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Fast Weight Loss

Question: Can anyone give me any websites to get info on fast weight loss? I have been searching for information on this for a while but everytime i've read through a few pages they then ask you to pay for information. I just want somewhere to give me an idea of how to promote fast weight loss. I am very active, i exercise 5 days a week sometimes twice and eat healthyly but my weight never changes. i do want to loose some but need help on how.

Answer: With all of the extravagant claims for weight loss products and schemes - whether they have to do with tea or not - a good rule of thumb is buyer beware. With that in mind, however, there is evidence that indicates that tea might play a role in weight loss. When it comes to losing weight, one of the simplest ways tea can help is by acting as a substitute for high-calorie sweetened beverages. Freshly brewed tea without milk, sugar or other additives has no calories and even small amounts of these add-ins typically contribute only a modest amount. By comparison, a 16-ounce Starbucks Frappucino may contain as much as 470 calories, while eight ounces of Coca-Cola contains 97 calories. Studies also indicate that tea itself may play a role in weight loss. A 2005 study looked at 35 Japanese men over a period of three months. Some subjects were given bottled oolong tea with a green tea extract that contained 690 milligrams of catechins. Others were given oolong tea that contained 22 milligrams of catechins. Though their diets were similar, the former group lost an average of 5.3 pounds, as opposed to the latter's 2.9 pounds. The men given higher doses of catechins also saw a greater decrease in body mass index, waist size, total body fat and undesirable LDL cholesterol. More recently, research conducted at the University of Connecticut over a period of six week, saw both lean and obese mice fed a green tea extract (GTE), in varying amounts. As noted in these pages previously, the study found that the extract might help ward off fatty liver disease. There are also indications that GTE might aid in weight loss as well as lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Other research examining possible connections between tea and weight loss include this study from 1999, which investigated whether green tea extract could increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. Another study, whose results were also published in 1999, examined the alleged anti-obesity action of oolong tea. Yet another study, published in 2000, measured the effectiveness of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) derived from green tea leaves in reducing appetite and contributing to weight loss in rats.

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