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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,056)
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4/1/13 4:19 P

Of course! It doesn't stop being water just because you steep a green tea bag in it. :) It's absolutely hydrating you (as evidenced by the fact that I can't stop peeing, and some days I manage to hit clear on my high-tea-level days.) Sparkpeople dietician Becky Hand has stated you can count it. :)

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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4/1/13 3:59 P

So you count green tea as water? I was wondering because my green tea does not have any sugar or added flavors.

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (29,405)
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4/1/13 2:42 P

Agreeing with Dragonchilde. I will add that for me, as I was cutting WAY down on sugar, I stopped drinking coffee in the morning because I don't like coffee without dairy in it, and I was temporarily avoiding dairy. Anyway, I was able to use green tea instead of coffee. I find that when I drink green tea, I don't crave sugar and dairy, so that dairy can just be a non-trigger food item, if that makes sense.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,056)
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4/1/13 1:53 P

I can tell you what green tea CAN do.

If you drink green tea (or any other tea) INSTEAD of a high-calorie flavored beverage like soda or coffee loaded with cream and sugar, it can cut calories while still providing you with flavor. If you are replacing a calorie-laden beverage, it can help cut calories more, and in my experience, a cup of hot tea will often quell snack cravings, improve hydration, and makes it super easy to hit my water goals.

It won't "burn fat" or break a plateau, but it's got its uses!

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4/1/13 1:47 P

Thanks for your feedback...I have learned that if it sounds to good to be true...it's probably not true.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,657
4/1/13 1:36 P

I am glad this is solved.
As I stated, there is no evidence to support the use of green tea to break a plateau. If it was a discussion on a message board, you may have been getting some inaccurate information from a member.

Becky

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4/1/13 1:31 P

It was coach Nicole's plateau busters but actually when I went back through the article it did not say anything about green tea. It was actually a discussion on SP that suggested green tea.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,657
4/1/13 1:25 P

There is no research evidence to support that green tea benefits weight loss or breaking through a plateau. If you can, please share the Sparkpeople article link, so that I can check the entire article of accuracy using the latest scientific research that is currently available.

Thanks so much for your help.
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becky

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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4/1/13 12:20 P

I read on the "tips for plateau breakthroughs" published on SP that if you add green tea to your diet it will help break through a plateau. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


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