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Green Tea Diet: What Is It and How Can It Help You Lose Weight?

Green Tea Diet: What Is It and How Can It Help You Lose Weight?

The Green Tea Diet is a simple, natural way to boost weight loss. It consists of drinking at least four glasses of green tea throughout the day, in an effort to suppress the appetite and boost metabolism. It is recommended that a glass be consumed upon awakening, as well as before each meal, and can also be used as a healthy substitute for a snack during the day. A supplement, or green tea extract, can also be used instead of drinking the tea.

Whereas the origin of The Green Tea Diet is unknown, the Chinese and Japanese have been drinking the tea as a healthy option for many centuries. Borrowing from this concept, the western world has begun consuming it in large quantities, discovering its weight loss properties along the way.

How Does the Green Tea Diet Work?

Green tea helps to promote weight loss in several ways:

1. Lowers the amount of carbohydrates, in particular starch, the body absorbs. A study conducted by researchers at the Poznan University in Poland, found that a dose of 4 grams of green tea extract, caused a decrease in starch digestion and absorption.[1]

2. Boosts the metabolism. Research done at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, shows that green tea speeds up the average person’s metabolism, therefore increasing the amount of calories they burn. This is believed to be due to the catechins, potent antioxidants, found in the leaves. In addition, natural green tea is caffeinated and originates from the same plant as black tea, Camellia sinensis. It contains a significantly smaller amount of caffeine[2], which isn’t harmful, but still helps to stimulate and energize those that are consuming it. This can be beneficial for weight loss, as individuals are more energized during workouts.

3. Helps to burn fat stores within the body. To be converted to energy, fat within the body needs to be broken down in the cells, and then moved through the bloodstream. The team at University of Geneva also found that the amount of fat burnt by those who took green tea extract was significantly higher than within the bodies of those that didn’t.

Those who are thinking about using the Green Tea[3] Diet to achieve their weight loss goals will need to keep a few things in mind. These include:

• To maximize the effects of the green tea on weight loss, participants need to consume [4]between 3-5 full glasses per day.

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• The best type of green tea to use are brands which use natural products and no artificial preservatives.

• Preferably, tea should be brewed with the leaves instead of a tea bag. This will allow make more of the essence to be extracted, so that it retains its nutrients.

• Water should be poured directly over the tea, right before it boils and the tea brewed for 3-4 minutes.

• Drinking green tea cold[5] is believed to burn more calories than when it is consumed hot, because the body has to burn energy to warm it up after.

3 Top Benefits of the Green Tea Diet

1. According to The University of Maryland Medical Center, the antioxidants in green tea also help to neutralize free radicals in the body which can prevent certain types of cancer and other diseases. They also boost the immune system in other ways.

2. The diet is relatively easy, and inexpensive, and most people can safely do it. Participants should also include a moderate exercise regime for the best weight loss results.

3. Green tea can kill bacteria within the mouth, improving dental health and oral hygiene.

3 Possible Side Effects of the Green Tea Diet

1. Dehydration. Green tea is a natural diuretic, and can lead to dehydration. Those following the diet should balance the amount of tea they drink per day with the same number of glasses of water.

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2. Iron deficiency and anemia. Green tea can reduce the rate of absorption of iron by the body.

3. Stomach Problems. The Chinese and Japanese do not consume green tea on an empty stomach, because the tannins[6] it contains may cause stomach aches, nausea or constipation.

Quick and Easy Green Tea Recipes

Lemon Grass and Ginger Green Tea

    Ingredients

    1 stalk Lemongrass

    7 slices ginger

    5 green tea bags

    Before using, rinse and crush the lemongrass. Then place it, along with the ginger in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from the heat, and add the tea bag. Leave them to brew for five minutes, chill and then serve.

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    Both lemongrass and ginger aid in digestion, and ginger adds to the green tea energy boost. This results in a healthy drink that promotes healthy digestion, as well as hours of energy.

    Mint Green Tea

      Ingredients

      1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves

      2 green tea bags

      1 tsp honey (optional)

      Wash and dice the mint leaves. Place them, along with the tea bags, in a glass and pour boiling water on them. Brew for 5 minutes. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, sweeten if desired and serve cold.

      Mint helps to speed up digestion, prevent hunger cravings and burn fat in the body. With its low calorie content (a total of 9 calories per glass) it is also a perfect addition to any diet.

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      Lavender Green Tea

        Ingredients

        1 1/2 tsp dried lavender blossoms

        4 green tea bags

        Place the lavender and tea bags in a container, and bring a small saucepan of water to a near boil. Pour the water over the mixture and allow to brew for up to five minutes. Refrigerate and serve chilled, with an optional lavender sprig.

        Lavender give a subtle flavor to green tea, making it possible to forgo any added sweeteners and eliminate extra calories.

        If you are thinking of beginning the Green Tea Diet, please consult a physician to ensure that you are healthy enough for diet and exercise.

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        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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