You’ve seen the ads and the infomercials.
You know the ones. They claim that by simply drinking a special weight loss tea, you’ll magically slide into that bikini-ready body you’ve always wanted.
But are there any actual scientific studies to back up this seemingly miraculous magical concoction?
And, if it is true, how much tea should you drink a day?
What is the best weight loss tea?
Which tea will help you lose belly fat?
Are some teas bad for you?
Hold on tight — these are only some of the questions we’ll get to the bottom of in this double steeped article!
But, let’s get one thing straight before we start.
Is tea even good for us in the first place?
Could the opposite be true — could tea actually be bad for us?
Is Tea Bad For You?
You may have heard the case of the 47-year-old woman, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). She developed brittle bones and lost all of her teeth after drinking too much tea.
But she (like those in other studies) was drinking excessive amounts: 100-150 tea bags a day adding up to make 12 cups of tea!
A liter of tea can contain up to 9mg of fluoride. If you have this in excess it can reduce your bone density and cause your ligaments to stiffen.
That being said, studies show you generally need to drink a gallon a day for three decades for this to happen. As long as you drink less than a gallon of tea a day you should be absolutely fine.
So, now that we’ve established that drinking a reasonable amount of tea is not a dangerous activity (phew!), let’s move onto the next important consideration:
How we’re drinking our tea.
What’s the difference between sweetened vs. unsweetened tea?
Sure, we could have any number of medicinal herbs infused into our daily cuppa. But if we’re dumping spoonfuls of sugar or some other artificial sweetener into the mug, this is certain to do more harm than good.
When we’re having tea, the best way to experience maximum health benefits is to simply add hot water. Keeping it simple and au-naturel is best.
Any artificial sweetener we add to out nutrient-packed brew will automatically spike our insulin levels. And, in an effort to excrete this harmful substance from our system, our body will react with an inflammatory response.
It makes us age faster, harms our sex drive, increases our risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. (And that’s just the beginning of the list!)
This chemical high we get when eating foods containing this seemingly innocent white powder has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine.
And the scary thing is it’s legal.
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, a good alternative is to add a natural sweetener, like a couple drops of organic honey or agave.
That way you’ll still be able to enjoy the benefits of a nutrient-packed cup of tea.
Now that we’ve established that tea contributes to our positive weight loss journey, the next question is:
What is the best tea for weight loss?
What Is The Best Tea For Weight Loss?
1. Green tea, “the metabolism booster”
Green tea works by unlocking your fat cells.
Before a workout, supercharge the fat-blasting effects by having a cup of green tea.
In a 12-week study, participants who regularly had 4-5 cups of green tea each day combined with a half-hour sweat session lost an average of two more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.
This is because of the compounds in green tea called catechins.
These flat belly warriors blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in your belly). Then, they speed up your liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.
2. Lemon tea, “the bloat banisher”
Wondering what tea will help you lose belly fat the fastest?
Lemon tea is the one you’re looking for.
If you regularly eat processed foods, dairy or too much gluten, you may have noticed a bit of a belly-bloating going on after your meal.
Whenever there’s an inflammatory response happening in our body, it’s our body’s way of telling us that it’s working extra hard to get rid of something.
Lemon tea helps fight the bloat thanks to its D-limonene content. The antioxidant compound, which you can find in citrus rind oil, has been used for its diuretic effects for ages.
An animal study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology confirmed D-Limonene has a therapeutic effect on metabolic disorders in mice with high-fat-diet-induced obesity.
3. Oolong tea, “the weight melter”
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that has been partially oxidized.
It sits somewhere between green and black tea and is also packed with catechins. Catechins help to promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize lipids (fat).
A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine on 102 overweight or obese people who drank oolong tea every day for six weeks lost six pounds over the course of six weeks.
That’s a pound a week!
And, even if you’re not overweight, the researchers propose the effects of oolong tea have still been shown to help reduce both our body weight and body fat. How? By improving our body’s ability to metabolize fat in the first place.
4. White tea, “the fat blocker”
White tea’s superpower is that it prevents fat cells from forming.
It’s dried naturally, often in sunlight. It’s the least processed and richest source of antioxidants among teas. In fact, it contains as much as three times as many polyphenols as green tea!
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells).
This is because it contains high levels of synergists thought to be active on human fat cells.
5. Rooibos tea, “the hunger halter”
Rooibos tea works by regulating your fat-storage hormones.
It’s made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin.
Research shows that this compound can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage which are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
Rooibos tea is proof that sometimes the kettle can be as effective as the kettlebell.
And, while it’s great to see that drinking tea for weight loss is indeed supported by many scientific studies, it’s important to remember that drinking tea can be a powerful player in our quest for overall health and vitality as well.
Which weight loss teas also improve your health?
1. Thyme tea
It is also often used as a natural cough remedy.
In one study, a combination of thyme and ivy leaves helped to reduce coughing and other symptoms of bronchitis.
So the next time you feel a tickle in your throat, start drinking some thyme tea!
2. Mint tea
Mint tea is sometimes referred to as “the stomach healer.”
This is because it’s known to increase bile secretion and flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Peppermint has also been linked to relieving pain in the form of headaches, migraines, and menstrual cramps, as well as discomfort from gas and bloating.
3. Moringa tea
Studies show that Moringa tea can help reduce our blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
It’s also believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and protect against arsenic toxicity.
Moringa leaves are also highly nutritious and are beneficial for people who are low in essential nutrients.
How much tea should you drink a day to lose weight?
Drinking two to four cups of tea throughout the day should help increase weight loss.
The exact amount will vary from person to person depending on daily diet and exercise.
But even though many people drink tea solely for its soothing quality and delicious taste, each cup can be packed with a ton of other health benefits.
Drinking weight loss tea is just another tool on your journey to reach optimal health.
And if you really want to get serious about leveling up your health, check out Eric Edmeades WildFit Program.
It’s a nutrition program that completely transforms your relationship with food. It’s based on behavioral psychology and things like weight-loss, increased mental concentration and elevated energy levels occur as a natural effect of this revolutionary mindset switch.
NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTH AND LONGEVITY FEELS.
— ERIC EDMEADES, AUTHOR OF MINDVALLEY’S WILDFIT PROGRAM
Whatever your health and weight loss journey may look like, make sure you keep a warm cup of nutrient-packed weight loss tea in hand as you prepare for great changes ahead.
So, which weight loss tea are you most curious to try? Share your thoughts below.