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!
We’ve gotten the message on the antioxidant value of green tea — and, apparently, we even picked up the news that coffee and regular tea are now positive products as well. And we’re willing to pay more.
Lot of people still don’t like protein drinks — we have a ways to go yet before they’re palatable. And we get plenty of protein anyway.
Vitamin supplementation? There’s not much vitamins in your vitamin waters, stick to the free kind of water and you’ll save yourself a dollar each time.
Enough is enough. Everywhere we go, we are being inundated with ads promising us that taking a few pills a day will burn fat. Turn on the television and you hear doctors recommending the latest and greatest fat burner (here’s a little secret: most doctors take only one class in nutrition during their education, and thus know very little about nutrition and metabolism). If you want to waste your money on fat burners, go ahead and stop reading. If you want to learn the truth, keep reading …
via Enough is Enough – The Scientific Truth on 10 Popular Fat Burners | Burn The Fat Blog – Tom Venuto..
Quick summary: There’s no fat burning product that helps enough to justify the cost.
And drink some green tea.
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Yes, there are studies that would indicate a modest increase in metabolism and somewhat better success overall. There’s always somewhat of an artifact in studies like this; people who report that they habitually drink their several cups of tea are likely also pretty habitual about control of their dietary intake too, so you never know exactly what it is you’re measuring.
Green tea is from the same plant as black tea, just not cured the same way. So it’s not magic, though it’s long been associated with health. Try some, see for yourself … Remember, if something HELPS with your intake control, or not, you’re still RESPONSIBLE for what you put in your mouth, and taking that responsibility instead of letting it default to irresponsibility is part of taking care of you.