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Does Green Tea Really Influence Weight Loss?

Posted by Rifki Hakim Saturday, 3 December 2011

With so much talk of a link between green tea and weight loss spreading through the media, many people have taken to it as a "miracle" cure to finally help them lose weight. Although this ingredient has been used for a number of health reasons for thousands of years, it's important to look at the scientific evidence before buying into any fad.

How Is Green Tea Taken For Weight Loss?

Although some people may recommend drinking standard green tea to help aid weight loss, it's mainly promoted in extract form. The claims state that it helps to increase the metabolism which, in turn, helps you to burn off calories and fat more quickly. Some extracts also claim to decrease appetite to help avoid snacking.

Does Green Tea Really Work For Weight Loss?

The green tea/ weight loss link is still inconclusive - there's simply not enough evidence to know either way. Although some studies have shown that green tea extract can work to help people lose weight, it did not help people to keep the weight off.

This is why it's always important to use green tea or caffeine in combination with traditional weight loss methods such as watching your calorie intake and increasing physical activity levels.

Some studies have also shown that caffeine may help to increase weight loss very slightly. It may reduce your appetite temporarily, or boost your metabolism, but these are unlikely to make a significant difference to weight loss efforts. In some cases, this could simply be down to water loss - this is only a temporary effect and does nothing for your levels of body fat.

You should also watch out for over-hyped products, especially over the internet. The green tea weight loss fad has spread at lightning speed, and many shady supplement manufacturers are trying to cash in on this fact. Speak to your doctor before trying any green tea extract to make sure that it's safe to do so.

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