Numerous studies show that regular consumption of green tea or green tea extracts help to tone the metabolism and increase the level of basal metabolism. These factors explain, among other things, why green tea contributes to weight loss. Not all green teas (unfermented) have the same effects and chemical properties. Indeed, there are a large number of green tea species, each with specific virtues. To achieve optimal effects, we recommend daily consumption of different types of high-quality Japanese green tea (steam roasting) that complement each other. Wok-roasted” green teas, a method that is almost exclusively used in China and India, are much less effective in this respect. The overall health benefits of green tea and the level of stimulation of the metabolism obviously depend on the quality and therefore the nutrient complex it contains. These parameters can mainly be measured by the following:
In addition to specific preparation tips for losing weight, you can also read the article focusing on the preparation of green tea in general. A number of basic factors and utensils are the keystones for the proper preparation of tea and the best effects of this extraordinary plant. You will find more information in the article Green tea against diseases.
Sencha, Gyokuro and Bancha are recommended for the stimulation of the metabolism. Gyokuro is ideal in the morning
, Sencha can be drunk in the afternoon and Bancha is excellent in the evening (low in caffeine). In addition, it can be recommended to drink Matcha and Benifuuki (powdered green tea). You can also take green tea extract supplements.
Quality of green tea
We regularly test the degree of effectiveness of different types of teas among themselves and within the same category, using a kinesiological (non-scientific) approach. Our analysis shows us that different teas have positive effects on health from 79% (basic grade). The quality >85% (premium grade) is appropriate for mild weight problems. For individuals with severe metabolic problems (pronounced overweight or obesity), we recommend at least a quality >90% (super premium).
How much tea should I drink?
For an adult looking for a palpable and visible effect on his or her metabolism, we recommend the following quantities and preparation: at least 2 or 3 0.3l portions of tea per day. Dosage: 2 teaspoons of tea per portion, except for Gyokuro: 3 teaspoons. Adolescents should halve the portions: 1 teaspoon of tea per portion, except for Gyokuro: 1.5 spoons. Drink 0.3l of water per portion of tea ingested. Caution: increasing these doses does not increase the result and can be bad. It is the regularity that counts.
Caffeine makes you lose weight
Gyokuro and Sencha both contain significant amounts of caffeine. However, this caffeine is much better tolerated by the body than the caffeine found in coffee or other caffeinated industrial beverages. This is because the caffeine in green tea has a chemical bond with L-Theanine. In our opinion, this caffeine has a positive effect on metabolism. Caution: However, it should not be abused during the course of the day. Bancha contains much less caffeine, which is why it is also recommended as an evening drink.
When to drink tea?
It is best to spread consumption over the course of the day. In the morning: one portion of Gyokuro, at lunchtime or in the afternoon: one portion of Sencha and in the evening: one portion of Bancha. Tea should not be drunk with meals – it disturbs the digestion. Avoid drinking tea on an empty stomach. It is, therefore, best to drink Gyokuro and Sencha between meals. Bancha, on the other hand, can be drunk relatively close to the evening meal.
Very important: green tea dehydrates and the last thing you want, in case of a metabolic problem, is to run out of water in the body. For each serving of tea, therefore, you should drink at least the same amount of fresh water, at best within 10 or 20 minutes. If green tea triggers a great thirst, the doses should be lowered and gradually increased.
Lose weight sustainably
The most important condition for successful weight loss by drinking green tea is not to use violence to drink the tea. If you force yourself to drink it or if side effects occur, it is essential to reduce the doses to an acceptable level. Furthermore, as a first step, it may be useful to substitute Sencha with Bancha or Sencha Karigané. These teas are generally much better tolerated. Thereafter, one can start consuming low doses of Sencha and gradually increase to a normal dose. Gyokuro is generally better tolerated but can also be substituted. It is very good to replace it with Bancha and gradually increase it. Under no circumstances should green tea consumption be aggressive – it can even be counterproductive. Green tea is very effective even at low doses, especially when the body indicates that the dosage is excessive. “It doesn’t take much to be happy” is a message to keep in mind, even when it comes to health.
Green tea and medicines
Green tea can have negative interactions with certain medications or treatments. In case of serious illness or health problems, it is imperative to consult your doctor or a specialist to make a thorough diagnosis and discuss the effects of green tea. We also invite you to consult the article The Risks of Green Tea.