Benefits of a Green Tea Diet

Friday, 19 Nov 2010 09:21 AM

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Many dieters are looking for healthy and easy ways to lose those extra pounds. With a number of miracle weight loss pills flooding the market, it is difficult to distinguish between a true weight loss plan and a scam. With many pill companies making false promises about the ability to lose weight instantly, many people have come to believe that it is possible.
 
Unfortunately, losing weight instantly is not possible at all, and using these "miracle" drugs and diets only makes you regain weight after a few months. Using natural foods to lose weight takes a while to work, but it is a safe and sure way to achieve weight loss. The green tea diet is one natural method that promotes weight loss. Not only does green tea affect weight loss by accelerating fat oxidation, it also helps increase the body’s immune system response.
 
For centuries, green tea has been used as a diet supplement in Asian Countries like China and Japan. Green tea is made from steaming fresh leaves, which results in a high content of certain flavonols and polyphenols like EGCG that help normalize blood pressure and lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s.

The EGCG in a green tea diet helps in thermogenesis, the process of heat production, by increasing the effectiveness of certain useful enzymes in the body. Green tea helps speed up metabolism by increasing the calorie burn in calorie-deficit people.
 
Caffeine in green tea may also help you burn calories by increasing the body's metabolism. Although the effects of a green tea diet may not be instant, it has very positive long-term effects like staving off certain deadly diseases. Over a period of time, regular green tea intake may slowly boost the body’s metabolic system.
 
It is important to understand, while on a green tea diet, that the possible effects of the active components of green tea - like caffeine and EGCG - may be harmful or can interfere with certain medications. It is advisable to check with a qualified physician about the diet, especially if you are already on heavy dosages of medication.

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