Lose weight by drinking green tea with help from this extraordinary meal and fitness plan.
What if we told you we’d discovered the most effective weight-loss tool in the world—a weapon that works for everyone, costs just pennies a day, is available at any grocery store, requires no sweat or stress, and can be done at home, at work, or anywhere it’s convenient.
Hold your applause: That secret tool is green tea—a humble drink that’s been cherished as a health miracle for centuries, but one that science is finally coalescing around. Literally hundreds of studies have been carried out to document the health benefits of catechins, the group of antioxidants concentrated in the leaves of tea plants. And the most powerful of all catechins, a compound called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, is found almost exclusively in green tea.
When Jeannine Arenas of Miami, Florida used tea as her weight-loss weapon, she lost 9 pounds in 7 days. “I loved the results!” she told us. Tracy Durst dropped from a size 20 to a size 16 in just one week. “I’m alive with energy!” she says. And in a study in The Journal of Nutrition, those who sipped green tea for 17 days had less belly fat and smaller waistlines than those who did not. Plus, when Taiwanese researchers studied more than 1,100 people over a 10-year period, they determined that those who drank green tea had nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who drank none!
How can you make this high-powered metabolism-booster work for you? Here are 10 fat-melting secrets and strategies, compliments of the extraordinary research revealed in The 17-Day Green Tea Diet.
10 Amazing Ways to Melt Fat with Tea
1. Drink It For Breakfast
Your body absorbs the nutrients in green tea most effectively when you drink it at least four hours after your last meal, making it a perfect breakfast every morning. Another reason why it should be your a.m. go-to: Researchers studied the coffee habits of New Yorkers and discovered that two-thirds of Starbucks customers opted for blended coffee drinks over regular brewed coffee or tea. The average caloric impact of the blended drinks was 239 calories. Switch to tea just once a day and you’d lose 25 pounds this year!
2. Add A Splash Of Lemon
When you sip tea, a significant percentage of the polyphenol antioxidants break down before they reach your bloodstream. But researchers at Purdue University discovered that adding lemon juice to the equation helped preserve the polyphenols.
3. Make It Your Post-Workout Drink
Brazilian scientists found that participants who consumed three cups of the beverage every day for a week had fewer markers of the cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. That means that green tea can also help you recover faster after a workout, like the high-intensity workout in The 17-Day Green Tea Diet. In another study—this one on people—participants who combined a daily habit of four to five cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute workout for 12 weeks lost an average of two more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.
4. Pair It With Sushi
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish further help enhance the efficacy of EGCG. And Purdue University researchers found that drinking tea with dinner may block the absorption of any toxins in your meal—for example, mercury in fish.
5. Use It As A Base For Smoothies
A green tea smoothie was part of Margaret McGraw’s weight-loss strategy. “I wasn’t really convinced it would work, but I lost 5 pounds in my first week!” she says. And the health benefits are pretty amazing, too: According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who consumed 120 milliliters of tea every day for at least a year had a 46 percent lower risk of developing hypertension than those who consumed less. To maximize your intake, use green tea in place of other liquids in smoothies, like this untraditional but tasty creation from The 17-Day Green Tea Diet.
The Green Goddess
- ¼ avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ cup green tea
- 1 scoop protein powder
- ½ cup ice
- Optional: 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger