Is there anything tea can’t do?
Sure, it’s pretty plain Jane compared to all the caramel macchiatos, cold-brew iced coffees, and pumpkin-spice what-have-yous, but tea does so much more for our bodies and wellness. Aside from tea’s well-known superpower of soothing sore throats, tea can help with your weight loss goals, too.
“Drinking tea may support weight loss or weight maintenance because it fills the void of beverages that are high in sugar and calories,” says Josh Axe, D.N.M., founder of Ancient Nutrition. “When you switch out flavored lattes, coffee with added cream and sugar, and sugary sodas or juices, and replace them with tea, you are cutting a massive amount of calories a day.”
Try these three teas to help with your weight loss journey.
The champ of weight loss brews is none other than green tea. Its overflowing with antioxidants called catechins, and a substance called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is suggested to improve metabolism and burn fat.
“Researchers have found that green tea extract causes changes in the expression of fat metabolism genes, especially when it’s consumed consistently for longer periods of time,” says Dr. Axe.
One Chinese study found that when participants drank tea super-rich in catechins twice a day, they saw a decrease in belly fat in 90 days, trimming an average of 1.9 cm in waist circumference and 2.6 pounds of body weight. Another large review concluded green tea’s combination of EGCG and caffeine has a positive effect on weight loss and weight management.
While green tea has the fanfare of being the go-to for weight-loss teas, some researchers believe oolong – a Chinese tea that falls somewhere between green and black – can be even more effective.
“Oolong tea promotes thermogenesis (so the body produces heat from energy, thereby burning more calories), and suppresses the production of new fat cells.” says Dr. Axe.
Black tea makes the cut since it’s actually made from the same plant as green tea – the only difference being the leaves are exposed to air, triggering fermentation.
One study found that over 90 days, people who drank three cups of black tea each day enjoyed less weight gain, and reduced waist circumference compared with those who drank a caffeinated beverage that was free of flavonoids. If you’re opting for black tea, we recommend a bold English breakfast or a classic Earl Grey.
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