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Is Drinking Green Tea An Effective Way For Weight Loss?

Is Drinking Green Tea An Effective Way For Weight Loss?

Being overweight or obese is a growing problem, not only in the United States but in countries as diverse as India, Japan and various European countries. The weight loss goal remains difficult to achieve, not only when it comes to losing weight initially but also when it comes to keeping it off. While there are a lot of weight loss pills and treatments out there, not all of them are safe and some can cause more problems than they solve.

That is why green tea and green tea extract is becoming more popular as a weight loss supplement. It is all natural, safe and has a good track record in regard to weight loss.  Read on to find out why so many people are drinking up to slim down!

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Caffeine and Catechins: a Winning Combination

The reason that green tea can help with weight loss is that it combines the unique properties of two important active ingredients, caffeine and catechins.

Green tea contains 24-40 mg of caffeine per cup (a fraction of the typical cup of coffee), but it is enough to have a mildly stimulating effect. Many studies have shown that caffeine not only helps to increase energy levels, it also can also burn fat and even increase the number of calories that you burn (to the tune of around 9 calories for every 100mg that you drink). While this probably doesn’t sound like a lot, it can add up over time.

Catechins are also an important part of the make-up of green tea. They are potent, antioxidants compounds, the best-known of which is called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG.  This compound acts to increase the amount of a hormone called norepinephrine, which help stimulate fat cells to burn fat. This increase in norepinephrine, then, leads to an increase in that breakdown of fat, which many researchers believe the it might also work better in the presence of the caffeine.

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An Overview of Green Tea Weight Loss Studies

There are several studies showing the positive results of the use of green tea:

  • In one 8-week study, it was shown that participants who drank green tea regularly burned 17% more fat during exercise than those who did not.
  • A study on a small group of men found that green tea consumption help them to increase fat burning both during activities and at while at rest.
  • A review of studies on green tea extract and calorie burning found that it can increase the amount of calories burned from between 3% and 8%.
  • In a study of 60 obese patients, it was found that use of green tea extract lead to an average weight loss of 7.3 pounds by the end of the 3 month study and resulted in the burning of around 183 more calories a day.
  • While many studies have shown green tea results in mostly modest weight loss, much of this weight loss is targeted at visceral fat, which builds up around the organs.  Losing visceral fat can reduce the chances of conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Several studies have shown that green tea can help to decrease the appetite, making it easier to eat fewer calories without suffering from hunger pains.

What You Should Know about Green Tea

There are a few things to keep in mind, though, in regard to green tea and weight loss. Firstly, drinking green tea by itself is not likely to help you lose weight and it should be considered to be a replacement for good eating or exercise. Rather, it should be seen as a great addition to an overall healthy lifestyle.

You will need to drink 2-3 cups a day of green tea in order to harvest its full benefits. Make sure not to add cream or sugar to it, as this will add to your overall calorie intake and impede your weight loss efforts.

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Keep in mind that green tea will not just help you to lose weight — it has an array of other health benefits as well. It has been linked to a reduction in heart disease, diabetes and several different kinds of cancer. So drink up!

While green tea is not a silver bullet, it can help you to burn calories and fat and is a great addition to an otherwise health-conscious lifestyle and can help to make your weight loss goals easier to achieve.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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