Are you a tea lover like me?
I find that there are few things as easy to make and as good for you. And tea is incredibly comforting to drink.
Walk down the coffee and tea aisle of any store and you’ll be surprised at how many types and flavors there are.
Even better, a lot of them can help you lose weight!
That’s right. Tea has lots of great benefits, including helping you fight off sickness and clearing up your skin.
When you choose the right variety, it can also help you stave off hunger and boost your metabolism!
Here are some of the teas that are best for helping you in your weight loss journey. Happy sipping!
1. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea comes from the same plant as green tea, but it’s processed differently. This gives it different benefits.
Oolong has higher levels of polyphenols, and this results in a higher metabolism. The effect lasts for two hours after drinking it!
Oolong helps your body choose fat as an energy source. It may even help block fat and carbohydrates from being absorbed.
2. White Tea
All true teas come from the same plant – the Camellia Sinensis. What makes them different is the way that they’re processed.
White tea is the least processed of all. It is dried naturally, out in the sun.
This makes it the richest source of antioxidants of all teas, and the best at boosting fat burning. It also contains special ingredients that help block fat cells from forming.
3. Rooibos Tea
If you haven’t tried rooibos tea, you really should.
Also known as red bush tea, this South African tea’s taste is less bitter than black or green teas. It has hints of vanilla without tasting herbal or flowery.
It is caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and manganese.
Most important of all, it has a compound called Aspalathin that’s been shown to reduce hormones created by stress. You know – the ones that make you eat when you’re not hungry and send your body into fat-storing mode?
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4. Mint Tea
Mint tea is one of the most comforting cups of tea around.
Whether you drink it hot or iced, it’s a soothing treat that can help you relax and drift off to sleep at night or calm your nerves during a hectic day.
Even better, a recent study showed that people who smelled peppermint leaves every couple of hours actually lost weight.
Now you have even more of a reason to drink it and breathe in its soothing smell!
Turns out that the odor of mint actually suppresses appetite. Add it to your daily schedule, especially when you tend to be most hungry.
5. Green Tea
Green tea has become a fat-blasting favorite for people looking to slim down and shape up.
One study showed that adding 4 to 5 cups of green day per day along with a 25-minute-a-day workout added 2 pounds to one group’s weight loss as compared to a group eating the same, exercising the same, but not drinking the tea.
The reason? Catechins, a compound found in green tea that helps free fat from fat cells and boosts the liver’s fat-burning power.
With so many different flavors to choose from – and each offering such fantastic benefits – it’s easy to see why you should leave your kettle out on the stove and make tea a constant companion.
Yours in Health,