Day 79 : Revisiting Green Tea
Today, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 81.2Kg. Yesterday I consumed 41 calories below my BMR and did 99 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 58 calories.
Yesterday, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 81.6Kg. Yesterday I consumed 97 calories over my BMR and did 74 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total surplus is 23 calories.
The day before, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 81.4Kg. Yesterday I consumed 21 calories over my BMR and did 339 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 318 calories.
Essentially, I went into maintenance mode on the weekend. Good or bad, I haven’t decided yet. Is it something to keep doing? I haven’t decided yet. I do know that maintaining a 1000 to 1200 calories deficit is difficult, and if my “cheat” days are actually maintenance days, that makes things easier mentally.
In my book I do a quick drive by discussion of Green Tea, and essentially say it’s the caffeine that gives the weight loss effect. However, I have run across some research that suggests there is a second ingredient that may actually help.
There is a group of chemicals called Catechins, specifically, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epigallocatechin, and epicatechin gallate, that have been shown to have many positive health benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Improve blood flow
Increase insulin sensitivity
When losing weight and when trying to improve health, these are all positive results. If you don’t like to drink tea, there are fruits that provide varying levels of Catechins. Apples (peel on), apricots, cherries, peaches, blackberries, black grapes, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all have been shown to provide different amounts and types.
So, the next time I update my book, I will have to add this information about catechins and say that green tea may be beneficial to health and promote weight loss. More research has to be done to determine the limits of those benefits.