Green tea may help increase fat oxidation, meaning it helps turn fat into energy, which can help promote weight loss.
This is because green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins, including one known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to increase fat burning, particularly during exercise.
Here’s what the research says:
A 2008 study found that men who took green tea extract before working out burned 17% more fat than men who did not take the supplement.
A 2014 review of 14 different studies found that obese people who drank green tea for 12 weeks lost an average of 0.44 to 7.7 pounds more than those who did not consume green tea.
Because an 8-ounce cup of green tea contains 28 mg of caffeine, Shapiro recommends consuming it early in the day, before 4 p.m., so it doesn’t disturb your sleep.
Quick tip: You can drink any type of green tea, including matcha, either hot or cold.