When you’re trying to get flatter, stronger abs, doing a million sit ups isn’t your best option.
Abs are made in the kitchen, as the popular saying goes. And, though a steady and consistent cardio and strength training routine will help reveal muscles and flatten your belly faster than without exercise, following a healthy diet with plenty of anti-inflammatory foods and proteins is key.
And beverages can get you there even faster, as long as you’re choosing the right ones. This is the one anti-inflammatory tea doctors swear by to lose belly fat faster than sit ups.
You can try a variety of teas and all boast their own benefits, such as antioxidants. But if you want to cut to the chase, rely on one of the only teas that has science backing up the claim that it can boost weight loss and burn fat: green tea.
Green tea contains large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. This natural antioxidant protects cells from free radical damage that can destroy them. But it also plays a role in boosting your metabolism and burning fat.
Teas that are rich in catechins lead to a reduction in body fat. In one study performed in Japan, it was found that daily consumption of tea that contains 690 mg of catechins for a 12-week period resulted in reduced body fat.
But there’s a catch. One cup of green tea contains between 50 to 100 mg of catechins, which means you’d need to drink several cups of it to replicate the same effect.
With that said, even minimal amounts of green tea can help boost your metabolism and make it easier to lose weight. Along with catechins, green tea contains caffeine and produces a thermogenic effect that heats up your body and causes it to burn calories faster.
The bottom line: you shouldn’t rely on green tea to give you a flat belly. But, as a healthy aid, few beverages can compare.