How Drinking Tea Could Help In Weight Loss

Drinking tea can help you lose weight, research suggests.

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Green tea is one of the healthiest beverage on the planet.It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health. Many studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight. A cup of tea a day, new research suggests drinking tea can help you lose weight, just don’t add milk.

Scientists have shown that tea contains high levels of compounds that combat the absorption of fat.

The compounds, called theaflavins and thearubigins, stopped the pounds from piling on when given to rats on a high-fat diet, Japanese research published in the journal Nutrition.

However, proteins in cows’ milk neutralise this fat-fighting ability.

Dr Devajit Borthakur, of the Tea Research Association in India, said that the chemistry between the milk proteins and the fat-fighting compounds means that ‘we don’t get the health benefit from these compounds’.

The finding is bad news for Britons, who add milk to 98 percent of the 165million cups of tea they make a day.

It could also help explain why waistlines are bulging, despite a large amount of tea drunk in the UK.

Those who simply can’t bear the thought of drinking their tea black should perhaps think more about the type of milk they add.

British research found the health benefits of antioxidants, compounds credited with the ability to stave off a range of illnesses from heart disease to cancer, appears to be reduced by adding milk to tea.

The best known of these is caffeine. A cup of green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40 mg) than a cup of coffee (100-200 mg), but still enough to have a mild effect.

Caffeine is a well-known stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance in numerous studies

But where green tea really shines is in its massive range of antioxidants… being loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins

The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin

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In order to burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream.

The active compounds in green tea can aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones.

The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG, can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine (5).

When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases (6).

This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down.

Caffeine and EGCG (both found naturally in green tea) may actually have a synergistic effect, because caffeine enhances another step in the same pathway (7).

The end result is that the fat cell breaks down more fat, which is released into the bloodstream and becomes available for use as energy by cells that need it, like muscle cells.

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ThrowBack Exercises That Work

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Circuit training is one of the best ways to gain all round fitness and strength. Intensive circuit training can be done at home in sports halls as well as in the park. Each exercise is performed at a “station”. There are usually no or few weights involved. Generally, the exercises include:

There has never been a better time to start doing workouts at home, with the ever increasing number of Youtube videos and commercials for a small fee allowing you to do exactly what we have been doing for years, at no extra cost.

  • Press ups
  • Sit ups
  • Star jumps
  • Squat thrusts
  • Squats
  • Step ups (using the stairs)
  • Jumping onto steps with both feet together
  • Burpees (sort of star jump followed immediately by a squat thrust – a killer !)
  • Skipping
  • Sprints up and down hall
  • Running backwards, sideways etc.
  • Passing a football between two people, either back to back or
    throwing

There are often many others that are incorporated to ensure that each class is varied, but these for the core of any circuit training class. Great for building overall strength and cardiovascular fitness and they exercise all the major muscle groups while keeping the heart rate high. The circuit can be done any number of times, and each exercise is usually performed for no more than 60 seconds before the next is attempted

For weight training, it is advisable to invest in some decent equipment or join a proper weights gym. Free weights are much more versatile than machines, most exercises can be done with a pair of adjustable dumbbells.

In addition to using weights, many people are starting to use kettlebells, which are used to provide a more dynamic, more plyometric workout, and also other items more often in military boot camps, such as tractor tires and sacks which are pushed and shoved around. Many people find old school training to be a refreshing change from the sanitary (and expensive) commercial gyms and health clubs.

Burn Fat Low-Intensity Cardio

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For years it’s been accepted that low-intensity cardio was the best way for burning body fat. According to studies, this method burned the calories primarily from fat. This has recently been disproved, as a new
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