Before you get excited and think you can run down to Wendy’s or the Cracker Barrel for a huge glass of sweet, iced tea (southern style), stop. This is not that tea.
Research from Tufts University found that active people who drank the equivalent of six cups of green tea a day lost two times more weight and 25 times more belly fat than those who drank caffeinated diet soft drinks. Tufts researcher, Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D. says, “Hmm, should I have a can of soda or a cup of tea? I can tell you from a professional nutrition science point of view, pick the tea.”
Eric Braverman, M.D. and author of The Younger (Thinner) You Diet, says, “A lot of people make healthy lifestyle changes, but then don’t see a difference on the scale. My advice is to all six cups of tea to the mix each day, because then you absolutely will lose weight.”
Okay, got that water boiling yet? While it’s boiling, put on your walking shoes because the Tufts research also included a 25-minute daily dose of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking or biking. The plan also includes a caloric intake of 1500 each day, mini meals and extra Vitamin C that helps the tea work it’s magic.
Don’t like green tea? Green tea has more antioxidants but pros say all types of tea – including black, white and oolong – will likely provide similar benefits.
Why does the tea work? Tea naturally raises levels of dopamine (a neurotransmitter that controls your metabolism) and increases your body’s calorie-burning power by 4%. Tea may reduce the absorption of dietary fat by up to 40%. Credit goes to substances in tea called polyphenols which interfere with the production of digestive enzymes necessary to break fat down.
A British study showed that tea may reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone known to promote fat storage around our bellies.” Says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., coauthor of The SuperFoodsRx Diet.
“Research has shown that tea helps improve almost every aspect of health – fighting heart disease and cancer, lowering cholesterol, protecting against age-related memory problems, even keeping skin youthful”, says Tammy Lakotas, R.D., co author of Fire Up Your Metabolism.
Don’t have time to brew a cup of tea several times during the day? Brew six cups in the morning and take in a container to drink all through the day. Limit your caloric intake and get 25-minutes of walking or biking in and you’re on your way to losing weight, especially that unhealthy, unsightly belly fat.
Remember lose weight before considering any plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck. The more you lose, the better your results will be.
Dr. Robert Zaworski, Northside Center for Plastic Surgery, is a board certified plastic surgeon, practicing in Atlanta says, “Liposuction and tummy tucks are not weight loss methods. They are surgical procedures and the excess weight should be lost prior to surgery.”
Lose the weight or if you have lost the weight and are ready to talk to a plastic surgeon about liposuction or a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Zaworski at 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 450, Atlanta, GA 30342. 404-851-9576. Also see answers from Dr. Zaworski to real questions presented by real patients on www.realself.com.