More reasons to love green tea: It can help reduce stomach fat
But exercise and mindful eating are still important
Apr 16, 2018
I’ve always wondered why most Japanese people are slim. After visiting the country myself a few years ago, I came to the conclusion that it’s probably because they walk all the time. But over time I realized their diet has a lot to do with it, too.
One common thing in all their meals? (Aside from carbs)
Green tea. Most restaurants don’t have a lot of drink options, and water or tea are usually served for free.
What makes green tea good for weight loss are the catechins it contains. According to Violet Santana, a nutritionist at My Wellness Solutions, “green tea is naturally high in catechins which inhibit body fat from accumulating.” The tea also contains caffeine that works with the catechins to further increase the fat burn.
Green tea also stimulates ghrelin and adiponectin, hormones that increase appetite and regulate glucose levels, respectively. And if drunk in the morning, it can “greatly impact fat metabolism,” says naturopathic physician Dr. Jennifer Stagg.
But that’s not the only reason to drink green tea in the morning. It’s also rich in caffeine, so it’s a milder way to wake yourself up. Plus, it doesn’t give you that energy crash coffee sometimes does.
If you’re planning to incorporate green tea into your meals now, be sure you steep them properly—don’t use boiling water, and only steep for three minutes.
Photos courtesy of Pixabay
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