Looking for proof that green tea works for weight loss? Here is a study conducted at Khon Kaen University in Thailand by the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine.
To be sure, proof is a tricky thing and not everyone agrees on what constitutes “proof”. Where this is one viewpoint there is almost always an opposing viewpoint. So there will surely be people who disagree with the results of this study.
Also, be aware that one study isn’t generally accepted as proof.
Another study, which can be found here:
… seems to suggest that combined with exercise there did appear a reduction in abdominal fat and subcutaneous fat in the green tea drinking group.
Again, the mainstream scientists (many of whom may be working for or in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies) do not feel there is enough evidence to definitively state that green tea works for weight loss.
Yet, here is a run down about what some scientists think green tea may be good for: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html
Notice, that I did not say that it would promote weight loss. That is because I do not wish to incur the wrath of the FDA. 🙂 I am merely stating that it is being sold as a weight loss solution.
I have frequently been disturbed by what the ‘mainstream’ scientists accept as proof and what they do not. However, it really does not matter. My chief argument would be that if you have not definitely proven that something does not work – then you owe us either a definitive study that disproves the hypothesis or two or you owe us silence on the matter! 🙂
However, I must concede that the same ‘mainstream’ group will likely object to my objection. Oh, well – I guess that is ok.
The last link above says some interesting things about what green tea might do even if they say that their is inconclusive evidence about the weight loss claims.
Here are some of the interesting points:
A topical green tea extract ointment is likely good for combating Genital Warts – they cite an FDA approved green tea ointment for this purpose.
Mental alertness – based on the caffeine content of the tea.
Here are some other non-weightloss purposes:
– Preventing bladder, esophageal, ovarian and pancreatic cancers
– Delaying or preventing the onset of Parkinson’s
– Here is an interesting one:
Decreasing high levels of fat, like cholesterol and triglycerides, in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
Well, I think that is enough to stimulate your imagination about the possibilities of green tea. If you have some positive or even negative comments about any aspect of green tea, please leave a comment below!
Remember, not all scientists or government bodies agree on the facts or even what those facts are. Consult your doctor before changing your diet or level of exercise.