13. Green tea and matcha
Green tea or the ground-up version of its leaves, matcha, are both rich with phytochemicals, including catechins like epigallocatechin gallate—a metabolism booster. Plus, the caffeine in green tea and matcha can help curb your appetite, Cording explains. In a study in The Journal of Nutrition, participants who drank four to five cups of green tea a day and hit the gym for at least 180 minutes per week lost more stomach fat and overall weight after 12 weeks than those who exercised but passed on the hot beverages. A study in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a daily dose of 300mg of EGCG and 200mg of caffeine increased fat oxidation by almost 50%. What that translates to in tea bags varies by brand, according to a study from ConsumerLab.com. A solid bet: Drinking just over four daily cups of Lipton Green Tea, which boasts one of the highest levels of EGCG tested in the study (71mg per cup). Not into multiple cups a day? Hop on the trendy matcha train, since less goes further in the concentrated form. “But rather than purchasing matcha lattes or sweetened bottled drinks which may provide more calories than you need, stir a teaspoon or two of matcha powder into hot water,” Cording suggests.
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