Matcha green tea is a powdered tea which originated from Japan. This traditional tea has been used for medicinal purpose for many centuries.
Matcha Green Tea for Weight Loss
High EGCG concentration
The most significant polyphenol found in green tea, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), is linked to weight loss and matcha green tea has more EGCG than your regular green tea. According to research, the concentration of EGCG is at least 3 times greater in matcha green tea than in other green teas.
EGCG has been linked to several health benefits, most significantly, weight loss. A research conducted on rats showed that injection of EGCG ‘reduced or prevented’ increase in body weight.
Another research suggested that, EGCG has the potential to speed up fat oxidation.
Adding matcha green tea to your daily nutrition, instead of other sugary drinks, can help you burn calorie by four times. It does so by increasing the thermogenic activity in the body.
A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea increased the rate of thermogenesis of daily energy expenditure, from normal 7 - 10% to increased rate of 35 - 42%.
Provides caffeine for energy
Like other teas, this beverage is also full of caffeine which are easily obtainable for use as energy by cells.
The EGCG and caffeine in matcha green tea boosts thermogenesis in the body. Thermogenesis is the biochemical process of heat production by burning fat. This provides you with constant energy during moderate-intensity workout to correspondingly lose weight. Matcha contains 30 - 40 mg of caffeine which is less compared to that of coffee but the effect it has is noticeable.
Insulin helps in increasing the fat storage in fat cells and it also prevents these cells from using up the fat for energy. When you consume more carbs, your body develops poor insulin sensitivity and consequently you gain weight.
Matcha improves insulin sensitivity and helps in weight management.
Burns fat while exercising
Green tea can burn fat, particularly while exercising. If you drink green tea regularly and follow an exercise regime then it will help you lose more weight.
A research conducted by Joshua Lambert at Penn State concluded that mice that consumed green tea extract and exercised regularly showed considerable decrease in body weight. The average body mass of the mice reduced by 27.1% in 16 weeks.
Green tea including matcha reduces your appetite. Naturally, you cut back on consuming more amount of food which keeps your weight in check.
Other health benefits
Matcha green tea is high on EGCG, which helps you with many health issues and here are some of them.
According to research conducted by National Cancer Institute (NCI), they believe that the EGCg in Matcha green tea is powerful enough to fight cancer cells and stop them from developing.
Academics believe that EGCG in matcha lessens the rate of cellular death that comes up with aging and also support the development of new hair follicles. One way is by drinking the tea and other way would be rubbing the tea mixture on your scalp, both ways are beneficial for your hair.
Matcha is high on anti-stress elements which makes you calm and stress free. Staying relaxed could help a person in many ways like help with depression, anxiety, paranoia, high pressure and so on.
How to use matcha to lose weight?
Matcha can not only be consumed as a drink, but it can also be incorporated into your meals. You can find different recipes online for matcha puddings, ice cream, muffins and soups.
What You’ll Need
- Matcha tea
- 2oz hot water
- Bamboo whisk
- Tea bowl
Directions for Use
- Sift 2 tsp of matcha into a tea bowl using a small sieve
- Pour 2oz hot water
- Whisk the mixture in a zig-zag motion so that it becomes frothy
- Enjoy your tea
Apart from the many benefits of matcha green tea, you should also be aware of some side effects of this tea.
Be sure to check out these side effects of Matcha before you use
Be Careful! All green teas contain lead in varying amount. In case of matcha, the whole leaf is used to make the tea. This means the lead concentration in matcha is higher than other green teas.
So, drinking more than one cup of matcha a day is not recommended.
Neural tube defect
Drinking matcha green tea could prevent you from many health issues but it might be dangerous for pregnant women. ECGC might react with drugs prescribed to pregnant women and the element called Dihydrofolatereductase (DHFR) could cause neural tube defect in babies.
If you drink large amount of matcha green tea, it could cause indigestion or nausea. Studies show that too much of the matcha enhances gastritis acid, making the person’s stomach upset or making them feel weak.