Welcome to the NEW Healthista series featuring 30 days of weight loss tips with Nutritionist Rick Hay. Discover why drinking green tea can boost your metabolism without you doing much else but drinking it!
Today’s tip its about the power of drinking green tea to boost metabolism.
You’ve probably heard enough about the health benefits of green tea by now, from heart health to anti-agieng. But one of its key benefits is for increasing metabolism. The burn comes courtesy of a family of phytochemicals present in green and white tea called catechins that have a stimulating effect on metabolism.
A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea-extract increases the metabolism by four per cent over a 24 hour period. Three to five cups a day can help you burn an extra 70 calories a day, which adds up to seven pounds a year, 35 pounds for five years and 70 pounds for 10 years.
Green tea has also been shown to inhibit fat absorption—the movement of glucose into fat cells, [support healthy] glucose levels after eating a meal, prevent insulin spikes which prevents fat storage, and reduce appetite.
You can try Clipper Pure Green Tea ( £2.39 from Healthista Shop below) or, if you don’t like the taste of green tea on its own, try some of our favourites: Clipper Organic White Tea with Vanilla (£1.90 from Healthista Shop – white tea has similar effects to green but a more delicate flavour) or this Matcha Green Collection from Pukka (£2.99 from Healthista shop) which is a taster pack of organic naturally flavoured matcha green teas.
Rick Hay says: ‘Green tea is one of the most researched ingredients in terms of weight management and a great ingredient to include in your diet if you want to lose weight and metabolise fat. It has catechins in it, vital nutrients that help with the fat burning process. When you drink green tea what you’ll notice is that it is a little bit bitter and that can put some people off. But now you have many different ones like this clipper organic green tea naturally flavoured with strawberry that takes the edge off the bitterness slightly.’
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @nutritiomalphys