People who know me know that I like my gym. I might not get to go as often as I would like to, but when I do, I work out and I work out hard (and fun, usually doing something stupid like trying new machines and almost killing myself in the process). I have been on a mission to lose weight for quite some time. While working out this past week, a thought struck me. Everyone always talks about losing weight with green tea. While we all know how many snake oil products are out there, promoting their ability to help you shed the pounds in little to no time at all, I was curious if this one had any, well, weight to it.
So, curious, I turned to Facebook to ask for your opinion. General consensus is that yes, it does help.
But, while it would be nice to take a Facebook poll and find out the secrets of the world, real life dictates you need to do your research to find out the truth, not just go by social media.
So, does it actually help?
I tried punching “green tea lose weight” into Google and came up with 22,300,000 results! Articles ranged from WikiHow explaining how to drink tea (not necessarily green tea) to get a tiny waist, to Science Daily posting studies regarding weight loss and green tea. Even popular website Calorie Count (of which I am a huge fan, especially for their yummy, healthy, low-fat recipes) chronicle how green tea has helped with weight loss.
There are lots of weight loss products that explain how they use the power of green tea to boost your metabolism and thus help you lose weight. Again, a quick Google search pulled up 1,980 products in my area alone. I think that I can go out on a limb and say that’s a lot!
Now, what do the heavier, scholarly articles say?
Well, we can’t make this easy, can we?
According to an article in Obesity: A Research Journal, a scientific study, funded by Novartis Consumer Health in Nyon, Switzerland, decided to look at 76 men and women who had BMIs ranging from 25 to 35 kg/m2, considered to be clinically obese. The group was split where some received placebos and some received green tea pills. From there, each division was then given a dose of low caffeine and high caffeine. Those that had a lot of caffeine in the study seemed to have lost more weight! However, if you do not drink a lot of caffeine, then green tea seems to help you with weight management, partially due to fat oxidation (breaking down fatty acids, which increases energy) and thermogenesis (generation of heat).
In the end, I would still always recommend exercise and eating well. However, incorporating some tea will not hurt you in your weight loss journey and may even help out with your weight management, depending on your caffeine intake.
Drink tea, be happy, and maybe even have a happier waistline.