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Many men and women discover that they gain weight as they get old. It appears to be a simple fact of life for lots of usas we age we all put on a couple of pounds. It’s no secret that our metabolism begins to slow down as we age; even as early as age 30. However, there does seem to be an easy secret weapon which may stop the pounds from creeping on as we age.

About Obesity

It’s no secret that Asian nations have far lower incidences of obesity and obese compared to most other areas of the world. Andas they age, Asians do not appear to wear the age associated pounds which plague many cultures. And, naturally, it is no secret that Asians drink large amounts of green tea.

And, there appears to be a link between these two facts. Green tea has been reported to have many health benefits, such as preventing illness and weight gain. Green tea consumption has been demonstrated to decrease the risk of many kinds of cancer, lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Green tea has been shown to help regulate insulin, which could help prevent or control diabetes.

Other studies have demonstrated that green tea can help with weight reduction, as it appears to accelerate the metabolism and promote fat loss. Green tea appears to have a special capability to promote thermogenesis, or fat burning.

Good Chances

For all these reasons, it appears that being a lifelong green tea drinker might indicate you have less chance of putting on a couple of pounds every year as you get older. Along with the abundant anecdotal evidence available by comparing the statistics on obesity in Asian nations to that of European and North American countries, there is also quite a lot of research to back up the theory that drinking green tea regularly over a period of years can lead to reduce weight and less body fat.

One particularly interesting study on this topic looked at over 1200 subjects, both male and female. They compared the tea drinking customs of the participants and assessed their percentage of body fat and body fat distribution according to waist to hip ratios. Waist to hip ratios are important because we know that fat transported around the hips and waist are more likely to cause heart disease compared to fat carried on other areas on the body.

Research results

The study concluded that tea drinkers were less likely to have an unhealthy proportion of body fat, and so are more likely to have positive waist to hip ratios. In actuality, those participants that were tea drinkers for over 10 years showed a mean of 19 percent less body fat and a waist to hip ratio of 2.1percent less than that of non-habitual tea drinkers. But even those participants that were habitual tea drinkers for only six months showed improved numbers over those participants that weren’t habitual tea drinkers.

This study denoted several factors that seemed to have either negative or positive effect on an individual’s body fat percentage and body fat distribution. The variables they ranked were as follows:

      • Smoking – Smoking was associated with higher body fat and higher waist to hip ratio.
      • Age – Older Age was correlated with high body fat and higher waist to hip ratio.
      • Body Mass Index – Higher body mass index was associated with high body fat and a greater hip to waist ratio.
      • Pre/post menopausal – Pre-menopausal girls were more likely to have a lower percentage of body fat and a decrease waist to hip ratio compared to post menopausal women.
      • Habitual Tea Drinking – Habitual tea drinkers had lower waist to hip ratios and lower percentages of body fat.
      • Physical Exercise – Those who exercised regularly had lower percentages of body fat and reduced waist to hip ratios.

So, as you can see, there are numerous lifestyle variables that affect whether your weight creeps up as you get older. Needless to say, age itself is a factor we can not control, as is going through menopause. However, what we can learn from this research is that getting regular exercise, refraining from smoking and drinking tea regularly throughout your life can help you avoid gaining weight as you get older.

Conclusion

Adding green tea to your diet is a easy method to help protect your health and protect against weight gain. As a growing number of research has shown green tea’s health benefits, it’s become easier to find. Today, green tea is found in loose or bag form for brewing at home and bottled form for people who want convenient chilled green tea. Even those trendy coffee houses now provide a green tea choice on your menu.

And, if you can not get enough of a dose of green tea by ingesting it, you will find green tea supplements on the market which take the anti-oxidants of green tea in pill form. But, however you decide to receive your dose of green tea, just make certain you get it!