Green tea is a healthy drink. It’s been shown to boost brain health, protect against Parkinson’s, increase metabolism, protect the prostate, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. But, contrary to claims made in many ads making the rounds these days, it does NOT cause weight loss.

  • Researchers from Taiwan randomized 78 overweight women into two groups for a 12-week study. One group took green tea extract (491 mg catechins containing 302 mg of the powerful antioxidant EGCG), and the control group took a placebo.

The average reduction in weight in the green tea group was insignificant – only 0.3 percent (0.15 kg). About the same as it was in the placebo group. However, the green tea extract did improve the subjects’ health by reducing their LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (“good cholesterol”). The placebo group saw a reduction only in triglycerides.

So the bottom line is this. Green tea is healthy, but it doesn’t cause fat loss.

There’s no such thing as a magic pill for weight loss. So forget about trying to find an easy way out. Burning fat takes work. It requires planning. It requires following a proven, structured workout program. But if you put those structures in place, you will see results.

[Ed. Note: You won’t get fit automatically. But once you have a system, you can melt away fat and get the lean body you’ve always wanted. Learn how you can feel better than you have in years.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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