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barbrar2007

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Posted: 18 Jul 2009, 22:12
Is anyone drinking green tea to lose weight?
I remember people on an exercise website saying how good it was for losing weight.
wintersmith

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Posted: 19 Jul 2009, 02:41
Unsweetened green and oolong tea is a good choice. A little caffeine but zero calories. I've read a pretty thorough debunking of their weight loss properties but I do recommend it if you need a stimulant.
katana_x

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Posted: 19 Jul 2009, 03:59
Teas (including green teas) are primarily effective for weight loss as a replacement for high-calorie beverages. If you're drinking unsweetened tea instead of soda, then you've cut out a lot of empty calories right there.

Like wintersmith said, though, the metabolic benefits have been shown in studies to be either nonexistent or very small, even when large amounts of tea are being consumed. That doesn't make green tea a poor choice for a diet...but it also doesn't mean that drinking it will somehow magically make you shed pounds.
AlgaeGirl

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Posted: 20 Jul 2009, 17:53
I've been drinking green tea for years and I don't think it's a huge factor in weight loss.

I don't really do coffee anymore. (The free coffee at work tastes like it was brewed with swamp water through a dirty paper towel.) And I need something to get me going and perky. So I've been drinking either Starbucks Green Ginger Tea or Lipton Honey Lemon Gingseng Green Tea. Both have zero calories but taste *way* better than swamp water.

So I have to agree with wintersmith and katana_x. Green tea might not burn off those pounds for you, but at zero calories and a bit of caffeine, it's better than pop or juice filled with high-fructose corn syrup!
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