Q. Can green tea really help people lose weight?
A. Some studies suggest that two to four cups of green tea daily could provide some extra help when you cut calorie consumption and boost your activity to lose weight, but don't expect it to produce a major loss.
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Natural compounds in green tea, especially a polyphenol known as EGCG, may support weight loss. Studies that do show an effect of green tea or isolated EGCG show an average of about an extra one to three pounds of weight loss over several months, especially among those who are moderately obese.
Some vitamin supplements or products that claim to promote weight loss list EGCG or green tea extract content but may contain an amount well below levels linked with weight loss in controlled studies.
If you enjoy green tea, drinking two or three eight-ounce mugs or three to four six-ounce cups freshly brewed (not bottled) each day provides levels of EGCG associated with these modest improvements in weight loss.
Extracts or isolated EGCG in appropriate amounts may help, too, but when you get these compounds from drinking tea you may end up with additional help toward your weight loss goal. You'll also reduce your total calorie consumption if you drink green tea plain (or with just a teaspoon of sugar or honey) instead of a sweetened beverage or cappuccino, instead of mindlessly munching through snacks when you aren't even hungry, or instead of finishing off a meal with dessert. These changes can add up to important drops in calorie consumption for significant weight loss.
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