Anyone asking us “does Matcha help with weight loss” is usually looking for ways to maximise their dieting efforts. The answer to this question is both simple and complex. The simple answer is Yes, absolutely. Matcha can help with weight loss. There are various studies which provide strong indicative data of reduced BMI, increased weight loss and better health in green tea consumers versus placebo groups. The complex answer requires much more detail! Read on to find out more.
How Does Matcha Help Weight Loss?
For those of you who are looking to maximise your weight loss efforts, green tea really is a great place to start your research. Why? It has received much hype as the perfect diet booster. So, what is the science? Matcha Green tea catechins exert a thermogenic effect. In plain English, this simply means that they help to drive the fat burning process within your body. This alone can provide critical support in your weight loss journey. Regular green tea drinkers versus non-green tea drinkers have a 20% reduction in body fat percentage. They also have a reduction in the waist to hip ratio and green tea has also been shown to aid the maintenance of fat loss.
A further 12-week study into matcha green tea’s effectiveness supports these body fat reduction findings. The study concluded that the following benefits including a reduction in body weight, body mass index, body fat ratio, body fat mass, waist circumference, subcutaneous fat to name a few!
BUT… the key here is balance. This is not the single answer to weight loss. Those studied were already green tea drinkers and therefore I believe that the likelihood of this group to make healthy lifestyle choices is higher, thus potentially skewing the results. Don’t expect to drink one green tea and lose a stone!
Having said that, if you want to lose weight, drinking 1-3 cups of matcha tea powder per day is a super helpful way to kick-start your metabolism. It contains a potent combination of antioxidants such as catechins (discussed above) approx 108mg per cup. Other benefits in addition to possessing high antioxidant levels include; disease fighting, liver-protecting and cholesterol-lowering properties.
There is more too. Green teas of all kinds have one particularly impressive quality for those on a weight-loss journey; they suppress your appetite. Matcha green tea is no exception to that and for followers of ketogenic (‘keto’) or paleo diets, intermittent fasting is one way of boosting the speed of your weight loss. When you’re not hanging around beside the fridge, itching for a snack, it is much easier to fast for long periods of time.
Matcha green tea is also caffeine-rich, but without the awful side-effects of caffeine because of its L-theanine content. This means that it is much easier to do intense workouts at the gym that will actually lead to measurable changes in your physique and fitness levels. An increase in endurance of up to 25% is not unheard of with the consumption of matcha green tea.
Best of all, matcha green tea has virtually zero calories, so go ahead and drink it instead of water if you would prefer something with a lot more flavour.
How Much Matcha Should I Drink to Lose Weight?
Drinking 3 cups of Matcha tea a day, the average person can expect to shed around 1.5kg over a 3-month period. Now, if we talk about matcha green tea, just imagine how much faster you would see the calories drop when combined with a consistent (and vigorous!) exercise routine. Consuming 3 cups of Matcha tea will provide you with approximately 330mg of green tea catechins per day. According to scientific studies, this dose is sufficient to deliver weight loss and decrease body fat including abdominal fat.
Does Matcha Burn Belly Fat?
One study concluded that people who drank green tea containing EGCG lost double the amount of weight when compared to a placebo. These people also lost four times as much belly fat over the course of three months.
How to Prepare Matcha Tea for Weight Loss?
When preparing matcha tea for weight loss the key point to pay attention to is the recipe! Ensure it does not contain any sugar. That includes refined sugar, honey or fruit juices. So many matcha recipes include sugar in some form which is fine for regular use but not for weight loss. It will counteract all of the amazing fat burning benefits of drinking matcha on its own!
Which Matcha Tea is Best for Weight Loss?
If you want to boost your weight loss efforts and are ready to give matcha a try then we have some top recommendations to get you started. If you are a Matcha beginner then try our iced mint matcha. We’ve taken our premium grade, organic matcha green tea and blended it with fresh and minty peppermint leaves. A small amount goes a long way and it’s super tasty too! Try adding just half a teaspoon to your bottle. It will keep you energised throughout your day and boost your calorie burning too.
Another option to fuel your body throughout the day is by slipping one of our matcha infusion PODs – featuring an alluring fusion between Japanese Sencha tea leaves and matcha green tea powder – into your water bottle. Just one pod can infuse up to 6 litres of water over your day.