Drink green tea to stay fit
Drinking green tea works wonders when it comes to staying fit. It may help you stop gaining weight by limiting fat absorption in the body, a new study has found.health and fitness Updated: Oct 10, 2011 13:40 IST
Drinking green tea works wonders when it comes to staying fit. It may help you stop gaining weight by limiting fat absorption in the body, a new study has found. Researchers at the Penn State University in the US found that Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in most green teas, helped slow down weight gain in a research done on obese mice. “Our results suggest that if you supplement with EGCG or green tea you gain weight more slowly,” study author Joshua Lambert was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
For their study, the researchers fed two groups of mice a high-fat diet. One group, which was also given EGCG, gained weight 45 per cent more slowly than the other group. In addition to lower weight gain, the mice fed the green tea supplement showed a nearly 30 per cent increase in fecal lipids, suggesting that the EGCG was limiting fat absorption.
“There seems to be two prongs to this,” said Lambert. “First, EGCG reduces the ability to absorb fat and, second, it enhances the ability to use fat.” The green tea did not appear to suppress appetite. Both groups of mice were fed the same amount of high-fat food and could eat at any time, the researchers reported in the journal Obesity. “There’s no difference in the amount of food the mice are eating,” said Lambert.
A person would need to drink ten cups of green tea each day to match the amount of EGCG used in the study, he said.
According to Lambert, other experiments have shown that lean mice didn’t gain as much weight when green tea is added to a high fat diet. He also said studying overweight mice is more relevant to humans because people often consider dietary changes only when they notice problems associated with obesity.