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Weight loss? Researchers are hard at work finding out exactly how green tea aids in weight loss. They believe it speeds the rate at which fat is broken down in the body.

A study printed in the February issue of the Journal of Nutrition, shows that belly flab may be alleviated with the help of green tea. Researchers evaluated 132 obese men and women. Each consumed a diet with the same amounts of daily calories and everyone participated in moderate exercise for 180 minutes a week.

Individuals also drank a beverage each day containing 39 milligrams of caffeine, but one of the groups consumed green tea with 625 milligrams of catechins. After a 12-week period, the participants drinking green tea lost more body weight than the control group. The green tea group also saw greater declines in total abdominal fat, subcutaneous abdominal fat and triglycerides.

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