What I discovered today could change everything. It doesn't require extra time in the gym. In fact, adding one simple beverage to your daily routine could help you lose more weight than working out alone.
Here's the deal. You may have heard that drinking green tea has a slew of benefits. But did you know that it's scientifically proven to help you lose more weight when paired with a workout plan?
Here's what happened.
They enlisted women to partake in the study who were broken up into four subgroups:
GROUP 1/ Drank a powdered green tea drink 2X a day.
GROUP 2// Given a placebo to drink 2X a day (not green tea).
GROUP 3// Drank powdered green tea 2X a day & weight trained at the gym.
GROUP 4// Weight trained at the gym and drank placebo (not green tea).
The researchers wanted to see if combining green tea with a workout regimen made a difference and.....it did!
The ladies who strength trained and enjoyed green tea during the day were rewarded with a higher resting metabolic rate (RMR) than their counterparts who performed the exact same workout routine. I don't know if you're aware but your resting metabolic rate holds the key to life! Ok, maybe I'm being a bit over dramatic.....but I'm not.
You know how some people are able to eat burgers and down milkshakes and without gaining a pound. Those lucky individuals enjoy what we refer to as a "super high metabolism." All that means is that their bodies naturally burn up a lot of calories even when they're at rest (resting metabolic rate). Someone with a high RMR can spend a day lounging around and still burn a bunch of calories doing so.
I was researching how to raise my resting metabolism and this study came up. Obviously, our resting metabolic rate will rise whenever we incorporate a workout routine, but adding green tea will give you a slight edge. In fact, the "green tea" group burned an average of an extra 60 calories a day more than their placebo counterparts. This may not sound like much but, every calorie counts and it all adds up. Burning an extra 1800 calories a month without put in the extra effort sounds like the ultimate hack. Another thing we should note is that the green tea workout group experienced an increase in strength which helped them to lift more, which leads to even more calories burned while resting.
I've already talked about how green tea helps suppress appetite. Add this to the list of reasons why green tea is so beneficial to your health/fitness journey.
If you want to give this a try, I recommend that you drink the green on an empty stomach. That's because of another study which discovered that the active compound in green tea (EGCG) is better absorbed when taken without food. Those who consumed green tea on an empty stomach experienced much greater levels of EGCG (3x or 4x higher) in the bloodstream hours after the tea was consumed. Maybe this might convince you to swap out coffee for green tea, even if just for a few days a week.
Y'all need to jump on this green tea wagon. If green tea good enough for Meagan Good, it's good enough for us.