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Has anyone lost weight by drinking green tea and does it really curb your appetite??Which are better, pills,extracts or just brewing the tea?I just started to drink 1 cup a day so far.I really need to lose 20 pounds and I am looking for natural ways to move things along a bit!I would love it if I could deminish some of my appetite since I eat like a horse!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks in advance!<br><br><br><br>
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Before I give my opinion, I'm going to ask...<br><br><br><br>
Do you want my opinion or anyone other then me?<br><br><br><br>
I ask because you may not like what my answer.
 

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Well vm, I'll be nicer than Kristab <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">.<br><br><br><br>
Drinking tea in place of eating can yes, fill you up. I used to do this when I was what I will call 'emotional' eating. If I felt the urge to eat something which I felt was out of boredome and not a true need to eat, I would brew tea.<br><br><br><br>
of course, it wasn't always green tea, sometimes it was herbal. I found that having a cup of tea would usually lessen my urge to snack.<br><br><br><br>
Now, for Kristab <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">...no you can not simply replace good healthy foods with green tea and expect everything to be okay.<br><br><br><br>
But having some tea when you are bored and wanting to check out the fridge is probably not a bad idea at all.<br><br><br><br>
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Well yeah, water works well to. But the difference with tea is that it gives you a flavor...and having flavor gave me a bit more satisfaction than if I'd just drank a big glass of water (which i also generally did)
 

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Green tea supposedly has lots of antioxidants and wonderful things in it, including some compounds that are supposed to make you lose weight. Nonetheless, let me give you a word of advice; do not reduce your food intake ridiculously. All you will do is mess up your metabolism and exhaust yourself. If you really want to lose some weight, then do it in a healthy, sensible manner. I don't think the tea can hurt you, at any rate, if you're drinking it when you have a bored urge to eat, but you can't use to replace food....<br><br>
Why don't you post your height, weight, and what you eat. I am sure that most of us could offer some tips for healthy eating and weight loss....cuz you got me a little concerned with this whole 'I'll just drink tea!" thing!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
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Yes tea (and caffeine in general) has a diuretic effect. It makes you get rid of more water than you drink.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: what i mean is caffeine in general. i'm not sure if tea (the beverage) is really diuretic. maybe it has too little caffeine for that.
 

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that's true...caffein is a diuretic. You definitely want to limit your use of any caffeinated beverages. I now do decaf or herbal only.<br><br><br><br>
Oddly enough, while thinking one day that I was drinking a decaf beverage, I drank like half a bottle of this 'herbal' energizing drink. Only to find out later that it had not one but TWO substances which contained caffein. One I believe was something called gurauna (?). You really have to read up on this stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, that was off topic.<br><br><br><br>
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Thanks for the replies.Just to clarify though,I didnt mean to give you all the impression that I wasnt eating.I do eat alot,but I was hoping that green tea could just curb my appetite some,thats all.<br><br><br><br>
Kristadb-Sure,give me your best shot!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Rainbowmoon-Thanks!Here are my stats:<br><br>
Height ~ 5'1 I am also small boned.Except for my gut!<br><br>
Weight ~ 126 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
Typical menu:<br><br>
Breakfast~Oatmeal with banana & soymilk or cold cereal w/banana & soymilk.<br><br>
Snack~A huge bowl of popcorn w/butter or a piece of fruit,water.<br><br>
Lunch~Peanut Butter & Jelly on whole wheat bread w/green beans & fruit or a veggieburger on wheat w/brocoli & fruit,water.<br><br>
Snack~Usually I'll have a few cookies w/coffee.I know thats not healthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Dinner~Bean & Rice burritos w/salsa & salad,water.Or Soup w/bread,fruit,water.<br><br>
Snack~Usually a big bowl of cereal w/soymilk.Sometimes just a piece of fruit.<br><br><br><br>
So,what do you all think?Please be honest....
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I'm back!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
About the tea - it sound like you wanted a miracle fix that would zap away the fat. Ain't happening darling. If such a food existed, I would have shared it with everyone by now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Teas are a diuretic, which means you'll pee more, dehydrate yourself and be more hungry and thirsty. However, the up side is that you'll lose 1-2 lbs every night (gaining it back the next morning when you drink something).<br><br><br><br>
Have the tea if you like it. But, also add water to your daily liquids. If you don't like plain water, add a lemon slice to your glass.<br><br><br><br>
Let's assume you are doing 30 minutes of cardio 3x per week and weights 1-3x weekly... You *are* doing exercise, right? /tap<br><br><br><br>
B - Remember to drink the soy milk added to your cereal, as the fortified cereals leech the minerals into the milk. Add a sprinkle of wheat germ to your cereals (hot and cold). The added fibre and nutritents (esp, zinc and iron) will help your health a lot without the added calories.<br><br><br><br>
L - sounds good.<br><br><br><br>
D - Add 1-2 servings of low calorie, high fibre vegetables. Brussel sprouts, carrots, a side salad, roasted tomatos, etc.<br><br><br><br>
S1 - Instead of popcorn, have a small amount of nuts (3tbsp serving size), 1 piece fruit, 1 soymilk/milk/juice w/ calcium<br><br><br><br>
S2 - Have a couple cookies. If you have your small treat every day or so, you are less likely to eat a box of cookies later.<br><br><br><br>
S3 - Keep this snack light and a means of getting extra calcium. Fruit, raw veggies w/ small amount of hummus, and a glass of soymilk.<br><br><br><br>
How does that sound?<br><br><br><br>
See, I was nice :)
 

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Krista, when are you going to go to school and become a nutritionist? This is clearly your calling in life (I mean other than the writing of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">)
 

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LOL<br><br><br><br>
Nah, I just love food so much that I try to justify any which way I can to squeeze more into my life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Thanks Krista <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I do exercise 5-6 days a week,mostly cardio.I do Pilates every now and then and I have just started doing Ashtanga Yoga as well.I really appreciate your taking the time to help me.Bethanie is right,you would be good at helping other people out.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again!<br><br><br><br>
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Pilates is a cruel exercise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I count it as a cardio AND a weight training.<br><br><br><br>
After 10 minutes of my beginners Pilates video, I feel like rubber and can't do the rest of the tape.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by kristadb</i><br><br><b>Remember to drink the soy milk added to your cereal, as the fortified cereals leech the minerals into the milk.</b></div>
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Not to be picky or anything but cereals don't leech minerals into the milk, the milk would leech the minerals from the cereal. Leeching refers to something taking from something else, not giving.
 

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Yes, you mean to be picky <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I worded it incorrectly, but the meaning does not change.
 

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Yes, green tea is diuretic.<br><br>
Yes, green tea fills you up, but not more than than water or herbal teas, which would certainly be the better choice. Though I also drink green tea, I drink more herbal teas like rooibos.<br><br>
No, caffeine doesn´t curb your hunger; like any stimulant it could trigger hunger.<br><br>
Sorry, I´m a bit late.
 
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