Green Tea Could Help Burn Tummy Fat

Study Shows Green Tea Could Help Burn Tummy Fat by Carey Dodson

Looking for an extra boost to help lose that extra belly fat? Then green tea could be what you need. A recent study is showing that an antioxidant in it called cetechins helps folks lose weight (as well as other benefits) when combined with exercise.

Cetechins have been linked to the reduction of various diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease, lowering of cholesterol as well as improving oral health. A study released in February in the Journal of Nutrition looked at 132 obese adults who consistently consumed calories daily and exercised about 25 minutes per day. The group was split in to two categories: One of the control groups consumed a drink of 39 milligrams of caffeine and another group added a drink with 625 milligrams of catechins. After 12 weeks of observation, those that were drinking green tea had lost 2 pounds more than the control group, a total of 4.4 pounds.

The findings of the study show that those that there could be an increase loss of tummy fat as well as FFA and TG levels for those that consume green tea. Additional research is warranted to further clarify the mechanisms responsible for these effects.

Studies have shown that green tea could also increase athletic endurance by as much as 24%. Also, a recent study in Japan showed that mice that were given a green tea extract equivalent to drinking 4 cups per day. The mice achieved an improvement in endurance of between 8-24% and also displayed an increase in ability to exercise and calories burned after 10 weeks.

The group that consumed green tea also had a reduction in abdominal, subcutaneous abdominal fat as well as triglycerides.

In addition to cetechins, it is rich in other antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG ). EGCG is believed to be responsible for stimulating the release of fat in to the blood stream after which it is flushed out of the body. Green tea also increases a process called thermogenesis or the production of heat in the body. It is also a source of caffeine which helps to turn on the thermogenesis process.

For anyone looking to lose those extra inches or just maintain health, a green tea weight loss diet should be a part your plan.

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