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Green Tea Diet Secrets to Weight Loss
By now almost everyone has heard about those green tea diets. If you want to drop a few pounds, adding delicious green tea to your diet can really help give you a real boost. Numerous studies have shown that green tea is an effective measure towards weight loss. It speeds up your metabolism as well as improving energy levels. Also, green tea can actually increase your glucose tolerance, improve insulin sensitivity, as well as an increase fat oxidation during exercise; all this according to a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
However, as life so brutally teaches us, there is no magic pill when it comes to our health and our bodies. Green tea will really help give you a boost towards your weight loss efforts but you can’t think that using green tea alone will cause the weight to just melt off. In order to become the healthiest you possible, it’s vital that you incorporate other diet and lifestyle changes into your daily routine.
Take a look at the top 5 ways you can lose weight quicker when you are on a green tea diet.
1. Drink, drink, and then drink some more
Let’s start with one of the most obvious. Besides chugging down that green tea, you need to drink more water. Every single process in your body depends on water. Although many people know that they must drink sufficient water in order to not become dehydrated, but did you know that drinking more water can help you lose weight? Drinking just two, 8 ounce glasses of water 30 minutes before each meal will decrease the number of calories you will consume during the day, according to studies published in Obesity.
2. Avoid processed foods
Almost all processed foods are loaded with sugar, salt, saturated fat, preservatives and GMO products, artificial colors, flavors, and all types of chemicals. You want to eat real food, not chemicals and excess salts, sugars, and fats your body does not need. Eating processed foods has a hugely negative effect on your body as well as your attempts to lose weight, not to mention your overall health. Saturated fats are one of the main contributors to high blood pressure and heart disease, and white flour, along with sugar, causes spikes in your blood sugar levels which only lead to weight gain. Eat as many real, whole, organic foods as possible. Read also about steps to cut out processed food and start eating real food.
Although you might be shaking your head right now saying “Duh!” you would be amazed at the number of people who think that if they can do the right “diet” they will lose weight.
There is no part of your life that cannot be improved by regular exercise. It can reduce your risk of cancer, keep your brain sharp and your memory in good shape as your grow older, even alleviate depression. Exercise, when combined with green tea, is probably the best and fastest way to lose weight. Exercise will help you burn calories while improving muscle mass. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat so you create a self-perpetuating cycle, making weight loss easier as you become more fit and gain more muscle.
4. Crash early
Not your car, crash into bed! Getting your Z’s is vital to good health, as well as your weight loss efforts. Sleep supports your immune system, keeps you thinking clearly, and causes your body to make the proper amount of hormones. Getting sufficient sleep allows your body to regain the energy you will need to get through your busy day, hit the gym, and burn those extra calories.
In fact, a lack of sleep can actually cause you to gain weight. One study published in U.S. News and World Report discovered that subjects who were sleep deprived at more carbs and fats and they rapidly (in just days) gained weight. When the study ended subjects returned to their normal sleeping hours and lost the weight they had previously gained.
So turn off those screens early, don’t take your phone to bed, and crash. You’ll feel better and lose weight while you are at it.
Yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques are also an important part of your overall weight loss routine. Numerous research studies show that high levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, lead to that scale inching up. Worse still, fat stored by the body due to stress is usually stored in the body as deep, abdominal (visceral) fat, the most dangerous kind.
Almost any kind of program that helps you relax will be helpful in reducing the effects of stress in your daily life. Think about trying things like guided visualization, yoga, meditation, and conscious breathing. Whatever technique works well for you is the one you should do, not whatever is the most “cool” trend. If you can, make a regular time and place to practice whatever technique it is you have chosen. Making it regular means chances are much better you will make it a habit, and learning to relax and reduce stress is a habit everyone should get into.