The beverage green tea and concentrated supplemental forms of Camellia sinensis alike are widely used for weight loss, metal clarity and general wellbeing.
Studying and testing the validity of these claims ultimately lead us to add highly concentrated EGCG rich green tea extract to our critically acclaimed FAT BURNER as one of nine clinically dosed ingredients.
Here, we’re going to condense our months of research into one easy to read synopsis explaining how green tea can be used as a fat burner for weight loss, and how you can maximize this effect.
|This article is peer reviewed and backed up by clinical studies.|
Under the right conditions, green tea has proven itself to be rather effective at improving weight loss in both humans and animals .
This thermogenic effect of green tea has mostly been attributed to its caffeine, l-theanine, and epigallocatechin gallate contents , which, interestingly prolong both norepinephrine and cAMP [5, 6, 7].
Clinically, the following results have been observed in humans:
Clearly, under the right conditions green tea and more specifically green tea extract can improve weight loss.
However, conditions are not always right:
Basically, dieting too aggressively with extreme caloric restriction may negate green tea’s thermogenic effects due to bodily stress.
|Bottom Line: Green tea or more specifically green tea extract can increase resting metabolic rate alongside a well-balanced minimal caloric deficit and improve weight loss.|
In competitive sports, everyone is looking for an edge . Green tea can help improve exercise performance, but spoiler alert - it’s not going to be anywhere in the ballpark of creatine’s effect.
Instead, ergogenics appear to be much more-mild with improvements being seen in clinical trials most of the time.
The most applicable study has got to be a 2009 evaluation of the effects of green tea and caffeine on male cyclist performance . In it, researchers determined that green tea’s primary benefit originates solely from its natural caffeine content.
However more recent clinical studies suggest that the EGCG content within green tea does deserve credit:
The complete picture suggests to us that the caffeine content of green tea improves sympathetic energy response while the EGCG’s contribute to a less noticeable improvement in fat metabolism and energy efficiency.
Interestingly, while the following studies evaluated exercise performance – significant notes were taken on the fat burning effects witnessed.
|Bottom Line: Green tea increases performance, however the most predominant improvement is due to caffeine content which is not unique to green tea alone. Lesser benefits are due to improved fatty-acid metabolism sparing glycogen and prolonging reserves.|
Excessive fat… Belly fat in particular, happens to be as detrimental to overall health and lifespan as it is unpleasant to tote around . For women, abdominal fat is a sign for increased health concern , while in men abdominal fat threatens ones testosterone-fueled manliness .
Several of the studies cited above display significant reductions in belly fat, for both men and women [8, 9, 11, 12].
This isn’t only a benefit to appearance… But rather the targeting of belly fat is net positive to overall health .
Here are some new unique studies looking specifically at green teas effect on burning belly (visceral) fat:
|Bottom Line: The thermogenic fat burning effects of green tea and its constituents is highly pronounced in visceral tissues (belly fat). This improves overall health through net-positive cascades sometimes indistinguishable between weight loss and green tea effect .|
Yes, green tea works to increase weight loss – but the conditions have to be right.
As you can see, there is no ‘magic bullet’ or ‘miracle pill’. Like with all things, you’re going to need to meet green tea in the middle by staying strict to your diet and exercise if you plan on having successful weight loss. Luckily, the end result is worth the challenge, and ingredients like green tea extract can help you get there faster.
Our expert formulated PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner contains 200 mg of EGCG rich green tea extract per serving, along with 8 other potent ingredients.
The effects of green tea on thermogenesis is greatly increased through added caffeine and forskolin extract which upregulate cAMP even higher while targeting belly fat.
Also included are potent thermogenics cayenne pepper and synephrine plus mood-enhancing l-tyrosine and l-theanine.
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Q – Can I just drink more green tea to burn fat?
A – The most successful studies used concentrated green tea supplements high in EGCGs to burn fat. Taking a supplement like these would certainly be the easiest option, however, you can try drinking an extremely high quality green tea multiple times a day. This can be quite effective if you are using green tea as a soda/sugary beverage substitute.
Q - What exactly are EGCG’s in green tea?
A - EGCG stands for epigallocatechin gallate which is the primary active catechin in green tea.
Q How much caffeine is in green tea?
A - Caffeine content on average ranges from 15 mg to 50 mg depending on preparation with an average of 35 mg per cup . This is considerably less than that found in coffee and guarana drinks.
Note: Even in high strength brews, green tea is less aggressively stimulating than coffee. This is due to the presence of l-theanine in green tea which calms anxiety-inducing and heart-rate-raising effects of caffeine .
Q - What else can I do to improve weight loss?
A - Diet moderation and increased exercise is key. Avoid ‘crash diets’ that restrict calories too aggressively. Also consider increasing lean protein intake as it preserves muscle mass, replaces calorie rich carbs, and makes you feel more satisfied. We explain what to look for in the ideal protein powder for weight loss here.
Q – How does green tea compare to matcha for weight loss?
A – There really aren’t any studies that use matcha specifically, so we can’t say for sure. Though, matcha is a great natural and organic pre workout option for increasing performance through caffeine.
Q – Is it ok to take green tea before bed?
A – Since green tea contains caffeine, it will likely impair your sleep. However decaffeinated green tea rich in l-theanine may aid sleep.
Q – Does green tea suppress appetite?
A – In large doses, the caffeine in green tea can suppress appetite temporarily. But overall, green tea on its own isn’t the best appetite suppressant.