Adding green tea to your daily diet will aid in weight loss regardless of how you are using it, but by taking a specific approach to adding green tea you can significantly increase the amount of weight you lose as well as how fast you lose it. The keys to attaining significant fat loss in a short time are finding the appropriate supplement and pairing that supplement with activities that magnify and take advantage of the effects green tea has on the body.
Things you need
Use quality organic green tea or green tea extract. Don't skimp on quality; the fragile components in the tea work best when they have not been compromised by such things as chemical pesticides and over heating. Make sure the supplement you're using contains catechin polyphenols, which are the components that increase metabolic activity, sustain energy and promote thermogenesis, the process in which the body releases fat into the blood to be used for energy.
Follow the directions for use. Overusing the product could damage your body while having no increased effect on your weight loss.
Pick something that you can commit to taking at regular intervals on a daily basis. Perhaps one capsule in the morning fits better into your schedule than a few luxurious tea breaks throughout the day.
Pair your green tea with caffeine. If you are a coffee drinker, you should have no problems with this. If you aren't, experiment with a low-calorie energy drink or supplement with mild caffeine pills. Don't go overboard, though. A 2009 American Institute of Nutrition study showed that 39 mg of caffeine will do the trick.
Perform regular moderate exercise. Find a way to incorporate exercise that gets your heart rate up and is enjoyable enough for you to stick to doing it between three and five times per week.
Begin adding a few minutes to each of your workouts. You'll be burning more calories with little added effort. Green tea gives you added energy by slowing the use of carbohydrates in the body, meaning you can exercise longer without feeling tired. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out with exercise, or if you have a regular routine already, you'll be able to exercise longer without feeling like you are.
Things you need
- Green tea