Sorry, Green Tea Won’t Significantly Boost Your Metabolism

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Green tea is good for you, right? Yes, but while that’s still true, all the claims that green tea will boost your metabolism and help you keep your weight in check or even help you shed pounds are coming up short.

While studies have shown that green tea can help you increase the number of calories your body burns, the weight-loss results in those studies have been disappointing.

One study showed that green tea “only led to small, statistically insignificant weight loss in overweight or obese adults,” and that “regular consumption of green tea didn’t help people keep weight off.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should be ditching your afternoon green tea — it still has other beneficial health properties. You just shouldn’t expect it to help you when you step on the scale.