Tea and Weight Loss
Black Tea and weight loss
When it comes to health and weight loss, green and white tea occupy a superior position, while black tea is considered the less-healthy counterpart. However, a lesser known fact is that black tea contains unique flavonoids which cause an increase in metabolism.
Research conducted supports these claims regarding flavonoids and their role in promoting weight loss. Some research studies have been conducted in lab mice, which were given doses of black tea together with high fat foods. Observation of these mice showed that they lost weight and burned more calories when they were compared with the control group of mice.
Apart from its role in weight loss, black tea is also rich in antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and protect the body against chronic diseases.
Types of Black Tea availableMost of the varieties of black teas available in the market derive their names from the region where they are produced.
- Tanyang Gongfu
- Zhenghe Gongfu
- Yin Junmei
- Chinese black tea, known as Red Tea (Hong Cha)
Although the consumption of tea is believed to be healthy, black tea should be consumed in moderate amount, not exceeding 4-5 cups a day. People with existing conditions such as irregularities in heart rhythms and high blood pressure should consult a medical practitioner before deciding to consume black tea on a regular basis.
Green Tea and weight loss
Green tea is almost synonymous with health and weight loss. Most people believe that the consumption of green tea is an easy method to lose weight and stay fit. However, the addition of green tea to your diet cannot keep you fit and healthy by itself, and needs to be complemented with healthy lifestyle choices.
Benefits of green tea
Green tea is a rich source of catechins that act as antioxidants and prevent cell damage. These catechins are credited with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stabilizing blood sugar and protecting the body from damage that can result due to a diet that is high in fat.
Green Tea and weight loss
EGCG is a type of antioxidant in green tea that stimulates the body’s metabolism and the central nervous system. This causes the release of fat in the blood stream which is used as energy.
One of the advantages of consuming green tea is because it acts as a substitute for sugary drinks that are high in caffeine, thus keeping the calorie intake in check. Sipping on green tea also satisfies hunger, resulting in a lesser intake of junk and unhealthy foods.
As mentioned earlier, it is important to note that even if you sip on green tea all day, it won’t make much of a difference unless it is complemented with exercise and a healthy diet.
Oolong Tea for weight loss
While green tea has been credited for its health benefits and its role in promoting weight loss and wellbeing, there is a growing interest in Oolong tea, as studies suggest that it can increase the metabolism of the body (even more than green tea) and help in shedding the excess calories.
As per the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, Oolong tea can reduce the fat content and weight of the body if consumed regularly for approximately six weeks.
Oolong tea has a high content of antioxidants that help in controlling sugar levels in the blood while also reducing obesity. Antioxidants result in a reduction of fat deposits mainly in areas such as the upper arms and the stomach.
While Oolong tea is a low-calorie beverage itself, its ability to increase the body’s metabolism results in the burning of calories at a fast pace.
Tea is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and hence, Oolong tea can help ulcer patients. This tea can also improve digestion and oral hygiene by getting rid of bad bacteria in the mouth.
In order to prepare a good cup of Oolong tea, use 100% natural tea leaves while steeping your brew. Consume this flavourful tea twice a day on a regular basis to feel the benefits after a few months.
White Tea and weight loss
White teas are known to be premium varieties of tea, made from carefully picked young tea leaves and buds of the Camellia Sinensis plant. White tea is also known to have a large number of antioxidants, and some suggest that it may even be healthier than green tea.
Does white tea help in weight loss?
The high antioxidant content is responsible for its role in promoting weight loss naturally. White tea does not contains zero calories, making these subtle sips healthy and refreshing at the same time. If unhealthy sugary drinks are substituted with white tea, it will reduce the amount of calories consumed over time.
The processing involved in the case of white tea is minimal as compared with other varieties of tea, and thus, white tea retains many of the natural nutrients of the leaf. Studies have suggested that white tea burns fat cells in the body, speeds up the metabolism and results in weight loss.
The flavour profile is subtle and delicate, and does not go well with milk and sugar. White tea is best consumed on its own, without any additives or sweeteners. This ensures that all the health benefits are not neutralized by other ingredients.
Types of White Tea
This premium tea is available in different types, each bringing its own distinct flavour to the cup. Some of them are:
- Darjeeling Moonlight White
- Bai Hao Yinzhen (Silver Needle)
- Shou Mei (Noble, Long Life Eyebrow)
- Bai Mu Dan (White Peony)
- Gong Mei (Tribute Eyebrow)
- White Puerh