The constant struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to keep up with the demands of a hectic lifestyle is causing people to look for a more innovative and easier-to-follow mode to remain healthy and keep the extra weight at bay.
One of the top contenders that is quite popular among health-conscious people and has been proven to help lose some pounds without demanding extra time or effort from their already-demanding lifestyle is green tea.
Green tea lemonade is not only absolutely delicious and refreshing, but it is also quite simple to make. Plus, everything that is required to make this healthy beverage is already present in your kitchen.
The best part of this beverage is that green tea supports fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Moreover, there’s cinnamon, lemon, and honey in this green tea lemonade that we are going to make today.
Here’s a look at how these ingredients aid weight loss.
The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in green tea is known to have the potential of increasing the metabolic rate and, thereby, burning fat.
The antiobesity effects of green tea were published by the American College of Nutrition in 2007. The study suggests that EGCG can alone increase fat oxidation.
Green tea extract (GTE) has been known to increase fat oxidation at rest and during exercise in some studies.
A study published in Nutrients in 2015 also suggests that consuming GTE increases fat oxidation significantly under resting and postexercise conditions.
However, it would be advisable to consume the real tea instead of the extract. While extracts can increase fat oxidation, they are also known to cause toxic effects, especially when consumed in high doses. Also, extracts are not regulated by the government.
According to a 2010 study published in Toxicologic Pathology, green tea extract was found to have caused toxic effects on animal subjects.
Real tea is always the better choice. Not only is it cheaper, but it also tastes better.
According to a study published in Nutrition & Metabolism in 2006, an adequate supply of vitamin C may assist in burning 25% more body fat during exercise than in a person who has inadequate vitamin C intake.
Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, which may help with burning fat in your body. The antioxidant properties of ascorbic acid present in lemon positively influence the antioxidant potential of tea.
The Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition in 2008 published a study that found that the polyphenols in lemons act as antioxidants and help stimulate the liver to burn fat in rats. More studies need to be done in humans.
Furthermore, lemon is high in pectin fiber, which helps in fighting hunger cravings and keeps you feeling full for longer.[
Another important ingredient that promotes weight loss is honey. It has a slow effect on blood sugar compared with regular table sugar. This property helps in controlling appetite and, thereby, maintaining weight. So, if you find green tea a little bitter for your taste, then you can add honey to sweeten it.
Honey can also help lower cholesterol levels compared with regular sugar as was found in a study performed in 2004.
Honey coupled with a lower calorie intake would assist in promoting weight loss.
A study published in Nutrition Research in 2011 found that honey, when compared with sucrose, may help reduce weight gain and adiposity, probably due to lower food intake, and may promote lower serum triglycerides but higher non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations in rats.
Cinnamon plays a key role in influencing weight loss. However, cinnamon alone is not that effective in promoting weight loss; if you want to achieve optimum weight loss, you need to pair it with a lower calorie intake than you normally would consume.
Cinnamon supports weight loss by improving the body composition. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition published a study in 2006 that noted that cinnamon supplementation increases the lean mass and decreases the body fat, but it’s better to get it in its natural form.
This was further supported by a study performed in 2010, which showed that cinnamon improves fasting glucose and increases lean body mass while also helping improve blood pressure and antioxidant status in certain people.
How to Make Green Tea Lemonade for Weight Loss & Increased Metabolism
The benefits of the ingredients of this green tea lemonade make it a great beverage to be included in your daily weight loss diet.
Things you’ll need:
- Water – 2 cups
- Green tea – 1 tea bag
- Honey – 2 to 3 teaspoons
- Lemon zest and juice – from 1 lemon
- Cinnamon stick – ½ inch
1. Pour 2 cups of water into a pan and heat it.
2. Wash a lemon thoroughly and gently scrape its zest with a zester, grater, or sharp paring knife and put it in the boiling water.
3. Add ½ inch of cinnamon stick.
4. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the water to boil.
5. Turn off the heat and put a green tea bag into the hot water. Cover again and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Set this tea aside to cool down.
6. Strain the tea.
7. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the tea.
8. Mix in 2 teaspoons of organic honey.
9. Refrigerate the green tea lemonade for 20 to 30 minutes or simply add a few ice cubes and drink immediately.
This tangy and refreshing green tea lemonade will not only help in burning fat but also in removing toxins from the body.
- To enhance the benefits of this green tea lemonade, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to it.
- Prepare a large batch of this green tea lemonade and refrigerate it. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of this tea every day.
- For better results, always use organic lemon and organic honey for this beverage.
- You can also use cinnamon powder for this refreshing drink if you do not have the cinnamon stick.
- Do not discard the green tea bags after using them. Instead, store them in the refrigerator. You can then place cold tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness. You may also remove the green tea leaves from the tea bag and use them as a facial scrub/mask to treat mild acne and to fight the signs of skin aging. The green tea leaves from the tea bag can also be placed in your garden as an organic compost.
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