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Green Tea As A Weight Loss Plan

Mar 16, 2008
Green tea based weight loss plans are increasingly becoming popular means for inexpensive and natural weight loss. Not to mention that unlike many other diets it is simple too. Green tea is just like any other tea and is drunk usually without milk or sweeteners. If you do not like the taste you can purchase green tea extract.

This tea's popularity is based on research has shown that it helps to reduce weight by stimulating the body's thermogenesis process. This is a physiological process that is known to increase the expenditure of energy and the oxidization of fat in the body. Many compounds found in plants have this effect. But the one special thing about green tea is that it does not increase the heart rate, and is therefore believed to be safer than diet pills such as ephidrine that also work by stimulating thermogenesis.

For overweight people that have or are at an increased risk of developing hypertension and other cardiovascular problems, this weight loss tea is a good choice as it does not put pressure on the heart. Obviously due to its effect on the heart, ephidrine is not usually recommended if you are in this group. But green tea is considered a safe option. It also allows such an individual to gradually increase your exercise levels without increasing their risk of heart problems.

Weight loss can be effected from two ends: one way is by eating less (consuming fewer calories) while the other is by increasing expenditure of energy (using up more calories). Green tea falls in the later category. It works by increasing output by as much as 4%. Research points that this is caused by the high quantity of catechin that is in the tea and its extract.

The tea is not only good for weight loss. In addition it has the benefit of containing powerful antioxidants that may be beneficial to your health in many ways, which include strengthening the immune system and protecting against disease.

Like other forms of tea, green tea contains caffeine so you should cut out coffee and other forms of tea while you are taking it. Decaffeinated green tea is not an option either as the chemical processes that is used to remove the caffeine may destroy the beneficial properties of the plant.

Though it has its effects, you will still need to exercise control in what you eat. If you eat more to compensate for the calories that are burnt by the tea, you will not lose any weight. In fact, by just keeping the same calorie intake that you have now and adding green tea should result in gradual weight loss and better energy levels over a few weeks. You can of course increase the speed of this by reducing calorie consumption and/or increasing exercise.

It can be incorporated into a weight loss plan as a simple, easy and inexpensive means of improving the impact of the weight loss program. And with the wide choice of tea and extract, there is something for nearly everyone. Being natural and relatively safe, you should consider green tea weight loss to help keep the weight off permanently.
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