Green Tea and Weight Control
Weight Maintenance Aid

A study about green tea and weight control found that drinking it helps maintain body weight after a dieting programme.

If you think losing weight is hard work, consider what happens afterwards.

Your body tends to regain weight. As time goes by, discipline breaks down. Regaining the lost weight is just an accident waiting to happen. If only there is something simple that makes weight maintenance effortlessly simple…

A study conducted by Maastricht University in United States found that green tea extract consisting mainly of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine can limit initial weight loss to 5% to 10%.

76 overweight to moderately obese adults, aged 18 to 60 years, participated in the study. They consisted of both low and high regular caffeine consumers.

Part One

In the first part of the study, participants lost weight by eating a very low energy diet for 6 weeks. It was found that high caffeine consumers reduced more weight, fat, and waist circumference than low caffeine consumers.

Caffeine promotes weight loss through higher metabolism and fat burning. It has also been found to suppress leptin, a hormone that influences the appetite, in women.

Part Two

In the second part of the study, participants maintained their weight by drinking a green tea-caffeine mixture (consisting of 270 milligrams of EGCG and 150 milligrams of caffeine) or placebo for 3 months.

The green tea-caffeine mixture did not benefit high caffeine consumers. But low caffeine consumers continued to lose weight in the weight maintenance phase through higher metabolism and fat burning.

The researchers concluded that green tea-caffeine extract can help maintain body weight after a dieting program.

This green tea and weight control study was published in Obesity Research in July 2005.

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