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Want to Give Your Weight Loss Plan a Boost? Have a Cup of Tea

A study to be published in the February 2009 issue of The Journal of Nutrition indicates that drinking green tea may help boost exercise based weight loss.

Researchers from the American Society of Nutrition recruited 132 overweight and obese participants to study the effect of green tea catechins on exercise induced weight loss.

The participants were between the ages of 21 and 65. All were considered healthy (aside from being overweight) and generally inactive with a mean body mass index of 32 kg/m².

To analyze the relationship between catechins and weight loss, researchers split the study participants into two groups. The first was instructed to drink a beverage containing 625 mg of catechins and the second received a control beverage with no catechins.

Catechins are a type of flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants found naturally in plants. They are abundant in green tea and have been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, certain cancers and heart disease. Several studies indicate that they may help promote weight loss as well.

Participants consumed one serving (about 17 ounces) of their respective beverages each day for 12 weeks.

All of the participants committed to 3 hours of moderate intensity exercise per week for the duration of the study and to attend at least three supervised exercise session each week.

Researchers measured body composition and abdominal fat before, and at the conclusion of the study.

They found that while both groups managed to lose weight, the participants who drank the catechin beverage lost an average of 8% more when compared to the control group.

This study seems to support a growing body of evidence that shows tea catechins may help boost weight loss, especially when coupled with exercise.

In addition to drinking green tea there are several other steps you can take to lose weight and keep the pounds off.

Cutting back on sodas and sugary juices, eating a high protein breakfast and maintaining a food diary can all help. Studies have also shown that increasing your calcium and omega-3 consumption may also aid in weight loss.
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