Visceral fat loss can sometimes seem like a scientific conundrum as certain foods and drinks can have a lasting impact in the body making this type of fat more difficult to shift. To help shed this dangerous type of fat, experts and studies pinpoint the power of a certain beverage which contains ingredients which have a positive lasting effect on the body and could help you to get rid of your visceral fat.
In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, green tea catechin consumption enhancing abdominal fat loss was further analysed.
The study noted: “Participants were randomly assigned to receive a beverage containing approximately 625 mg of catechins with 39 mg caffeine or a control beverage for 12 weeks.
“Body composition (dual X-ray absorptiometry), abdominal fat areas and clinical laboratory tests were measured at baseline and week 12.”
The study found that green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced changes in abdominal fat.
According to the researchers, green tea catechins contain various kinds of “functional elements” that have anti-obesity effects.
EGCG is the most abundant catechin in green tea and is believed to be the most active compound in catechin.
Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk, red lentils, chickpeas, brown bread, nuts and soya.
In another study published in Science Direct, the effect of catechin-enriched green tea on visceral fat loss was investigated.
“The effects of catechin-enriched green tea on Chinese adults with a high proportion of abdominal visceral fat were evaluated,” noted the study.
It continued: “One hundred and four subjects completed the trial.
“Average visceral fat area, body weight, and body fat were reduced significantly by catechin-enriched green tea treatment but these effects were not seen in the control group with per-protocol sets analysis.”
Green tea may also boost metabolism
Several studies suggest that taking green tea extract or EGCG supplements can make you burn more calories even at rest.
In most studies, this amounts to about a three to four percent increase, although some show an increase as high as 8 percent.
For a person who burns 2,000 calories per day, three to four percent amounts to an additional 60–80 calories spent per day which is similar to what you might expect from a high-protein diet.
Although most of these studies were very short in duration, some evidence suggests that the metabolism-boosting persists in the long term.