I drink coffee every morning but lately have been switching to green tea in the afternoon. I have long heard that green tea helps with weight loss by increasing metabolism and stemming appetite. Not only that, it has other supposed health effects–anti-cancer properties, lowers blood pressure, even helps with gum disease.
All I know is that when I drink it, I feel healthier.I want to find some information that helps me understand the benefits of green tea and separates fact from fiction. Patricia Rouner’s book Lose Weight With Green Tea: A Safe Weight Loss Method That Works may just be the ticket.
What is the Book About?
The author has done detailed research into the science behind why green tea works so well for weight loss and other health benefits, and the history of green tea use, and summarizes it in the book for ease of understanding. She offers tips for choosing, brewing, and drinking the tea, as well as other weight loss advice.
The book, I believe, is one of the few that provides you with all of the information you need to “incorporate green tea safely and sensibly into a successful weight control program.” It is totally based on scientific findings and all claims are substantiated.
What Are the Contents?
Chapter 1. In the first chapter she talks about the link between green tea and weight loss. What does science say?
Chapter 2. The steps that green tea goes through to get from the bush to your teacup. How is it grown and how is it processed?
Chapter 3. What is the right way to brew green tea and why you should not use boiling water
Chapter 4. The importance of polyphenols in the antioxidant effects of green tea.
Chapter 5. Caffeine is dangerous for everyone, right? Not really. In this chapter, Patricia talks about the good and the bad of caffeine and dispels the myths about green tea and caffeine by answering questions such as:
- I have been told the tea actually has more caffeine than coffee. Can that be true?
- Is the caffeine in tea the same as the caffeine in coffee?
- I thought caffeine was supposed to be bad for everybody. What happened?
Chapter 6. Patricia explains why it is better to drink tea instead of taking a tea-pill (supplement)
Chapter 7. This is a great chapter about the ability of green tea to fight numerous deseases.
What others are saying about Lose Weight With Green Tea?
“If you want to know about green tea…but were afraid to ask, this book has all the answers”, say Armchair Interviews. (Read their interesting review here)
For Gary R. Ferguson the best benefit of the book is the explanation of how the polyphenols and antioxidants in green tea actually help you lose weight. He also like the guidance as to the best way to prepare the tea, which brands have the highest antioxidants, and how green tea helps prevent certain diseases.
Ferguson also adds that you still have to eat properly and exercise to lose weight, but that green tea can give you an added edge. “You can’t eat cheeseburgers three times a day and then drink green tea and lose weight,” he added. Darn!
A Tip about How to Lose Weight Drinking More Green Tea
Listen as experienced dietitian Rachael Richardson gives a few tips about losing weight with green tea.
Pros and Cons
- The book is well researched and written.
- Author provides practical information you can incorporate into your life.
- There are “frequently asked questions” sections in every chapter.
- You gain knowledge about why green tea helps weight loss.
I did not discover any cons with this book.
Problems and Complaints
The only complaint I saw in my research was from C. Reynolds, who said the book was vague and redundant and didn’t offer any viable knowledge. How wrong! His viewpoint is totally opposite from any other review I found.
How Does the Book Rate Overall?
With only one negative review, this book rated 4.5 stars. Most people found the book to be a handy and valuable resource for helping them learn more about green tea and how to incorporate it into their lives for weight loss.