“Drop 10 pounds in only 7 days!” “Lose inches of stubborn belly fat while you sleep!” The siren call of diet pills rings loud and clear, and with promises like that there’s definitely no shortage of people who turn to herbal supplements as a quick weight loss aid.
But with all the supplements and diet pills flooding the market, each with its own “miracle” claims, it’s difficult to sort fact from fiction and get a fix on which products actually deliver results.
More importantly, how do you know that what you’re putting in your body is actually safe and beneficial to your overall health?
That all-important question, coupled with the fact that many studies now show that some chemicals and supplements actually do more harm to the body than good, is one of the reasons green tea diet pills have become more popular as of late for fast, safe weight loss.
A Brief Overview of Green Tea
Tea is one of the oldest prepared beverages in the world, and Chinese cultures in particular have been consuming tea for over 4,000 years. It is still consumed to this day for its health and medicinal properties. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis, which you may or may not recognize as the same plant responsible for pretty much every other type of tea (excluding herbal teas).
How do so many teas come from one plant? Well, it boils down to how they’re processed. Black tea is created through fermentation, a process which oxidizes the leaves (and gives the tea that dark red color). Green tea, on the other hand, only goes through a light oxidation without full fermentation, which allows it to retain more of its original chemical makeup, including the valuable polyphenols which are a major source of the antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties of green tea.
Well, antioxidants and cancer-fighters do sound fantastic, but what does all this have to do with weight loss? Let’s find out.
The Little Green Diet Pill That Could
Green tea diet pills typically contain the regular leaves used to make green tea, but in a concentrated form. That “extract” is primarily made up of those polyphenols we just talked about, which, in addition to the benefits mentioned above, increase metabolism, act as a gentle appetite suppressant, and speed up the process of thermogenesis.
Even though you can easily get those benefits from drinking green tea itself like all those ancient Chinese people, it’s simply easier to swallow a few tiny pills than it is to prepare and drink 5-8 cups of tea every day. So make no mistake – there’s nothing “miraculous” about green tea diet pills. The real miracle comes from the tea itself, no matter how you choose to get it into your body.
If you’re the type of person who prefers the ease and simplicity of taking the concentrated extract (and who wouldn’t?) there are dozens of different types of green tea pills to consider. Some products are 100% green tea extract – so essentially, highly concentrated tea. Other products contain various weight loss herbs like hoodia or chromium and claim to be more effective than green tea alone, but some of those claims are as yet unverified.
How to Find the Best Green Tea Diet Pill
With all those products out there, finding a product that’s actually effective can be a bit daunting, to say the least. Here’s the most important thing:
Pay attention to the amount of polyphenols in the pill. Sometimes polyphenols are called catechins on the label. Polyphenols are the ingredient in green tea that make it such an effective weight loss supplement, and if you aren’t getting enough of them, you might as well buy a package of powdered grass.
To provide some comparison: one capsule of a standardized green tea extract which contains 90% polyphenols is the equivalent of roughly 5 cups of green tea. Some extracts are standardized specifically for EGCG, which is one of the most widely studied polyphenols for antioxidant and weight loss effects. These products tend to be standardized with 80% polyphenols and 55% EGCG.
Keep in mind that at the time this article was published there is no standard recommended daily dose for green tea diet pills, and we would never provide medical or dosage advice on this site, but according to EURECCA, a project funded by the European Union, daily intake of polyphenols should be somewhere between 500-1,000 mg/day.
There is still a lot of controversy over how effective green tea diet pills really are for weight loss, but research seems to be pushing in the right direction. Green tea has been shown to provide thermogenic, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, and metabolic boosting benefits, and when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, and maybe a good cleansing diet, it could be just the boost you need to get you on the fast track to weight loss.