Who doesn't wish they looked like someone else at one point in their life? Or that they could have their high school waist forever?
Even though I am only in my 20s, I already feel my metabolism quickly slowing down and my six pack abs from my previous soccer years adjust to a more flabby feel. While I'm not huge into diets, I do like to stay healthy and I am looking to TONE TONE TONE what my mama gave me.
One of my biggest challenges in the fight in staying healthy and fit, is the ever tempting second-helpings of my favorite thing — carbs!
No one will scold you for having second helpings of vegetables (no, fries do not count) and fruit, but when it comes to startches like pasta, it's hard for me to say no.
Recently, I read in the May issue of Women's Health magazine that:
"A simple way to stave off the desire for second helpings is tea. Researchers believe that catechins, natural compounds in tea, may boost satiety wheter your cup is iced or hot." Source: Nutrition Journal
What are catechins? Catechins are a type of antioxidant that is found in other foods like chocolate but in heavier amounts in green tea leaves. There have been more health benefits found attributing to catechins, but for now we will focus on it's association with weight.
The National Center for Biotechnlogy Information published a study about the affects of catechins on the reduction of body fat in in men. Their findings showed that there was a significant impact on the lowering of of BMI, body weight, body fat, as well as others, in men when they drank one bottle of oolong tea daily.
I stopped drinking pop and carbonated drinks in middle school after my dentist got on me about the carbination harming my teeth and the amount of sugar in flavored water there really was. I've read in many places that drinking water is not only the best thing for your body (since we are mainly water) but it also helps to flush out toxins in the body.
I've taken it upon myself to try to drink more than the recommended amount of water each day but now I think I'm going to have to try to drink a bottle sized amount of green tea daily to help trim my tummy.
For more Women's Health articles on the benefits of catechins in green tea, click this link.
I believe everyone should have the knowledge and resources that will help them to live longer, healthier, and happier lives because there are so many more people we all have to meet before our time is up!