but did you know that drinking green tea can strengthen your bones as well? Research has linked green tea's content (i.e., caffeine, phytoestrogens, and fluoride) to helping increase bone density. Studies followed subjects for 10 years who drank tea regularly.
Green tea is likely to be safe for most adults. However, more than five cups per day can cause a variety of symptoms such as mild to serious headaches, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, tremors, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. This is possibly due to high caffeine intake. Green tea can also cause upset stomach and constipation in lower doses. It may also have interactions with certain prescription medications. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding green tea to your daily diet if you are on any medications or are pregnant or lactating.
Now that you know the many benefits of green tea, will you add it to your daily regimen?
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Questions & Answers
My weight is 50 kg. (110 pounds), and I want to lose weight. I drink almost 4 cups of green tea, and eat about 500 calories per day. Is this enough?
First of all, 50 kg. is very light. Since I don't know any other body stats such as height, gender, age, etc., I cannot say whether you are in a healthy weight category. Drinking 4 cups of green tea will provide your body with many benefits as you've read in my article. However, eating 500 calories per day is not enough to sustain even your vitals. I would suggest you seek a professional nutritionist to help you with your diet.Helpful 87
How many calories are burned by one cup of green tea?
Calories burned are based on many factors, not just by drinking a cup of green tea. Your metabolism, what you eat, how active you are, and many other factors revolve around how fast your body burns calories whether it be with green tea or any other beverage or food.Helpful 43
Can I drink green tea immediately after food?
It is fine to drink green tea after eating.Helpful 38
Is drinking green tea once a day enough to lose weight? If so, should I consume green tea the rest of my life?
Drinking green tea once per day is better than not drinking it at all, as it provides your body with antioxidants that protect health. It is also your prerogative on how many times you wish to drink it or if you want to drink it the rest of your life. It's great to add it to your daily regimen for antioxidant protection.Helpful 38
Is taking green tea OK with antidepressants and high blood pressure medicine?
Studies have shown green tea leads to a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms which is due to the polyphenols in the tea. Specifically, a Japanese study found that depressed people who drank four (4) or more cups of green tea were considerably less likely to show symptoms of depression. Prior studies also suggested that green tea drinking is linked to lower levels of psychological distress. Therefore, you may need to have your doctor decrease your antidepressant medication if you are feeling on par. However, antidepressants in the class of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) taken with green tea could cause blood pressure to rise rapidly which can be a dangerous situation.
Studies have shown that green tea can reduce blood pressure, as well as total and LDL cholesterol levels. If you're drinking the higher end (5-6 cups per day), a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure can result. Therefore, you may need your blood pressure meds reduced. If you decide to drink it, you may want to monitor your blood pressure several times per day (if you have a home monitor). If you notice a drop in blood pressure, contact your doctor so that he or she can reduce your dosage.
Since you are taking both antidepressants and blood pressure medications, I would recommend speaking with your doctor or pharmacist before drinking green tea. Since I don't know your complete health situation, your practitioner would know what is best for you.Helpful 7