Can green tea really blast your fatty parts? Welp, when I took the child-spawns to the pediatrician for their normal check-up routine, Dr. Pediatrician (not his real name?) walks into the room and my eyeballs get a shocker. He’s lost a ton of weight!
Dr. Pediatrician has always carried some weight. I’m talking about your basic “man-gut” routine. What hell is going on here! Where did his man-gut go? Has he been sick? Did his wife stop cooking? Did he take some fat burning pills that really-actually work?
So I said to him… “You’ve lost so much weight. Have you been working out?” And he says, “No. I’ve just been drinking Green Tea”.
I almost couldn’t believe it. There’s so much mumbo-jumbo out there about green tea, it’s hard to filter through all the tea bags and decide what’s myth and fact. It was great to actually know someone who could personally testify to the benefits of drinking green tea.
Dr. Pediatrician explained that he’s been sipping on no less than 5 cups per day of regular store brands to experience the fat melting effects. He’s also done NO exercise at all (hmmm, I don’t really like that part), but his green tea weight loss is proven by his missing man-gut. I want to point out that this doctor is Asian, because green tea is deeply rooted in Asian culture. Most of the lovely all Asian peoples I come across are generally slim.
But will this work for you? Eh, I don’t know. Judging from Dr. Pediatrician’s results, it just might, but I’m not here to make you any fat-melting promises. So how about you also consider what three expert-friends of mine shared with the Yum Yucky.
What the Expert-Friends Are Saying
- Marsha Hudnall, RD: Two to four cups daily of green tea may boost metabolism due to content of EGCG. Lots of other variables at play, though, so not a magic bullet.
- Judy Weitzman (weight loss consultant): According to By Miranda Hitti of WebMD Health News, preliminary lab tests in mice show less weight and fat gain in mice with the obesity gene. However, these tests have yet to be done in humans. And when they do, a person would have to drink 7-8 glasses of green tea per day to see any results or use the green tea extract. These studies are basically saying green tea extract increases calorie and fat metabolism and decreases appetite. It isn’t dangerous, but there is not enough documented information to rate the use of green tea.
- Katie Heddleston, RD: You may have seen green tea extract pills in your local drug or vitamin store touting weight loss benefits, but what are these pills and are they safe? While there are many brand names, the pills claims are based around the same idea: increases calorie and fat metabolism and decreases appetite. As of right now there is insufficient evidence to rate the claims effectiveness, however, the FDA says they are possibly safe. As for green tea that you may traditionally think of, health benefits are currently being investigated. Green tea contains flavonoids and other polyphenols which act as antioxidants in the body. These antioxidants help to protect the body against free radical damage, which may protect you against cancer and heart disease.”
So what do you think about all this green tea-ification? If you want to do more reading on the benefits of green tea, you can start here. But by all means, start slurping! It can be an acquired taste, but I’ve found Ito En green tea to be the most gulp-worthy. You might just end up like Dr. Pediatrician. Unless, of course, you’re using the tea to wash down cookies, cakes and cheeseburgers.
Side note: green tea might (will probably) make you pee more than other types of liquids you ingest. That’s just been my experience. m’kay?