Care for a spot of tea? Drinking a daily cup of steaming hot soaked herbs isn’t just a British thing. Study after study has shown there are big benefits of drinking herbal tea. Some are known to ease stomach pain, relieve nausea, calm anxiety, and improve sleep. Others are known to help detox the body, improve heart health, lower risk of stroke and fight cancer. Then there are teas that benefit weight loss. Let’s call them “slimming teas.”
Slimming tea can help shrink your fat cells, blast body fat and beat belly bloat. Desired result? I think so! Of course, I’m not saying you can let diet and exercise go out the window just because you’re drinking a few cups of tea every day. But sipping on the following 15 herbal teas has been proven to help people slim down.
White tea is viewed as the ultimate diet tea. It works with the body in a few different ways to loosen up your pants. First, it blocks the formation of new fat cells. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, it also helps break down the existing fat your body is storing. So it literally blasts away your fat! White tea helps shrink those existing fat cells because it’s rich in an antioxidant called ECGC. This antioxidant also triggers the release of fat from cells, helping to speed up your liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
One study found participants who drank white tea for 12 weeks lost 10 percent off their waistline. Sounds good, right?!
TIP: It’s recommended to drink two cups of white tea throughout the day. Also, you will want to drink white tea hot to reap the biggest benefits! The heat is believed to help the body absorb ECGC and other nutrients.
Green tea is another tea that contains the antioxidant ECGC, has fat-burning properties, and really benefits your waistline! Sipping a few cups of this tea every day can help rev your metabolism and increase the release of fat from cells. Just like with white tea, this process helps speed up your liver’s fat burning ability, turning fat into energy.
If you are someone who also works out, you will reap even greater benefits. In a recent study, researchers found people who drank 4-5 cups of green tea every day and worked out 25-minutes a day lost an average of two pounds more than non-tea drinking athletes.
TIP: Make sure you’re reaching for regular green tea and not a bottled tea filled with sugar. Since green tea is a popular tea, there are a lot of bottled versions on the market. The best thing you can do is brew your own green tea. That way you know exactly what you’re drinking.
Since green tea has a light flavor, you may want to squeeze half a lemon in your mug. Find out more about why lemons benefit weight loss below.
Barberry is loaded with powerful nutrients that help blast blubber, even for those who eat a high-fat diet. A study conducted by Chinese researchers found that berberine (a naturally occurring chemical found in the stem, fruit, and root bark of the barberry shrub) can prevent weight gain and the development of insulin resistance.
Sipping this tea can also reduce the number of receptors that are on the surface of fat cells, making them unable to absorb as much fat as they were prior to drinking barberry tea.
Pu-erh is a fermented and aged Chinese tea made from the same plant as green tea and black tea. It’s rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that are known to improve health. One of Pu-erh’s many health benefits includes weight loss. According to studies, this tea can shrink fat cells. Researchers found when rats who ate a high-fat diet were given Pu-erh, they had less belly fat.
TIP: This is a great breakfast tea. Drink two cups in the morning to keep frying fat throughout the day.
This type of tea is made from the leaves of a Rooibos bush that contain powerful polyphenols and flavonoids. These nutrients are said to block the formation of new fat cells by as much as 22 percent!
Also, rooibos is a naturally sweet tea. This means, you shouldn’t feel the need to dump heaping spoonfuls of sugar into your cup. This is definitely a plus since sugar is linked to inflammation, obesity, diabetes and long list of other health problems.
Loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols, oolong is touted as a the perfect slimming tea. This traditional Chinese tea is similar to green tea, however, it’s processed differently.
Drinking just two cups of oolong tea a day can rev the metabolism and burn body fat. It believed the polyphenols found in oolong tea can activate certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body.
In one study, Chinese researchers found when they had participants drink the tasty beverage for six weeks straight. At the end of their study, participants had experienced weight loss and noticed a decrease in body fat.
TIP: Drink four cups of hot oolong tea a day for maximum benefit.
Keep food cravings at bay with bilberry tea. Bilberries are a relative of the blueberry and pack a similar nutritional punch. Studies show this antioxidant-rich tea not only helps curb food cravings, but it also has blood sugar balancing effects, helps fight inflammation and beats bloat.
There are varying opinions on the flavor of this tea. Some people feel it has a somewhat medicinal taste, others call it another naturally sweet tea. So before you reach for something to sweeten it up, take a sip. If you enjoy the natural flavor, that’s great! If not, try sweetening it up with a little honey or stevia.
TIP: Drink one cup in the evening before dinner to help kill fatty and sugary food cravings.
Lemons are a true superfood. By sipping on a cup of lemon tea first thing in the morning, you can help flush harmful toxins, balance your body’s pH level, improve digestion, boost your immune system, fight cancer, and beat belly bloat.
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