It’s ok to enjoy a meal with your loved one, but don’t forget to drink a cup of green tea after a heavy meal.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the least processed types of tea. Green tea also contains polyphenols, which include flavanols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids; these compounds may account for up to 30% of the dry weight. Most of the green tea polyphenols (GTPs) are flavonols, commonly known as catechins.
The caffeine and catechin present in green tea acts as a stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance in various studies. By elevating the metabolic rate, green tea can also increase oxidation of fat and even improve insulin activities. Overall, studies indicate that consuming green tea can help you burn an additional 75–100 calories per day.
According to World Health Organization, more than 1.4 billion adults are overweight and out of this, 200 million men and 300 million women are clinically obese (WHO, 2008). It is a state of excessive accumulation of adipose tissue to a degree that threatens health. When people are healthy, they don’t think about prevention of diseases, but prevention is better than cure. Compared to healthy people, people with obesity are more likely to suffer cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension.
Ways to prevent obesity:
𝟭. 𝗔𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲, 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗳𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗼𝗵𝘆𝗱𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱
Processed foods typically contain a high amount of salt and sugar which can give a higher risk of obesity. When stress levels are high, people are more prone to consume higher calorie foods. A long-term consumption of high-calorie foods will cause obesity.
𝟮. 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆
Obesity occurs from the imbalance of energy intake and energy expenditure. Physical activity helps to increase energy expenditure and improves weight management. There are numerous studies that link sedentary behaviour to higher correlation to obesity.
𝟯. 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽
At least 7 or 8 hours of sleep is important to reduce the risk of obesity. Typically most people spend their time on screens of most electronic devices and increased eating habits which ultimately reduces the sleep duration.
𝟰. 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗚𝗜 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀
The glycemic index (GI) tells us whether a food raises blood glucose levels quickly, moderately or slowly. A low GI means it is difficult to break down carbohydrates into glucose and it controls release of sugar. Small particles have a higher GI than bigger particles due to the bigger surface area thus creating more digestive enzymes to break down into glucose, thus can keep blood glucose levels steady and limit weight gain.