Hey folk’s, today we’re going to take a look at some research to discover the TRUTH about green tea and belly fat. This study is called the Influence of Short Term Consumption of Caffeine Free Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate Supplement on Resting Metabolism and the Thermic Effect of Feeding.

Past research has given hope that green tea can boost metabolism, and carries a compound that’s called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin that has been associated with boosting the metabolic rate essentially supporting the fat burning hormones.

In this state, the Colorado State University researchers provided green tea supplements or a placebo to 16 subjects, and each subject followed each of the conditions. So, in one condition they had green tea, in another condition they had a placebo.  Of course, going back to the title, we must realize there’s no caffeine in this.

In the previous studies and in the landmark study that showed you burn 80 extra calories per day if you take high amounts of EGCG and a high amount of caffeine. In the “supplement world” when it’s refers to green tea and burning calories this is what everything is based on. Unlike that 80-calorie study, where there is no caffeine in the supplement here.

So what researchers found in this study was that EGCG on its own did not boost metabolic rate.  And my bottom line is that I’m unconvinced that drinking green tea or taking supplements, even with the caffeine, is actually going to boost your metabolism considerably. When I say considerably I mean enough to actually burn belly fat.

However, of course, green tea is very healthy, and I recommend it in place of soda, juice, and even coffee. Now, if you replace calories, like in a soda or a juice, with a green tea, or even you replace a coffee with lots of sugar and cream with a green tea with nothing in it then you’ve cut back on your calories, and you can lose belly fat.

However, just drinking green tea on its own, I don’t think there’s any chance that you’re going to burn belly fat at all. Now, if you take high amounts of EGCG and high amounts of caffeine, which is tough to know if because the supplement makers don’t really list how much is in each of their supplements. Therefore, it becomes very difficult to believe that taking a commercial supplement is going to allow you to lose fat.

I don’t believe in green tea as a fat loss supplement until I see some really strong research that says otherwise. I hope you understand that’s really my full dissertation on green tea right there. There’s not too much else to add.Simple Nutrition for Fat Loss

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