It’s a pale liquid that appears deceptively weak, given it packs a real punch, kicking your fat-fighting metabolism into high gear. And while research has shown that exercisers who drink green tea lose twice as much weight as those who don’t, several questions about its potency remain unanswered – like are flavoured green teas as beneficial as the regular one, or does it have to be consumed hot or cold?

Here are four things you need to know about green tea:

Flavours don’t impact its benefits

Tulsi, lemon, honey, chamomile…green tea is available in different flavours, and experts reckon these additions have no impact on its fat-busting properties. However, if the flavouring includes sugar, it may contain more calories than unflavored teas. So avoid green teas with any added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The brand of tea matters

There is no standard green tea – there are differences in the quality of tea leaves and the number of additional, unnecessary ingredients. Apart from checking for sugar, be sure to shop for brands that use all natural ingredients and have no artificial preservatives.

Hot green tea is best for weight loss

Iced green tea, popular in the summer months, is often diluted with water. Which is why it’s important to remember that its weight-loss benefits are maximized when served hot. Don’t let the water come to a full boil. Instead, pour the water over the tea bag right before it boils (the point where tiny bubbles begin to form). Then, let the tea steep for about 2 to 4 minutes.

The fresher the better

Green tea won’t spoil, but don’t stock up on a year’s supplies as it’s best had fresh. If you are using loose tea or tea bags, make sure you finish your supply within six months or the tea will lose some of its antioxidant powers.

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Written by Ritu Puri

Ritu Puri

A fruit a day keeps the stress away, says Ritu Puri who has a simple philosophy about good living – a healthy diet equals a happy life.
Puri, who battled weight issues, acne and other feminine health issues as an adolescent, managed to overcome these problems through changes in diet and lifestyle. Her success prompted her to pursue the subject professionally, leading her to a BSc in Home Science followed by an MSc in Food and Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. A training programme with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), a year at Fortis Hospital and work experience with the Nutrition Foundation of India (NFI), the dietician hopes to one day cure or control serious diseases and disorders with a healthy diet.
Like HealthifyMe, her goal is to keep her clients fit and healthy, and to get started on that path, she recommends choosing natural foods over processed ones. Healthy living is when a person is mentally, socially and physically fit, she says. So reach out to Ritu if you’re looking for wholesome makeover.

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