There’s no magic pill or potion that will magically melt away belly fat, but there are some tiny tweaks that you can make to start kick-starting your fat loss journey–starting with the drinks you have throughout the day.
Experts say that having a cup of green tea is the closest thing you can get to a magic weight loss potion. It’s filled with metabolism-boosting ingredients that not only help burn calories but also ensure that they’re being turned into energy and not being stored as fat.
Green tea gets it metabolism-boosting power from its high blend of polyphenols, which include catechins epicatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Most research has been conducted on EGCG and its role in improving metabolic function and weight loss.
Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D., R.D., notes that the popular drink can also help reduce appetite and prevent fat from being stored.
“Unlike other common weight loss agents that stimulate sympathetic hormone release and therefore tend to raise heart rate and blood pressure, green tea works through a completely different mechanism,” he says. “The catechins in green tea have been shown to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine so that its biological effects (e.g., increased metabolic rate, increased fat breakdown, etc.) are prolonged. Green tea may also act to reduce food intake5,6 and inhibit the main enzymes involved in fat storage.”
Is there anything green tea can’t do? Apparently, it can also reduce your risk of heart disease and act as a preventative agent against certain cancers.
“Green tea lowers cholesterol levels in the blood and is positively associated with a lower incidence of different forms of heart disease. This could be due to improved antioxidant capacity in the blood after intake of green tea and lowering of oxidized LDL,” Dr. Volek says. “ Some, but not all, human population-based studies also support an association between increased tea consumption and decreased risk of cancer.”
Talk to your doctor to see if you could benefit from adding green tea to your fat loss routine.
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