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Green Tea Helps Reduce Belly Fat

Posted on | December 15, 2011 | Comments

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Green Tea to Reduce Belly Fat?

It may be a season of mistletoe and holly for many people however it’s also a good time to think about ways that green tea is good for you and why you’d serve it as the beverage of choice during the holidays.

Santa should think twice about more cookies and milk and replace them with catechins (pronounced catty-kins) (although I, too, am a cookieholic)! Green tea trims belly fat? New research shows that catechins,  the nutrients in green tea, combined with exercise help trim fat bellies.

The Journal of Nutrition cites green tea’s positive effect on weight loss. Quoting: Green tea catechins have been suggested to have antiobesity effects. Experiments in rodent models demonstrated that tea catechins produced acute increases in fat oxidation (3–5) and reduced dietary fat-induced weight gain (5). In humans, a green tea extract containing a mixture of catechin polyphenols and caffeine significantly increased 24-h energy expenditure and reduced 24-h respiratory quotient, indicating an increase in the ratio of fat:carbohydrate oxidized.

Making light of serious situations is not my intent so please accept these studies as excellent references to the benefits of drinking multiple cups of tea per day.

More encouraging information comes from Web MD which gives four key ways to reduce belly fat:  exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management.

Tea and Exercise

How many cups of tea per day? Based upon other studies that I’ve read, it appears that 5-6 cups per day is a good intake.  Depending upon your cup, mug or glass size, this is as little as two tall glasses per day – a replacement for water intake with vital nutrients added!

Exercise has been a large factor in the green tea and oolong tea studies that I’ve read.  But you probably already knew that it means bicycling, the gym, or going for a jog (here in the Northwest, I call it going for a slog).  Trimming belly fat is difficult right? Truly, you can appear slimmer and become healthier. Tea and exercise!

The photo captures Shakti Tea’s beautiful green tea presentation so think of ways to treat guests (and Santa?) to green tea this holiday season. Be bright.  Be bold.  Be beau-tea-ful.

About the Author

Jennifer Petersen is a tea enthusiast, Certified Tea Professional, teaches various aspects about tea as a business, and a marketing consultant to the beverage industry. Always fascinated by other people who love tea, she is a life-long student and admirer of those who choose tea as a lifestyle.