A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition is the only kind that has any real scientific validity; the double blind variety. A double blind study is one where neither the participants or the researchers know the identity of the control or the experimental group. Only after the research is completed are the control and experimental groups revealed.

The latest study centered on one of the new, “go to” fat loss drinks, green tea. Green tea has experienced an upsurge in popularity of late as a fat burning drink. There are many things in the tea that may be responsible for the blubber reducing properties of the tea, but the research examined cetechins, a sub-class of flavonoids, or antioxidant compounds.

Powerful antioxidants seem to have strong disease fighting properties, and now they are being looked at as a weapon the the battle against belly fat too. Green tea is loaded with these cetechins, but the researchers looked at just consuming them, not so much the green tea they’re derived from.

To test only the effects of the antioxidant compounds, a group of 100 individuals was divided into two groups, a control group and an experimental group. Neither the pencil and coat crowd nor the participants knew who was drinking what until the study was over. Both groups swilled a concoction of water, sodium chloride, artificial citrus flavouring, glucose, erythritol, and sucralose. Mmmmm, yummy! One contained a healthy dose of the  cetechins, 625mg worth, the other had none. Both drinks were caffeine adjusted so the buzz component of the two drinks would be equal.

The subjects, formerly the types who did video game playing, computer using, and newspaper reading for exercise, actually engaged in real exercise during the study. After 12 weeks, the results were in. Doing the same amount of exercise and eating similar diets, the cetechins group lost no more weight. Darn it! They did, however, lose something that counts even more; belly fat. The researchers discovered that the abdominal fat area and abdominal subcutaneous fat area decreased significantly more in the cetechins consuming group than in the control group.

That means that green tea you’re drinking is a valuable part of a belly fat eliminating diet plan. It won’t overcome an order of large fries, but it’s helpful just the same. The combination of the caffeine, antioxidants, and other compounds in the tea, plus the satiating effect of the liquid all combine to help you burn more fat.