Sure, there are lots of great things that come with age. Like wisdom, self-confidence, and… if you’re lucky… grandkids.
But let’s be honest. Getting older isn’t ALL sunshine and roses.
In fact, sometimes it can feel a little like winning the lottery in reverse. And the booby prize? All the stuff you never wanted.
You know, things like brain burps and aching joints.
And maybe the most frustrating part of all is the weight gain. Because when you hit 50, it’s like someone flips a switch.
Now all you have to do is think about downing a burger or a beer, and it adds to your ballooning belly.
It’s frustrating. But if you’re ready to toss in the towel and donate your “skinny clothes” to charity, you’re going to have to join the crowd.
Because around 160 MILLION Americans are in the trenches with you, fighting the battle of the bulge. Yet the numbers on those scales keep going up.
And, of course, as your weight climbs so does your risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
But a new report has revealed a breakthrough solution which could finally help put the brakes on weight gain.
And the best part? You won’t have to starve yourself to do it. In fact, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods without fear.
Can green tea undo damage from a junk food diet?
For the study, Ohio State University researchers divided mice into two groups.
Group one got to live every teenager’s dream. They were fed a junk-food diet filled with delicious but unhealthy fats.
Meanwhile, group two ate a typical, healthy mouse chow diet.
But half of BOTH groups got a little something extra. A daily dose of green tea extract was slipped into their food.
After eight weeks the scientists focused in on four key areas to figure out if the green tea could help undo the damage from a junk food diet.
They looked at…
- how permeable or “leaky” the gut was
- leaked gut toxins which trigger inflammation and insulin resistance
- inflammation in fat tissues and intestines
- levels of healthy bacteria in the gut
And the results were remarkable.
Green tea linked to 20% LESS weight gain
Despite gobbling down junk-food all day long, the green-tea mice in group one saw big improvements in ALL four areas.
And surprisingly, some of those same benefits even extended to the mice in group two who were eating a healthy diet.
But that wasn’t all. Remarkably, the green tea extract appears to have prevented the mice from gaining weight.
The mice on the high-fat diet which got the supplement gained 20 percent LESS weight than the rest of the rodents on the junk food plan. And they had less insulin resistance too.
In other words, with green tea extract, you may be able to indulge in your favorite foods from time to time without having to pay the piper.
Imagine saying say yes to that second piece of pizza without guilt. Or digging into a slice of cheesecake without worrying about packing on the pounds.
If these results translate to humans… and there’s every reason to believe they will…. supplementing with green tea could give you that freedom.
Green tea boosts obesity-battling bacteria
So how does green tea do it?
Well, the researchers believe the obesity-fighting benefits are tied to the increase they saw in healthy gut bacteria.
We know that a lack of good gut bugs is linked to obesity. And we also know that green tea promotes the growth of healthy bacteria.
So the researchers think the supplement is replenishing the gut with obesity-battling good bugs.
To find out what green tea can do for you sipping on a few cups a day is a good start. But to reach the levels used in the new study you’d need to drink around 10 cups a day. So you’ll probably want to think about taking a supplement too.
And don’t forget, green tea has been linked to a bunch of other health benefits too, from protecting your brain to reducing your risk for cancer.