We have seen a lot of advertisements say that green tea is good for weight loss. But is it really true? does it really help to lose weight?
What is green tea?
“Green tea” is a tea that is obtained from the same plant species Camellia sinensis that as “black tea”.
Now you may think that if both teas are produced by the same plant species then what is the difference between both teas.
The difference is in the variety of tea plant and how the tea leaves are processed.
The “green tea” is less processed and it contains many antioxidants as compared to “black tea”.
Does it really make you slim?
If you are overweight and think that having green tea daily can make you slim. Then you might be wrong.
It has a high amount of antioxidants that may boost your metabolism, which may help you to burn only a small amount of fat. but not helps to lose pounds.
If only green tea alone could make you slim then nobody goes to the gym and do workout to lose weight. all everyone would do is to have green tea the whole day and get slimmer by doing nothing.
But if you do workout daily and are a calorie deficit, then you should definitely add green tea in your daily routine that would boost your metabolism and helps you to burn some extra calories throughout the day.
Other health benefits
Helps to reduce heart diseases:
It helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Studies have found that drinking green tea two or three times a week may improve your heart health due to the antioxidants present in it.
May lower the risk of some cancers:
Researchers have found that oxidative damage can lead to chronic diseases, including cancers. antioxidants may help to prevent oxidative damage. Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants.
May reduce bad breath:
It contains catechins that are good for oral health. catechins suppress the growth of bacteria, lowering the risk of infections.
May helps to reduce hair fall:
It helps to reduce hair fall. It contains a rich amount of catechins, that help to reduce dihydrotestosterone (DTH), A hormone that is responsible for hair loss. You can drink it directly or you can find a lot of products at stores or online that contain green tea.
May helps to prevent type 2 diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is a disease related to elevated high blood sugar level, which is mainly caused by insulin resistance or the inability to produce insulin. Many studies have found that it can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels.
Good for the skin:
The antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties of this may be effective for the treatment of acne and oily skin. the polyphenols in this help to reduce the sebum secretion, which can lead to acne.
Best time to drink
- It can be a great option for a morning drink. it contains enough amount of caffeine to give you a morning energy boost.
- If your intention to drink green tea for weight loss, the best time to have it before a workout.
- You can have it both time, before, and after a workout, taking it before a workout helps you lose some extra fat while taking it after a workout will refresh and replenish your body.
- It contains caffeine, and the amount of caffeine varies with the brands. so if you are having green tea in the evening, it should have less amount of caffeine.