Tea is an aromatic beverage that is easily prepared in a matter of minutes. It is known for its soothing texture and manifold perks that come from the various tea flavonoids, minerals, and vitamins that it contains. Tea can be made from thousands of plants that grow all over the world, and its health benefits vary according to the different ingredients found in the leaves. One of the most sought-after properties of tea is its weight loss characteristics – however, it’s important to note that not all types of teas contribute to weight loss equally.
What are the best teas for weight loss?
Some of the best teas for weight loss teas are:
- Green Tea
- Oolong Tea
- Mint Tea
- White Tea
- Rooibos Tea
- Maté Tea (Yerba Maté or Chimarrão)
Green tea is a well-liked, all-natural weight loss supplement, which can help one lose extra pounds in a matter of weeks. [message type=”info”]The two main ingredients found in the green tea leaves are caffeine and a chemical called EGCG, which acts as a carbohydrate absorbent. This means that when drinking enough green tea (approximately 7-8 cups a day), the body is unable to absorb the carbohydrates from one’s daily diet, and the carbs exit the body instead.[/message]Green tea also aids muscle contraction, energy levels, and calorie burning. The best types of green tea include Vahdam Teas—Organic Green Tea Leaves, Lipton’s Green Tea and Celestial Seasonings’ Green Tea.
Oolong is a word in Chinese meaning “black dragon.” Similarly to green tea, oolong is a light, floral beverage rich in EGCG, which aids the weight loss process by boosting the body’s capacity to metabolize lipids, i.e. fat. [message type=”success”]Numerous studies have concluded that with regular consumption of oolong tea, one can lose up to 6 pounds in as many months.[/message] The best brands of oolong tea are Teawan Alishan’s Oolong Tea, Tao Tea Leaf Da Hong Pao WuYi Oolong Tea and Celestial Seasonings’ Organic Oolong Tea.
Mint tea is best known for its refreshing scent that fills the room as it steeps; besides its wonderful aroma, however, mint tea has the ability to suppress appetite. In other words, it acts as a mild anorectic, which can come in handy if you are an emotional eater. As you say no to food, and continue to consume mint tea regularly, you may notice a slowly shrinking waistline. Fresh, handpicked mint leaves are the best, but there are a few great brands out there that are worth your consideration. These include Lipton’s Mint Tea and Celestial Seasoning’s Mint Magic Herbal Tea.
White tea is great for weight loss due to its high concentrations of polyphenols, catechins, and antioxidants. [message type=”info”]Regular consumption of white tea can increase lipolysis, or the breakdown of body fat, and can also prevent adipogenesis, i.e. the formation of new fat cells.[/message] Some of the best white tea brands include Celestial Seasonings’ White Tea and Lipton’s White Tea.
Aspalathus linearis, aka rooibos, or known even more commonly as “red bush tea,” is a soothing beverage native to South Africa. Even though most people refer to rooibos as a tea, it is technically categorized as an infusion due to its lack of the ingredient theine. Nevertheless, this all-natural African drink can contribute a great deal to the weight loss process; just like green tea, rooibos boosts metabolism and energy levels and also acts as a diuretic—eliminating toxins and reducing fluid retention and cellulite. [message type=”success”]Additionally, red bush tea is also rich in a unique glucoside called aspalathin. This powerful compound can decrease the production of stress hormones, which can also trigger hunger and fat storage.[/message] The best brands for rooibos are Celestial Seasonings’ Moroccan Pomegranate Rooibos, Golden Moon Organic Rooibos, and Davidson’s Tea Bulk—Organic South African Rooibos.
Ilex paraguariensis, or simply known as maté tea, is native to South America, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Even though maté tea is rich in caffeine and has rejuvenating properties, it does not cause jitters like most caffeinated drinks. Maté tea is also one of the most popular teas used for weight loss because of its thermogenic (fat-burning) and anorectic (appetite suppressing) properties. Some of the best maté tea brands are Maté Leao and Celestial Seasonings’ Morning Thunder.