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3 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Green Tea When Dieting

Green tea is one of those things that everyone raves about. Pretty much anyone involved in the health and fitness industry agrees that green tea is one of the greatest drinks that you can consume.

So let’s cut to the chase, what is green tea good for? Green tea is good for 3 things:

1. Green Tea helps suppress your hunger

Going on a diet is going to make you hungry. There’s no getting around that, and there’s not much you can do to prevent hunger.

When you lower your calories to levels that your body is not normally accustomed to, then you’re going to start feeling different, and you’re going to start getting hunger pangs. So how do you deal with these hunger pangs? It’s easy, just drink some green tea.

Green tea is amazingly powerful when it comes to its hunger blunting powers. This is mainly due to the caffeine in it. Just give it a try, so the next time you are feeling hungry, grab a cup of green tea.

2. Green tea gives you energy

Another great benefit to green tea is that you get more energy from drinking it. Again this is mainly due to the caffeine in it, but caffeine is a very powerful stimulant.  Just think about all the coffee hounds you know. So the next time you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, try some green tea instead of that bottle of Coke you were going to have instead.

3. Green tea is great to drink before working out

Pre-workout supplements are very popular. But the problem with them is that they all contain the exact same ingredients. They all contain protein and caffeine, and sometimes other vitamins and ingredients such as creatine. But the great thing about green tea is that it contains zero calories and practically all the benefits of a pre workout drink. You get all the benefits of caffeine without the calories, plus you’ll save some money on pre workout supplements.

My recommendation is to drink 2 cups of green tea 30-60 minutes before working out. Try not to drink it right before working out; otherwise you might be interrupting your workout sessions with unplanned bathroom breaks.

What are you waiting for? Drink up.

Seriously, why are you still reading? Green tea is in my opinion, the best drink that you can consume while on a diet. While it won’t grant you the ability to shoot fire from your fingertips, it is great for blunting hunger and increasing energy.

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Keith Lai is the author of the fitness blog at FitMole. Getting the body of your dreams is no easy task and that's where Keith comes in. Keith provides unbiased info on weight loss, celebrity workouts, and tips to get in the best shape of your life. Read more about Keith here - http://www.fitmole.org/.

9 Comments

  1. roxy patt

    August 15, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I am a coffee drinker also. But I don’t drink more than one coffee per day. And for the moments when I feel really sleepy and without energy I turn to green tea. And it works very well, i can assure you. It is also a great drink for loosing weight. Just be sure you drink it daily and give it time to work on your organism.

  2. Theresa Torres

    July 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Hi! I’m a coffee drinker and I’ve come across several articles like this promoting the benefits of drinking green tea and got interested. I would like to try it.

    Good thing Green Tea Drinker mentioned some side effects so that I’ll know what to expect. I can work around them if they occur.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. boobie

    July 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

    this post should be named “3 Reasons You Should Be taking caffeine When Dieting”

  4. ubermasterman

    July 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    dandelion tea is much bettererr ! try it!

    • fitmole

      July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Hmm… never tried dandelion tea. Sounds interesting. I’ll have to try it out.

  5. Green Tea Drinker

    July 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The advice to grab some green tea when you’re hungry is not very good. I know from experience (I drink between 4-6 cups a day) that green tea can cause severe nausea on an empty stomach, and even vomiting. So it may suppress your hunger, but it may also make you sick.

    • fitmole

      July 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      I personally drink green tea and don’t experience any of the aforementioned effects you mentioned. You probably just react to green tea differently than other people, just like some people get sleepy or bloated when they eat certain types of food.

      • Green Tea Drinker

        July 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        I don’t think so. After this happened to me I spent some time on google and realized that it is a pretty common issue due to the tannins in the tea. I also spoke with another friend who was experiencing the same effects when drinking green tea first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. She thought she was just sick, and I told her to make sure she ate before having the tea!

        So for people new to green tea it may be a horrible idea as it may turn them off immediately. But that’s just my two cents.

  6. As a holistic doctor, I recommend green tea (or extracts)in conjunction with other TH2 (T-Helper Cell 2)promoting substances when the TH-1 system is dominant. With all the autoimmune diseases that are now epidemic in America, identifying TH dominance is critical to treating the immune weakness. Thanks for sharing!

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