Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. It is full of antioxidants and various plant compounds that promote your health.
Ingredients Of Green Tea Help With Fat Burning
Tea leaves contain many useful bioactive compounds.
One of the ingredients of green tea is caffeine. Although a cup of green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40 mg) than a cup of coffee (100-200 mg), it does have mild effects. Caffeine is known to stimulate metabolism and thus help with fat burning, also improving performance when playing sports.
However, the main benefits of green tea come from its antioxidants or catechins, and already a cup of green tea increases the antioxidant content in the bloodstream. The main of these catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which boosts metabolism.
Green Tea Breaks Down Fat Cells
To burn fat, the body must first break down fat cells to allow them to enter the bloodstream. Active compounds in green tea help in this process by increasing the effects of fat-burning hormones such as noradrenaline.
The EGCG antioxidant that plays the main role in tea helps block an enzyme in your body that tries to break down the hormone noradrenaline. When this enzyme is blocked, the number of noradrenaline increases in the body and this contributes to the breakdown of fat cells.
In green tea, caffeine and EGCG collaboration can have a synergistic, mutually stimulating effect. Together, more digested fat cells are released into the bloodstream as an energy source for muscle cells.
Boosts Fat Burning, Especially During Sports Performance
If you look at commercial weight-loss ads or products, you'll probably often see green tea as an ingredient on the labels. This is due to the fact that green tea is commonly associated with intensified fat burning, especially in the context of sport.
It has even been found that men who used green tea extract before performing sports burned 17% more fat than men who did not use green tea. So green tea has been proven to stimulate fat burning.
In addition to exercise, tea catechins also enhance fat burning during rest, but to a lesser extent than with exercise. In the long term, the effect of EGCG will increase and fat burning will accelerate.
Your body keeps burning kilocalories. You also consume calories while sleeping or sitting, as your body's cells perform millions of functions that require energy all the time. Several studies suggest that taking green tea extract or EGCG supplements can burn more calories – even at rest.
On average, for a person who burns 2,000 calories a day, green tea boosts metabolism by about 60-80 additional calories, as much as a high-protein diet. In the long term, however, the effect of metabolic efficacy increases. However, the effects are always individual.
Can Green Tea Reduce Calorie Intake
In theory, this is possible if you think from the point of view that green tea reduces appetite. In this case, it basically makes you collect fewer calories without much effort.
It is also possible that green tea curbs the absorption of fat from food. However, primarily green tea increases calorie burning, which also boosts fat burning, although in all cases it does not affect appetite one way or the other.
Green Tea Helps Burn Fat, Especially Harmful Belly Fat
In view of the pounds dropped, the effects of green tea alone can be relatively modest. However, the changes are always individual, some with green tea that can enhance weight loss, for example, by 3kg per 23 kilograms.
Remember, not all fats are the same. Subcutaneous fat is found of different qualities and you can also have a significant amount of visceral fat, also called belly fat. A large amount of visceral fat can cause inflammation and changes in insulin tolerance, both of which are associated with serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease.
Catechins of green tea have been proven to help burn visceral fat, even if the effects of weight loss are otherwise not visible. Therefore, green tea prevents the emergence of significant diseases and contributes to a longer and healthier life.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Author Tushar Sheth