Nature has a profound way of offering the most benign cures for our health concerns inside a delectable and aromatic cup of freshly brewed herbal tea.
Used for centuries for their potent medicinal properties, herbal teas have transformed into mainstream remedies for countless ailments, including obesity. They owe their reputation, as miracle-working weight loss teas, to their plethora of benefits for our body and mind as well as sheer convenience and alluring taste.
All these benefits efficiently allow you to tackle weight gain at multiple fronts. What’s more, they also pave way for a healthier and happier you by warding off ailments, cleansing and detoxifying your body, reducing stress and boosting energy levels.
Yet another reason for the surging popularity of herbal teas in weight loss is that in many cases weight gain is caused by biological factors, such as a slow metabolism and excessive water retention, and cannot be overcome via exercise or calorie restrictive diets alone.
Thus, in such instances, it becomes imperative to address the underlying issue, something that herbal teas do in an extremely safe, effective and ‘tasteful’ manner.
Here we take an in depth look into how herbal teas can help us sip our worries away:
- Reduces water weight
Most people who wish to lose weight tend to consume too much salt in their diets, which leads to an imbalance between potassium and sodium within the body, causing it to retain water.
This retained water directly contributes to your weight and should be addressed by consuming a category of herbal teas called diuretics that are rich in potassium and lead to the flushing out of this excess water.
They do so by facilitating the flow of urine and, therefore, make you take frequent trips to the bathroom. Few of the most potent diuretics include:
- Parsley tea:
Parsley tea is an ideal diuretic as it helps eliminate water weight quickly from your body. It also helps cleanse the body from within and improves your digestion as well as metabolism.
- Dandelion root tea:
Dandelion root tea is a popular diuretic as it facilitate the excretion of urine, thus, allowing your body to flush out excess water.
- Increases thermogenesis by boosting metabolism
A healthy metabolism allows your body to convert fat tissues into usable energy and also inhibits the formation of fat reserves. It is for this reason that a heightened metabolic rate is the top priority for anyone who aspires to lose weight.
Herbal teas work wonders, in this regard, as they have been found to boost your body’s thermogenesis that consequently leads to an increase in metabolism as well as a breakdown of fat reserves. The most widely used metabolism-boosting teas include:
- Green tea:
When it comes to reducing excess weight, few teas compare to the fat burning powers of green tea. The tea is capable of shedding an impressive 11 pounds all on its own, if consumed on a daily basis for a year.
It originates from Camellia Senensis, the same plant species as black tea, and supports weight loss due to the presence of catechins such as epicallocatechin-3-gallate (commonly known as EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant that has been found to increase metabolism by up to 6%, allowing you to process food more quickly.
However, an important thing to note here is that green tea causes a temporary increase in thermogenesis and should be consumed multiple times a day for an extended period of time, in order to see visible results.
In addition to EGCG, green tea also contains a healthy dose of caffeine, a world renowned pre-workout stimulant, known to significantly enhance workout performance subsequently allowing you to burn more fat.
A recent study has also found that participants, who combined 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute workout session, were able to lose an average of 2 pounds more, as compared to participants who didn’t consume it at all.
The reason for this can be attributed to the catechins, present in green tea, which disintegrate the adipose tissue of participants, by stimulating the release of fat from fat reserves. These catechins are also capable of increasing the liver’s capacity to convert fat into energy and therefore result in an overall increase in weight loss.
- White tea:
White tea originates from the same plant species as green tea and possesses many of its benefits. It is one of the most effective herbal teas for weight loss as it contains the highest level of antioxidants among teas. Moreover, it also significantly boosts lipolysis (breakdown of fat reserves) and inhibits adipogenesis (formation of fat cells) as well.
- Oolong tea:
Oolong (Chinese for black dragon) is packed with antioxidants that enhance your body’s ability to metabolize lipids (fat). A recent study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine has found oolong tea to reduce 6 pounds of fat over a period of 6 weeks.
- Pu-Erh tea:
Pu-Erh tea also comes from the same plant species as black, green, white and oolong tea and is a go-to remedy for weight loss as it causes a reduction in the expression of fatty acid.
- Yerba mate:
Yerba mate is a plant found in South America and is famous in countries like Brazil, Argentina and Chile due to its excellent calorie burning properties.
- Suppresses appetite
Herbal teas contain an array of compounds including caffeine, bitter orange and guarana that help suppress appetite, thus, allowing you to eat less and lose weight fast. These components curb hunger by increasing the production of serotonin (neurotransmitter) which makes you feel full. The most recommended teas for appetite suppression include:
- Mint tea:
Certain scents of peppermint tea lead to the curbing of appetite and can, therefore, be used to support weight loss efforts. The efficacy of mint tea can be gauged from the fact that a study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine has found that sniffing peppermint tea every 2 hours can allow you to shed 5 pounds within a month.
- Rooibos tea:
Rooibos tea is grown in the Cederberg region of South Africa and facilitates weight loss by reducing the production of stress hormones that instigate hunger and lead to the buildup of fat.
Considering the aforementioned benefits of herbal teas, it is safe to claim that they are becoming increasingly popular remedies for weight loss as they efficiently modify your body functions and improve them for the better.