Much scientific evidence has come to light in recent years indicating that green tea has numerous health benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that It contains high concentrations of antioxidants that cancel out free radicals in our bodies, and that green tea has also been shown to help with weight loss. The polyphenols, specifically the catechins, increase metabolism and burn fat. Vitamin B-12 also can aid in weight loss because it increases your metabolism and energy--you can lose weight simply because you are more active.
Things You'll Need
- Green tea
- B-12 vitamins
Outline your weight loss program. It is always beneficial to set some goals for yourself. In order to know where you want to go, you must first know where you're at now in terms of your weight. The best way to accomplish this is by weighing and measuring yourself on the first day of your weight loss program, then keep track of your weight in a journal.
Purchase a good-quality green tea and buy B-12 vitamins or add more foods rich in B-12 to your diet--it's found naturally in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. The sublingual form of B-12 works much better than pills because it is absorbed into your bloodstream more efficiently. Sublingual vitamins normally come in liquid form and are placed under the tongue. Read the product directions for dosage.
Drink the tea and add B-12 to your diet or take the vitamin supplement. Many companies manufacture good-quality green teas at a reasonable price, and many can be found at your local grocery or supermarket. Green tea normally comes in single serving tea bags. If you would like to brew an entire pitcher, add three or more tea bags to 32 ounces of boiling water. Allow this to steep for 30 minutes. Pour hot liquid into a cup. You can add sugar if you like. Natural or raw sugar is best.
When taking B-12, follow label directions and be sure not to overdo it. B-12 is absorbed into your body, but excess amounts are not discarded by bodily functions as with some vitamins, so it is possible to overdose on B-12. In men and women 14 and older, the recommended dosage is 2.4 mcg per day.
Exercise more to take advantage of the increase in your metabolism. You will notice that you have more energy, and your body will want to do more. Try to get to a gym several times each week, if possible. If not, take a walk each day. Bend and stretch when you can. Climb steps, park a little farther from the store and walk the remaining distance--do whatever you can each day to let your body exercise and burn the extra energy. Exercising also speeds up your metabolism.
Recheck your weight and measurements weekly. Now that you're moving forward with your new weight loss plan, stay on top of your progress. Even small improvements can be very encouraging. Getting results often works as a catalyst to moving forward with greater enthusiasm on a weight loss program.
Tips & Warnings
- Ask a friend to become your weight loss partner and hold you accountable to stay on course.
- Begin any diet, exercise or weight loss plan gradually. If this is your first time at the gym in six months, take it easy when you start. Don't overwork your muscles. This can be painful and harmful.
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