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Why Losing Weight With Matcha Tea is better than with Green Tea

by Suranjana Banerjee January 05, 2016

Why Losing Weight With Matcha Tea is better than with Green Tea

If you are struggling to keep your weight in check, or are ready to take your weight loss regime to the next level, there’s nothing like matcha. It’s actually the best thing that could happen to you in your journey towards a slimmer you. Matcha is better than any other health drink out there, whether natural or synthetic. It is the most antioxidant-rich food in the world, a superfood that’s been consumed by the Japanese for over 800 years. Replace your supplements with matcha tea and not only will it aid in your weight loss, it’ll also make you healthier.

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Here’s How Matcha Works:

Matcha is rich in Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been found in some lab studies to boost the body’s metabolism and according to a research, also inhibits the growth of new fat cells in the body. Though more studies are needed to confirm matcha green tea weight loss results in the human body, this is a proven fact that drinking matcha tea instead of regular tea (including green tea) or other health drinks can cut your sugar intake majorly and help you lose weight.

Matcha actually allows an exponential increase in the health benefits yielded by all your diet and exercises put together.

Matcha Does A Lot More, Such As:

  • Preventing your body from storing excess fat
  • Reducing bad cholesterol in your body and thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease
  • Suppressing your appetite in a natural way by controlling the insulin levels in your body, making you feel less hungry
  • Boosting your body’s fat oxidation process, which helps your body use fat instead of protein as an energy source
  • According to a study conducted in 2005 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the catechins in matcha are associated with reduced BMI and waist circumference
  • You must have heard of how red wine can help with weight loss by boosting the heart health. Matcha tea has twice the amount of resveratrol as red wine, which means that it’s a very powerful cholesterol combatant. It prevents blood clots and negates the harmful effect of fattening foods on the body

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 It Keeps Your Cravings In Check:

Also read: Is Matcha Tea Healthier Than Green Tea? – Teaologists Answer

Matcha takes time to release energy into your bloodstream. The slow-release of energy keeps the blood sugar levels well-balanced. This makes you feel full and as a result, you tend to eat less. You basically eat fewer times in a day when you drink matcha on a regular basis. And if you replace your other health drinks with matcha, you might lose weight faster than you thought, without any side effects.

Even if you have just begun to exercise on a daily basis and maintain a healthy diet, just 2-3 bowls of matcha a day can go a long way in helping you achieve that beautiful body you always dreamed of in a shorter span of time compared to what only diet and exercise can.

Glucose makes you feel hungry. The EGCG in matcha controls the insulin level in your bloodstream, which controls your appetite. And since matcha keeps the insulin level in check, it’s good for diabetics as well. Drink a cup of matcha tea when you feel your first hunger pang, and your appetite will be managed without causing any harm to your body.

Why Matcha Is Better Than Green Tea When It Comes To Weight Loss

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  • Matcha tea is a grassier, greener version of regular green tea. It binds with fat cells and prevents them from entering the body. So when you eat something fattening, the fat just runs through your intestinal tract.
  • It surpasses regular green tea in terms of antioxidant content and density of nutrients. A research conducted in the University of Colorado has found that matcha has 137 times antioxidants (EGCG) than regular green tea, which means 1 bowl of matcha has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 full cups of regular green tea. Not only that, matcha has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 1384 which is the highest recorded in the world. All other antioxidant-rich foods, even superfoods such as goji berries, are less in ORAC value than matcha tea.
  • Regular green tea contains antioxidants as well, but since the leaves are discarded after steeping, water can only absorb so much of the goodness of those antioxidants. With matcha, the entire leaves are crushed to make a powder and since you whisk the powder with water, you ingest the goodness of the entire leaves.

The aforementioned 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who drank matcha daily lost almost twice as much weight in just 12 weeks as another set of participants who didn’t drink it.

Whilst researches have mixed conclusions about the exact amount of matcha one needs to consume in order to lose weight, most of them agree on 2-3 cups a day for it to work its magic. However, if you are caffeine-sensitive, do not drink matcha after 2 P.M as it can disturb your sleep cycle. It’s a smart choice to replace your morning coffee and midday snack with matcha as it satiates your appetite without causing you to gain weight.

Also read: Green Tea vs. Matcha Tea – The Differences Explained (In Pictures)

Celebrities and Matcha Tea

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Celebrity health enthusiasts have caught up to the immense matcha green tea benefits and are incorporating matcha into their daily regimen. From Gwyneth Paltrow to Ashley Olson to “Divergent” star Ansel Elgort, celebrities are hooked on to matcha like crazy. Matcha is making such waves in the Tinseltown that The New York Post has already called it “the new Scientology.”

Los Angeles-based nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella says that matcha has benefited quite a few of her clients, thanks to its metabolism-boosting properties and its ability to stop the growth of fat cells. Her clientele includes the likes of Sandra Bullock and Charlize Theron.

With matcha, losing weight could be just a bowl away. But there’s one thing you have to remember. Matcha is just a part of a weight loss regimen. If you incorporate matcha tea into your regimen and simultaneously monitor what you eat, and how much you eat, your weight loss efforts can be really successful and within the desired time frame. You can’t continue to have fattening foods along with your matcha and think that matcha will help you lose weight. You have to work towards a weight loss goal and only then can you maximise matcha tea’s weight loss benefits.  

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