Most people who care about their weight and health want to incorporate things in their diet that improve their health and help keep weight off; and better yet, help burn fat calories. We all have an optimal weight where we feel good about ourselves, look good in our clothing, have more energy and feel more attractive. It’s often been said, “When we feel good, we look good!”
This is where matcha comes in, because matcha it is all about staying healthy and feeling good. And it just happens that matcha is a delicious tea that boosts our metabolism. The matcha combination of the low-level caffeine amino acid, theophylline and the feel good amino acid l-theanine*, create a gentle pick-me up with a sense of calm well-being and mental clarity. This combination is a slower, sustainable release of the caffeine over a longer time without a big spike up.
We burn fats with more active energy, making matcha drinking perfect to promote an active life and exercise routine. You might even find yourself climbing rocks, mountains and caverns like Tiffany,* who absolutely loves matcha and shared her active lifestyle pictures with us.
Let’s get technical about matcha and fat burning.
Studies about matcha agree that green tea rich in catechins has thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation, increasing the body’s rate of burning calories from only 8-10%, jumping up to 35-43% of daily use.* Please remember that matcha is green tencha leaves that are stone ground, it is the entire leaf ground up that has been de-stemmed. These results apply to drinking matcha green tea powder and it is 10x more powerful than drinking a tea infusion, such as a steeped tea bag of green tea leaves. Although both are healthy choices, drinking matcha is more like a powerhouse of tea health benefits and nutrients.
Studies show, that participants exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea, experience up to a 25% more reduction in burning fat. The studies suggested that metabolic rates while resting were also enhanced, meaning fat burning continues during sleep or resting.** It’s a great idea to add matcha into our daily diet habits and kick up our own metabolisms; plus no one is complaining about burning fat calories while sleeping!
*American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999 & www.doctoroz.com/break-through-your-weight-loss-plateau
**Xin-Xin Zheng, Yan-Lu Xu, et al. Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials Am J Clin Nutr August 2011.
Photos copyright: Feeling Good, Looking Great- with Tiffany Picard
*Tiffany is not only a courageous, amazing rock climber; but a matcha tea enthusiast and a Level 3 Certified Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute. She is a communications expert and marketer too. You can visit her at TiffanyPicard.com