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Green tea catechins reduces body weight by 2.9 lbs according to meta-analysis of 11 studies
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Green tea catechins (EGCG) reduce body weight by an average of 2.9 lbs according to a meta-analysis of 11 studies. Weight Loss Maintained
This weight loss was maintained
This weight loss was maintained with continued use.
Low vs High Habitual Caffeine Consumers
Low habitual caffeine consumers lost more weight—3.5 lbs vs 0.6 lbs—but was not significant
Those who did not habitually consumed large of amounts of caffeine per day (low habitual caffeine intake) lost more weight than those who had a high habitual intake (more than 300 mg per day)—an average of 3.5 lbs vs 0.6 lbs—however, the difference was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: Tea catechins or EGCG-plus-caffeine causes a small amount of weight loss and weight maintenance
“Catechins or an epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)-caffeine mixture have a small positive effect on [weight loss] and [weight maintenance],” the authors of the analysis concluded.
Hursel R, Viechtbauer W, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: A meta-analysis. Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Sep, 33(9):956-61.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Human Biology
Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM)
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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