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Does Drinking Green Tea Help with Fat Loss?

Green tea is a popular beverage worldwide due to its various health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and can help decrease the incidence of certain diseases. Consuming green tea is said to have incredible health benefits, including helping with fat loss.

However, is that just misleading advertising that you see on commercials, or if it is true, how does drinking green tea actually help with weight loss? In this article, we will look at the evidence behind this claim.

The Interesting History of Singapore and Tea

From its initial charter as ‘The Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies’, the British East India Company grew into a massive enterprise. Due to its ideal location along China’s tea routes, Singapore was carefully and strategically selected as the region’s premier trading center. The British East India Company accounted for nearly all the world’s trade at one point, and the company’s most significant and lucrative product was TEA.

It was in Singapore that one could find the best and most knowledgeable tea connoisseurs. Before they were transported all over the world, the greatest teas were tried and tested right here on Singaporean soil.

Now in the present day, you can find tea on most street corners that serve various adaptations of tea in the form of ‘teh’, ‘teh o’, ‘teh tarik’, and other variations. Locals have even designed charts and guides for tourists who would like to try the unique blend of Singaporean tea to demonstrate the complexity of ordering it.

But what about green tea?

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What Is Green Tea?

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Green tea is a herbal tea made by brewing the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Several types of tea are made with the dried leaves of this bush. Each type differs from the rest in terms of the degree of oxidation of the leaves. In contrast to oolong or black tea, green tea does not undergo the same fermentation process, so most of the antioxidants and nutrients are retained.

In particular, green tea is rich in potent antioxidants called catechins, of which epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a substance that may help with weight loss and maintenance[1]. Research has suggested that both compounds can speed up metabolism. Catechin can help to break down excess fat, while both catechin and caffeine can increase the amount of energy the body uses.

How is Green Tea Related to Fat Loss?

The benefits of green tea for fat loss may be attributed to its ability to enhance the body’s metabolism. But in a recent study, green tea was assessed as a potential fat loss aid to stimulate fat loss in overweight and obese individuals.

While it found green tea to have a positive impact on fat loss, the results were not significant, and the authors concluded that it was unlikely to be of clinical importance.

The benefits of green tea for fat loss have a theoretical basis, and some evidence has been found to support these claims in clinical settings as well.

1. Contains Substances Fat Burning Substances

As we have mentioned, tea leaves contain many beneficial compounds.

Caffeine is one of the compounds found in green tea. Green tea, which contains about 24-40 mg, which is not as much caffeine as coffee (100-200mg), but still has enough to be mildly stimulating.

Numerous studies have shown that caffeine aids fat burning and enhances exercise performance2. Green tea, however, shines when it comes to antioxidants. In addition, studies indicate that drinking green tea increases blood antioxidant levels. In particular, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the antioxidant present in green tea which can boost metabolism.

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2. Able to Convert Fat from Fat Cells into Energy

The body must first break down fat inside fat cells and move it into your bloodstream in order to burn it. It has been shown in several studies that the active ingredients in green tea can enhance fat-burning hormones, such as norepinephrine (noradrenaline).

The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG, helps inhibit enzymes responsible for breaking down norepinephrine. As a result of inhibiting this enzyme, norepinephrine production increases, promoting fat breakdown3.

The antioxidant properties of caffeine and EGCG – both found naturally in green tea – have been found to have a synergistic effect. The fat cells release more fat into the bloodstream, where it is used by the body as energy.

3. Increases Fat Burning, Especially During Exercise

There is a good chance that green tea will be a component of most weight loss and fat-burning supplements.

The reason for this is that green tea extract appears to increase fat burning, especially during exercise. The results of one study showed that men who took green tea extract before exercising burned 17% more fat than those who did not. Study results suggest that green tea can boost exercise’s fat-burning effects4.

According to an eight-week study, tea catechins increase fat burning during exercise and at rest. Several other studies have similarly confirmed EGCG’s fat-burning ability, which may result in long-term fat loss5.

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Busting some Green Tea Fat Loss Myths

Can it Automically Make You Consume Fewer Calories?

One myth about green tea is that it can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite. In theory, this would lower your calorie intake automatically – and without any effort on your part.

However, studies have produced contradictory results when it comes to green tea’s effects on appetite6. It was found that the primary effect of green tea is to enhance calorie expenditure, which in turn makes you burn more fat – but it doesn’t appear to have a noticeable effect on how much food you consume.

Can Green Tea help You Lose Abdominal Fat?

As far as actual fat loss is concerned, green tea has minimal effects. Despite the fact that many studies demonstrate weight loss, there are also some that indicate no difference from the initial recorded weight.

Based on reviews of dozens of controlled trials, it was found that people lost about 1.3 kg on average from taking green tea supplements7. Keep in mind, however, that all fat is not equal.

Besides subcutaneous fat that lies beneath your skin, there is also visceral fat. This is fat hidden deep within the belly, surrounding the organs and lining the cavity of the stomach.

Inflammation and insulin resistance are closely associated with high visceral fat levels, which contribute to severe diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There have been several studies on green tea catechins that show that although there are modest fat loss effects, a significant fraction of the fat is harmful visceral fat rather than subcutaneous fat.

If you’re looking for a more effective solution to remove stubborn subcutaneous fat in specific areas of your body, non-invasive fat removal treatments might be the ideal option for you.

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CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat removal treatment that uses the technology of Cryolipolysis. It removes stubborn pockets of fat using low temperatures between -11°C to -13°C that penetrate through to the subcutaneous layer to target the fat cells.

During that time, the process destroys about 20 to 27%* of fat cells in the area that’s being treated. The body then eliminates the targeted fat cells over the course of 12 weeks.

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SculpSure

SculpSure is a non-invasive fat removal treatment that uses laser thermolysis/lipolysis to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. To break down fat cells, high temperatures of 45°C to 47°C are generated by the laser-induced heat.

A single treatment can reduce up to 24%* of fat cells in a treated area. The body’s lymphatic system eliminates the damaged fat cells over 3 months. This destroyed fat is flushed out of your system by the lymphatic system over a period of three months following treatment.

Conclusion

Even though green tea extract or EGCG supplements can cause a small increase in metabolic rate and fat burning, its effects are modest when it comes to actual pounds lost.

However, every little bit adds up, and it may work even better when combined with other effective fat loss strategies like eating more protein and cutting carbs.

Although green tea may aid in fat loss, it is not effective in reducing fat in selected areas. For stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to lose through dieting and exercising, speak to us today to find out which treatment you might be most suitable for.

In summary, CoolSculpting and Liposuction are both effective fat removal treatments, each with its own advantages. CoolSculpting is more suitable for removing smaller amounts of excess fat, while liposuction is better suited for removing larger amounts. With every procedure, invasive or non-invasive, there are risks involved. It is important to however weigh the pros and cons of both treatments and consider what your needs and goals are.

While CoolSculpting might be the more suitable option if you are looking for a non-invasive fat reduction procedure for body contouring, the effectiveness also depends on the experience of the practitioners administering the treatment. Speak to us today to find out if this is the treatment for you.