Several lines of evidence point to
as a potential aid to help people lose weight.
Studies have shown the
in green tea have important effects on raising metabolism and increasing pathways favoring fat oxidation.
A number of randomized controlled trials in people have been published in recent years. Results from 15 of these studies were combined in a meta-analysis to determine in a more robust manner whether green tea catechins and caffeine enhance
. Collectively, these studies represented 1243 people that were studied from 8 to 24 weeks. The results showed that green tea catechins with caffeine was associated with a significantly greater weight loss when compared to a control group taking caffeine. The average difference in weight loss was about 3 pounds.
These findings provide convincing evidence that green tea catechins can assist people achieve greater weight loss. The dosages studied in this analysis were in the range of 576-714 mg per day of catechins. Consider making green tea a staple in your diet to help manage your weight and improve your health.
Phung OJ, Baker WL, Matthews LJ, Lanosa M, Thorne A, Coleman CI. Effect of green tea catechins with or without caffeine on anthropometric measures: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jan;91(1):73-81. Epub 2009 Nov 11.