Everyone and their mother knows that tea is good for you. Just think about when you were last ill. Did you say, “Can you get me a cup of coffee?”
No way! You said, “Can you get me a cup of tea?”
But only in the last ten years or so have scientists begun to turn their attention to the connection between drinking tea and losing weight. It turns out there are three incredible ingredients in tea that work synergistically to influence the metabolic and nervous systems to help take the weight off and keep it off. Each one of these ingredients taken alone has a degree of efficiency in helping the body to shed pounds. But it’s the combination — the mighty triumvirate I call “Tea3”—that gives tea its weight-loss wallop. And remember, these three ingredients are found naturally in the Camellia sinensis plant, not manufactured in a chemical plant. Tea is truly a miracle of nature — what I consider to be the most perfect plant ever created. I can’t help but get passionate when I speak about tea because I get so caught up in just how much nature
can provide for us, if we only let it.
And every day I get more and more excited about tea as one scientific study after another proves that my faith in Cami is justified, especially where tea and weight loss is concerned. There is hard science behind the tea – weight loss connection
that explains the synergy of the Tea3 powerful ingredients: caffeine, L-theanine, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The names may be tricky but the science isn’t, and in this article I will explain what Caffeine is and how they work together to increase your metabolism, keep you feeling satiated, and give you more energy without setting your nerves on edge.
Secret Weight Loss Ingredient # 1: Caffeine
It is difficult to separate Tea3’s ingredients in terms of each one’s influence on weight loss, since each has an effect on the other. But to help you understand how the overall process works, I’ll give it a try in simple nonscientific terms, because I need things made simple for me to understand them and then incorporate them into my life.
Let’s start with caffeine. Caffeine is a chemical found naturally in more than sixty species of plants, including coffee, tea, and cocoa. Mother Nature put caffeine in plants as a defense from insects consuming the leaves; caffeine is very bitter. Too much caffeine can be detrimental to your health. However, caffeine is not all bad. It is a natural stimulant that has been shown to boost the process known as thermogenesis, or the generation of heat in the body. This process is at the center of weight loss; it is the way in which fat molecules are “burned.” Thermal energy is divided into calories; the more energy that is expended, the more calories you will burn.
Numerous studies have shown that caffeine increases energy expenditure. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1989 concluded that “caffeine at commonly consumed doses can have a significant influence on energy balance and may promote thermogenesis in the treatment of obesity.”
This is why you find caffeine in most of the over-the-counter diet supplements on supermarket and drugstore shelves today, many of which have extremely unhealthy side effects. In another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this one in 1999, scientists studying the use of green tea extracts concluded that tea not only promoted thermogenesis, but that unlike caffeine alone, which arouses your nervous system and speeds up your heartbeat, the use of green tea extract was “not accompanied by an increase in heart rate.” To summarize these two studies, the consumption of tea will increase the burning of calories and promote weight loss without increasing your heart rate.
About The Author
Dr. Leroy Rebello is a well established and internationally qualified anti-aging consultant and cosmetologist from Mumbai and a director in Eternesse – the best weight loss centers in Mumbai. He lectures in reputed Institutions such as AIIMS, JIPMER and other Medical Colleges around India. With over 10 Research Papers published in Indexed Journals, Dr. Rebello is continuously researching and developing new treatments and cures.