By James Whittle M.S., L.Ac.

The 7 Matcha Weight Loss Strategies

Matcha weight loss strategies are becoming more popular as people try to lose stubborn fat and as obesity rates are on the rise.

1. Matcha boosts fat metabolism: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999 concluded: “Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.”

2. Matcha suppresses appetite. People who drink matcha report less sugar and carb cravings, and their overly-active appetite is suppressed. Recent research has concluded that a combination of fiber, caffeine, green tea catechins and theanine could be responsible for decreasing carb and sugar cravings. This appetite suppression helps in the matcha weight loss strategy.

3. Matcha balances blood sugar, decreases fasting blood glucose and decreases insulin spiking. Matcha green tea balances blood sugar issues and has a beneficial effect on the pancreas. In a study of 1133 subjects, the authors of a meta-analysis concluded: “This meta-analysis suggested that green tea had favorable effects, ie, decreased fasting glucose and Hb A1c concentrations. Subgroup analyses showed a significant reduction in fasting insulin concentrations in trials with high Jadad scores.” Another meta-analysis of 1584 subjects concluded that: “This meta-analysis showed that the administration of green tea catechins, with or without caffeine resulted in a significant reduction in fasting blood glucose.”

4. Matcha calms stress. Lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels is important of any weight loss plan. The theanine in matcha helps keep the brain in alpha state which increases relaxation and reduces stress hormones. Stress hormones cause a person to put on more fat tissue, so by calming the mind, matcha helps weight loss.

5. Matcha reduces inflammation. Called “The Silent Killer” by Time magazine, inflammation has become an epidemic in the United States. There is a relationship between inflammation and obesity, and matcha green tea, which is abundant in polyphenols, reduces inflammation. EGCG, one of the most potent anti-inflammatory polyphenols found in nature, is extremely abundant in matcha green tea. In fact, one gram of living qi matcha contains approximately 66mg of EGCG and 30mg of epigallocatechin.

6. Matcha helps detoxify the liver and purify the blood. A recent study showed that rats fed food laden with toxic PCBs, that also were fed 4 grams of matcha green tea, excreted four times the PCBs than the control group. The study demonstrates that matcha can possibly help you release toxins stored in fat tissue. I have worked with thousands of patients trying to lose weoght, and if a person is harboring toxins in their fat tissue, they have a hard time losing weight until the detox their livers.

7. Matcha kills candida. Candida is a yeast and a parasite that presents multiple problems for people trying to lose weight. Candida enhances sugar cravings which makes you want to eat more refined and processed foods containing large amounts of sugar. Matcha green tea helps kill yeast and candida, cleaning your GI tract of yeast parasites. Also matcha benefits the good bacteria that live in our guts, and can enhance the effectiveness of probiotics. By killing candida and benefitting the guy microflora, matcha also helps the liver to detoxify and purify the blood.

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James Whittle is an acupuncturist and herbalist practicing in Asheville, North Carolina. He imports USDA certified organic matcha green tea from Japan.