Everyone and their dog seems to be chatting about Matcha tea and for good reason too; the powdered green tea introduced to Japan in the 12th century, is a potent mixture of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Its ability to help with weight loss and increase energy levels is well-documented making it your perfect, killer workout training partner.
“So precisely how much of this stuff do I need to reap its benefits?” we hear you say. Drinking just one serving of Matcha (1 tsp) before a workout is a great way to increase your endurance, speed up your metabolism and say bye-bye to visceral fat – the stubborn fat located in your abdominal area. Consistency is key here if you wish to get the most out of its energy-boosting and weight-loss inducing properties.
Drinking a cup a day approximately 30 minutes prior to working out is the sweet spot and you can expect to see more toned muscles as fat slips off more effortlessly within a couple of months (provided you are following a dedicated training regime of course!) Perhaps one of the best ways that we like to consume Matcha here at at I Love Matcha Tea HQ, is by turning it into a latte that will beat anything you can buy in a coffee shop. Another favourite of ours for a quick blast of energy is Skinny Taste’s Matcha shot or our very own Matcha Power Shot which you can make in bulk, freeze and pop into your sports bottle when you’re ready. You can also mix a serving of Matcha powder with your regular protein shake or heap it straight in to your water bottle to drink on your way to your next session. All of the above will be perfectly timed for a kick ass, sweat inducing, killer workout.
Curiously, although a serving of Matcha tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, the energising effects on both the mind and body have been shown to last longer, meaning more energy to take your workout to the next level. You can expect to see an increase in endurance of up to almost 25% if you consume Matcha tea before a workout session.
We know what you’re thinking – Matcha contains a small amount of caffeine, so of course it will affect endurance…but how does it aid weight loss?! The answer lies in the thermogenesis and fat oxidisation-stimulating catechins of which Matcha tea is chock-full. Too complex; didn’t understand? In simple terms, thermogenesis describes the process by which the body burns calories, which in turn generates bodily heat. Basically, you get more bang for your buck if you consume Matcha and exercise; every calorie counts right? A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition saw the total amount of calories burnt each day increase from the standard rate of 8-10%, to a whopping 35-43%!
Combined with the fact that Matcha is drunk for varying reasons including stress-busting, anti-ageing, immune-boosting, sugar-level reducing miracle powder, we’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say that the stuff is gold. Keen to give it a go? You can purchase our 100% natural, organic Matcha tea powder here. Here’s to a happier, healthier more energised you!