Green tea, which has been the most preferred beverage of the Chinese ever since the medieval ages, is known worldwide more for its fat-burning properties. If you Google for “green tea health benefits”, you will be surprised to see many of the search results pertain to “use of green tea for weight loss”. So, what is all the hype about? Does green tea really burn fat? If yes, how does it do so? Is green tea weight loss completely natural remedy? Does it have any side effects? These are some of the questions that we will try to answer in this article.
But before we do that, let us understand how serious the risk posed by obesity is. As per a study conducted by WHO (World Health Organization), more than 45% of the world’s population (8 billion people) live in absolute poverty, surviving on less than $1 a day. Against this backdrop, perhaps the biggest and cruelest irony of our times is that morbid obesity has been on the rise across the globe with countries like America, reporting 75% of their population as obese. In India, the obesity levels are at 2%, which amounts to almost 2 million people! Understandably, it is in these countries that the demand of green tea has seen an unprecedented rise over the last decade.
So, what are the natural solutions to reduce fat? Before we answer that, we need to understand that all fats are not dangerous. There are predominantly two types of fats that are present in the human body; essential fats and storage fat. The former is important for maintaining the equilibrium of the body, just like various minerals, proteins and vitamins. On the other hand, the body needs certain amounts of fat stored for various purposes. But, the problem really starts when we consume excess fat and the storage capacity is exceeded. The adipose fat thus formed is accumulated and results in clots and other health problems.
Physical activity is essential to reduce this excess fat. Walking, running, swimming, outdoor games etc are all proven solutions for this problem. By combining such activities with a regular intake of green tea, one can find a natural and lasting solution for burning excess fat present in our body.
How green tea helps to reduce fat?
Let us begin by saying that green tea is one natural beverage that is rich in antioxidants and other constituents which are beneficial to our health. The major effects of green tea on weight loss are achieved by increasing the metabolism rate of our body. This is the rate at which body burns the fat. The antioxidants present in green tea can increase the metabolism rate, thereby more fat is burned. The most important ingredient in green tea that offers numerous benefits is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which is an antioxidant. It increases the production of the hormone norepinephrine, which is an enzyme that can break down fat molecules.
Therefore, if you are serious about weight loss, combine physical activities with a balanced diet including green tea.
– Written by Jaga Salai, a food technologist, working as Production Manager in Alobha Exim