Drinking green tea is one of the easiest ways to rev up your metabolism. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea-extract increases the metabolism by 4% over a 24 hour period.

Three to five cups a day can help you burn an extra 70 calories a day, which adds up to seven pounds a year, 35 pounds for five years and 70 pounds for 10 years.

Green tea has also been shown to inhibit fat absorption—the movement of glucose into fat cells, [support healthy] glucose levels after eating a meal, prevent insulin spikes which prevents fat storage, and reduce appetite.

Think three to five cups a day seems like a lot? Replace diet soda with my recipe for “green tea soda.” Spoon instant green tea into sparkling water like Perrier or club soda and you have a refreshing, bubbly drink. It’s great to get you through the 3:00pm slump, when you otherwise might reach for a soda or sugary snack. - Rebekah Baumgardner, BodyBuilding.Com

After struggling all through August to find the motivation to keep moving forward, I have finally got back on track with clean eating and exercise and have lost 75 pounds in a little over 5 months. To be 15 pounds away from my goal is a dream come true, and I cant wait to see where the next few months take me!