Belly fat is a big problem for millions of people. Luckily, there are several ways to lose it without resorting to synthetic drugs and stimulants. Some of the best natural fat-burning substances in the world - called catechins - are found in abundance in green tea.
What makes these chemicals so great for weight loss? For one thing, catechins have been shown to stimulate fat metabolism and help the body burn fat more efficiently. For another, Japanese researchers recently found that supplements containing green tea extract may help to significantly improve endurance (allowing you to exercise harder, longer).
Green tea has also been shown to be a good glucose regulator. Basically, this means that it can help keep your blood sugar levels from skyrocketing after eating a meal with lots of starchy carbohydrates. Controlling blood sugar - and the fat-storing hormones the body produces to deal with high blood sugar (such as insulin) - is vital to losing weight and keeping it off.
Add the fact that green tea contains significant amounts of natural caffeine - a well-proven fat burner and endurance enhancer - and you can see why it can be such a powerful tool in the fight against belly fat.
One of the best things about green tea is that, not only has it been proven safe over thousands of years of human consumption, it's also been shown to be incredibly healthy. In fact, it's hard to imagine a healthier way to lose weight. Antioxidant substances found in tea, including the previously-mentioned catechins, have been shown to help fight heart disease, prevent cancer, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation. . . all while helping your body burn more fat.
To experience the fat-burning, health-boosting effects of green tea you need to drink several cups a day. In fact, if weight loss is your main goal, you should probably drink at least 4 or 5 cups per day, if not more. Don't feel like drinking so much tea? An alternative is to take a supplement containing green tea extract. There are several good ones on the market now.
One thing's for sure: If you want to slim down, you really can't go wrong with green tea. It will give you more energy, help you work out harder, enhance your body's ability to burn fat, and help protect you against disease. So go make yourself a hot cup of the stuff right now. . . you won't regret it!
Jamie Clark is a health writer and big fan of green tea. To learn more about healthy ways to slim down and lose belly fat, be sure to visit the http://bellyfatblog.blogspot.com/ and sign up for the free fat-loss report at http://lookgreatfast.com .