Your beach body is hiding in a cup of green tea

If the weather of the past few days is anything to go by then we can safely say that summer has finally arrived here in the UK. And if you’ve been a bit lazy to get in shape for the beach, I have some good news for you. Researchers have found a cheap, simple and effective way to amp up your body’s metabolism… and you don’t even have to work up a sweat.

Sounds to good to be true?

Well, maybe the bit about not working up a sweat is a bit misleading, but let’s start with the facts behind this latest study:

Japanese researchers recently reviewed eight studies involving 268 volunteers to look at how green tea affects two different measures of metabolism: energy expenditure (EE) and respiratory quotient (RQ). Their results showed that a compound commonly found in green tea, called EGCG, can boost metabolism at doses between 300mg and 800mg. By increasing your metabolic rate you burn more calories, even when you’re resting.

Ideally you should burn calories by getting daily exercise (it’s just common sense). And if you need a little extra boost, why not get it with green tea?

By regularly drinking green tea you won’t just be burning calories. That’s because green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse that has been shown to protect cells from free-radical damage helping to prevent cancer. In addition, it is also an anti-inflammatory that can help relieve painful rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups and its potent compounds have also been shown to help reduce anxiety.

A cup or two of green tea contains approximately 300mg EGCG and to get the most benefit out of it, go for good quality, loose-leaf tea imported from China or Japan.

To a healthier life,

Thomas Smith