There are a ton of products out there claiming to melt the fat right off your body without even having to exercise. Pills, patches, creams, teas, shakes… you name it! How does one sort out all the fluff?

This is where Shredfat inc comes in handy. We do our due diligence when it comes to research and testing.

Today I want to discuss a popular fat loss claim ‘Green tea for weight loss’. Does it really work? Is there science that backs up these claims? How should it be used? What is the best brand available?

I’ll answer all of these questions/concerns plus more.

Does it really work for weight loss?

Let’s make one thing clear right at the start; there is no magic weight loss pill. Optimal health and the physique you desire comes with hard work at the gym, and eating (mostly) clean. With that being said, there are actually some supplements that can accelerate your results.

As it turns out, research has proven that green tea could benefit you.

There is some evidence that long-term consumption of green tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat and may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis. According to research in Physiology & Behavior:

Positive effects on body-weight management have been shown using green tea mixtures. Green tea, by containing both tea catechins and caffeine, may act through inhibition of catechol O-methyl-transferase, and inhibition of phosphodiesterase. Here the mechanisms may also operate synergistically.

A green tea-caffeine mixture improves weight maintenance, through thermogenesis, fat oxidation, and sparing fat free mass… Taken together, these functional ingredients have the potential to produce significant effects on metabolic targets such as thermogenesis, and fat oxidation.”

Green Tea Does More Than Assist With Weight Loss

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Bone Health: Green tea polyphenols combined with a form of vitamin D called alfacalcidol could boost bone structure and strength, according to a new study in mice. The mixture may reverse damage to bones caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced chronic inflammation, which could in turn reduce the risk of osteoporosis.[1]

Cancer: Green tea components have been shown to downregulate the expression of proteins involved in inflammation, cell signalization, cell motility, and angiogenesis, while an association between green tea intake and decreased risk of cancers (including ovarian and breast[2]) has been reported.[3]

imagesBrain Health: Your brain is only one part of your body that might benefit from green tea, which is recognized as an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants. The antioxidant activity of EGCG is about 25–100 times that of vitamins C and E.[4] One cup of green tea provides roughly 100 mg of polyphenols[5] and has antioxidant effects that are greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries.

Not All Green Tea Is Created Equal 

If you’re drinking green tea hoping to increase your antioxidant levels, you should know that some green tea brands contain very little antioxidants. An analysis of the strength and purity of more than 20 green tea products by ConsumerLab.com found that EGCG levels in bottled green tea can range from just four milligrams (mg) per cup to 47 mg, while brewable green tea (from tea bags, loose tea or a K-cup) contained levels ranging from 25 mg to 86 mg per serving.[6]

img_00954_bigOne capsule of Life Extension’s Mega Green Tea Extract provides more polyphenols than you get from drinking seven cups of green tea. This 98% green tea extract is standardized to provide high potency EGCG, by far the most importantpolyphenol green tea provides. And green tea powdered extracts have been shown to absorb 60%-90% better into the bloodstream[7] and to be far more bioavailable than drinking green tea itself.

 

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Another great option is Nutrilite’s Slimmetry. I personally used this when I went through my weight loss transformation of shredding 80lbs of fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sources and References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21036589

[2] http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/10/1967.short

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22564714

[4] Mutat Res. 2006 Dec 10;611(1-2):42-53

[5] Altern Med Rev. 2000 Aug;5(4):372-5

[6] https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Green_Tea_Review_Supplements_and_Bottled/Green_Tea/

[7] Am J Clin Nutr.2004 Dec;80(6)1558-64

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