There are literally hundreds, even thousands of products on the market that are meant to help you lose weight. They range from pills to patches, creams to countless exercise videos. One of the most popular methods of dieting these days is through drinking green tea.
What is green tea?
Green tea is a special tea that is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. It has been used for centuries for all its great properties, especially the medicinal ones. They have been used to treat simple ailments like headaches, and more complex issues like depression. It has now been discovered that there are a number of benefits of green tea for dieting.
How does it work?
In terms of weight loss, green tea works by increasing the good cholesterol and decreasing the bad. The bad cholesterol, or LDL, transports fats from the liver to peripheral tissues, hence you are able to store fat. The good cholesterol, or HDL, transports fat from the peripheral tissues to the liver to be gotten rid of. Increasing HDL and decreasing LDL means less storage of fat and therefore better weight loss. In this way it can also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and the risk of a heart attack and stroke that comes with it.
Another one of the great benefits of green tea for dieting is that it helps to increase your metabolic rate. This means that you will be able to burn fat faster, speeding up the weight loss process. This will also result in burning carbohydrates faster. Many people don’t know this, but it’s not just the fat in your diet that increases the amount of fat in your body, but it is the carbs too. Carbs are complex sugars, and when you eat them they are broken down into simpler ones. They are then carried through the blood for various tissues to use as a source of energy. The problem here is that any excess sugar is then stored as fat. In this way you can get fat by eating too much sugar. Green tea helps to stop this from happening.
The added benefits
Aside from its weight loss properties, there is a range of other benefits that come with green tea. It acts as an antioxidant to bring about a number of benefits. Oxygen free radicals build up in the body and can cause damage to cells. This means that the cells change shape and can become dysfunctional. Antioxidants help to fight these, reducing the amount of damage caused to the body tissues. This has been shown to reduce the risk of degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, as well as depression, bipolar mood disorder and cancer.
In today’s stressful world few people have time to really take care of themselves. Green tea helps to deal with the negative effects of stress and reduce the impact that it has on the body. This allows you more time and energy to exercise and lose weight. It helps to strengthen your immune system and therefore helps to fight against infection.