While there are no magic foods, beverages or pills that can burn fat without the help of proper diet and exercise, drinking green tea may help. Natural chemicals in green tea called polyphenols -- specifically, catechins -- may boost metabolism and help your body burn fat, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. The best results seem to be in those who are overweight or moderately obese.
Green tea polyphenols also inhibit the lipase digestive enzyme used to breakdown fatty foods and boost internal utilization of glucose by boosting resting metabolic rate.
A general guideline is to consume 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day, or 100 to 750 mg of standardized green tea extract.
Sources of Green Tea: Green tea leaves, Green Tea extract