Does green tea reduce belly fat? A nutritionist weigh in

green tea preparation

Does green tea reduce belly fat?

Yes!

Not only will it protect you from certain types of cancers, but green tea can also make you lose fat. 

Amazing right? I don’t know about you, but I am in awe with this superfood.

When green tea is hard to swallow

I didn’t always drink green tea. I hated the taste.

Then I started hanging around Koreans. 

Now, I drink a ton a day.

How I got into drinking tea wasn’t precisely green tea, but rather it was another type of tea, roasted barley. 

Roasted barley tastes excellent that you’d never know you’re drinking tea.

Yes, it was that delicious. I thought every tea was bitter and not pleasant.

Roasted barley hits you in the right spot, especially when the tea has been chilled in the fridge. 

The taste of barley tea is not bitter at all. It has this certain nuttiness to it but tends to be more on the sweet side. 

Roasted barley’s subtle sweetness and distinct taste make it a great alternative to the bitter aftertaste of black and green tea.

Barley tea can help you incorporate tea into your diet slowly.

Hang on. Barley tea is not “tea.”

barley tea

You are correct. Barley tea is not from the plant Camellia Sinensis which leaves are curated and prepared to make tea. 

[source: Camellia sinensis]

So why is it called “barley tea” then? 

You got me. 

It’s just called “barley tea.”

As to why? I have no idea. Even Wiki doesn’t have an answer.

“In China, barley tea is called dàmài-chá (大麦茶; 大麥茶) or mài-chá (麦茶; 麥茶), in which dàmài (大麦; 大麥) or mài (麦; 麥) means “barley” and chá (茶) means “tea”.

In Japan, barley tea is called mugi-cha (麦茶; むぎちゃ), which shares the same Chinese characters as Chinese mài-chá (麦茶; 麥茶), or mugi-yu (麦湯; むぎゆ), in which yu (湯; ゆ) also means “hot water”.

In the Koreas, barley tea is called bori-cha (보리차), in which the native Korean bori (보리) means “barley” and Sino-Korean cha (차; 茶) shares the same Chinese character meaning “tea”.

In Taiwan, barley tea is called be̍h-á-tê (麥仔茶), in which be̍h-á (麥仔) means “barley” and tê (茶) means “tea”.

[source: Barley tea, Wikipedia]

What does barley tea have to do with green tea and losing weight?

girl drinking tea while walking

I went on a bit of a tangent, but I want to iterate this point.

I know that most people do not enjoy the taste of green tea. So, I would like to introduce barley tea to you as an alternative to the traditional “green tea.”

Plus, barley has excellent benefits similar to green tea. The following are just some of them:

  • Weight loss
  • Gut cleanse
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Prevent constipation
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention

Okay, now that you know barley tea is a great drink to include in your diet, let’s look at green tea.

So, how does green tea reduce belly fat?

Green tea contains 2 substances that can make you shed weight. Those compounds are caffeine and catechin.

A 12 weeks study of the efficacy of green tea against obesity was done by the Canadian Pharmacist Journal. CPJ found that those in the green tea group lost an average of 0.2 to 3.5 kg more than those in the control group over 12 weeks.

[source: Can green tea preparations help with weight loss?]

Although barley tea doesn’t contain caffeine or catechin, it can help you lose weight by promoting a healthy and yummy drink alternative that provides minimal calories.

Both green tea and barley tea can help you lose weight. It’s not only its properties that burn fat, but additionally, it can reduce your daily calories when you substitute your soda drinks with tea.

When is the best time to drink green tea for weight loss?

hourglass with a sunset background

You can drink tea anytime. I love to drink tea with my meals. Whether black tea, green tea, or barley tea. You will never go wrong, drinking tea. With the exception of Earl Grey tea, that tea is disgusting.

However, if you want to lose weight, the best time to drink tea is before, during, and after your exercise. 

“Recent data from human studies indicate that the consumption of green tea and green tea extracts may help reduce body weight, mainly body fat, by increasing postprandial thermogenesis and fat oxidation.”

[source: Can green tea preparations help with weight loss?]

Stop buying those sports drinks that are loaded with minerals, sugars, and electrolytes. Look, you’re not exactly competing in a marathon here. Save your money, make tea, put it in your water bottle with ice. Enjoy a refreshing hit of cancer-fighting, gut-cleansing, and gut-busting beverage without breaking the bank.

Conclusion

does green tea reduce belly fat

Does green tea helps reduce belly fat? The simple answer is yes. 

Although green tea contains substances that promote weight loss, the numbers are not of great significance. Rather, replacing your calorie-heavy drinks like sodas with tea will drastically reduce your calories from beverages.

However, that is not the only thing it can do; the health benefits of drinking tea far outweigh its weight loss effects. 

Your goal shouldn’t be primarily to lose weight. Instead, you should aim to be fit and healthy.

A healthy, balanced diet and exercise will help you achieve a faster, stronger, and sexier you.

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Nutritionist

Christian Tanobey

Metabolism of a sloth and a body that’s almost impossible to put on muscles motivated me to study weight loss and nutrition. Sharing what I’ve learned and experienced to help you achieve your ideal body.


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