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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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    Thursday, February 11, 2010 1:21 pm Email this article
    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.


    Rick Hursel
    Department of Human Biology
    Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM)
    Maastricht University
    Maastricht, The Netherlands
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