Japanese Green Tea was a big part of my 170 pound weight loss and has been essential for me in my long term maintenance of my new body. Here’s how I got started:
In June of 2005, I slipped and fell in my bathroom, hitting my face hard on the tile floor. I was shocked when I saw the photos of myself a few days later – not because of the big black eye and bruised face, but because of the size of my body! I looked like a huge blimp! I had to weigh close to 300 pounds, if not more. It was my major wake-up call and I knew I had to do something fast. I had known I was fat, but I didn’t realize I was THAT FAT.
I was led to Japanese green tea by my inner guidance, it seemed to be showing up every where, so I started reading a lot of websites about weight loss and green tea and decided to give it a try – the only thing I had to lose was over 150 pounds. I did some research and was impressed with the quality of green teas that were carried by a particular company so I placed my first order. Even Lipton sells green tea these days, but I needed the REAL THING, straight from Japan, something with all the properties and benefits still present in the tea, and definitely not some inferior or highly processed product. I had a long road ahead of me and wanted to be sure I had the full strength weight loss aid to do it right.
On August 15, 2005, I drank my first cup. Being obese and yo-yo dieting can effect your body in many negative ways. While I have not heard scientific claims regarding this, and I am certainly no scientist, I am 100 percent sure that the green tea regulated my menstrual cycle for the first time in many years, and I am convinced that it has positively affected my metabolism as well. A high quality green tea, when made correctly, is delicious. It nourishes my body in so many ways – I do not feel hungry all the time and I am satisfied with much less food. It has helped me in so many other ways and I felt the difference immediately. There is a lot of scientific evidence out there, but I think the proof is in the results and I can wholeheartedly stand behind the weight loss and health benefits of Japanese green tea. Besides my own inner guidance and using my thoughts to become thin, it is the closest thing to a magic pill I have found.
I started out using the tea bags, which work great. I usually drink 2 cups in the morning and then again in the afternoons. I like it hot the best and think it does the most for your body that way, but it is also refreshing cold on hot days. If I skip a day or two, I find my body craving it! I will also sometimes add Organic Goji Berries to my green tea for a sweeter flavor and a real nutritional punch.
There are a lot of different choices out there, but I highly recommend real Japanese green tea, like the Uji teas as I have found them to be the best tasting and most effective. This is not a time to sell yourself short and look for the cheap quick fix, like name brand green teas from grocery stores or green tea pills and supplements. I can only recommend the REAL STUFF, direct from Japan, because that is what worked for me.
Now, almost five years later, I still drink my green tea almost daily and take care to make sure I never run out!
Besides weight loss, below are other health issues for which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- high cholesterol levels
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular disease
- lowers blood sugar
- impaired immune function
- helps stabilize diabetes
- it makes your skin healthier and prettier
- assists in weight loss
- slows the aging process
- deters food poisoning
- aids in digestion
- encourages bowel regularity
- provides you with a mild stimulating effect without causing sleepless nights
- prevents tooth decay and fights plaque
As you can see, green tea is extremely beneficial in so many ways. I can whole heartedly recommend it for weight loss from my own personal experience. Use your inner guidance and see what YOUR body says about drinking green tea.