It is so easy to overcomplicate weight loss. We all know the basics, eat healthy and workout. Stay away from refined sugars, bleached products and sitting on your couch for hours at a time. Then we factor in all the magic. The magical pills, weight loss trends, the fixes and all the exciting and "extra" ways to trick us into thinking we will lose weight. I was and am sometimes still a person that falls into this trap. I have a draw in my room of fit teas, weight loss coffees, pills, powders, waist trainers, gels, lotions and so on. If I could return all of it I'd probably have enough to buy my new pair of Christian Louboutin's. Regardless of how educated you are on the topic (or not) we all have a tendency to at least research the newest trend to see if it really works.
I'd often look for products that helped me deal with bloating and any extra belly fat. Detox teas and pills seemed to be my favorite, but I never saw any real difference (shocking). Then I realized something, why would I pay for a detox tea, when green tea is a natural detox....DUH! In my earlier years of educating myself on health and fitness I didn't realize that the answer was practically right in front of me.
Now an avid green tea drinker, my body responds very differently. I will have a cup of green tea with half a lemon every morning when I first wake up, and usually one a couple of hours before bed. The benefits I have seen are less bloating, caffeine boost, and my favorite, designated me time. We often don't realize that we are going nonstop all day and barely give ourselves time to just sit alone and be. My tea time has given me a piece of mind every day. I will drink my tea and write as my morning ritual. Morning writing pages go hand in hand with decompressing and letting go, as I do with my evening tea. (Read more on morning writing pages)
But for real, what are the benefits of green tea? Here you go:
-Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels. This can slow the rise of blood sugar after eating.
-Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
-Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
-Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
Did you know?
Green tea is better to have as your morning caffeine, followed by coffee in the early afternoon. Why you may ask? Coffee while having it black has some great benefits (minus all the sugar and dairy add ons) tricks your body. When having a cup in the morning it is essentially dehydrating you and basically sucking the energy out of you giving you that 3pm sluggish feeling. It tricks you into thinking you are getting an rush of energy but its doing the opposite. That is why its recommended to start off with tea, and then coffee. So for all you coffee lovers out there, don't panic! You can still have your cake and eat it too!