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Green Tea – The Ultimate Diet Drink

Green Tea - The Ultimate Diet Drink

Herbal tea is one of Mother Nature's wonders. It has been used for more than 4000 years in Chinese culture and medicine to treat everything from headaches to depression. It can also help to boost your immune system and combat all kinds of viruses. What is less widely known is that certain varieties of tea can also help you to stay slim and burn off those extra kilos.

The most popular of herbal teas, Green tea, can actually help you lose and manage weight in two distinct ways.

First, it works to regulate blood-sugar levels by reducing the amount of insulin the body produces. This prevents fat being stored and keeps your appetite under control.

Secondly, green tea extract results in a significant increase in energy expenditure. According to scientists, EGCG, the main polyphenol in green tea, is an effective thermogenic, which increases metabolism and the burning of body fat.

It really couldn't be any easier. Simply sip green tea with each meal and you should find that it helps to suppress your appetite, while increasing your metabolic rate. Studies have found that drinking around four to five cups of green tea a day is sufficient to get the maximum benefits. Add some honey, lemon juice and ice for a refreshing summer drink. The diet is simple to follow and can be used in conjunction with other diet plans to give your weight-loss regime a boost. If you're caffeine sensitive, don't drink it in the evening.

New research continues to shed light on Green tea's usefulness as a medicinal supplement. Apart from weight loss, it boosts your immune system and can help with conditions as varied as heart disease and tooth decay.

Mark Ukra, who runs a successful tea shop in Los Angeles, has written: The Ultimate Tea Diet: How Tea Can Boost Your Metabolism, Shrink Your Appetite, and Kick-Start Remarkable Weight Loss.

Mark believes that all teas have weight-loss benefits and dieters should first wean themselves off coffee by replacing it with any kind of tea that they like - green tea, black teaoolong tea or white tea. They may consume it hot or iced, while avoiding adding excessive amounts of sweeteners. Once you have discovered a tea that you like, then drink it all day and follow a simple diet plan.

Ukra claims that tea encourages weight loss because of three major ingredients:

1. Caffeine, which acts as a stimulant.

2. L-theanine an amino acid that neutralizes the harmful effects of caffeine and acts as an appetite suppressant.

3. EGCG, which increases the rate and efficiency of fat burning.

Dieters are encouraged to eat three meals a day that include a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Half the plate should be covered with healthy carbohydrates including fruit, vegetables and whole grains. A quarter of the plate should contain lean protein such as chicken, fish, lean beef, egg white or tofu and a quarter of the plate should contain green or red vegetables. In addition each meal should contain a small amount of healthy fat, such as a teaspoon of olive oil or a tablespoon of low fat salad dressing.

Dieters are also advised that if they want to have a carbohydrate snack they should always include some protein as well and vice versa. This is to prevent a rapid increase in blood sugar and to stop the carbs being stored as fat. The meal plans include suggested snacks, however, they are not mandatory and should be eaten only if you are feeling hungry.

Mark Ukra has developed a Sample Diet Plan to make life easier. You can use this as a guide when planning your own diet regimen.

Breakfast Yogurt tea parfait
8 - 16 ounces tea
Morning Snack Apple pie tea served hot or cold
1 tablespoon fat and sugar free whipped topping
Lunch Tea grilled chicken
2 cups salad vegetables
½ cup brown rice or tea rice
8 - 16 ounces tea
Afternoon Snack 1 cup edamame
8 - 16 ounces tea
Dinner Lettuce wrapped tea turkey burger
1 medium corn on the cob
1 slice watermelon
8 - 16 ounces tea

Evening Snack Strawberry chocolate mint tea frozen yogurt

Finally, cardiovascular and strength training exercises are recommended for their ability to benefit health and enhance general wellbeing. Once again studies have shown that tea can actually improve exercise performance and enhance fat burning during exercise.

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