Lose some weight thanks to green tea!
Obesity is the great problem of many people nowadays. However, we seem to start to understand that extra weight can cause many health problems, and so we try to find ways to lose those extra pounds. The beverage that may help us succeed is green tea lemonade, which is not only tasty, but also we won’t have problems with preparing it and all the ingredients are already in our kitchen.
And how does it help us to lose weight? Thanks to the power hidden in its ingredients.
1. Green Tea
A very important substance that is a part of green tea is the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). As it was proven by different studies, it can help our body to burn fat, as it increases fat oxidation, and keeps our metabolism rate high. While ingesting the green tea extract during exercising, fat oxidation is greater, and insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance are improved.
Lemon is known as one of the best sources of vitamin C, which makes our body burn up to 30% more fat while exercising. What is more, studies show that polyphenols in that fruit also stimulate our liver, and as a result we burn even more fat. On the other hand, pectin fiber reduces hunger cravings and makes us feel full for a longer periods of time.
Slow effect of honey on blood sugar make it possible to control appetite better and maintain our weight. What’s more, according to some studies, honey may have so called obesity protective effect, but it can also reduce weight gain and adiposity.
Following the results of the study published in 2006, extract of cinnamon can help our body to improve its composition, as it increases lean mass and decreases body fat. But to obtain such effects we also need to eat less and exercise.
To make green tea lemonade you’ll need:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 bag of green tea
- 2 or 3 spoons of honey
- lemon zest and juice from 1 lemon
- half inch cinnamon stick
How to make green tea lemonade?
Boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Then add the scraped zest of 1 previously washed lemon, and a piece of cinnamon. Cover the pot and boil the mixture. Next, turn off the heat and put the bag of green tea in it for 3 to 5 minutes. After it cools down, strain the mixture and add the juice from the lemon and 2 teaspoons of honey to it. Stir gently your green tea lemonade and keep it in the fridge to cool down.
Some more tips:
- you can also add a little bit of cayenne pepper to your lemonade if you like
- you should drink 1 or 2 glasses of green tea lemonade every day
- instead of cinnamon stick, you may use some cinnamon powder