Only about a couple of months ago did I become a fan of green tea. At first taste I couldn’t stand the bitterness, but my best friend, Madeline, was always drinking it and I knew there were tons of benefits. It boosts your metabolism, may reduce your risk of developing heart disease or Alzheimer’s, lowers blood pressure, and many other awesome things. I decided to give green tea a chance. Since then it has grown on me. I prefer to drink it hot with lemon juice (from just a slice) and it tastes great. Lemon is also a superfood. Not only does it add flavor to everything but it has plenty of its own health benefits as well. Could drinking green tea with lemon help me lose weight? I decided to do a little experiment.
During these 8 days, I cut out artificial sugars, ate healthy meals (protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains), had snacks in between meals, drank plenty of water, and exercised. I also consumed no alcohol. I took notes throughout the 8 days and here’s what happened:
Day 1 stats: 116 lbs, 16% body fat, 38.9% muscle.
Day 1 (Nov 2, 2017)
It seemed that I was mostly peeing more than drinking. Lol. TMI. I know, but I want to be honest. Your body just flushes out the toxins. It was a little challenging to drink 6 cups of tea today. My fifth cup was at 10pm because I just couldn’t get it in earlier due to a busy schedule. I ended up staying awake for an hour. I drank 5/6 cups of tea today.
Day 2 (Nov 3, 2017)
I woke up at 4:30am because my husband’s alarm went off. Usually I’d go back to sleep, but I was ready to start the day. Along with the tea, I also drank 45 ounces of water. I drank 6/6 cups of tea today.
Day 3 (Nov 4, 2017)
I always wake up with an urge to pee. I think that in order to change this, I should not drink anything at least an hour before I go to bed. I always wake up with an appetite. It can be 5am and I want breakfast – not like my hubby who doesn’t get hungry until 9 am. By that time, I’ve eaten twice lol. Well I woke up hungrier than usual and energetic. I’d usually be yawning by 1pm but felt naturally awake throughout the day. I drank 5/6 cups of tea today.
Day 4 (Nov 5, 2017)
I woke up earlier without feeling lethargic and groggy. I drank 5/6 cups of tea today.
Day 5 (Nov 6, 2017)
I woke up with energy. I noticed that my skin has been clear with no major break outs. I haven’t felt the need to drink my C4 pre-workout which I usually have twice a day to stay awake until after I get home from training at night. I have the energy to workout at home. I’m feeling good today so that puts me in a positive mood. I drank 6/6 cups of tea today.
Day 6 (Nov 7, 2017)
My energy has been high and I am in awe of the fact that I still haven’t felt the need to drink any pre-workout or energy drinks. Because I teach jiu-jitsu multiple classes a day, I have to get some sort of caffeine by 6pm so I can have the enthusiasm to work but haven’t had any extra caffeine drinks these past few days. I drank 6/6 cups of tea today.
Day 7 (Nov 8, 2017)
I feel lighter but won’t be able to tell a difference since I didn’t take a photo on Day 1. I did weigh myself though so I am looking forward to weighing myself on Day 8. Whatever the scale might say, it won’t matter because I feel amazing and that means more to me than a number. I drank 6/6 cups of tea today.
Day 8 (Nov 9, 2017)
Drinking tea has become easier. I was very productive with my time today so that makes me happy. It’s about 4:30pm and I swear my endorphins are putting in work. I feel really good! I feel motivated to work and I’m in a creative mental space at the moment. I feel like creating, writing, and reading. I’m in the greatest mood right now. I drank 6/6 cups of tea today.
Day 9 Weigh-in day!
It’s over! I woke up early, headed to work and weighed myself there. It’s best to weigh yourself early in the morning on an empty stomach after a BM.
Day 9 stats: 114.6 lbs, 15.7% body fat, 39% muscle.
That’s 1.4 lbs lost, 0.3% body fat lost and 0.1% increase in muscle! It speaks volumes to me. It’s good to know that these tiny efforts will continue to change my health and body for better. I’m motivated to keep drinking green tea daily. My weight has always plateaued at 120 lbs but since working out, making healthy choices and drinking green tea (not as much as 6 times a day), my weight went down to 116 lbs which was a record for me. Apart from the weight, I felt a bit sluggish at 120 lbs so the change has definitely increased my energy. Now after this experiment, my energy is natural, I feel good and have furthermore broken my plateau from 120 to 116 to now 114.6 lbs.
Additionally, I didn’t crave sweets as much as I usually do which is a huge deal. I have a big sweet tooth so just the fact that I didn’t feel the need to have any junk was really motivating. The only treats I had during the 8 days were some pumpkin spice protein muffins that Madeline and I baked, and other healthy protein banana date muffins I baked in which I knew all the ingredients.
Would I do it again? Yes, definitely. In fact, I’m going to continue drinking 6+, if not more, cups of green tea daily just because it makes me feel good.
Pros: I don’t have to rely on coffee, pre-workout or energy drinks so I save money. I have natural energy throughout the day. I lost weight and body fat. Green tea is very inexpensive.
Cons: You will pee a lot.
Type of tea used: Green tea packets from Wincos & Classic green tea packets from Sprouts Farmer’s Market. The package at Sprouts contains 100 packets and it’s less than $3. Jack pot!
So the answer is YES! Green tea can help you lose weight. Do you dare try the #GreenTeaChallenge?
Thanks for reading!