I drink green tea when I’m sick, because it has tons of antioxidants, and you can load it up with honey…which makes your throat happy when you have a sore throat/cold…plus it’s hot…
The caffeine in green tea is negligible compared to a cup of coffee…even less than regular black tea…which we Americans usually drink iced…so unless the tablets you are taking are super-concentrated, I wouldn’t worry about the caffeine. You’d get twice the caffeine from a can of Coke.
While I’ve never tried green tea as a weight loss method, I found it curious that when I went to my friend’s stepmother’s house for dinner, she served small cups of green tea afterwards “to cut the fat!”
She was a little tiny Korean woman, and her waist was the size of my thigh. Granted, she didn’t take second helpings of dinner like we did…
But nonetheless, she was pleasantly and firmly convinced that green tea had weight-loss benefits.
If I had to guess, I would say that like anything that ends the meal–be it cigarettes, coffee, hot tea–if you stop eating because you’re doing something else, you may have more success losing weight than if you didn’t have a “stop eating” signal. I’m a smoker and I know that I don’t eat anything else after I have a cigarette. And if I’m in a restaurant, I don’t eat anything after the post-dinner drinks show up, regardless of cigs. I drink my coffee or my Grand Marnier or whatever it is, and my plate of food has lost its appeal.
There’s something to be said for distracting yourself from your dinner.