How Gree Tea Can Contribute To Weight Loss
June 15th, 2011 by Joanna
Green tea seems to be infused into everything from ice cream to shampoo. It boasts healthy benefits such as high antioxidants, healthy caffeine and radical oxygen absorption; however, more and more people are discovering green tea’s contribution toward weight loss. For some, weight loss is a lifelong challenge that can lead to a constant up and down or yo-yo-ing cycle creating frustration and failure more so than success. By incorporating green tea into your daily routine by replacing processed diet colas or iced teas, you can possibly set yourself onto a path of a thriving weight management program. Note: Some benefits of green tea require concentrated doses that, in some cases, may take ten to twenty cups per day to absorb. Adding an eyedropper full of green tea extract tincture (found in most health food stores) to a warm cup of water can give you the optimal benefits of green tea in one serving.
Green tea has many essential properties, including catechin polyphenols, which are capable of slowing down the process of glucose being absorbed into fat cells. This helps retard the increase of blood sugar after a meal therefore helping create controllable glucose levels. As a result, the storage of fat cells is decreased due to limited insulin enhancement and weight loss becomes more manageable.
Cholecystekinin a/k/a CCK is an appetite suppressing hormone released when green tea is consumed. A study out of the University of Chicago found that when rats were injected daily with green tea extract, they consumed approximately sixty percent less food. In turn, the rats lost about twenty-one percent of their body fat.
When the body is stimulated it reacts in many different ways including the possibility of encouraging weight loss. Green tea contains botanical caffeine (as opposed to legume or bean derived) that stimulates the metabolism. When your metabolism is stimulated it invariably burns more fat. In addition, green tea contains theanine, an amino acid derivative which stimulates positive mood and a calming state of attentive relaxation.
Lipase enzymes are responsible for breaking down fat in the digestive tract. Once the fat is broken down it can be assimilated and stored for future use. When fat is stored you gain weight. Green tea inhibits lipase activity and in turn causes the body to excrete it rather than store it.
When your body needs fuel and you do not eat a meal, it turns to your fat deposits for burning. Green tea contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG which when combined with botanical caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. When the central nervous system is stimulated it releases fat into the blood stream thinking the body needs fuel. This is called thermogenesis and the result is increased energy, water release (so bloating is alleviated) and fat consumption. Although caffeine alone has been known to create thermogenisis, the above combination is much more effective for accelerated weight loss.
While you should never make a huge change to your diet plan without consulting a doctor or nutritionist, adding green tea consumption to your daily routine may be something you want to discuss.
About the Author: Ph.D. Ceete Sheekels is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with a passion for health and wellness. She enjoys sharing her carreer knowledge with aspiring coders. To learn more about her, visit http://aboutmedicalbilingandcoding.org.