Have you been drinking tea to lose weight? Did the results fail to appear? You are now probably reviewing all claims related to weight loss tea in your mind, unsure what to believe. They say some tea varieties can curb your appetite, help you burn fat, and boost your metabolism. Is it true?
Before we can give a verdict, it is important to clarify what weight loss tea is, how it works, what the most popular varieties are, and what proofs we have for their effectiveness, if any. We’ll do that in the following lines, so stay with us!
We’re actually talking about dry plant leaves, roots, fruits, or combinations. The recipe, the form, and the concentration usually vary from one tea brand to another. However, most brands make the same promises on behalf of their products: to enable weight loss by suppressing appetite, accelerating metabolism, and increasing fat burn.
Other claims, common only to some tea varieties, refer to detoxification, healing or treating various diseases, and boosting energy levels. It is important to note that all these effects become possible when consuming several (3-8) cups of tea daily, over long periods.
Since not all tea varieties are alike, let’s see which seem to provide the best weight loss effects and what you can expect from them:
These 10 tea varieties, and others as well, can have important health and weight loss benefits. Before you start drinking them in high quantities on a regular basis, you should consider a few aspects.
Most Weight Loss Tea Varieties Have a Powerful Laxative and Diuretic Effect
For some, this could be good news. However, it could threaten the health and well-being of others. How? Diuretic and laxative tea varieties do induce weight loss. Unfortunately, they target the water in your body, and not the fat.
If you retain water, they could be of real help. If you don’t, and you fail to hydrate correspondingly, you will most likely develop dehydration and mineral deficiencies. When you finally hydrate, the water weight you lost will return, so your efforts will prove worthless. The risks do not end here.
Diuretic tea causes frequent urination, and using the toilet every hour can be a problem when you’re traveling, your schedule is busy, or you’re hosting important business events. To avoid dehydration, frequent urination, and the numerous problems that come with them, keep an eye for ingredients like dandelion, juniper, hawthorn, parsley, nettle, hibiscus, etc.
Laxative tea eases bowel movements, by loosening the stool. If you suffer from constipation, a weight loss tea with laxative effect should be a beneficial addition to your diet. However, if your bowel movements are regular or frequent, such tea will increase their frequency even more and even cause diarrhea.
In the long term, you would be at risk for dehydration, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach pain, and cramps. Also, your body will get used to the laxative and get lazy, so don’t be surprised if interrupting tea consumption leads to constipation.
Most tea varieties used for their weight loss properties contain caffeine, especially green tea, oolong tea, and black tea. This substance gives them the ability to boost your energy levels, your metabolism, and your body’s ability to burn fat.
However, consumed in excess, they can be dangerous. If your body is not used to caffeine, you ingest too much of it, or you suffer from hypertension, you could develop anxiety, agitation, insomnia, and even high blood pressure. To minimize risks, begin with a lower amount of tea, consider giving up or reducing coffee, and avoid drinking tea at late hours.
Besides the laxative, diuretic, and stimulant effects of weight loss tea, keep in mind that some varieties may interact with your current medication, alter your blood glucose levels, cause allergies, or put too much stress on your liver and kidneys.
Besides the ingredients listed on their label, they could be contaminated with various substances, during growth (pesticides), processing (preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc.) or during storage (contact with other substances).
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water, and that should stand for something. Its potential health benefits are huge, and even more important than weight loss. Some tea varieties have proven to ward off and treat dangerous diseases and conditions (cancer, respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal diseases, etc.).
So yes, drinking tea is a safe and healthy practice, and can even help maximize your weight loss efforts. However, this does not mean you should rely on tea alone to lose weight, no matter the variety you are considering.
Tea, just like all weight loss products, works best when paired with dieting and exercise, freshly brewed, and unsweetened. In these conditions, any tea will help and, thus, qualify as weight loss tea. Just try drinking a cup of tea before and between your meals, or whenever you feel hungry, and you’ll soon notice the difference.
Just make sure the tea variety you choose tastes to your liking and won’t jeopardize your health and well-being. This way, drinking it will be a pleasure, and the benefits will by far outweigh the risks, or, otherwise put, your body will fully benefit from your new healthy habit.