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One-Two Punch For Body Fat: Green Tea + Exercise

Exercise is a great way to lose weight, but exercise combined with green tea is even greater. A Penn State news releaseistock reports that researchers at the school found that high-fat-fed mice that exercised regularly and ingested green tea extract showed an average body mass reduction of 27.1 percent and an average abdominal fat mass reduction of 36.6 percent in just 16 weeks. Is that a lot? Well, mice that ingested green tea extract but did not exercise or those that exercised but were not given green tea extract experienced less significant changes in weight and health measurements. Wait, there’s more: the mice on the green-tea-extract-and-exercise regimen also experienced a 17 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose level, a 65 percent decrease in plasma insulin level and reduction in insulin resistance of 65 percent. Tea — Camellia sinensis — is rich in catechins, polyphenols that are natural antioxidents. The latest mouse study, incidentally, was unsurprising to scientists who had been working with people: A recent analysis of 11 human trials with green tea preparations reported a 1.31 kilogram average body weight loss in intervention groups compared to control groups.


  1. I’m so glad when I see more and more people discovering and blogging about the benefits of green tea. I had the luck to discover it just in time, and it’s been of huge help to me in my battle to get to a lower BFP. It’s great to see there are even more researches about green tea now, so thanks for sharing!

  2. And add some ginger root to that green tea to also free up the joints!! Great tip from
    my acupuncturist. Ginger extract works just as well. I use green tea and ginger for
    a running recovery drink.

  3. I exercise almost everyday and drink 3-4 cups of green tea every day.

    I’ve had cancer twice, and my fasting glucose keeps going up and up, although slowly but surely.

    If I did not exercise and drink green tea I probably would be dead by now? Some things don’t work as well for some as others.

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