Tea is one of the best things you can add to any weight loss program to lose the maximum amount of weight in the shortest time possible.
Drinking tea is associated with a number of health benefits. Tea protects the cells of your body from damage and reduces your risk of heart disease. Research shows that teas can also increase weight loss and decrease body fat. Perhaps one of its greatest weight loss benefits is that plain tea – with no sugar or cream added – contains zero calories. Replacing high-calorie beverages, such as soda, sweetened coffee, and juice, with tea can help you lose weight quickly, without feeling hungry.
Some types of tea are better at promoting weight loss than are others. Depending on their natural chemical makeup and the methods of harvest and processing, can boost metabolism, prompt the burning of fat, and prevent the formation of new fat cells. For optimal benefit, drink two or more cups of hot or cold tea each day.
1. Green tea
Green tea contains caffeine, which is a natural stimulant that provides energy. Research shows that caffeine can also help your body burn fat and improve exercise performance, so you get more out of the exercise you do. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a substance that can boost your metabolism, so you’ll burn more calories with the same amount of exercise. EGCG also promotes the breakdown of fat. Caffeine and EGCG may have a synergistic effect, which means together they provide more weight loss benefits than either ingredient could provide alone.
The results of one study showed that people who drank green tea and ate a standardized diet for 12 weeks lost 7.3 more pounds than did those who ate the same diet but did not drink the tea.
2. Black tea
Black tea is a type of tea that has undergone a long period of oxidation, which means the tea leaves were exposed to air. Oxidation browns the leaves, causing the characteristic dark color of black tea.
In one study, researchers assigned 111 people into one of two groups. The first group would eat a standardized diet and drink three cups of black tea every day. Participants in the second group ate the same diet, but drank a tea-like substance that had the same amount of caffeine as the black tea. After 3 months, the people who drank the black tea had lost more weight and had smaller waist circumferences.
Some researchers think the weight loss benefits of black tea are associated with flavones, a type of plant pigment. The results of one study suggest flavones can help females control their body weight.
3. Oolong tea
Oolong tea is partially oxidized, so it is somewhere between green tea and black tea when it comes to oxidation and color. Depending on its level of oxidation, oolong tea often has a fragrant, fruity aroma and unique flavor.
Oolong tea can promote weight loss by speeding up metabolism of fat and improving fat burning.
4. White tea
White tea is harvested young and minimally processed, which gives it a slightly sweet, delicate and subtle flavor. White tea contains about the same amount of catechins as green tea, and research shows that catechins may promote weight loss. Research also shows that white tea may promote the breakdown of old fat cells and prevent the formation of new fat cells.
5. Herbal tea
Herbal tea is different from traditional teas in that herbal tea does not usually contain caffeine and it may not be made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. There are several popular herbal teas, including hibiscus tea, rosehip tea, ginger tea, and rooibos tea. Drinking a variety of herbal teas can keep your diet interesting, even as you cut back on calories.
Rooibos tea, whose name means “red bush,” uses dried leaves from the Fabaceae family of plants that grows in South Africa. Research shows that rooibos tea can increase fat metabolism and block the formation of new fat cells.
For more information about how drinking tea can help you lose weight, consult with our weight loss doctor Dr. Urshan Health & Weight Loss Center. Tea makes a perfect addition to the Dr. Urshan Weight Loss Program to help you lose more weight than just by dieting and exercising alone.