During my compulsory NYSC program, I lived with a Medical doctor who likes drinking green tea early in the morning and he seems to have a healthy weight with flat belly.
After the routine brushing of his teeth and cleaning of the mouth, he will prepare a warm green tea or drink a warm green tea he had already prepared.
That was his lifestyle; he found it so easy to do which he must have built over time as a habit.
His ingestion before breakfast was green tea.
He used to finish a pack within a week or two, not the average time frame like mine where my pack will still be sitting on the kitchen shelf for over a month but, this experience left me an imprint.
Besides, I haven’t started this blogging job about a healthy eating lifestyle which has boosted my knowledge about food and its nutrition.
Perhaps I might have known and understood the great health benefits of drinking green tea daily if possible.
For a medical practitioner to be drinking green tea, about 30 to 45 minutes before breakfast, it shows it has enormous health potentials.
Tea is one of the oldest cultivated plants in history.
It’s highly assumed to have started in India or China.
There are 3 varieties which are green tea, black, and oolong tea but for this article, the focus is on green tea.
What determines the quality of the tea with its effects on weight loss and the flat belly is how it is being processed and properties.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols.
This richness in antioxidants makes it fight free radicals that might want to cause health problems such as cancer.
Green tea helps with weight loss, controls blood sugar, improves digestion, and reduces the risk of heart diseases and high cholesterol and prevention of many diseases.
Studies have shown that drinking green tea can help you with weight loss and/or a flatter belly.
What makes green tea more effective is the amount of caffeine and it rich antioxidants especially EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (EGCG); an important antioxidant that increases metabolism.
This is what coffee and other teas such as oolong tea are highly lacking even though coffee contains more caffeine than green tea.
Green tea works in the process whereby breakdown fat with the help of fat cell which seamlessly moves through your bloodstream.
The enzymes: norepinephrine makes it easy for the fat to broken down and what helps this enzyme to keep working well is this antioxidant EGCG.
You can feel the work the antioxidant is doing because, without its presence and activeness, fat cells won’t be able to break down any fat.
Thus, green tea contains an antioxidant that boosts metabolism.
It works effectively if you are exercising or staying active.
You can drink green tea before and after doing vigorous exercises.
Whatever form of physical activity you can do, even if it is walking fast or jogging, make sure it goes along with drinking your green tea because it works together with a better result.
To lose weight and get a flatter belly, you should be drinking at least 2 to 3 cups of green tea every day especially the type well-rich in EGCG.
You can split your drink by taking the first cup in the morning before breakfast, this has been observed to reduce appetite thereby not making you eat too much and another cup for lunch break and last cup before you hit the bed.
Green Tea Recipe
250-375 ml. water
2 Green tea bags
1. Boil water to warm temperature and pour into cup.
2. Add the tea bags into the cup.
3. Let it for about 3-5 minutes and remove the tea by squeezing it out carefully.
4. Drink when warm.
To wrap it up, make sure as you’re drinking green tea, you’re eating low calories rich nutrients weight loss foods.
Don’t deceive yourself.
This is important and likewise, remain active with exercises.
Have you taken your Green tea today?