Green tea is one of the most potent tools for not only improving your overall health, but also in aiding your weight loss efforts. The reason is three-fold. First, many studies, including a recent one conducted by researchers at The University of Maryland, show that certain compounds in green tea—known as polyphenols—help you burn more fat at rest through a process called thermogenesis. These anti-oxidant powerhouses may even block the conversion of energy (ingested calories) into fat. Second, green tea helps you burn more fat rather than muscle while exercising, and it allows you to work out with more intensity, which is the key to a more efficient metabolism according to the The American College of Sports Medicine. And third, green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, a natural relaxant that can help offset your stress-related surges in cortisol, a hormone that has been linked to increased fat storage, especially in the deep layers of the abdomen. Drinking Lipton green tea is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to help you in your fight to lose stubborn fat.
Things You'll Need
- Lipton Green Tea (varieties include 100% Natural; 100% Natural Decaf; Decaf Honey Lemon; Cranberry Pomegranate; Orange, Passionfruit & Jasmine; Lemon Ginseng; Honey; Mixed Berry; Mint and the Green Tea Collection)
- Hot water
Aim to drink at least 2 to 4 cups of Lipton Green Tea per day. Drinking up to 8 cups is considered safe regarding caffeine intake, which for most people should not exceed 400 milligrams per day.
To brew the perfect cup, bring 6 to 8 oz. of water to a boil in a teapot. Place one or two Lipton Green Tea bags in an individual cup and pour water over the bags, allowing them to steep for 1 to 2 minutes. The longer you allow the tea bags to steep, the more health-enhancing compounds will be released; however, the slightly bitter quality of green tea will also increase the longer the bags steep, so you may want to test this a few times.
Make it a point to enjoy a cup or two of Lipton Green Tea about an hour prior to your workout. You will enjoy an increase in your endurance and a decrease in your perceived rate of exertion, which means that, ultimately, you will work work out with a higher intensity. Remember, high-intensity exercise is one of the best ways to attack body fat while preserving lean muscle mass.
In the evening, brew Lipton's 100% Natural Decaf or Decaf Honey Lemon to prevent caffeine-induced insomnia and to take advantage of the tea's natural calming effect.
Keep your new green tea regimen interesting by trying all the various flavors offered by Lipton. You can also add lemon or a natural no-calorie sweetener, such as stevia, to enhance green tea's flavor without adding unwanted calories.