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Weight Loss & Matcha Tea: Fact and Philosophy

January 10, 2011

Google “matcha tea and weight loss” and you will find countless studies asserting the weight loss benefits of green tea.  Google almost any statement for that matter and you will find some form of scientific study to support that claim.  Here at Matcha Source, I mine data search engines and share the sources with you. I’ve posted about matcha and weight loss and you can read more about the health benefits of green tea on the site.  But let’s be honest.  There is no magic bullet.  If green tea made you skinny, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.  Here’s what I know and what I believe.  To lose weight you have to consume less calories than you spend.  That means move more and eat less.  That simple.  Moving more can be as simple as walking around the block, JUST ONCE, after dinner, or using your lunch hour to walk around the park, or the mall if you live in cold climates. You don’t have to run marathons, wear leotards, buy expensive gym memberships or lift heavy weights.  Just walking 45 minutes a day will make significant changes in your health and well being.

For those of us who love their food – consuming less calories DOES NOT mean deprevation.  It does mean using consciousness when eating. My philosophy here is “there’s nothing sharp knives and a cutting board can’t fix.”  Cook more at home.  Learn how to prepare simple good food and eat your meals sitting in the company of people and things that your cherish.  In my house, for example, I keep on the table a small melamine tray and candle holders I picked up traveling in Sweden over the summer.  We always light a candle and use cloth napkins.  Having these few pieces on the table calms me down and creates a peaceful mood for dinner. I mostly cook vegetables and grains, with occasional meat dinners once a week.

Where does matcha tea fit into this? Matcha can support your weight loss and wellness goals in several ways. Matcha is rich in fiber which helps curb your appetite and keep your digestion on track.  Matcha tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid which functions as a natural mood enhancer.  Try drinking a bowl of matcha at 10:30 and 4:30 – natural snack times and adding a few good walks to your week.  See what happens.  And let me know.  This is important information for the rest of us.

For inspiration on how to simply incorporate healthy foods into your life, while eating and living well, here are some people I’ve been reading and following:  Marc Bittman, Sally Fallon\’s Nourishing Traditions and Canal House Cook Books.

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