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How Much Green Tea to Drink to Lose Weight

Abby Campbell is a Holistic Health Practitioner and President of 911 Body ResQ, an online store providing organic and non-GMO, supplements.

Can green tea help you lose weight?

Can green tea help you lose weight?

Burning Calories With Green Tea

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 is 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 of 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.

How much green tea to lose weight depends on your goals.

How much green tea to lose weight depends on your goals.

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.

Two Cups for Energy

Boost your metabolism! Two cups of green tea provide 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 work out! 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 by drinking just two cups of green tea per day.

Fresh green tea will have the best flavor.

Fresh green tea will have the best flavor.

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.

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 every day of the year, and that equates to 38,000 calories burned. That's 11 pounds of body fat burned!

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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 were 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.

Be Cautious

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

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: How many calories are burned by one cup of green tea?

Answer: 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.

Question: I am a female. My height is 5 feet 7 inches, and I weigh 64 kg (141 pounds). I need to lose weight. How much green tea should I drink per day to achieve results?

Answer: First of all, you are within a healthy weight range for your height and weight which is 121-158 pounds. Of course, a healthy weight is also dependent upon other factors such as bone structure, muscle mass, and age. As far as green tea, adding it to your daily regimen may help you lose weight. However, it is not the only element to help you lose. You must live a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, exercise, stress management, and a decent sleep schedule.

Question: Can I drink green tea immediately after food?

Answer: It is fine to drink green tea after eating.

Question: Is drinking green tea once a day enough to lose weight? If so, should I consume green tea the rest of my life?

Answer: 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.

Question: Is it possible to reduce 6 to 7 kg of weight in two weeks by drinking green tea?

Answer: Green tea is not a magic potion for losing weight. An appropriate diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management are all good for helping the body lose weight. Green tea is only helpful in speeding up the metabolism.

Question: My weight is 101 kilograms, and I drink two cups of green tea. I want to lose 20 kilograms in two months, and I walk 2.5 hours every day. Is this enough green tea and exercise to help me lose weight?

Answer: Congratulations on making the decision for a healthier lifestyle. You are definitely on the right track. However, an overall healthy diet is important as well. Green tea and walking will definitely support your efforts, but please review my other articles to be sure you're eating the right type of foods.

Question: I drink green tea before going to bed, and I take folic acid at the same time. Is this an effective routine for weight loss?

Answer: Green tea itself contains the natural form of folic acid called "folate." With that being said, there has been a study that green tea inhibited the absorption of the synthetic form of folic acid in the intestines. Could it be that folate is okay? If green tea contains folate, I would think that taking a natural folate supplement is fine. As far as a folic acid supplement, I wouldn't recommend taking it at all because it is artificial.

Question: I’m 5'3" tall, and I'm trying to lose weight by eating 1,500 calories and drinking four cups of green tea per day. Do do you think this is enough, and is it healthy to lose weight this way?

Answer: Drinking green tea isn't the only thing you need to do to lose weight. Nor is counting your calories. The "types" of foods you eat is extremely important for weight loss and health. You may want to consult with your nutritionist.

Question: I'm 5' 2", and I weigh 150 pounds. Last summer, I weighed 130 pounds. I had my thyroid tested, and everything came back good. Please help. I need to lose weight. How much green tea do I need to drink to do this?

Answer: Green tea may boost your potential to lose weight. However, much more goes into the process of losing weight, such as a wholesome diet with the right calories for your body stats, as well as exercise and sleep. If you have a lot of stress in your life, that could also hold onto weight. Without knowing more about you and your lifestyle habits, I cannot direct you more. Please follow up with a knowledgeable nutritionist.

Question: Is taking green tea OK with antidepressants and high blood pressure medicine?

Answer: 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.

Question: Since my first pregnancy, I've been struggling to lose stubborn abdominal fat. My second baby is here, and I am still having trouble losing abdominal fat! I can't go out jogging because I have no one to leave the baby with, I am still lactating, and my baby is just three months old. Isn't green tea the best option for me?

Answer: Green tea may boost fat loss as long as you’re eating a healthy diet and exercising. It is not a magic pill.

Question: How many cups of green tea must I drink to reduce my breast size in seven days?

Answer: You won’t be able to reduce your breast size in seven days.

Question: I am a female, and my weight is 67 kg. with a height of 5'4". I want to lose weight, so how many cups of green tea should I drink to get good results?

Answer: Drinking green tea can help boost weight loss. However, a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, exercise, restorative sleep, and stress management will also help. Please read the article for how many cups would be best.

Question: Do you have to drink green tea hot to receive weight loss benefits?

Answer: No, you may brew it and drink it hot or cold.

Question: I weight 46 kg and my height is 154 cm. I exercise daily (cardio and weight lifting for 15 to 30 min). I drink one cup of green tea along with high carb foods or after dessert, so I drink one to two cups of green tea daily - in addition to red tea. Does this regimen helps me to lose or maintain weight?

Answer: Green tea is a great addition to exercise in helping with weight loss. However, diet is also extremely important. You may want to cut out high carb foods and desserts if your goal is weight loss. After all, these foods are basically sugar which will thwart weight loss even with exercise and other healthy habits.

Question: How can I lose weight fast and easily?

Answer: You will need to make healthy lifestyle changes with diet, activity, sleep/rest, and stress management. Your weight didn’t grow overnight, and it will not come off overnight. However, you can lose it steadily with consistent healthy lifestyle choices. Be patient and enjoy the process.

Question: I weigh 70 kg, and I am 5 feet tall. I drink three cups of green tea every day, but sometimes I can’t control my junk food habit! How can I control my desire for junk food?

Answer: Take chromium picolinate with each meal. It will help regulate your cravings and keep you satiated. Also, you may want to talk with a counselor to determine an underlying issue that may be causing your sugar cravings.

Question: My weight is 80 kg and my height is 5'10". I am drinking 2 cups of green tea, and I am taking in only fruits in morning and night, as well as the afternoon. I usually eat 3 fruits like papaya, pineapple, and oranges. I am not overly fat now, but I need to come below 7 kg in 2 months. Can you suggest me some tips?

Answer: Yes, I can suggest some tips for you to lose weight. Though fruits are nutrient-dense, they do contain lots of sugar. You may want to consider reducing the amount fruits you're taking in and eat more vegetables, protein, and fat.

Question: Can I drink two green tea bag at once?

Answer: Sure. If you like your green tea stronger, that's perfectly your preference.

Question: My weight is 47kg, but my belly looks big. I want to reduce my belly fat. I drink two cups of green tea a day. Is this enough?

Answer: Drinking green tea may help boost fat loss, but fat loss comes from much more than just drinking the tea. Your entire lifestyle plays a role. That includes what you eat and how much water you drink, as well as how much exercise, sleep, and rest you get. Stress also plays a role. Unfortunately, I do not know these factors, so I can't predict why your belly looks big.

Question: I weigh 80 kg, and I am 14 years old. I want to weigh 65-70 kg, and I drink 3 cups of green tea per day. How long is it going to take to lose 10 kg?

Answer: Green tea is not a magic potion for losing weight. An appropriate diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management are all good for helping the body lose weight. Green tea is only helpful in speeding up the metabolism.

Question: My weight is 128 pounds and height 155 cm, and I am a 23 year old female. I have a very hectic work life and am not able to make time to workout much or eat too healthy of food. I am feeling tired constantly. Will green tea help me out in boosting my metabolism and make me feel less lethargic?

Answer: Eating healthy and adding in exercise can be difficult to a hectic lifestyle. However, you have to determine what is priority in your life. Diet doesn't need to be difficult as you choose the right foods to eat. Though you don't need to go to the gym to get adequate activity in your life. Choose stairs. Park away from buildings that require you to walk. Green tea is not a magic potion for losing weight and can only be useful when other lifestyle aspects in your life are on par to wellness.