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Belly fat is dangerous
Also called abdominal, stomach, visceral, or intraperitoneal fat, it is one of the worst kinds of adipose tissue accumulation.
Not only does it ruin your waistline, but it is dangerous for your health.
It increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes II (NIH, 2007).
Fat builds up fast on your belly
One 5-year study showed that men and women who went only eight months without daily exercise had a significant increase of abdominal fat (Duke University, 2003).
High levels of exercise (jogging 17 miles a week) led to a decrease of 8.1% of visceral fat, but those who did not exercise saw an 8.6% increase in visceral fat, a significant 16.7% difference.
Of course, the research from the 1970's with NASA astronauts found that within 24 hours of restricted movement, nitrogen elimination was increased.
Increased nitrogen loss meant that muscle cells were dying more rapidly without daily exercise.
The astronauts had to exercise every day, and so do we.
It’s simple. Strong bodies need a healthy diet and daily exercise.
To lose belly fat fast, you have to reduce calories and increase exercise
There are some things in life that you just can’t avoid. The only proven way to shrink the size of your waistline is to reduce your calorie intake and increase your daily exercise.
But now there is research showing daily green tea might help.
Research shows up to 76% less belly fat with green tea*
A preliminary animal study showed that the chemicals from daily green tea could prevent up to 76% of intraperitoneal (belly) fat.
Researchers in Japan tested mice for 16 weeks with the following diets to compare a control diet alone with green tea and isolated green tea chemicals:
At the end of the test period, all green tea test groups had significantly less body weight and less abdominal fat than the control group.
Triglycerides were also decreased significantly in the whole green tea group and the catechins and theanine group.
But the most dramatic change was in the caffeine and green tea catechins group: these mice had 76% less belly fat than the controls (Zheng G et al, Anti-obesity effects of three major components of green tea, catechins, caffeine and theanine, in mice, In Vivo, Jan-Feb, p55-62, 2004).
Daily green tea is an easy addition to a healthy lifestyle
Daily green tea has been used safely for thousands of years and is on the FDA Generally Recognized As Safe list.
However, if you have a health condition, you should always consult your health care provider before making healthy changes in your lifestyle.
This page last updated by Sharon Jones.
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