It’s a controversial subject. A lot of people want to believe that just drinking green tea will make you lose weight. The science behind losing weight, and the health benefits of Japanese green tea are tricky subjects. I am only a simple blogger, not a scientist. I don’t understand the science behind it all. But I can tell you what I do know, and that’s how Japanese green tea can aid your weight loss. 🙂
Replace Sugary Drinks With Tea
The amount of sugar we get through soda pop, juice, bottled iced tea/sweet tea is incredible. Along with obesity, drinking sugar filled beverages can also increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes.
Drinking tea doesn’t exactly fill the same boots as soda pop though. A small, hot beverage isn’t exactly what you want when you’re craving a cold refreshing drink. This is where I shall unleash my secret weapon: Iced Sencha.
Easy to make, iced sencha makes an excellent drink on a hot day. Make a large pitcher of it, or even fill some plastic bottles and have it within reach whenever you crave that sugary drink. (Belle’s tip: Until you drink your bottle of iced sencha, be sure to keep it out of excessive sunlight. Too much light will turn the tea yellow.)
Over time, your body will begin to crave the wonderfully grassy taste of tea, rather than sugar.
Use Matcha to Aid Your Exercise Routine
Next time you go out for a run, put some matcha powder in your water bottle, and shake it up!
Obviously the first benefit to this is the taste. Secondly, matcha contains caffeine. The caffeine in matcha will give you an extra boost of energy.
Adding matcha to your water can also help you replace sugary sports drinks and energy drinks. Again, I’m no scientist. Sports drinks are formulated with reason. There may be plenty of good reasons to stick with your Gatorade or Powerade, but if you feel addicted to sugary drinks, eliminating them across the board will help.
Don’t Let the Health Benefits Justify Unhealthy Habits
Weight loss or no weight loss, Japanese green tea is loaded with health benefits. This is great for overall wellness, but it also can make us lose track of unhealthy habits. It’s easy to justify getting a greasy burger when you consider how “good” you’ve been. It’s easy to drink a calorie filled latte when it’s (supposedly) matcha flavored.
Don’t let these mentalities creep into your mind.
Be Careful With the Hype About Losing Weight with Tea
There are a lot of websites making various claims about tea and weight loss. Many of these sites also sell tea and market it as a weight loss product. If you come across a website making claims about losing weight with green tea, be sure to check their sources.