Teas for Weight Loss

Millions of people love to drink tea.  It’s soothing and tasty.  Because herbal tea is a very low-calorie beverage, it can help you reduce your overall calorie intake when used in place of higher-calorie beverages which is beneficial when you’re trying to shed pounds.  There are so many kinds of teas available but the most popular and researched are regular black tea, green tea and white tea.  That’s because they are a good source of flavonoids which are potent antioxidants, meaning they protect you from degenerative diseases.  Flavonoids are one class of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) which provide the plants with their colorful pigments. Within the flavonoid family are about 4,000 subtypes that offer a range of health benefits.  This is why eating a diet of different colors offers different protection depending on the color.  Teas have a type of flavonoid called “catechins” that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly. And the caffeine in many teas increases your energy, causing your body to burn more calories. These two compounds probably work best together for weight loss.  Keep in mind there are many teas that do not have caffeine.  Personally I cannot do any caffeine.  I am extremely sensitive to it so I am well versed in what teas that are naturally caffeine free.  Keep in mind that when drinking tea to lose weight, it typically takes 4-5 cups per day.

Some teas have weight loss properties which is what I am going to discuss today.  Let’s have a look at some of them.

Black Tea:  Research suggests substances called “polyphenols” in black tea might help block fat from being absorbed in the intestines but only if you drink it black.  Adding milk might inhibit its fat burning properties.

Green Tea:  Very high in “catechins” particularly EGCG.  Green tea is a known fat burner, especially in the belly area.  It triggers fat for release and then speeds up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.  We actually sell EGCG in capsule form in our stores to reduce stress.  Remember that if you are high stressed your weight loss efforts will be deterred because your body in high stress goes into a ‘fight or flight’ mode which causes your body to store fat.

Matcha Tea:  Like green tea, Matcha tea is very high in EGCG, in fact it has more than green tea.  It will help to boost your metabolism and burn fat.

Oolong Tea:  Like green tea, it’s a rich source of “catechins”.  In one study, more than two-thirds of overweight people who drank oolong tea every day for six weeks lost more than 2 pounds and trimmed belly fat.

White Tea:  Some studies show that white tea speeds up the breakdown of existing fat cells and blocks the formation of new ones.

Rooibos Tea:  This tea is high in the flavonoid called “aspalathin” which research shows can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage.

Yerba Mate Tea:  Yerba Mate contains high levels of “mateine” which is a stimulant similar to caffeine but without the known side effects of caffeine.  Mateine can increase your metabolism and increase your energy, thereby burning fat in the process.  It also has a relaxing effect which helps to reduce stress levels (and now we know what stress does to your weight loss efforts).  Yerba mate has been known to stop craving and helps you feel fuller, longer so you are less likely to overeat.

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