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10-31-2007, 03:45 PM
My sister says yes. Over the course of about 4 weeks, she lost 20 pounds.
I have heard that the pills work also. Although, i prefer to just drink the actual tea than take the pills.
I HATE tea with a passion, but I would be able to stomach it if it would help at all.

Does anyone have any opinions on this subject?

10-31-2007, 03:51 PM
There has been studies to say that green tea can help you lose a minimal amount of weight (8 lbs over a year?). I think it is probably from the caffeine and partially because it is filling and helps curb hunger. The tests done were done on tea, not pills.

Suzanne 3FC
10-31-2007, 04:15 PM
I find that when I drink green tea (or white or oolong), that it satisfies my craving for something soothing, so I avoid other types of nibbles that contain calories. In this way, I do think it helps with weight control, but I agree that it's not something in the green tea that causes it. If you have excess water, the increased liquid consumption and caffeine can help you drop that as well.

Nelie is right, documented studies have proven that any weight loss directly attributed to the thermogenic qualities of green tea is very minor. Participants drank 4 cups daily to lose 8 pounds in a year. There's no evidence that drinking more would lead to more weight loss, I think it capped off there.

11-01-2007, 02:24 AM
Hi, i been drinking the green tea also. it helps my cravings. but is the water like you said i think. but been losing little bits but its going down. so i am drinking it. have a good week. LaDean

11-01-2007, 02:52 PM
I'll be honest- I took green tea supplements during my last diet, and they seemed to work well for increasing my energy and keeping away cravings. However, you have to be careful- some of those pills contain other things besides green tea- I didn't realize that, and I bought pills that had some kind of root extract that made me feel so sick. It's safest to just drink the tea, unless you can find a supplement with a minimal number of other ingredients. I drink white tea, which is supposed to have even higher antioxidents. Good stuff.

11-18-2007, 08:52 PM
I've started to really enjoy a few cups of green tea each day. I know it has been used to "lose weight", but for me it's more just for drinking it - it totally calms cravings if I'm hungering for junk. It's nice to drink in between my meals if I have nothing healthy on hand to munch on.

I've also heard that it's good for your body overall... something to do with cleaning out toxins from foods.

I used to drink coffee all the time, and now that I drink green tea more often - coffee just isn't the same for me.

12-03-2007, 11:49 PM
I recently bought a bottle of Rexall Green tea tabs with Hoodia from Walmart. It was really cheap like 6 dollars. It seems to help me not have cravings,plus it was CHEAP. I don't like to spend alot of money when trying new things.

01-25-2008, 03:03 AM
tried this one last year but the herbs in the pills got to me and only helped curb my appetite...drinking the tea was easier i only refrained from gaining 5 lbs...the diet was a very low carb diet to go as a carb lover like myself it wasn't easy:shrug:

01-31-2008, 01:01 AM
Im a green tea fan,but I love coffee more-thats my problem.A couple years ago I lost a good bit of weight and I drank about 3 cups of Green tea a day,what I noticed personally was it acted like a mild diuretic and its a great anti oxidant which Im all about.My skin looked good and I never retained much water when I drank it regularly.So....try it,you might like it!

02-09-2008, 10:53 AM
Green tea is good for you, but on the morning show they had a specialest come on and bust some of the fake weight loss scams. Green tea was one of them. So i doubt that it helps you lose anything but maybe a few in water weight. But they also said that usually hunger isnt hunger, its thirst. So drinking somthing can make it seem like its curbing your hunger when its actually just being satisfied because you were really just need water in the first place.


02-11-2008, 05:14 PM
I was talking to someone that worked in a GNC store and he told me that studies have shown that green tea does a real number on your heart because it has twice the caffiene of other teas and coffee. Is there any validity to that? I drink it at work every day.

02-11-2008, 05:47 PM
I like tea but I need coffee to get me going in the morning. I'm going to try to start drinking more tea at night (decaf) to help calm cravings, like others suggested. I figure why not have green tea? It has health benefits above and beyond other teas (and beyond weight loss, right)?

But since you said you hate tea, maybe a diet hot chocolate would be good?

02-13-2008, 11:05 AM
In moderation it's been shown to help strengthen your artery walls in your heart and blood vessels.

It's not something known for causing wieght loss, but there are other health benefits it contributes to.

yobi new mom 2007
02-26-2008, 05:36 PM
Green tea works for weight loss but it is not mainly for weightloss
With green tea you don't add sugar, so it helps your cravings without adding unpleasant calories. When I started a new job 2 years ago I drank tea instead of coffee like everybody else, and lost about 10 pounds. I truly think that green tea has tons of benefits ::D

02-28-2008, 08:20 PM
I was trying to cut out soda from my diet. I was already drinking diet soda but all the sodium was killing me so I tried different things and finally settled on iced green tea. If your comparing it to other things to drink its a great calorie free drink and it has I THINK half the caffeine. Hold on i am checking....... ok Coffee has almost 110 mg and tea has 25 mg. I still think green tea is better for you than soda or coffee, less caffeine, no calories and no sodium!

03-11-2008, 08:35 AM
I'm not sure of the scientific effects of green tea on the body, but for me, green tea really helps suppress my appetite. Although it's been said that any hot drink will suppress your appetite, what's the harm on making that drink something healthier than hot chocolate, regular tea or coffee! I used to drink a lot of regular tea for the same effect but have now switched to green tea and I genuinely feel like it helps me stop snacking. Another reason I feel green tea might work is that a craving often will only last for about 10 mins and drinking green tea, for example, during this time will give you something to do to pass this time. When I'm finished my tea, my craving has gone!

Unfortunately, green tea can have a bitter taste that I, and others, may not like. This is why I always look out for flavoured green teas, my current favourite being green tea with lemon, though this can be achieved at home with a squeeze of lemon juice.

It might not be for everyone, but I recommend trying it! Apparantly Sophie Dahl swears by it!

Kate x

03-11-2008, 11:14 AM
Plus, on St Patrick's Day...they can't pinch you if you have green tea in yo tummy!

If they do, you get to pinch 'em back.
Of course, they may challenge whether you have green tea in yo tummy or not,
in which case you'd have to spit some up to show 'em! :^: