When weight management is apart of your journey every calorie counts. Not just the calories you take in but also the calories you burn. I believe in multitasking, and getting more bang for your fitness buck every chance we can get. So since we have to eat and drink use food as fat burning friend not a fat storage enemy.
We have heard of “fat burning foods” and even though many of things that we see in the tabloids are not sound advice and there are no research behind it Green Tea is not just a tabloid headline. We have credible research to show drinking Green tea alone can actually help you burn more calories without doing any additional exercise or reducing calorie consumption.
In their recent review of research supporting the use of green tea in the treatment of obesity10, Drs. Kimberly Grove (Ph.D.) and Joshua Lambert (Ph.D.) in the Department of Food Science at Pennsylvania State University remark that a typical cup of brewed green tea contains 240-320 mg of catechins, yielding 30-50% (72-160 mg) of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is the catechin thought to contribute to Green Tea’s valuable calorie-burning effects.
In a 1999 study done by Dulloo et al.’s subjects received 2 capsules of Green Tea extract with each of three meals, providing a total of 270 mg of EGCG, equivalent to about 3-4 cups of brewed green tea. Six out of ten subjects receiving the extract experienced an increase in their 24-hour calorie-burning rate ranging from 63.5 to 200 Calories per day, with the average being about 78.3 Calories. This is the equivalent to running on a treadmill at a high speed (>9 mph) for around 4 minutes.
Burning an extra 78.3 Calories a day is nothing to scoff at, that’s an extra 8 lbs a year by simply drinking tea. How cool is that?
DON’T GRAB THE SNAPPLE
If you were thinking about skipping the bottled water and grabbing a Snapple Green Tea that’s not the same. Many Commercially sold bottled Green Teas have much smaller levels of EGCG than expected due to loss during manufacturing (e.g. high-temperature sterilization) and/or storage. REMEMBER the study showed this effect brewed green tea contains 240-320 mg of catechins, yielding 30-50% (72-160 mg) of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
The best way to guarantee you are getting the exact same amount of EGCG that showed the metabolic boosting effect in the study is to use a supplement that guarantees the amount of of EGCG per servings.
ALL TEAS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
It may be tempting to think a tea is just a tea. But keep in mind that black tea contains very little in the way of catechins, whereas oolong tea contains moderate amounts. Green Tea has the highest level of catechins and EGCG in particular.