Green Tea, Fat Loss and Health

There’s a reason why green tea is consumed by a plethora of well known bodybuilders, why it’s extract is taken alongside a regular training regimen and balanced diet, and it is no coincidence that one of the most consistently seen ingredients in most of the major fat burner supplements is....green tea! Green tea merits its place in the fat burning, tone, definition and health and longevity bracket of the supplement world; it is backed by research that supports its ability to enhance our metabolic rate and mobilisation of fat stores (using fat for energy) (Sarma, Barrett, Chavez, et al. 2008; Kreider, Wilborb, and Campbell et al. 2010).

Mobilisation of fat stores

Green tea has been seen to promote the utilisation of our ‘brown fat’ stores, whereas humans primarily use white fat for energy due to a marked reduction in brown fat stores after infancy. Brown fat contains more mitochondria (energy manufacturing sites) than white fat resulting in a direct increase in energy expenditure when it is used as an energy source. Aside from this point, an interesting study by Di Pierro, Menghi, Barreca, et al. (2009) found that green tea combined with a low calorie diet led to the subjects (people) losing 9kg more over 90 days than those that didn’t consume green tea (Kreider, Wilborb, and Campbell et al. 2010).

More than just a weight loss supplement

Green tea offers far more besides its weight loss and fat mobilisation qualities. It contains high quantities of catechin polyphenols and caffeine, both of which have been seen to aid weight loss but also defend against heart disease and other medical conditions. Epigallocatechin gallate is the main catechin associated with weight loss and toning, and it is also well established as a potent antioxidant helping to fight against heart disease and cancer (Shixian, Van Crey, Shi, et al. 2006). Catechins can help to prevent the onset of atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries), reduce arterial inflammation, whilst also reducing the risk of clots and hyperlipidaemia (high blood lipid/fat).

So if you want a sophisticated, stimulating, health promoting and effective fat burning product, then green tea (and its respective extracts) could, and perhaps should be added to your dietary and supplementary repertoire.

 

References

Di Pierro, F., Menghi, A, B., Barreca, A., Lucarelli, M., Calandrelli, A., (2009). Greenselect Phytosome as an adjunct to a low-calorie diet for treatment of obesity: a clinical trial. Alternative Medicine Review. 14(2):154-60.

Kreider, R, B., Wilborb, C, D., Campbell, B., Almada, A, L., Collins, R., Cooke, M et al, (2010). ISSN exercise & Sport Nutrition Review: Research & Recommendations. Journal of the international society of sports nutrition. 7: 1550-2783.

Sarma, D, N., Barrett, M, L., Chavez, M, L., Gardiner, P., Ko, R., Mahady, G, B., Marles, R, J., Pellicore, L, S., Giancaspro, G, I., (2008). Safety of green tea extracts: a systematic review by the US Pharmacopeia. Drug Safety, 31(6):469-84.

Shixian, Q., Van Crey B., Shi, J., Kakuda, Y., Jiang, Y., (2006). Green tea extract thermogenesis-induced weight loss by epigallocatechin gallate inhibition of catechol-O-methyltransferase. Journal of Medicinal Food. 9(4):451-8.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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