Almost everyone everywhere is trying to shed off a few pounds. Unfortunately shedding weight is the hardest thing for many people. Nobody ever plans to get fat and no one ever notices till they have gained the weight. So what is it that makes weightloss such a battle?
Whether you’re trying to lose a lot of weight or just looking to shed a stubborn 10 pounds, getting the scale to go down feels like an uphill battle. In fact, research proves you’re not just imagining how difficult it can be when it comes to how to lose weight.
According to a study published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, people are 10% heavier today than they were in the 1970s—even when they consume the same number of calories and have similar exercise routines. The researchers hypothesize that environmental factors, such as our food, chemical-filled personal care products, and increased stress, may play a role in why we’re heavier when all other factors are the same. “We’re finding that weight management is much more complex than just energy in versus energy out,” wrote study author Jennifer Kuk, professor of health science at York University in Toronto.
People do not need to be discouraged with their weight loss efforts. There is a way that they can win. Drinking green tea seems to be the in thing today and there are people who are reaping positive results. It is a miracle what 9 cups of green tea daily can do.
“People told me green tea was a ‘superfood’ that boosts metabolism and gets rid of hunger cravings. At first, I laughed it off. I thought drinking green tea was a fad,” Samantha explains. “I always thought that was just a myth, but I was so desperate to lose weight I decided it was worth a go.”
At first, Samantha says she hated the bitter taste and had to force herself to drink it. But soon, Samantha was sipping on green tea and lemon every morning. She then began drinking one cup each hour at work and finished off the day with one while watching TV—a total of nine cups of green tea every day. After just one month of this regimen, Samantha dropped nearly 15 pounds.
“Obviously I’d been eating well and cutting out my milky teas had probably helped, but my metabolism must have sped up too and I was certainly snacking less,” Samantha says. “I was amazed.”
Does green tea truly work and is there scientific evidence that it does? Yes science has already proven that green tea increases metabolism and helps to burn fat fast however caution should be taken as to how much green tea one consumes.
In the new study, conducted by Abdul Dulloo, from the Institute of Physiology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, researchers exposed a particular type of fatty tissue from rats to caffeine and to green tea extract containing small concentrations of caffeine.
Green tea containing caffeine significantly increased thermogenesis by 28% to 77%, depending on dose, whereas caffeine alone resulted in no significant increase. When the stimulant ephedrine was added to green tea with caffeine, the increase was even more significant compared with caffeine alone and ephedrine alone. Caffeine and ephedrine are used together in some herbal weight loss preparations, but there are many safety concerns regarding ephedrine because it raises heart rate and blood pressure.