Weight loss teas are all the rage these days. From exotic oolong tea to green tea to standard black tea and all shades in between, there is a lot of excitement over tea’s ability to help people lose weight. Who wouldn’t get excited? After all, wouldn’t it be nice to lose weight just by doing what you normally do and eating what you normally eat? All you need to do is sip some tea and watch the fat burn off? Talk about convenience. Talk about easy. Well, the truth is that just like with weight loss supplements and diet plans, no two weight loss teas are the same. Some do a better job in helping you lose weigth than others. The best tea for weight loss is green tea. Yes, there is some truth to the hype and here is why.
Green tea contains the right caffeine and antioxidant balance
If there ever was a naturally occurring, chemical compound that can help people achieve weight loss with little to no effort, self-discipline, or sacrifice on their part, it would have to be caffeine. Caffeine acts to suppress your appetite and gives you the energy to move around more. When you eat less and you move around more, your body is forced to burn your stored fat for energy. As a result, you get leaner and your muscles are less flabby. Almost all teas contain caffeine since all non-herbal teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Green tea offers a great combination of high antioxidant levels and an elevated amount of caffeine. Unlike black tea, however, green tea doesn’t contain so much caffeine that it runs the risk of making you jittery. It contains just enough caffeine to help you get the energy boost you need to burn more calories through physical activity. The reason it has a lower and ‘ mellower’ caffeine profile is because of how it got processed. The darker a tea is, the more oxidized it is.
Teas that are highly oxidized, like black tea, have more caffeine but have less antioxidants. Since green tea is steamed, it hardly goes through any oxidation, and its green color is preserved along with its high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants help improve your overall heart health, lowers your cholesterol level, and reduces your risk of cancer. Antioxidants have also been said to enhance overall health loss by facilitating the calorie burning process.