Caption: Although it’s not a magic pill solution for weight loss, there are many ways green tea can help you lose weight by just drinking 2 cups a day!
If you’re like us, you’re probably ready to try anything that’ll save you from staying longer on the treadmill or infuriating your personal trainer. You’re probably like us too in that we could REALLY use a one-stop solution to prevent cancer, fight off tooth decay, and keep us ready and alert during a long work day!
You’re not alone as over 158 million Americans drink some form of tea every day, and it’s been said that tea is the commonly consumed beverage behind water throughout the world. Take that Coca Cola and Bud Light!
Before we get into how green tea boosts insulin levels, raise yours metabolic rate, and aids in oxidizing fat we need to stress that it can’t replace a healthy diet and regular exercise, as much as we’d like to. One day perhaps we can get to the point where we can have eat whatever we want at every meal without the fear of gaining weight with sort of miracle drug, but right now we don’t.
Until that time comes, take a tour of the science, the health benefits, and the ways we recommend that you should start scarfing down your green tea…..
What’s The Science Behind Green Tea’s Health Benefits?
Caption: Everything sounds pretty wonderful right? Well, take a look at the science of how green tea can accomplish all of this!
Green tea comes jam packed with all sorts of substances that is going to deliver all the health benefits you’re now wanting from it.
Besides caffeine, green tea also contains catechins, EGCG, and polyphenols. Don’t remember any of this from biology or chemistry classes? That’s okay cause we most other people don’t either!
The synergistic combination of these elements helps prohibit enzymes that break down norepinephrine and dopamine, and thus give your body a heightened sense of mental alertness and calm too. Then there’s the polyphenols in particular which signal your fat cells to break it down and provide energy to your body.
One of the most exciting qualities of green tea is that the catechins work as those commonly heard and beloved anti-oxidants. This is a term that’s thrown around a lot but not explained properly enough. Basically, these substances seek out “free radicals,” which are cells that can damage healthy cells, and destroys them!
Finally, green tea will stifle the production of harmful bacteria and acids that can lead to tooth decay over time.
This Is How Much You Should Drink
Caption: Below we’ll tell you how much tea to drink everyday to shed some pounds, but avoid heading to the restroom more than once in an hour……
Sounds like this drink packs quite a punch, right? Well, there are some guidelines to follow in order to get the most of this wonder drink.
Depending on your source, some will say you only need to drink about two and a half cups a day, while another source says you must drink up to 6 cups a day! That’s way too many bathroom breaks for our taste…..
Another study says that taking capsules of green tea extract can replace the need to make green tea throughout the day, as long as it contains up to 571 mg.
It’s hard to know who to trust and what amounts of the various substances we just mentioned in the previous section to shoot for. However, I think it’s safe to say that taking a capsule of green tea extract and/or two cups of green tea a day can provide more than enough boost to the bodily activities we want to enhance.
The Best Way To Drink Green Tea
We hope that you’ve read the post about the correct temperatures to boil your water to and how long to steep your green tea leaves for, but we’ll review some of the basic steps in case you haven’t already.
The easiest steps to take are to use a strainer to separate your leaves and liquid, let it steep for at least 2 to 3 minutes, and use a temperature hovering around 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s important to avoid stepping your leaves in water that’s too hot as that will destroy some of the precious substances we’ve just gone over! Using green tea to lose weight is of no use to you if this happens.
We also highly recommend that you store your tea leaves out of well lit areas, and to store them in a tea tin or other container to avoid oxidization, which is where the leaves decompose due to the qualities in your air.
It’s also best to avoid sweeteners, even honey and agave syrup, to add to the taste of your green tea. Artificial sweeteners especially can even out the gains you’re trying to acquire from this beverage.
Finally, be sure to use a tea cup with a thin lip! This way more of the tea will hit your taste buds and not run down the side of your cup instead.