Green tea for weight loss?

Japanese green tea in a modern senchawan bowl.


Diurnal EE was higher during treatment with the green tea extract than during treatment with placebo or caffeine, by 4.5% and 3.2%, respectively, but significantly so only for the green tea extract. Total 24-h EE with the green tea extract, however, was significantly higher than that with both the placebo and caffeine, by 3.5% and 2.8%, respectively.

via Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.

EE is Energy Expenditure.  In other words, green tea helps raise your metabolic rate about 4% so you burn more calories — beyond the few calories the caffeine in the tea induces.

Makes it worth being a daily noncaloric beverage choice!

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