Tea is a drink that is enjoyed worldwide; it is prepared by placing the tea leaves in hot water and left for a few minutes so that the flavor is diluted in the water. This aromatic drink is commonly made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, which is commonly called a tea plant, a type of evergreen shrub (leaf of a plant that does not die or fall from the plant with the arrival of the autumn, but it is renewed gradually throughout the year). Drinking tea has been associated with many health benefits, including the protection of cells and reducing the risk of heart disease. Some studies have even found that tea can help with weight loss and help fight belly fat.
It has been shown that certain types of tea are more efficient for weight loss than others. This article will examine six of the best types of tea to facilitate weight loss and decrease body fat.
1. Green Tea:
Green tea is one of the best known types of tea, and is linked to many health benefits. It is also one of the most effective types of tea for weight loss. There is substantial evidence linking green tea with decreases in weight and body fat. In a 2008 study, 60 obese people followed a standardized diet for 12 weeks, while drinking green tea or a placebo regularly. During the course of the study, those who drank green tea lost 3.3 kg more weight than the placebo group. Another study found that people who consumed green tea extract for 12 weeks, experienced significant decreases in weight and body fat; in addition the waist circumference diameter was also reduced, compared to a control group. This may be because the green tea extract has catechins in significant amounts, which are natural antioxidants that can increase metabolism and increase the amount of body fat that is burned. This same effect also applies to matcha, which is a type of highly concentrated powdered green tea, which contains the same beneficial ingredients as regular green tea.
Summary: Green tea is high in a type of antioxidants called catechins, and has been associated with weight loss and fat.
2. Pu-erh Tea (Red Tea):
Pu-erh tea, also known in the west as red tea, is a type of red tea from China that has been fermented. It is often enjoyed after a meal, and has an earthy aroma that tends to concentrate if stored for a long time. Some animal studies have shown that pu-erh tea can lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels. In addition, other studies in animals and people have shown that pu-erh tea can help you lose weight as well. In one study, 70 men were given a pu-erh tea extract capsule or a placebo. After three months, those who took the pu-erh tea capsule lost approximately 1 kg (2.2 pounds) more than the placebo group. Another study in mice had similar findings, showing that pu-erh tea extract had an anti-obesity effect and helped mitigate weight gain. Current research is only limited to the use of pu-erh tea extract, so more research is needed to see if the same effects apply to tea as a drink.
Summary: Studies in people and animals show that pu-erh tea extract can help improve weight loss while lowering blood sugar and triglyceride levels in the blood.
3. Black Tea:
Black tea is a type of tea that has suffered more oxidation than other types, such as green tea, white tea or oolong tea.
“Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when tea leaves are exposed to air, resulting in the characteristic dark color of black tea”.
There are many different types and blends of black tea, including popular varieties like Earl Gray and the English breakfast. Several studies have found that black tea could be effective when it comes to weight control. A study in 111 people found that drinking three cups of black tea every day for three months significantly increased weight loss and reduced waist diameter, compared to those who drank a caffeine control drink. Some believe that the potential effects to lose weight of black tea may be because it is high in flavones, a type of plant pigment with antioxidant characteristics. A study that followed 4,280 adults over 14 years. He found that those with a higher intake of flavones from food and beverages such as black tea had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had a lower intake of flavones. However, this study focuses solely on the association between BMI and flavon intake. More research is needed to take into account other factors that may be involved.
Summary: Black tea is rich in flavones and has been associated with reductions in weight, BMI and waist diameter.
4. Oolong Tea:
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that has been partially oxidized, so that, in terms of oxidation and color, it is found between green tea and black tea. It is usually described as having a unique, fruity flavor and a delicious fragrance, although these characteristics can vary significantly depending on the level of oxidation. Several studies have shown that oolong tea can help promote weight loss by improving the process of burning fat and accelerating metabolism. In one study, 102 obese or overweight people drank oolong tea every day for six weeks, which helped reduce both body weight and body fat. The researchers determined that this benefit is because it improves the metabolism in the body. Another small study gave a group of men water or tea for a period of three days, measuring their metabolic rates. Compared to water, oolong tea increased energy expenditure by 2.9%, which is equivalent to burning 281 calories per day, on average. Although more studies on the benefits of oolong tea are required, these results show that it could be potentially beneficial for weight loss.
Summary: Studies show that oolong tea can help reduce weight and body fat by increasing metabolism and improving the fat burning process.
5. White Tea:
White tea stands out among other types of tea, because it requires minimal processing and is harvested even though the tea plant is still young. White tea has a distinctive flavor and very different from other types of tea. Its flavor is subtle, delicate and slightly sweet. There is a wide variety of studies on the benefits of white tea, and they range from improving oral health to mitigating cancer cells, according to some test tube studies. Although more research is needed, white tea may also help when it comes to losing weight and body fat. Studies show that white tea and green tea have comparable amounts of catechins, which can help improve weight loss. On the other hand, a test tube study showed that white tea extract promoted the separation of fat cells while preventing the formation of new ones. However, keep in mind that it is a test tube study, so it is unclear how the benefits of white tea can be applied to people. More studies are needed to confirm the possible beneficial effects of white tea when it comes to losing fat.
Summary: A test tube study found that white tea extract can increase fat loss. However, there is currently not much research in humans, and more is needed.
6. Herbal Tea:
Herbal tea involves the infusion of herbs, spices and fruits in hot water. They differ from traditional tea because they do not usually contain caffeine, and they are not made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, the tea leaves. Popular varieties of herbal tea include rooibos tea, ginger tea, mustard tea and hibiscus tea. Although the ingredients and preparations of herbal teas can vary significantly, some studies have found that herbal teas can help with weight reduction and fat loss. An animal study, the researchers gave obese mice an herbal tea, and found that it reduced body weight and helped normalize hormone levels. Rooibos tea is a type of herbal tea that can be especially effective when it comes to burning fat. Another study in test tube, showed that rooibos tea increased the body’s metabolism and helped block the formation of fat cells. However, more studies in humans are needed to study the effects of herbal teas such as rooibos on weight loss.
Summary: Although research is limited, some studies have found that herbal teas, including rooibos tea, can help reduce weight and increase fat loss.
Although many people drink tea exclusively for its benefits as a soothing and delicious flavor, each cup can also provide many other health benefits. The replacement of high-calorie drinks such as juices or sodas with some type of tea could help you reduce your total calorie intake and lead to weight loss. Some studies in test tube and in animals have also shown that certain types of teas can help increase weight loss, and block the formation of fat cells. However, studies in humans are necessary to investigate these properties further. In addition, many types of teas have a high content of beneficial compounds such as flavones and catechins, which could also help in weight loss. If you follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly, one or two cups of tea each day may help you lose weight and prevent the formation of fat in the abdomen, which is harmful.