Combining Green Tea with Aerobic Exercise Reduces Central Adiposity and Serum Lipid in Sedentary Women.

Hoseini, Soreh, Nazarali, Parvaneh, Hanachi, Parichehr, Khosravi, Niko and Konstantaki, Maria (2016) Combining Green Tea with Aerobic Exercise Reduces Central Adiposity and Serum Lipid in Sedentary Women. Athens Journal of Sports, 3 (4). pp. 253-265. ISSN 2241-7915

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Abstract

Obesity is a complex disorder which is characterised by excessive accumulation of adipose tissue and is linked to many health problems including cardiovascular disease. Green tea has anti-oxidant properties and has been shown to be beneficial for reducing obesity measures such as waist to hip ratio and fat mass. Physical activity and particularly aerobic exercise has been linked with weight reduction. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of green tea consumption and aerobic exercise on obesity measures and in particular on lipid profiles and waist to hip ratio (WHR) in sedentary women. Forty females were recruited from a population of sedentary women who had been referred by their doctor to a fitness facility. All participants signed an informed consent and were randomly assigned to either one of four intervention groups: a) aerobic exercise, b) green tea, c) aerobic exercise and green tea, and d) control. Before and after the eight-week intervention, waist to hip ratio (WHR) and lipid levels (HDL, LDL, triglycerides and cholesterol) were measured. Results showed that WHR showed no change in control but reduced significantly in the other three groups. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels remained unchanged in all groups. HDL level increased significantly in aerobic exercise and in green tea and aerobic exercise group, but remained unchanged in green tea. LDL level reduced only in green tea and aerobic exercise group with no changes in green tea. HDL:LDL changed significantly in green tea and aerobic exercise group. These findings suggest that green tea consumption alone for eight weeks at three cups per day can reduce central adiposity. However the combination of green tea consumption and aerobic exercise appears to elicit improvements in the lipid profile in addition to reducing central adiposity.

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Additional Information: The authors would like to express their gratitude to the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran for providing financial support for this study. All ATINER’s publications including the e-journals are open access without any cost. Submitting and publishing are free of any charge. The intellectual property rights of the submitting papers remain with the author.
Keywords: Aerobic exercise, Green tea, Lipid profile, Waist to hip ratio
Depositing User: J McPeak
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 10:05
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 06:34
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/15456

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