Weight Loss Support
Weight Loss Support
There are many claims that tea is good for weight loss but how many of these claims are based on scientific research, how many are simply myths, and is there such thing as a fat burning tea or a weight loss tea?
When taking a closer look at the fascinating science behind tea, it is clear that there are indeed some promising, well-researched studies that can substantiate the benefits of tea, and key ingredients within certain popular teas, on weight loss and general wellbeing.
For example, there have been recent studies into the positive health effects of tea and its slimming properties, as well as more specific reviews of Pu Erh tea extract, Oolong tea, cinnamon and ginger extracts found in flavoured tea, and the benefits of herbal tea for weight loss.
Here are some dieting tea suggestions that may help you to reach your healthy weight loss goals.
- Black Tea
It is sometimes suggested that green tea is good for weight loss, and that green tea can burn fat to help lose weight. However, it appears that black tea is instead the more reliable tea when it comes to shifting those few extra pounds.
Black tea, noted to be high in flavones, has been associated with reductions in weight, waist circumference and BMI, so can be seen as somewhat of a slimming tea. A flavonoid called catechins found in tea may boost metabolism, assisting your body in breaking down fats more quickly, while the caffeine in many teas can increase your energy use and encourage the body to burn more calories.
- Pu-Erh Tea
A 2016 study found evidence that Pu-Erh tea could be associated with ‘significant weight loss’, which is welcome news to those of us looking for simple, everyday changes that we can make to our diet. In fact, the study goes on to note the benefits of a simple, manageable routine such as tea drinking when looking to lose weight.
Pu-Erh, a very popular Chinese tea, has long been associated with a variety of health benefits and was utilised as a nutritional supplement by nomadic tribes in parts of Asia.
You can read more about this much-loved tea via our expert guide.
- Oolong Tea
Oolong is another very popular tea that has been linked to myriad health benefits, is a source of vitamins and minerals, and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
This tea has also been studied in relation to weight loss, with a 2018 review looking into the presence of theaflavins in Oolong and their effects on the body. The theaflavins are said to ‘exhibit measurable weight-loss properties’. Oolong, a traditional Chinese tea that originated in the Wuyi Mountains, is a semi-fermented tea, which means that it is high in these fat-fighting theaflavins.
You can read more about Oolong tea via our expert guide.
- Cinnamon Tea
According to a paper published in 2017, cinnamon consumption can be seen to have positive impacts across a number of areas, including causing a ‘significantly greater decrease’ in waist circumference and body mass index. While in a 2015 study, again looking into this versatile spice, found that cinnamon could be ‘recommended as a weight-reducing supplement’.
Tea for Wellbeing
While not all teas have necessarily been shown to encourage healthy weight loss, their contribution to general wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle cannot be underestimated. Natural flavourings in certain teas, such as peppermint and chamomile, have been shown to offer a range of positive benefits to our health.
- Peppermint Tea
Similar to cinnamon, peppermint has long been a staple of flavoured teas, and peppermint tea itself is considered to be among the most popular single ingredients in herbal teas. It is for good reason, as this well-loved plant is known to offer antimicrobial and antiviral activities, along with strong antioxidant actions, meaning it is more than just a tasty, refreshing drink!
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has traditionally been used for many years as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, but what is known now about its health benefits? There is some evidence that chamomile tea can encourage weight loss when drank before eating, but chamomile is perhaps better known as a sleep aid, helping the world’s lighter sleepers to enjoy a relaxing slumber after a calming, delicious cup.