Can Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?

Green tea can be an effective addition to a healthy diet and exercise program. Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants that have been shown to have a protective anti-inflammatory and metabolic effect. Studies have shown that green tea containing caffeine produces reductions in body weight and body mass index (BMI).

In fact, in one study of overweight adults, those who consumed green tea with caffeine for 90 days lost an average of 2.6 pounds and three-fourths inches from their waistlines, and reduced their BMIs without any dietary or exercise changes.

Green tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Aside from its connections to weight loss, the antioxidants in green tea have been associated with other health benefits including reduced heart disease and stroke risk, lower cholesterol and bone protection. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, green tea can be part of a smart, healthy approach to weight management and optimal health.

Sources: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (January 2010). Effect of green tea catechins with or without caffeine on anthropometic measure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Retrieved from Obesity. (April 2010). Effects of Catechin Enriched Green Tea on Body Composition. Retrieved from

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