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?
Sidenote - I had some today for the first time. It smells like a candle and tastes delicious with no sugar!