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    • Green Tea Burns Fat And Grows Muscle


      From Charles Poluquin

      Green tea is a wonder nutrient that has been found to stimulate the development of muscle and burning of fat. Drinking it regularly can help you get lean and improve your health. In addition to aiding body composition, research shows green tea improves your immune system, regulates blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity, and will even prevent the painful effects of alcohol.

      Based off of previous evidence showing that athletes benefit from daily green tea supplementation because it decreases inflammation after a hard workout, researchers from Brazil tested how green tea can aid body composition goals in overweight women. The study had all the women go on a calorie-restricted diet for 4 weeks to jump start weight loss. Then for 8 weeks they were divided into four groups: a placebo group, a group that drank 10 grams of green tea powder twice a day, a placebo group that weight trained, and a green tea group that weight trained.

      Results showed the following results at the end of the study:

      Green tea alone/no training: -4 kg of body fat, +1.1 kg lean mass, -4.7 percent body fat, about -13 percent in resting metabolic rate

      Placebo: + about 3 kg body fat, -2.3 kg lean mass, +2.1 percent body fat, about -20 percent in resting metabolic rate

      Green tea/Training: -9.7 kg body fat, +6.6 kg lean mass, -10.3 percent body fat, about +40 percent in resting metabolic rate (561 calories a day)

      Placebo/Training: -3.2 kg body fat, +3.5 kg lean mass, -4.4 percent body fat, about +36 percent in resting metabolic rate (503 calories a day)

      In addition, the green tea/training group boosted their average strength by a much greater amount than the placebo/training group. The placebo/training group increased 1RM in the leg press by 60 kg, bench press by 4.8 kg, and 9 kg in the lat pull-down compared to the green tea-training group that gained 83.3 kg in the leg press, 5.5 kg in the bench press, and 12.6 kg in the lat pull-down.

      Researchers are not entirely sure why green tea is such an amazing performance enhancer aside from how it eliminates oxidative stress and helps to get rid of waste products in the body. One thought is that it can enhance testosterone in the blood since the phenols (antioxidants) in green tea inhibit the enzymes that remove testosterone from the blood. Green tea may also improve the concentration of adrenaline in the blood, allowing for more intense training.

      Other benefits of green tea for body composition are that it can improve blood sugar health and elevate metabolism, while decreasing hunger levels. For best results with green tea, researchers suggest it needs to be taken regularly, which you can do with a supplement or by brewing a high-quality tea.

      Reference
      Cardoso, G., et al. The Effects of Green Tea Consumption and Resistance Training on Body Composition and Resting Metabolic Rate in Overweight and Obese Women. 2013. 16(2), 120-127.

      Source: http://www.charlespoliquin.com/Blog/...t-Results.aspx
      Comments 5 Comments
      1. mcc23's Avatar
        mcc23 -
        I'd rather see how much effect it had on a regular back squat, as opposed to the leg press.
      1. Taz105's Avatar
        Taz105 -
        Deleted...double post.
      1. Taz105's Avatar
        Taz105 -
        10 grams, twice a day?!! Most green tea capsules are in the 500 milligram range. That would be 40 pills a day!! 100 capsule bottle would last 2 1/2 days! How much green tea would you have to drink to be the equivalent?!!
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Originally Posted by Taz105 View Post
        10 grams, twice a day?!! Most green tea capsules are in the 500 milligram range. That would be 40 pills a day!! 100 capsule bottle would last 2 1/2 days! How much green tea would you have to drink to be the equivalent?!!
        Read the article again. It's 10 grams of green tea powder, ie green tea, not 10 grams of green tea extract!
      1. mrmello's Avatar
        mrmello -
        This article has " resurfaced" on am. It was first published a few months ago. And because im Brazilian I took a particular interest on this research. They drank a green tea powdered drink, containing 189mg polyphenols and apprix 27 g of caffeine. The capsule extracts are usually 500mg indeed but its standard around 80_90% polyphenols and 50% egcg so caps are much stronger. Also good to mention, taking from other researchers green tea is most effective when taken with caffeine

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