How to choose the right green tea to lose weight?
January 16, 2017 | Fitness
Green is almost fashionable. What began as the voice and colour of environment preservation, today occupies so much mind-space for many of us. So how could weight loss be left behind? But wait, there’s more to it than a random passing trend.
That green tea is a great way to lose weight is well known. This truth has been tested and tried over years and holds its ground unwaveringly. A lot of us subscribe to it and there are many more who want to enroll into this school. With supermarket shelves flashing various brands and types of green tea, how do you choose the green tea which is right for you and your weight loss plan? What are the things to look out for? If these are your questions, read on.
1. The tea and not the flavor:
It is the actual greentea which has myriad health benefits: it facilitates digestion, helps heal wounds, promotes heart health, stabilizes blood sugar, improves digestion boosts mental function, relieves stress and helps lose weight. Having it in the form of ice cream or noodles does not count, ladies!Neither does wearing green tea perfume, my friend. Or dropping green tea scented bath bombs in your tub.We agree they are all innovative ideas, but hey, the truth is that sometimes there are no substitutes to the real thing. The weight-loss benefits are found in the steeped tea and not in the green tea flavor.
2. Pick leaves over bags:
While bags are definitely more convenient, green tea leaves are more effective. Pouring hot water directly over the leaves extracts their essence. Green is chock full of antioxidants and other nutrients, thanks to chemical compounds found in the leaves called catechins. In order to maximize your exposure to catechins and thus extract the greatest health benefits from your cup of tea, the whole buds and young leaves of most loose leaf teas are superior to broken leaf pieces, called fannings and dust, which are found in many bagged varieties. However, we want you to have the most of both worlds, so here’s a suggestion: you can pick up disposable tea-bags in the supermarket and fill them with your loose green tea leaves. Each bag can be reused through the day! Works, doesn’t it?
3. Go organic:
Drinking organic green tea ensures fewer chemicals and pesticides make their way into your hot cup.Certified organic tea is free of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides as it relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic green tea agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment.So, while you do yourself a favor, you can pat yourself on the back for doing something which is good for the environment as well.
4. Say “no” to sweetened green tea:
Some brands of green tea have added sugar in them to take the brunt off the green tea flavor, making it milder and easier to adapt to. However, the additional sugar affects the actual benefits which green tea has on your body, especially for weight loss. You can see the sense in that, can’t you, ladies? There are times when you just have to be bold and give yourself time to “like” the fresh, clean and green taste for visible results on weight loss. We recommend you make sure to read the list of ingredients on the packet of green tea you reach for on the shelf in the supermarket.
5. Flavored green teas:
It has scientifically been proven that while certain scents and flavors can trigger hunger, others can actually suppress your appetite.Fill a big teacup with soothing peppermint green tea and sip yourself skinny!Most fruit flavors are perfect for weight loss so go ahead and experiment with a peach, tulsi, melon, raspberry or cranberry which will not only give you a wide variety of flavors, but also work their magic within your body. Ladies, all you will need to do is sip!
6. Does the brand or variety of green tea matter?:
Absolutely! There can be a difference in the quality of tea leaves and the number of additional, unnecessary ingredients that may mess up your green tea’s powers. To reap the maximum benefits, look for brands that use all-natural ingredients and have no artificial preservatives. Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride.
So, how much green tea should you have every day?Aah ladies, much as we want to see immediate results,especially with this all-important issue, green tea cannot be the only thing you consume through the day.According to scientists, the optimal “dosage” is 3-5 cups of green tea daily.If you are not already doing this, start by including it in your day’s schedule intentionally and before you know it, you will be reaching for a green tea spontaneously! Of course, we are sure you will also work out a healthy and balanced diet to supplement the magic green potion – and walla! see the “you” you want to be,slowly but surely taking shape.