For a long time now I’ve heard of so many wonderful benefits of green tea.
- Full of antioxidants
- Assists in weight loss in conjunction with a well balanced diet and regular exercise.
- It apparently has anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents.
- Helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
- I could seriously be here for days. There are so much more, but you get the idea right?
An effect I could most certainly see is that it does have a somewhat high caffeine content. So if you are quite sensitive or even weary about that, you have been warned.
What I really want to focus on is #2. Surprise, surprise eh?
Does it really aid in weight loss? Now, I’ve tried a lot of diets in my time. Pills, soups, shakes, omitting a lot of the nasty junk foods and the like but tea? The thing is this, the operative word is ‘assists’. You as the dieter will still need to adopt a well balanced diet (what that may mean to you) and take part in regular heart-thumping, muscle- crunching, positive-vibe giving exercise.
So what’s the dealio? How will this all ‘go down’? Sorry for the slang. When something is all ‘suss’ (suspicious-oh dear I’m translating lingo now) well I tend to get all ‘sleep with eye open’ ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ like. I think I’ll stop now. Now back to what we were talking about.
Aha! yes! Green tea and its’ weight loss properties. Now if all of the above (and I’m sure there are many more fun facts) is true, then my experiment may work to some degree.
So how will I go about this?
I will still continue on with my diet and exercise regime. Although I have been slightly slack with my workouts compared to how I was prior to my trip to Hawaii almost a couple of months ago. Over the past few weeks or so I tend to be averaging, in terms of working out, around 5 times a week and sometimes twice-a-day. It’s not my usual 6 times a week and sometimes twice-a-day workouts.
For this experiment I will try my hardest to note the exercise I’ve done. I will try to summarise my diet. I truly hate writing down what I eat. It’s tedious and a tad bit all-consuming. So I’ll give you more of an ‘idea’ of what I’ve consumed…’overall’. Gosh I’m lazy!
I will aim to have at least a cup of green tea during/after my 3 main meals. If I have more, then that’s a bonus.
I will aim to do this for the next 6 weeks. (To start off with.)
So how will I correlate whether green tea has ‘assisted with’ my weight loss?
Listen, I have to admit. Over the past couple of weeks. Well since I posted my article on reaching a 6 kilo weight loss. I had put on around half a kilo. It goes up and down but seems to hover around that point. I have been eating reasonably well. Although my exercise is a little less, my workouts are still a decent amount in terms of duration and intensity. If the green tea could aid in shifting what I’ve gain plus more (stressing the point more so, with diet and exercise) then everything will be coming up Selma (and we don’t mean my weight sorry it was right there! I just couldn’t walk away from a zinger line.)
Now come to think of it. I’ve also started incorporating high intensity workouts like running regular. I wonder if that has anything to do with the inability to shift more weight? It could be that and, you know, once-a-month came and gone. I tend to hold on to weight when that occurs. Who knows what it could be?
So in saying that. If I still continue with my diet. Increase my workouts slightly and incorporate the green tea, it shall be interesting to see how it will all go. 6 weeks may not be enough though but 6 weeks may be enough to see some shift, however small that may be.
I’ve started consuming some green tea today. To date I’m on my first cup. It’s only around 11 am Melbourne time. I’m at home today so that helps. It may be a little different when I’m out and about. The key, I think, is to keep it simple. Just stick to a few simple rules ( as per above)
Let the experiment begin!
Author of The Papakittens Adventures: Reach for the Stars
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Disclaimer* This is in no way diet advice but our own personal journey and experience. I’m not a dietician. Please seek professional advice when embarking on any diet and/or exercise regime.