For the past few days I’ve been drinking one to two cups of green tea a day, and I’ve been noticing quite a bit of a difference in my body. According to several articles that I’ve been reading about the health benefits of green tea, the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) found in it is apparently really good at burning fat, and boosting metabolism, especially when combined with physical exercise. I’m not exactly sure of how true this claim is. There’s always conflicting viewpoints on what’s healthy and what’s not. It’s definitely a difficult topic to get into, but I thought I’d share my thoughts/experience on the subject anyway.
Ever since my little climbing accident, I haven’t been able to really work out. For about 3 weeks after my fall, I was just sitting at home, doing nothing, so when I finally decided to get off my butt, I noticed that I gained about an inch of fat around my waist. I know that doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but I really wanted to stay fit, and more or less maintain my weight…Actually, I wouldn’t mind putting on a few more pounds as long as it’s mostly muscle mass 😀 but if it’s just extra fat? No thanks!
Anyway, after noticing the slight thickening of my waist, I decided to start drinking green tea to see if it’ll help burn off fat as some studies claim. Sure enough, after just a few days, I felt and looked much less bloated than before. I’ve even managed to shave off that extra inch from my waist. I also lost a pound or two in the process. It’s astounding how 2 lbs can make so much of a difference in how my body looks. I’ve come to realize just how delicate the balance is between being too skinny and being a little chunky, especially with the body type that I have. On my 5 ft 3 inch-frame, a couple of pounds less can make me look much too thin, like a stick figure. On the other hand, a couple of pounds more, and I end up looking a little pudgy. It’s really a bit of a struggle to find just the right balance.
Note: I did not change my eating habits during all this. The only thing that’s changed is the fact that I’ve started running 3x a week for about half an hour each time.
For that reason, I can’t exactly pinpoint how much of the weight loss is the result of drinking green tea vs running. I’m leaving it to you to decide if there’s actually any correlation between green tea and weight loss. I would recommend trying it out and seeing for yourself 🙂