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Green Tea Augments Body Fat Loss

There have been a large number of studies showing the health-promoting effects of green tea. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of 12 weeks of green tea (containing 690 mg catechins/day) versus placebo on weight loss and several measures of body fat in men. After 12 weeks, men consuming the green tea had two-fold greater weight loss (-2.4 vs -1.3 kg) and fat loss (-1.4 vs -0.7 kg). Additionally, this study also assessed both subcutaneous and visceral fat in the abdominal region using computed tomography imaging. Compared to placebo, green tea had a dramatic four-fold greater effect on reductions in subcutaneous and visceral fat in the abdomen. The findings are consistent with earlier work showing green tea extract increased thermogenesis. The study shows that green tea is an effective method for shedding fat, particularly in the mid-section.

Nagao T, Komine Y, Soga S, Meguro S, Hase T, Tanaka Y, Tokimitsu I. Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jan;81(1):122-9.