Green tea is the most popular beverage among fitness enthusiasts and its effects with regards to weight loss and on overall health unanimously hailed by health experts. EGCG is the most abundant and potent catechin in green tea which has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and potential health-promoting effects, including reducing inflammation and protecting against various diseases. There’s no confusion about all the good things green tea can do for you body, but there’s a lot of subtleties about this amazing beverage that one needs to know to get maximum benefit out of it, from the temperature of the water to steep green tea to how many minutes it should be brewed (do not brew it for more than 2 to 3 minutes in hot water) to prevent it from going bitter, and many more. Being a zero-calorie drink, a good source of antioxidants with many health benefits and weight loss boosting properties, including green tea in your everyday routine, particularly when you want to lose weight has become essential. But a lot of people are drinking green tea the wrong way and that’s why they do not see any good results from having it on a regular basis. In this article, we list down 5 Wrong Ways To Drink Green Tea.
1. On Empty Stomach, first thing in the morning:
Do not consume green tea on empty stomach as it can cause acidity by stimulating the release of gastric acid. Some people may experience stomach discomfort or nausea when consuming green tea on an empty stomach, especially if they are prone to acid reflux. If you find that green tea bothers your stomach in the morning, you can try having it with a light breakfast or after eating something. Have a glass of warm water first and then wait for one hour before having any other beverage like green tea.
2. Drinking Too Many Cups:
As green tea contains a considerable amount of caffeine, having it in excessive amounts causes headache, nervousness, sleeplessness, irritability, irregular heartbeat, heartburn, dizziness and confusion. Since green tea can cause dehydration, it’s advisable to restrict intake to just 2 to 3 cups a day. As per Harvard Health Publications, 3 cups is considered a normal amount to get maximum benefit from this drink, and you should stay within the optimal dosage.
3. Making it Like Regular Chai:
While we all know, green tea should be made in hot water, never make it like your regular chai – do not boil green tea leaves in the water while it’s on the flame. Boil water to 80 to 85 degrees, or when the bubbles start forming at the bottom of the vessel. Take it down from the flame and steep the green tea bag at this temperature. If the water is cold, the antioxidants and catechin will not get activated. If the water is too hot, it will reduce antioxidant activity. So, the water in which the green tea should brew should neither be scalding hot nor cold.
4. Adding Sweeteners and Sugar To Green Tea:
To get maximum benefits out of green tea, have it without any sugar or sweeteners. Sugar adds lots of calories to this otherwise zero-calorie drink and artificial sweeteners have been found to disrupt the gut microbiome. Have green tea plain instead.
5. Having it Right Before Bedtime:
Do not consume green tea before going to bed as the caffeine content in it can disturb your sleep pattern and you might find yourself staring at the ceiling for most part of the night.
Summing up, green tea just helps to give the whole weight loss process a slight boost, it’s not a magic bullet to melt away all extra fat. When trying to lose weight, it’s important to be mindful of portion sizes and eat a balanced diet, all by maintaining a calorie deficit. And for your weight loss diet plans, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app where you can lose weight by eating normal everyday food and without food deprivation.