Stay thin with hot tea! That's what my mom said... / by Thomas Nguyen

When I was younger, my family owned a nail shop, just like the majority of other Vietnamese families out there haha.  Anyways, one day, a customer asked my mom how she stays so thin.  My mom's response was a very interesting analogy.  "Hot Tea!", my mom said. " You know when you do the dishes, you always use hot water to help cut the fat, and grease from the dishes? That's what hot tea does to my stomach. It helps cut the fat and grease from foods."  My mom actually probably said that with a little more broken english, but you get the gist.

It looks like my mom's analogy isn't too far off.  There have been many studies on the effects of Green Tea and weight loss.  I'm not going to go all out on the findings, but I'll point out to some key points.

  • Thermogenics increases your body heat, which affects your metabolism, which helps you burn fat.  Green Tea has been found to be a great thermogenic that doesn't raise the heart rate too much.  So basically it raises your metabolism without making you feel the jitters.

  • Green Tea contains EGCG, an antioxidant that helps kill and prevent free radicals in your body. This is known to help prevent cancer and health disease. Antioxidants FTW!

So try to have a cup whenever you get the chance! And because this post is about tea, I'll leave it with a quote i enjoy.

"A learned man once went to a Zen master to inquire about Zen. As the Zen master talked, the learned man would frequently interrupt with remarks like, "Oh yes, we have that, too," and so forth. Finally the Zen master stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man; however, he kept on pouring and the tea cup overflowed. "Enough! No more can go into the cup!" the learned man interruped. "Indeed, I see," answered the Zen master. "If you do not first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?"

Week 1 Data Average:
Weight: 153.75lbs
Body Fat: 18.3%
Body Water: 55.75%

Week 2 (Last week) Data Average:
Weight: 153.64lbs
Body Fat: 17.68%
Body Water: 56.36%

Today's Data
Weight: 152.2lbs
Body Fat: 17.5%
Body Water: 56.4%