How To Use Green Tea For Weight Loss

Green tea boosts your metabolism to help you lose weight. You won’t get skinny overnight, but you’ll shed a few pounds. Plus, it’s full of life-extending health benefits!

Want to lose weight? Research shows that green tea can help by boosting your metabolism to burn more fat. We’ll show you how you can use green tea for weight loss.

Green tea has been a popular weight loss solution ever since Dr. Nicholas Perricone told viewers of the Oprah Winfrey Show that you could lose 10 pounds in six weeks simply by substituting the coffee you drink with green tea. Is that true?

It’s mostly true. Medical research shows that green tea can actually help you lose weight! It just works a little more slowly than Dr. Perricone suggested.


How Much Weight Can You Really Expect To Lose?

If Dr. Perricone was exaggerating, what’s the real truth about green tea and weight loss?

For starters, green tea has zero calories, which makes it a smart beverage choice. It’s much better than soft drinks or coffee with cream and sugar.

But more importantly, drinking green tea gives your metabolism a boost that causes your body to burn more fat. You can think of it as melting fat and converting it to energy. That’s the real weight loss benefit you get. (Read more about this in the sections below.)

So, how many pounds can you lose by simply drinking green tea for weight loss?

The metabolism boost is only a temporary effect, and it’s not huge. While some studies have shown more dramatic results, a 2010 report by researchers at the University of Connecticut looked at fifteen previous studies and concluded that the average person’s green tea weight loss was about 3 pounds over a 12 week period. Each pound is 3,500 calories, so that’s about 1 pound a month, or a little more than 100 calories per day.

That may not sound like much, but it adds up to about 12 pounds each year. Since the average person gains a few pounds per year after age 20, losing 12 pounds a year is actually pretty great!

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How Much Green Tea Should You Drink?

The amount of beneficial compounds in green tea can vary, depending on the tea. But most studies suggest that drinking 3 -4 cups of green tea per day is the right amount — that’s the typical amount that people drink in Asia.

You shouldn’t go overboard and drink much more than 4 cups per day. Some research has suggested that too much green tea might increase liver toxicity, although a 2009 study by German researchers found no danger to your liver. But until more studies are done, stick to 4 cups a day or less.

Drink 3-4 Cups of Green Tea Each Day

Lose about one pound per month by drinking three to four cups of green tea each day.

You should also note that green tea contains caffeine — about half the amount of black tea and one quarter the amount of coffee.

So if you have trouble sleeping, you should avoid green tea in the afternoon and evening. And note that decaffeinated green tea does not have the same fat burning effects as caffeinated tea. So you need to keep the caffeine!

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How Should You Prepare Your Green Tea?

To maximize the fat burning potential and get the most health benefits out of your green tea, you should brew your tea fresh and steep it for at least 3 -5 minutes.

And don’t add any sugar to your tea! Those empty calories will wipe out any weight loss benefits that you’ll get from your tea.

Note that freshly brewed tea has the most benefits. Decaffeinated tea, instant tea, and ready-to-drink bottled tea drinks have less of the healthy antioxidants (catechins) that help you lose weight. And they are usually loaded with sugar.

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How Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?

So, how does green tea work?

It turns out that green tea contains high levels of naturally occurring compounds called antioxidant polyphenols. Scientists have focused on a particular polyphenol found in green tea: a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG.

The EGCG combined with the caffeine in green tea produces what scientists call diet-induced thermogenesis. This effect boosts your body temperature and your metabolism, forcing your body to work harder and burn calories to cool you down. The green tea ingredients trigger your body to release stored fat into your blood stream where it is converted to energy by your liver and muscles.

Green tea essentially triggers your body to boost your metabolism, melt fat, and burn it. Awesome!

EGCG does much more for you than just burn fat. It will lower your cholesterol, boost your memory, prevent the flu, and much more. Find out more in our article Health Benefits of Green Tea: Facts & Fictions.

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Boost the Fat Burn: Combine Green Tea With Exercise!

It’s important that you don’t view green tea as a magic bullet that will make you skinny overnight. As we said, on its own, green tea will only help you lose about one pound per month. You also need to make sure that you are eating sensibly and exercising regularly.

As a bonus, you’ll get even more fat burning results from green tea when you combine it with regular exercise. Studies have shown that drinking three to four cups of green tea per day will boost your exercise endurance by causing your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates during your workouts.

Burning the carbs stored in your muscles causes the buildup of lactic acid which leads to fatigue and sore muscles. But green tea causes your muscles to burn more fat instead of carbs, which delays your fatigue and increases your endurance. And, of course, you are burning and eliminating more fat with every workout!

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Is Green Tea Better than Black Tea or Coffee?

If you don’t like green tea, can you get the same benefit from other teas or coffee?

Green Tea Helps With Weight Loss

Drinking green tea can help you lose 10 or more pounds each year. That’s much better than gaining a few pounds each year!

Unfortunately, not.

All non-herbal tea comes from the same plant. But unlike oolong or black tea, green tea leaves are not fermented before they are dried. As a result, green tea has much higher concentrations of the catechins that provide weight loss and other benefits. So other teas aren’t nearly as beneficial as green tea.

And coffee also doesn’t work. While some of the fat burning effects are caused by the caffeine in green tea, researchers found that its the combination of the catechins and the caffeine together that cause the weight loss effects. Swiss researchers looking at this issue concluded that “green tea has thermogenic properties… beyond that explained by its caffeine content.” Green tea extracts without caffeine did not work, and neither did caffeine alone.

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Do Green Tea Extract Supplements Work, Too?

If you really don’t like green tea or if you don’t have time to brew it, you can actually get the same weight loss benefits from green tea extract supplements. A 2010 study by Oklahoma State University researchers found that both freshly brewed green tea and extract supplements provided the same body weight and BMI (body mass index) reductions.

However, the researchers also found that some other green tea health benefits came only from the freshly brewed tea and not from the supplements.

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Research Shows That Green Tea Burns Fat

Research studies show that drinking green tea causes your body to burn fat.

Research Studies Show It Really Works

The Chinese have been drinking green tea for thousands of years. In recent years, it’s become popular all around the world and both eastern and western scientists have done a great deal of research on the health benefits of green tea, including numerous studies confirming that green tea really can help you lose weight.

For example, the 2010 Oklahoma State study mentioned above looked at obese test subjects and concluded that drinking four cups of green tea or taking two extract supplements per day for 8 weeks resulted in “significantly decreased body weight and BMI,” averaging about 5.5 pounds per person.

Looking at obese patients trying to lose weight with exercise, researchers in a 2009 Indiana study found that test subjects who took green tea catechins combined with caffeine (about equivalent to 4 cups of green tea per day) lost more weight than those who took only caffeine. And, the green tea subjects had larger reductions in their stomach fat.

In one of the most cited studies, published in a 2005 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Japanese researchers studied 38 healthy men with varying weights and BMI’s, giving half of them regular oolong tea and half of them oolong tea with added green tea catechins. After 12 weeks, all the men experienced some weight loss, but the subjects who got the green tea catechins had about double the weight loss and double the decrease in BMI and waist circumference. The green tea extracts made a big difference.

Finally, researchers working on the previously mentioned 2010 University of Connecticut study looked at fifteen prior studies that included 1,243 test subjects, and they saw “statistically significant reductions” in body weight, BMI, and waist circumference for subjects that either drank green tea or took supplements with the equivalent amount of green tea catechins and caffeine. Those researchers saw a reduction of about one pound per month.

It should be noted that the UConn researchers thought that the weight loss results were not “clinically relevant” when compared to “pharmacologic weight-loss products on the market.” But we disagree.

As we’ve said, you won’t get dramatic results from green tea. But it can be a very helpful part of any weight-loss plan. And considering the many other health benefits of green tea, losing one pound a month seems like a very nice bonus.

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Green Tea Boosts Your Metabolism

Do you drink green tea? Have you used it to lose weight? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Green Tea: Drink Up!

So, add green tea to your daily routine. If weight loss is your primary goal, you can go with green tea extract supplements. But since freshly brewed green tea also provides a long list of additional health benefits, we’d suggest skipping the pills and brewing yours fresh. Switching to zero-calorie green tea from other calorie-rich drinks is a double bonus — you eliminate calories in your diet while boosting your metabolism. And you’ll get all the other green tea health benefits, too!

(To see all the reasons that your should be drinking green tea, read our article Health Benefits of Green Tea: Facts & Fictions.)

Do you enjoy drinking green tea? What’s your favorite brand? Has it helped you lose or maintain your weight? Leave a comment below and let us know…

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Comments Add Your Own Comment

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I just started drinking green tea. I feel so good right after and enjoy the energy it brings. It’s especially wonderful after an early morning yoga!

  2. Shirish says:

    I have recently started using green tea for weight loss. In a month I have lost 2 Kgs and I feel much better and energetic.

  3. Parthiban says:

    Dear Editor,
    Please advise me, I want to reduce my weight by min:20kgs. Age:28, Height :172, Weight:90. Which one is the best brand of green tea in India? How to use green tea: day by day procedure including timing? (exp:BF,Lunch & dinner before and after). How many cups to take per day?

    • Editor says:


      You should drink 3 to 4 cups per day. It’s good to spread it out during the day so that you don’t get too much caffeine all at once. If the caffeine gives you trouble sleeping, then you should avoid green tea in the late afternoon and evening.

      Regarding meals, green tea can interfere with your absorption of iron. So you may want to avoid drinking it with meals. However, you can eliminate iron absorption problem by also eating or drinking something with vitamin C (like lemon or orange).

      Note that drinking green tea will only help you lose about 1 kilo per month. So, if you want to lose 20 kgs, then you will also need to increase your exercise and reduce the calories you eat.

      I don’t know which brands in India are best (I’m in the U.S.), but any quality brand that you enjoy should be fine.

  4. seema says:

    Is tea important for children?

    • Editor says:

      The health benefits of green tea would also benefit children. However, green tea also contains caffeine. While moderate amounts of caffeine are not usually harmful to children, it would be best for children to avoid it. Our advice: green tea is not important for children, and they may be better off avoiding it until they are older.

  5. emily says:

    Thank you for this extremely informative post. I’ve been looking to shed weight for about one week now, but I’m still puzzled about the place to begin. You just helped to set my priorities. Thank you.

    Emily Bandy
    Author of What is kou tea website

  6. priya says:

    I waana become slim fast. How do i do that? …and how long do I have to take green tea? Will I become slim in 1 year?

    • Editor says:

      Your one year goal is a good one. It’s not healthy to lose weight too fast. Green tea will help you lose 1-2 pounds per month. If you want to lose more weight, you will also need to eat better and exercise more.

  7. Roberto V says:

    Hi. I’m a 15 year old guy and I’m 215 lbs….. I just started drinking green tea. How long before I notice changes?

    • Editor says:

      You’ll lose about 1-2 pounds per month. If you really want to lose weight, you will also need to eat well and exercise!

  8. Jenny says:

    I had no idea about green tea and iron let alone green tea and weight loss! Great information here both in the article and comments section. I’ve consumed organic green tea for a few years. It’s one of my favorite teas. Sometimes I brew some hot green tea and cool it down ice cold. Then I use it in my green smoothies :)

  9. Reena says:

    While drinking green tea, can we mix with lemon? Which will give more weight loss: only green tea or green tea + lemon?

    • Editor says:

      You’ll get the same weight loss results with our without lemon. So if you like lemon, it’s great to add it.

      As a bonus, adding lemon will also help eliminate iron absorption problems that can occur if you are drinking green tea with meals. (More info available in our Green Tea Health Benefits article.)

  10. Alice says:

    Is it bad to drink green tea if you have low iron? And how much weight can you lose drink 3 cups a day for a week?

    • Editor says:


      You do need to be careful if you are iron deficient (anemic) because green tea can prevent your body from absorbing iron in the foods you eat. However, you can minimize this problem if drink your green tea with lemon or with some other food or drink high in Vitamin C. You can also avoid the problem if you drink green tea only between meals and not during meals. You can find out a bit more about this in our Green Tea Health Benefits article.

      If you drink about 3-4 cups of green tea per day you will lose about one quarter of a pound each week. If you want to lose a larger amount of weight, you’ll also need to adjust your diet and exercise regularly.

  11. Katrin says:

    I have been following the Atkins diet as prescribed by my M.D. for 5 years. It is a safe, effective diet. I also drink 3-4 Cups of Good Earth green tea lemongrass, along with 6-8 glasses of water each day. It is this eating lifestyle that has led me to lose 106 lbs, get off all cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes medicine and be happy and healthy beginning the first 6 months I was living the Atkins way. I have not gained any of the weight back and have not had to use cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes medicine since. My doctor has had more than 1500 patients in his 25 years of practice who have lost weight, successfully in this manner. So, enjoy your green tea & water, your high good protein, high good fat foods and enjoy life!

    • Editor says:

      Good for you Katrin! Those are very impressive results. Thank you for sharing your success — I’m sure it will help motivate others!

  12. Jane says:

    I am 15 years old and I currently just started taking green tea. My mum brought me twinings pure green tea. Does it have the same effect as the green tea your writing about?

    • Editor says:


      The Twinings tea is a fine choice. It’s a good quality tea, and it will help you.

      Since you are 15, you should also be sure to read this previous reply to Pooja regarding green tea for teenagers.

  13. Khushi says:

    Hello Editor,
    I have two questions regarding green tea. My first question is that, is it okay for teenagers to have 3-4 cups of green tea per day?? How many cups do you recommend that a teenager should have per day?? And my second question is that, my weight is 65kg and I want to get the perfect 45 or 50 kg; so how many cups of green tea should I drink per day if I want to lose weight in about 2-3 months??

    Thank you.

    • Editor says:


      Regarding green tea for teenagers, please see the previous reply to Pooja.

      Regarding your weight loss goal of losing 15 to 20kg in 2-3 months, you will not be able to do that just by drinking green tea. Drinking about 4 cups of green tea each day will help you lose about one half to one kilogram per month. Drinking more green tea will not help you lose weight any faster, and it might be unhealthy.

      To lose more weight, you also need to exercise regularly and improve your diet. A healthy goal is to try to lose one to two kilograms per month. Losing weight any more quickly can be unhealthy.

      Good luck!

  14. lakshmi says:

    Are we able to drink normal tea when we are using green tea?

    • Editor says:

      Yes, you can drink normal tea, too. Just remember that too much tea might upset your stomach. Also, if you are drinking lots of tea you might be bothered by the caffeine. (Although most tea has about one quarter the caffeine of coffee.)

  15. Sasi says:

    What is the quantity of tea for a cup?

    • Editor says:

      Great question Sasi! The size of tea cups vary from country to country. When we say “1 cup” we mean tea brewed from 1 tea bag or about two grams of loose tea leaves. You can find a little more information on tea cup size in our article: Health Benefits of Green Tea: Facts & Fictions

  16. Neelam says:

    I am 30 years old.Can i have breakfast and green tea together or i should have 30 minute before breakfast.

    • Editor says:

      Neelam, you can drink the green tea before or during breakfast — whichever you prefer. The only with problem drinking it during mealtime is that the green tea (and any tea) may prevent your body from absorbing all the iron in your food. But you can eliminate this problem by adding some lemon to you tea or by eating foods with vitamin C, like oranges, kiwi, strawberries, or papaya.

  17. Pooja says:

    I’m 28 yrs old with two children. I have gained a lot and I have stones in my gallbladder. I take thyroid medicine, too. I have started drinking 8 glasses of green tea daily. Is it harmful for my liver and gallstones? Do lemme know proper use of green tea to help reduce my weight.

    Is green tea good for kids, too? For which age group is it suitable?

    • Editor says:

      Pooja, there is conflicting research regarding excessive amounts of green tea and liver damage. Some studies say there could be damage, while others say there is none. We generally recommend drinking 2-4 cups of green tea per day. That’s a safe amount that provides many health benefits. However, since you have several other conditions (including thyroid problems), you should really check with your doctor — he or she has the most knowledge of your full medical condition.

      Regarding kids, the only real concern is caffeine. Green tea has about half the caffeine of black tea and about one quarter the caffeine of coffee. Very young children should avoid caffeine and green tea. Small amounts are OK for older children, but too much caffeine can lead to problems with sleep, concentration, and behavior. You should limit older children to one or two cups of green tea. If you see any negative reactions, cut the green tea.

  18. Karthik says:

    Hello Editor,

    Im from INDIA. And im 25 yrs old and weigh 87 kgs or 191 pounds. My goal is to reduce my weight to 75 kgs or 165 pounds. More over i have a tummy and i want a flat abs.
    I have started exercises from last week. I do cycling for 30-40 mins continuesly everyday in the morning.
    And weight lifting exercise for 30 – 40 mins. And i have started to drink 3 cups green tea every day. Could you please advice how long it would take for me to shed the 35 pounds. ?

    Many Thanks,

    • Editor says:

      Karthik: You are off to a great start. Congratulations for starting such a thorough fitness program! I can’t tell you exactly how long it will take to lose 35 pounds. It depends on the difference between the amount of calories you burn and the amount of calories you eat. Each pound is 3,500 calories. So every time you burn 3,500 more calories than you eat, you will lose one pound. But please realize that it will take some time to lose 35 pounds. With hard work, you can safely lose about 1-3 pounds per week. Loosing weight any more rapidly will be both very difficult and possibly unhealthy.

  19. Sonali Patil says:

    My height is 5ft and weight is 60 kg. So to reduce my weight, I have consulted to dietitian… I m drinking 8 glass of Green tea daily but with tulsi,Pundina,Awala and adrak… I want to ask, will green tea help me reduce my weight? Are there any side-effects of green tea? Also i am eating a healthy diet time to time and doing exercise daily…

    • Editor says:

      Sonali, you did the right thing by consulting a dietitian. The dietitian will be able to give you the best advice for your specific circumstances. Remember that green tea alone will only help you lose a few kg over the course of a year. But with your healthy diet and daily exercise, you will be on track to reduce your wait faster.

  20. nancy john says:

    i am a mother of a three. i drink 1 litre of green tea and 1 litre of tulsi green tea . can u tell me how much will i reduce in a month in kg plz.

    • Editor says:

      Nancy, unfortunately drinking green tea is not a magic formula for weight loss. It can help boost your metabolism, which will help you lose a little weight. But the green tea will only help you lose one or two kilograms over an entire year.

      If you want to lose a lot of weight, you will also need to exercise more and cut down the amount of calories that you eat.

  21. kumar says:

    We should have green tea only with hot water??? Actually I prepare Green Tea with hot water in the morning for entire day. It becomes cool by afternoon. Can i get the same benefits with cool Green tea also???

    • Editor says:

      Great question Kumar. You should get the same benefit whether you drink it hot or cold.

  22. Andrea says:

    I’m a mother of three and I used to weigh 240 about a year ago. Now I weigh 140 and all I drink is about 5 cups of tea a day. It really burns fat.

    • kathy says:

      Hello. Did you exercise a little or a lot? Did you still eat food you enjoy? And also did you drink the tea with meals?

      • Editor says:


        You should try to exercise as much as you can. 45 minutes each day is ideal for weight loss, but that’s not always possible. Just exercise as often and as much as you can.

        Can you eat food you enjoy? That depends on what you enjoy :-) You should certainly try to make healthy food choices, especially avoiding sugar and processed grains. And you should watch your portion size!

        You can drink green tea with meals, but it can interfere with your ability to absorb iron and folic acid. So it’s best to drink it in between meals. There is some more info on this topic here: Health Benefits of Green Tea: When to Avoid Green Tea.

  23. thembeka says:

    Hi. Just want to know does green tea work if I add sugar for taste…Thank you.

    • Editor says:

      Thembeka, you can add sugar to the green tea an still get many health benefits. However, you will lose the weight loss benefit because the calories from the sugar will be more than the calories burned from the increase in metabolism. So, if you drink green tea with sugar, you may actually gain weight.

  24. Abdul says:

    I’ve also forgotten to ask, how many cups a day should I be drinking?

    • Editor says:

      Great questions Abdul!

      Regarding brands, I don’t have any research on the effectiveness of different brands. I think that any brand is likely fine, as long as it’s not overly processed and does not contain any non-natural additives. I would avoid the powdered teas.

      Regarding brewing, you should boil the water first and then steep the teabags.

      Regarding the amount, you can drink 2-4 cups per day. But you should spread them out during the day. That’s because the tea contains caffeine. While a steady doss of caffeine is OK, a big caffeine spike is not very healthy. If you find the caffeine is disrupting your sleep, you might also want to avoid drinking it in the evening.

  25. Abdul says:

    This might sound like a stupid question, but do the brands of the teabags I use matter on the effectiveness? Also, I’m guessing using whole green tea leaves would increase the effectiveness, but would 2-3 cups of green tea from traditional teabags with like powdered tea (are those called tea shavings?) at least effective at all? Should I also, when brewing the tea, boil it as hot as possible to get the most out of the tea? I’m not that familiar with tea, but steeping the tea is when you leave the teabag in the water after turning off the stove, right? Should I also steep the teabag for long amounts for maximum effectiveness? Sorry about the amount of questions I’m asking.

  26. Sian says:

    I have a big pot of green tea in my cupboard and only recently heard about the weight loss benefits. But the more I read the more I notice it’s not really a massive help for weight loss, but more to help with energy levels and feeling fresh for the day??

    • Editor says:

      Sian, you are right. Regarding weight loss, green tea can help temporarily boost your metabolism. This helps you burn a few extra calories. But the amount is small — it will only help you lose 5 or 10 pounds over the course of an entire year. But since most people over 30 add 5 pounds to their weight every year, this can help. Every little bit counts!

      This article has a little more info about he topic: Fat Burning Drinks: 3 Simple Drinks That Increase Your Metablolism

  27. Mei says:

    I’ve found my self with about 50 extra pounds! And I’m just now getting back to the green tea! I know for a fact it works thanks to my ex boss, she was 4 times my actual size and ended as a sixe 3!!! It might sound unbelievable but I saw it! LOL her secret was the “cravings.” Every time she craved some junk (and we had a vending machine right in front of our office) she would make herself a cup of GT. Every meal she would ask for hot water (yes. To make her own green tea). Anyhow! Green tea is great! Besides all the other benefits it helps you get rid of unwanted pounds…

    -With love:
    Soon to be 50 pounds lighter… Mei.

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for sharing Mei. Good luck with your 50 lb goal — I’m sure you can make it!

  28. Manuel says:

    Is it better to purchase the tea bags or to buy the chopped leaf and boil it?

    • Editor says:

      Manuel, either method works well. Boiling loose leaves directly in the pot will give you a more flavorful and stronger tea, but you will need some kind of apparatus to strain the tea to remove the leaves. Some options are basket filters, tea socks, tea balls, or a tea press.

  29. Rohit V. says:

    Please let me know where can i buy Green Tea in India (Maharashtra)

    • Editor says:

      Rohit, I’m sorry, but we are in the United States and can’t advise you on purchases in India. You’ll have to check locally.

  30. Stephanie says:

    I have started a weight loss website for individuals who have had great difficulty losing weight, and I wanted to back up the theory of the use of Green Tea! I drink it almost everyday, along with following a Healthy Eating plan that caused my weight loss and has keep it off now for more than two years. The plan I use revolves around “Food Combining” or “Trophology” and how to eat the foods you love, and lose weight FAST. It is based on biology and how our systems digest food. Again, I feel the Green Tea is a very important factor to your daily plan and it has properties that build up our immune systems and can keep us looking and feeling young and vibrant.
    Stephanie Schuh

    • Editor says:

      Thanks Stephanie. I’m glad that you also find Green Tea to be a useful tool for losing weight!

  31. Rhoda says:

    How quick is green tea in burning fat? Started drinking it last month,wana shed some weight for the Christmas Party!!!

    • Editor says:

      Rhonda, green tea is a great way to give your metabolism a little boost and increase the amount of calories that you burn each day. But you won’t notice much difference in time for the Xmas party. The boost will only help you to lose 1-2 pounds over the course of a year. Every little bit helps, but if you have a lot of weight to lose, you also need to include a regular exercise program and limit the total number of calories you eat.

  32. Manoj Kawale says:

    I am suffering from hypertension and high cholesterol because lack of alcohol intake. Is it good to take green tea for this kind of disease because lots of people had advised me for green tea. Please advice for the same issue.

    • Editor says:

      Manoj, I am sorry to hear of your health problems. Unfortunately, we can not offer medical advice for such serious conditions, since the answer is very dependent on knowing more medical details. I suggest you see your doctor, who can give you advice based on ALL your medical information.

      Sorry that we couldn’t be more helpful here.

  33. kathy says:

    I so very much want to loose weight. I have been working out for over 4 months and my weight fluctuates between 218- 220. That is so depressing. I am going to try the green tea but what else can I do to move things along. I’m on a limited income so i cant afford a gym. workout at home doing cardio and weight lifting. I dont know what to do to make my weight go away.

    • Editor says:

      Kathy, I am sorry that you are having such a hard time losing weight. But simply wanting to lose the weight is a great first step! Making good choices about what you drink can be helpful. (see Fat Burning Drinks: 3 Simple Drinks That Increase Your Metablolism)

      But to really lose weight, the only way is to burn more calories than you eat. So you need to make smart choices about what you eat and drink, and you need to limit your overall calorie intake. And you will need to keep up the cardio and weightlifting — it’s REALLY great that you are doing that.

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    • Cohen says:

      Have you looked into intermittent fasting? It saves on food and works a charm. I went from 230 pounds down to 175 with intermittent fasting. Good luck I hope this helps.

      • Editor says:

        Thanks for the tip. And congrats on your weight loss success!

  34. Tava Lady says:

    I drink green tea everyday as part of my diet and it is amazing .. I love the taste of it .. I used to be a coffee drinker.. but now I love tea more than coffee

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