Successful weight loss comes from following a healthy diet and fitness regimen. Need help figuring out which foods and drinks are hurting your waistline and which could help shrink it? Experts say that incorporating a nutrient-rich drink like green tea into your diet will not only help you burn calories but also boosts the metabolism and helps reprogram your body to make healthier lifestyle choices, too.
Green tea gets is metabolism-boosting properties from its powerful blend of polyphenols that are filled with important catechins that promote a healthy metabolism. The biggest polyphenol is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which researchers note is the tea's predominant active ingredient.
A study in the International Journal of Obesity examined how different doses of EGCG and found that EGCG reduced the amount of weight gain, which exclusively came from body fat. The study showed this effect was not due to a decrease in food intake but rather a reduction in the absorption of energy.
The researchers also found that the compound played a role in increasing fat oxidation, which Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D., R.D., says is due to its ability to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine.
"Green tea may also act to reduce food intake and inhibit the main enzymes involved in fat storage," he adds.