Green Tea Extract For Weight Loss – What Clinical Trials are Saying

Recent research has committed a great deal of effort to the goal of providing a natural and effective weight loss solution, that can actually work and result in rapid weight loss among users.  However, only in a handful of instances have they found anything that truly offered progress.  A recent study examining one of the more popular methods, green tea, actually showed that the making of an extract from this resulted in significant weight loss, even without exercise, among mice.  According to Penn State researchers, sharp reductions in body fat as well as overall improvements of health were seen in mice, which they forsee as likely in human patients as well.

After 16 weeks of regular administration of green tea extracts to mice, a high-fat group which exercised regularly showed a huge body mass reduction, around 27 %, with abdominal fat reduced by 37 %.  This is a tremendous result, and has never been seen in any other lab trials, except for the HCG diet.  Without the exercise regimen, mice lost on average 17 % of their abdominal fat, with a high fat diet.  Clearly something is going on with green tea extract that researchers did not initially expect to occur.

What was the most significant in this study is that if a person wishes to lose weight, a conjunction therapy of green tea extracts along with moderate exercise results in far superior weight loss than traditional diets or exercise.  The reasons for this appear to be related to the rate in which fat is metabolized with green tea ingestion.  This means that people can really take control of their weight loss, and dictate their progress.  This is a very unique aspect of this diet, one that goes far beyond what most diets offer.  Like the HCG diet, using green tea appears to be a conjunctive therapy for obesity, that causes massive weight loss far beyond traditional methods when used along with a proper diet or exercise program.

It should be noted this study tested decaffeinated green tea, which is important as most people would likely attribute the weight loss and metabolism boost to caffeine (though that would be a far lower level).

What Actually Causes this Weight Loss To Occur?

Spoon of Green Tea Extract
Spoon of Green Tea Extract

There are a group of risk factors known as “metabolic syndrome” which calculates associated risks related to waist size, triglycerides, HDL-cholesterol levels, blood pressure, etc.  These increase your risk of heart disease along with many other major health problems, including diabetes.  Additional research examined the use of green tea to help people realize large benefits in these areas, with promising results as well.  The extract in this study, is far too much for a normal person to take via liquid green tea.  It’s equivalent to around 6 to 10 cups per day.  This is a lot, and not really possible for most people to do solo.  However, extracts were found to result in the exact same outcome, which is a unique consequence and a much simpler method for patients to use.

Tea is naturally rich in a compound called catechins, which are a type of polyphenols (natural antioxidants).  There’s been many studies on humans and other mammals which show the huge impact that polyphenols and catechins can have on weight loss and obesity control.  A recent meta analysis study looked at many different trials using green tea and found on average people lost 1.31 kg per month without any change in diet or exercise.  That’s a surprising result, for just a simple addition to our daily routine.

The most effective way to deal with obesity may be a lifestyle change, but these are incredibly hard to commit to over a long period, as Lambert notes (a noted researcher at the Obesity Center in Montreal).  Exercise and green tea had much greater impact than doing either alone, indicating better outcomes, lower blood glucose levels, and better insulin control.  There’s a combination effect occurring in these studies suggesting that green tea actually improves the body’s ability to use stored energy from fat.

For the average “joe” green-tea drinking or through an extract can have a profound effect on weight loss, and obesity control in humans.  There’s volumes of researcher so far indicating as much.  The question remains if we’re all willing to commit to it, along with moderate exercise, to see these great results.