I have made lots of lifestyle changes in the past to try and lose weight. The only one I have actually stuck to is swapping a cup of PG Tips for Green Tea. You may be shaking your head, thinking ‘Yuck’ or ‘Nah, doesn’t work’ but I feel I may be living proof it does. Big statement, I know!
I was a solid tea drinker from an early age, my mum even put it in my bottle as a child so you can imagine the idea of giving it up was unthinkable.
During University I put on a noticeable amount of weight, the distance between Halls and the Campus was just a stones throw away so I no longer got the exercise I had at home when walking to School. Also, the fact I was now in charge of my eating habits, I was allowing myself one too many biscuits and sweet treats. I started Uni a size 12, which slowly crept up to a size 16 by the end of my Second Year.
That’s me on the left hand side, first week of Uni.
And this is exactly 2 years after. I know it could be a lot worse, but I’m still embarrassed by it and don’t think I actually realised how big I was.
During my third year of Uni I started going to the gym, watching what I ate and as I no longer lived close to Campus, I made myself walk to Uni. It was a pretty long walk too, I didn’t look so attractive in the Summer months hauling in like a sweaty betty. My housemates and I even got up at 6am for an early morning jog some days. That was painful.
Woohoo Gyming works! Eventually I started to lose some weight and this was me (and my friend Kay) in our final year at Uni.
When I decided to move out with my boyfriend, I wasn’t really worried about the big commitment we were making or the fact we might hate each other eventually, I should add this hasn’t happened yet, but the fact that I would no longer have a long walk into work (as we were moving in around the corner) so would lose my daily exercise and I would end up eating more, joining the biscuit band-wagon again.
Thankfully this has not happened and I believe it may be down to my choice of drinks. That being Green Tea. I drink the stuff religiously, at least 4 large cups a day. I eat as much as I used to before I moved out and don’t do as much exercise. I can’t see another explanation?
The main benefit for me is it increases my metabolism rate and stops me from feeling bloated. There are other benefits too (some maybe debatable):
- Diabetes – Helping regulate Glucose levels
- Heart Disease – Protects against formation of clots
- Lowers your risk of Cancer
- Cholesterol – Improves the ratio of good vs bad
- Delay of risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Tooth Decay – Can destroy the bacteria and viruses that cause it
- Blood Pressure – Reduce High Blood Pressure
- Depression – Has a relaxing effect
- Skin Benefits – Decrease signs of ageing and help against sun damage