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Green Tea as a Fat Blocker, Appetite Suppressant, and Metabo

I just started reading up today on the benefits of green tea and was especially interested in the research done on weight loss.

I found this..

How green tea fat burner actually occurs
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that green tea extract is one of the most effective metabolism boosters that naturally occur in a plant or herb. Metabolic rate is increased by 4 percent within a 24 hour time frame. Some researchers speculate that substances in green tea known as polyphenols, specifically the catechins, are responsible for the herb's fat-burning effect. This occurs because Chinese green tea weight loss products release antioxidants into the blood stream and help burn fat faster than normal while at the same time helps the body absorb calories and convert them directly into muscle or energy.

A naturally occurring side-effect of green tea consumption is that of appetite suppression. Green tea weight loss diet occurs naturally. Herbal green teas are not synthetic, hence are completely absorbed by a person, unlike many vitamins and other supplements.

entire article on http://www.shapefit.com/benefits-green-tea-fat-loss.html


What I want to know is do I really need to drink three cups a day to benefit from this and would green tea extract do the same? Or is this a load of crap?

Anyone?

Sidenote - I had some today for the first time. It smells like a candle and tastes delicious with no sugar!
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  • jfinn1984
    jfinn1984 Posts: 377
    hmmm Good question..interested in what others have to say!
  • Cutiger81
    Cutiger81 Posts: 52 Member
    Good question.... I'm very curious to hear an answer.
  • PrfctGdess
    PrfctGdess Posts: 257
    I don't know the answer to your questions, but one of the brands (Constant Comment, I think) makes a green tea with orange spice that is really good. Even people I know who don't like green tea will drink that one :)
  • LadyOfOceanBreeze
    LadyOfOceanBreeze Posts: 762 Member
    smells like a....candle? hmmmm,, well i enjoy green teas' throughout the week, organic, from trader joes and now i've found one that's organic and decaffeinated from bigelow. that's nice because now i can partake at night w/o compromising sleep. i would say from a standpoint that i've been using the tea for the better part of the past 4 years, it does suppress my appetite just enough to do the trick i.e. works for a couple of hours. be very careful drinking it on an empty stomach as it can cause upset. i usually take a 4 cup glass measuring cup, drop in 3 bags of regular green and 1 bag of cranberry tea, add hot (not quite boiling), filtered water and let steep to taste. i never ever add sweeteners. enjoy!
  • LadyOfOceanBreeze
    LadyOfOceanBreeze Posts: 762 Member
    oh yeah, and about the metabolism issue, yes, there are manymany studies proving the boost from green tea and "extracts"
  • I have started with green tea last week. I drink organic Japanese tea called four o'clock. It is available at Costco. I have to report that my appetite has totally gone down. I am happy with smaller proportions and my cravings are controlled. I know I have only been drinking it a week but it is really insane how much my appetite is controlled. I only have one cup a day!! I am on "simply for life" and my nutritionist recommended it, so far so good.
  • evileen99
    evileen99 Posts: 1,567 Member
    You do realize that if you burn 2000 calories a day, the 4% increase in your metabolism works out to only 80 extra calories burned a day? Is that enough to make a difference in your weigt loss? Probably not.
  • Arkhos
    Arkhos Posts: 290 Member
    I say as long as you don't expect a "miracle in a bottle". This can lead to disappointment, and disappointment is the killer of weight-loss! If it does burn an extra 80 calories a day, that is still 2400 calories a month, 29,200 calories a year, or 8.34 lbs a year. It gives your metabolism an edge that eventually adds up, and all you are doing is drinking tea or taking a capsule. If you decide to take a capsule, always make sure it doesn't have any fillers like Magnesium Stearate, Silica, or rice flour.
  • CnocNaCu
    CnocNaCu Posts: 536 Member
    Hm, I do like green tea but it does not suppress my appetite at all:noway: Also: I cannot drink it before running because it drives my heart rate up. Otherwise it is a nice alternative to coffee and keeps me active and awake :smile:
  • Thanks for taking the time and sharing the article! I am going to start drinking it today as well and will keep you posted on any progress! I am all for anything natural that suppresses my appetite!
  • SwimFan1981
    SwimFan1981 Posts: 1,454 Member
    I live in Taiwan and drink pretty much nothing but green tea, it doesn't have an effect on my appetite..
  • bagge72
    bagge72 Posts: 1,378 Member
    I'm not sure, but I love Yogi Organic Green Tea, it is very smooth for a green tea, and I usually just add some lemon too it for a little more flavor.
  • annepage
    annepage Posts: 589 Member
    Not sure, but found one I like so have incorporated it into my lifestyle. Trying to use it for anti-inflammatory purposes right now. I'd assume that like with most things it's not an overnight thing so consistent consumption is key for benefits.
  • Brandon74
    Brandon74 Posts: 453 Member
    I drink fresh brewed Green tea. I have found that it helps with weight loss, but is also a great antioxidant as well.
  • now_or_never13
    now_or_never13 Posts: 1,606 Member
    If green tea actually helped you lose weight I would be stick thin by now. I usually drink around 6 cups of it a day.

    I would imagine any appetite lower effects of green tea would be due to the increase in water consumption.
  • Mokey41
    Mokey41 Posts: 5,769 Member
    It's a load of crap. The "metabolism boost" comes from the bit of caffeine in the tea and is so small it isn't worth worrying about. Green tea is fine to drink, supposed to contain anti oxidants but as far as weight loss is concerned it's not the magic pill.
  • majope
    majope Posts: 1,327 Member
    I drink iced green tea all the time--keep a pitcher of it in the fridge at all times. I drink it for the antioxidants and because it tastes good mixed with herbal mint tea (I brew up 2 quarts with 6 green tea bags and 2 mint tea bags). But it has not affected my weight loss at all, nor do I feel more hungry on days when I drink other things. I'm losing weight consistent with what my deficit from TDEE would predict.
  • laylaness
    laylaness Posts: 266 Member
    If green tea actually helped you lose weight I would be stick thin by now. I usually drink around 6 cups of it a day.

    I would imagine any appetite lower effects of green tea would be due to the increase in water consumption.

    yup
  • majoki
    majoki Posts: 155 Member
    It's a load of crap. The "metabolism boost" comes from the bit of caffeine in the tea and is so small it isn't worth worrying about. Green tea is fine to drink, supposed to contain anti oxidants but as far as weight loss is concerned it's not the magic pill.

    From the research I've read, it's not the caffeine but rather catechins. I just posted this in another discussion, but this article summarizes some of the research: http://www.wellnessresources.com/weight/articles/the_effects_of_green_tea_on_weight_management/

    Not a magic pill for certain, but certainly worth a second look (to me at least).
  • It makes you pee a lot - I prefer drinking coconut water but in cold months, green tea is fine to sip throughout the day...