This week, I have been raising a teacup and extending my pinky to see if I can experience any of the benefits attributed to green tea in the timeframe of a week.
To see how the experiment was set up, check out my first post on the benefits of green tea.
It seems the tradition on this site is that the simplest experiments are the most profound, and this one did not disappoint. To see what I’m referring to, check out day 6 of the benefits of green tea.
So, what are my overall thoughts on this experiment?
Benefits of Green Ta – Conclusions
In my experiment on hydration, I found that drinking the recommended amount of water per day did impact my mood, cravings and weight.
While water will always have a place in my life, I think that I might be pouring a cup of green tea far more frequently. As I stated in yesterday’s results, there was a positive impact on my blood pressure. While this test is far from scientifically perfect, I personally will be continuing to monitor it and see if the new, lower blood pressure is consistent. As usual, I don’t recommend making any changed to your own diet, exercise or lifestyle routines without consulting a doctor.
The mental benefits of green tea were harder to note. It might just be the consistent, low-grade caffeine consumption that causes them, but I definitely felt “on my toes” this week.
As to the weight loss, this is the real winner of this story. Meeting my goal in time for my birthday, I’ve dropped to 229 pounds this week, down about 3-5lbs from my previous weight range. Thinking back over this week, my diet wasn’t great, and I don’t think I got more exercise than my long-term average. The only change I had was the green tea.
In conclusion, my personal experiences certainly seem to indicate that consuming the quantities of green tea described in the Queen Margaret University study can have a similar impact to those described in that study in as little as a week. Remember though, my experiments are not scientific and they are conducted solely on myself. You might experience different results, so please speak to your doctor before making any diet, lifestyle or exercise changes.