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Is Green Tea All Good? – Truths and Myths about Green Tea #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

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Green tea has been prevalent in our country since time immemorial. Even the ancient relics talk about the benefits of consuming green tea. Despite past roots, not many people incorporated green tea in their day-to-day lifestyle until very recently.

The recent trend of living an organic and healthy lifestyle has created awareness about the numerous health benefits of consuming green tea. In fact, consuming green tea can also be considered synonymous with cutting down fat. I remember being advised by numerous people to consider green tea for quickly getting rid of the extra fat that I had put on. Having a cup of green tea in the morning seemed like the new trend nowadays. Even the new brands that are entering the market with their signature green tea are marketing it in the same manner.

Thus, in my hastiness to shun off my calories, I readily began consuming it twice a day. I even started carrying a vacuum insulated thermos along; just for having green tea conveniently while traveling.

Despite the never-ending health benefits, there are several myths going around concerning green tea which has unnecessarily pushed green tea lovers in panic. Fortunately, having researched quite a bit about green tea, I have listed the common myths and truths about it.

I can happily have my cup of green tea now – keeping in mind both the benefits and the side effects.

The Myths

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  1. Green Tea Alone Helps in Shedding Extra Calories

This is the most common myth. There’s no doubt that consuming green tea helps you lose weight, but you cannot think of defeating your calories without exercising and healthy dieting. Green tea is packed with several antioxidants and chemical compounds like Catechin that aid in weight loss by boosting up your metabolism. So, it’s one of those drinks that speed up the effectiveness of your work out. Having green tea twice a day will help you see rapid results. Also, try to consume it hot as it will speed up your metabolism by a multifold. You can carry a green tea detox bottle for the same.

  1. Green Tea is Likely to Increase Blood Pressure

Although studies have shown that some people experience increased heart rate and an abnormal rise in blood pressure after consuming green tea, this is true only for people allergic to caffeine. As no research has been able to prove that green tea increases blood pressure, it’s a common myth that scares many.

If your body can metabolize caffeine, you need not worry about it. Moreover, you can also relieve yourself of the apprehension of consuming too much caffeine as the rate of caffeine in green tea is low as compared to black tea and coffee.

In fact, it is beneficial for sustaining the health of your heart and helps to regulate the blood pressure. It prevents unnecessary clotting of blood and ensures proper functioning of heart vessels.

  1. Green Tea Leads to Cancer

This myth owes its existence to the misconception that like several teas in the market, green tea also promotes cancer cells. In fact, the chances of developing vulnerability to throat cancer (as some might believe) are much less if you consume green tea regularly in moderation.

Drinking it regularly actually prevents the production of cancer cells by averting the secretion of enzymes responsible for the occurrence of cancer. Besides, it detoxifies the body, which in turn assists in the prevention of several other serious ailments.

  1. Green Tea Affects Oral Health

On the contrary, consuming green tea regularly precludes the unhealthy conditions associated with teeth and mouth. The antioxidants present in green tea are vital for the prevention of serious gum problems like gingivitis and its antimicrobial properties are good for treating bad odor. Also, it helps in preventing tooth decay and the formation of plaque.

The Truths

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  1. Overconsumption of Green Tea induces Side-Effects

As discussed earlier, it is indeed true that consuming green tea in excess leads to numerous imbalances in the body. It can cause insomnia, indigestion, anemia, hypertension and other such adverse health conditions. This is primarily because of the presence of Polyphenols and of course, the caffeine which should be taken in moderation. Thus, it is important to consume green tea in moderation.

  1. Green Tea Curbs Cholesterol

Catechins and Lipoprotein present in green tea significantly help in controlling cholesterol, thereby preventing cardiovascular diseases. There have been many studies that show how the consumption of green tea drastically reduces LDL cholesterol levels as lipoprotein keeps the arteries clean and prevents atherosclerosis.

  1. Green Tea Relieves Joint Pain

The ECGC (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) in green tea reduces joint pain and ultimately prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis. It works with the immune system by controlling the secretion of molecules responsible for causing inflammation and damage in the joints.

  1. Green Tea is Beneficial for the Eyes

Here also, the role of ECGC comes into play along with other substances present in green tea like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, catechins and flavonoids. Together, they prevent the eyes from developing disorders like glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration. They also protect the eyes from damage imposed by harmful UV rays of the sun.

Thus, incorporating green tea in your diet can be beneficial for you. However, it should be consumed in moderation.

Now that you are deeply informed about green tea, I hope that you’ll be able to savor your cup without getting stuck in a dilemma.

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The science behind losing weight.

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There comes a phase in all our lives when we start gaining weight. Be it because of the never ending streaks of gulping down junk food, or the plight of sitting down at a chair all day at work without having to move a single muscle, our soaring weight hits us like a tsunami. During the initial stages, when we first notice our increasing weight, we often tend to be in denial and claim things like, “I’ve got it under control. This is nothing but a little baby fat. I could drop it in a week if I wanted to.” But I think we can agree that it’s never the case. Losing weight may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you get the hang of it, once you understand the science behind it, it’ll come to you as easy as baking bread.
 
Many are under the impression that if you want to lose weight, you need to starve yourself daily or spend countless hours at the gym. Let me assure you, that is not the case. Dieting and gyming are not the prerequisites to losing weight. Not only do you start resenting not being able to eat what you love, but once you give up, the relapse is catastrophic. You end up eating a lot more than you used to.
 
So, how do you lose weight? Let me reveal the science, that many are oblivious to.
It’s all about manipulating your caloric intake according to your goals i.e whether you want to lose weight or gain weight. The food we eat has a set number of calories. An apple that weighs roughly around 100g has 52 calories. On the other hand, a slice of pizza weighing the same has 285 calories.
An average person with little to normal physical activity requires a daily caloric intake of 2000 calories for her/his body to function properly. Most of us have a similar caloric intake requirement. But it may vary from person to person depending on weight, height and body size.
 
Let’s just say that you need 2000 calories a day. If you consume the said number of calories, you’ll neither gain weight nor lose weight. If you eat well over 2000 calories, you’ll be in a caloric surplus and you’ll end up gaining weight. However, if you eat less than 2000 calories a day, you’ll be in a caloric deficit and you’ll drop weight. It won’t happen overnight, but if you maintain a caloric deficit for a month or so, you’ll notice the changes.
But, being in a caloric deficit does not mean  that you starve yourself. 5 apples have 260 calories, whereas a single slice of pizza has 285. We both know that no one suffices after eating a single slice of pizza. If you eat 3 slices, you’re consuming a massive 855 calories from one meal. By the end of the day, you’ll have consumed way more than 2000 calories. That is why people don’t lose weight.
 
Thus, you need to put a hold on junk food, and fried food and shift to whole foods, vegetables and fruits, chicken, eggs, fish, lentils etc.
Also, inorder to lose weight, you need to maintain a caloric deficit of around 300-400 calories daily. This is the ideal range for losing weight without depriving your body of its needs.
 
Maintaining a caloric deficit is just a single aspect of the losing weight, the second pillar is working out. When you work out, you burn calories. Let’s say you consumed 1600 calories and you’re done for the day, but you feel hungry so you eat something and bring up your caloric intake to 2100. Now, you need to burn a few calories inorder to be in caloric deficit. So, you burn 300 calories in the gym or while doing any sort of physical activity like going for a run, or skipping. Now, you’re at 1800 calories, which means that you managed a caloric deficit of 200 calories that day. GREAT!!! Most people have a daily caloric intake of 4000-5000 calories eating everything from fried food to junk food to soft drinks. They are oblivious to it. You need to be aware of what you are putting into your body.
 
Thus, maintaining a caloric deficit and then engaging in any physical activity that helps you burn those extra calories is the crux of it all. A 3500 caloric deficit over a period of 2-3 weeks will help you lose roughly around a pound of weight.
You need to be patient and consistent.
 
If you want to track your calories, WHICH YOU SHOULD, there are a lot of free apps on both the Appstore and the google play store, but the one I’d recommend is My Fitness Pal. I found it to be the most user-friendly and easy to use. It’s used by everyone in the fitness industry and it’s free.
You just enter the food you consumed and you’ll know what it amounts to as your caloric intake.
So, fire away. Now that you know the science behind losing weight, be patient, consistent and conquer your demons.
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