Green tea ben­e­fits

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If you’re not a tea drinker, maybe you should be. But not just any tea. I’m talk­ing about green tea.

Green tea is an ef­fec­tive sup­ple­ment to help burn fat be­cause it con­tains cat­e­chins. This chem­i­cal com­pound found in green tea can boost me­tab­o­lism in a big way.

For ex­am­ple, in one study, peo­ple con­sumed 690 mg of cat­e­chins a day for 12 weeks. They lost body weight, re­duced waist cir­cum­fer­ence, and dropped body fat. Sounds pretty good, right? Can green tea re­ally help you?

Yes. Cat­e­chins in green tea stim­u­late me­tab­o­lism, and keep your body burn­ing fat for en­ergy, a process called ther­mo­ge­n­e­sis, for longer pe­ri­ods of time. And that’s ex­actly what you want when you’re try­ing to lose weight to im­prove your health or drop those last few pounds of fat dur­ing a cut­ting phase.

Green tea drinks and sup­ple­ments If you want to tap into the fat-burn­ing power of green tea, give it a try. Just keep in mind that green tea sup­ple­ments typ­i­cally have a higher con­cen­tra­tion of cat­e­chins than a drink. Com­bin­ing the two may work bet­ter for you.

Weight loss and me­tab­o­lism might be the big­gest ben­e­fits of green tea. But it’s not the only ben­e­fit. Green tea con­tains an­tiox­i­dants and nu­tri­ents that help: • Sup­port brain func­tion • Burn fat and in­crease me­tab­o­lism • • • • Lower the risk for cer­tain types of can­cer Kill harm­ful bac­te­ria in the mouth Re­duce the risk for type 2 di­a­betes Cut the risk for heart dis­ease

Look­ing for a drink that can help you com­plete a trans­for­ma­tion? Green tea can help. Side note: I drink my green tea with pure honey from Kuru Kuru as a sweet­ener.

Love han­dles and how to get rid of them: De­spite their name, no­body likes love han­dles and get­ting rid of them isn’t ex­actly an easy task for most. In fact, for the ma­jor­ity of in­di­vid­u­als I’ve worked with

it seems that get­ting rid of love han­dles and belly fat is usu­ally the hard­est thing.

It’s not as sim­ple as just work­ing out, love han­dles are the ex­cess fat around your belly and lower back and is typ­i­cally the first place you put on fat and the last place you lose it. How un­fair is that?!

Any­way, I have some good news. Here is a quick list of things to help you get rid of love han­dles:

1. Do more dead­lifts and squats These 2 ex­er­cises give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to fat burn­ing, hor­mone ma­nip­u­la­tion, and pack­ing on lean mus­cle mass which boosts your rest­ing me­tab­o­lism! Make sure to do 10 sets of each.

2. Fasted car­dio Do­ing car­dio as soon as you wake up gives you a chance to dip right into fat stores and start the day off with a fat-burn­ing vengeance.

3. Flex­i­ble fast­ing + High In­ten­sity In­ter­val Train­ing (HIIT) com­bined The com­bi­na­tion of flex­i­ble fast­ing + HIIT is epic! This fat loss su­per hack com­bines the in­cred­i­ble fat burn­ing ef­fects of HIIT and in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing. HIIT can boost your me­tab­o­lism for up to 24 hours post ex­er­cise, and flex­i­ble fast­ing has dra­matic weight loss ef­fects and al­lows you to eat your favourite foods when you are in your “eat­ing win­dow”.

4. Shorten rest time be­tween sets in the gym By short­en­ing your rest times in the gym you are com­bin­ing an anaer­o­bic and aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity and burn­ing more calo­ries! Keep your work­outs short and in­tense and those love han­dles have no chance.

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