Years ago, tea was valued mostly for its soothing ability. These days, there is an endorsement of “new teas” said to have amazing effects on your health and green tea is the leader of this pack. Although green, black and white teas have been popular beverages for centuries in Asian countries, they are new in the sense that they’re studied more aggressively in recent years than ever before and recommended as part of a healthy diet. The health benefits discovered are so copious that a green tea diet was created.
How does it work?
It depends on what you’re drinking the tea for. If you’re trying to lose weight, drinking 2-3 cups of green tea every day can boost your metabolism, according to research. It is believed that if you supplement a balanced diet with the tea, you can maximize your weight loss significantly. Some experts say that being on the green tea diet can increase fat burn and help to suppress your appetite. The result is a leaner body and a controlled appetite which prevents overeating. Research also suggests that drinking it without processed sugar or sweeteners can balance your blood sugar levels which help to stabilize your metabolism.
Green tea also contains caffeine which can increase your overall energy. This is useful for exercise in particular because a lot of low-carbohydrate diets tend to cause a decrease of energy and alertness for some people. It’s also seen as a great alternative to coffee because it contains enough caffeine to keep you going but less than that found in coffee to minimize side effects.
Apart from weight loss, green tea is also known to have antioxidants that help fight illnesses like cancer, sclerosis and coronary heart disease.
Why does it work?
The research and studies conducted about its benefits are quite solid. In most cases, experiments have been carried out where one group of people are given green tea for a period of time and others a placebo. Conclusions of these tests prove that those on a green tea diet fare better than those who weren’t. In weight loss studies, green tea drinkers lost more weight and experienced improvement in heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure.
The main components in green tea believed to bring about health benefits are catechins and polyphenols. These are two powerful antioxidants responsible for increasing your body’s capacity to burn fat and destroying free radicals that cause illnesses. Green tea can be taken in tea form or as pills.
Why doesn’t it work?
Caffeine is notorious for causing problems with sleeping patterns. You might experience insomnia and headaches from time to time. If you do, try reducing your intake from 2-3 cups to just one and see if symptoms disappear. If they persist, it’s better to discontinue the green tea diet altogether. Other possible side effects are dizziness, restlessness, nausea, diarrhea and liver malfunction. Caffeine is also diuretic, which means it can cause dehydration. Drinking lots of water should counter this problem.