Drink This And Boost Your Metabolism?

by FitStaff

One of the simplest things you can do to boost your metabolism, your fat loss results, your health and your performance is to drink more.

Green-Teacup

No, not beers at happy hour.

Not the green goo Raj drinks on The Big Bang Theory so he can talk to women, either.

What IS that? Looks radioactive, doesn’t it?

It’s tea, of course. But not ANY tea. And adding cream, sugar, etc. to it is not part of the deal. Tea may be consumed more than any other beverage throughout the world.

The core teas you’ll see below are an overflowing source of antioxidants important to your health and well being, not to mention metabolism boosting properties, too.

There are some core teas you’ll want to focus on and they include green tea, black tea and white tea, as well.

Let’s talk about green tea in depth first, as it’s probably the most widely known now when it comes to energy boosting and calorie burning.

Get Your Green Tea:

A lot of studies (both human and animal) have shown green tea has great potential for ramping up your metabolism and burning fat off your body.

One study (see below) looked at potential for green tea to stimulate thermogenesis and fat burning. This study had 10 healthy men spend periods of 24 hours in a metabolic testing chamber.

Green Tea Study – (Dulloo AG, Duret C Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N, Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J, Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-hour energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition1999 Dec;70(6):1040-5)

During these test sessions they took either 1) green tea extract that contained 150 mg of caffeine and 270 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG – the key active ingredient of green tea), 2) 150 mg of caffeine or 3) a placebo.

EGCG has also shown some potential benefits when it comes to preventing cancer, heart disease and it may help with oxidative stress.

So what were the results of the metabolic test? There was no difference in thermogenesis between the caffeine group and the placebo group. The green tea extract increased 24 hour metabolism by 4% compared to the placebo group. In this case, that translates into potentially about 80 calories a day being burned from drinking the green tea.

What does this mean for fat loss? It means green tea may be used as an aid in your weight loss efforts. A metabolism increase of 4% is significant. Now, that leads me to the other side of weight loss products and supplements.

While green tea can play a real role in your weight loss efforts, because of the way these products are advertised, people have unrealistically high expectations of what these products can do for them.

If you have a resting metabolic rate of 1,500 calories per day, taking green tea can help you burn an extra 60 calories a day. This isn’t a lot but does equal 6.25 pounds over a years time. And this is 6.25 pounds for doing nothing more than you are doing right now.

If you take a real fat loss aid like green tea (and there are many weight loss products that don’t work at all – that’s another entry), have an understanding of what you can expect.

And remember, you must have a complete fat loss plan in place.

If you’ve been gaining fat and are eating 100 more calories a day than you burn and you add green tea, guess what? You won’t lose weight, you’ll just slow down your weight gain.

FOLLOW an effective fat loss training program.

Once you are doing that, adding a quality supplement like green tea may help accelerate your fat loss efforts.

And don’t forget, unlike a lot of the weight loss programs that don’t even work, taking green tea has numerous health benefits above and beyond the fat loss aspect.

While green tea is the current media darling, white tea has the highest antioxidant levels of all the true teas.

Green tea may give you an energy boost bit it’s Chamomile tea that has become popular to drink at night because it can relax the nerves and has a calming affect. However, it also has some crucial health and fitness benefits, such as boosting the immune system to protect against illness and disease, as well as reduce inflammation, a very important but often overlooked part of remaining healthy.

While green tea is important, don’t neglect getting yourself some other important teas that can give you health and fitness benefits you might not be getting from green tea alone.

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