Green tea is a great drink with many health benefits. But opinions differ as to whether it helps you lose weight. Let's figure it out!
Several small but credible clinical trials have shown that overweight people who drank green tea or took the extract lost more weight than those who did not.
By itself, it does not burn extra pounds, but helps to move in the right direction and slightly speeds up weight loss. In concrete terms, green tea drinkers lost an average of 600 grams more than those who drank water. Even decaf is useful.
Another study found that those who ate healthy diet and exercise for three hours a week, and took a drink with the beneficial components of green tea - catechins, lost more abdominal fat (abdominal area) than those who did not receive catechins.
Why might this work?
Catechins probably interfere with the digestion and storage of carbohydrates in the body, scientists say. In addition, green tea has an effect on the intestinal microflora, and these changes can help you lose weight.
But green tea is famous for more than just this effect. There is evidence that it helps in the prevention of certain types of cancer, is beneficial for the heart and immunity.
To maximize its beneficial effects, drink green tea without sugar, make sure that it does not contradict your medications, and do not hope that one cup a day will heal you of everything at once!