There is a thousand years worth of empirical data and at least a decade's worth of scientific research that fully supports a wide range of health claims regarding the benefits of drinking green tea. Green tea is very similar to black and white teas. The main difference, however, is in how each kind of tea is processed. Unlike other teas that lose a lot of their health benefits through a fermentation processing method, these tea leaves are steamed and withered, allowing them to retain a greater concentration of antioxidants called catechins. It is these catechins that set this tea apart from all others and makes it a superior health (and weight loss) product.
Thousands of years of historical observation and recent scientific studies appear to show strong evidence that drinking this type of tea lowers cholesterol and prevents (or at least deters) some forms of cancer. This evidence has shown that it helps reduce blood clots; helps prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries); helps to prevent heart disease and; helps to prevent diabetes.
It is the weight loss benefits of the tea, however, that is the subject of this article. Although people have been drinking this form of tea for more than a thousand years, it is only recently that a connection has been made between its consumption and losing weight. If you have any doubt that the connection has now been firmly made, just do an internet search and look at all the products containing green tea extracts that are now on the market. Not only that but there are thousands of web pages touting people's personal weight loss success using the tea.
There have been studies done in Europe and in the Orient that have shown clear evidence that drinking the tea or taking a supplement containing a concentrated form of the extract from the tea causes weight loss. The European study showed that those who drank the tea lost more than those who dieted without the tea and they came to the conclusion that the antioxidants in the tea caused an increase in fat oxidation (it increased the burning off of fat cells). The Japanese study also showed that the extracts from the tea were directly related to fat loss as, in that study, those who took the highest amount of the extract lost the most weight, had the greatest improvement in their cholesterol levels and saw their blood pressure reduced.
Empirical data (stories told by people like you and me) show that drinking this form of tea (or taking a supplement containing an extract from the tea) is almost a miracle drug as far as losing weight is concerned. Of course any time you rely on what someone else tells you a healthy dose of cynicism is needed but there are just far too many people claiming great diet benefits for them all to be bogus. Again, do a web search or visit some diet related forums and decide for yourself.
If you are looking to lose weight or you are already on a weight loss program but you want to boost that plan, try adding a couple of cups of the tea a day and see what happens. At the very least, scientific data says that you will be healthier for it. Best the At, you will become Reviews another proponent of drinking by green tea for weight loss .