For many, the morning is synonymous with coffee. Just the smell of fresh coffee flowing in the air is a sign that a new day is beginning. But there is another hot drink that you should consider to be part of your wake up routine. In fact, it can help you lose weight! She is the green tea.
“Including a cup of green tea in the morning with your breakfast instead of an empty stomach can help with weight loss,” says Dr. Jennifer Stagg, a naturopathic physician and writer.
A clinical study of more than 100 excess belly fat women who drank green tea for 12 weeks showed significant reductions in waist circumference and BMI without side effects, Stagg reports.
More research needs to be completed in the area, but experts believe green tea has a positive effect on fat metabolism-related hormones, including ghrelin and adiponectin.
Ghrelin is the hormone responsible for increasing appetite. Adiponectin is involved in regulating glucose levels and breaking down fatty acids in the body.
But then, why do you need to have a cup of hot green tea in the morning, preferably until 10am? “It seems that green tea should be consumed during the light phase – the morning – of our 24-hour circadian rhythm because it affects fat metabolism so much,” says Dr. Stagg. It’s definitely worth investing in a cup of green tea tomorrow, isn’t it?