Tea Could Increase Endurance During Exercise Through Burning Fat...Win Win!

Another good reason to have a nice hot cup of the green stuff!

Research suggests that tea (both green and black) promotes the metabolism of fat for energy! Fat has an Atwater value of 9kcal per gram meaning it has more than double the energy of carbohydrate and protein gram for gram. Therefore burning fat (despite it not being your bodies preferred energy source) for energy could yield more energy when training, preserving glycogen stores, enhancing endurance and promoting fat loss!

The caffeine content of tea could also tune you in for your session…just be aware not to consume tea within 30mins after a meal as the tannins it contains inhibits the absorption of iron. Amongst other nutritional implications, a lack of iron could reduce your energy for your next training session as it is a key component of haemoglobin, the transporter that delivers oxygen around your body!

References

Resnick, M. (2005). Green tea extract boosts exercise endurance 8-24%, utilizing fat as energy source. American Physiological Society.

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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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