Does sipping white tea help you lose weight? Before answering this question, you need to explore related questions. The first related question is ‘compared to what’? Of course, when we are looking at certain weight loss methods, we should compare the method to something that is related to it.
In the case of white tea, the obvious comparison points are black tea, oolong or brown tea, and the very popular green tea. The color of tea is determined by how much oxidation the tea has undergone. Brown tea is partly oxidated.
Black tea is almost fully oxidated while green tea is not oxidated at all since it got steamed to prevent oxidation. White tea has very low levels of oxdiation. Why does oxidation matter? A particular tea type’s level of oxidation determines how catechins it has. Catechins are compounds that help boost the body’s metabolic system. The more catechins, the better the metabolic boost. Green tea has a high level of catechins. White tea also has high levels of catechins. So which one is better? It depends on how you want to lose weight.
Boost Of Calorie Burning
Catechins boost the amount of calories your body can burn in a 24-hour period. The higher the boost, the more calories burned. If you want to focus on this type, or metabolic-centered, weight loss, your best bet in terms of weight loss teas is white tea. However, if you want a tea that helps you lose weight by burning more calories and eating less food, you might want to try green tea. Green teas have lower levels of catechins than white tea but green tea contains more caffeine. Just like with coffee, the caffeine in green tea boosts your energy level.
The higher your energy, the more you move around. The more you move around, the more calories you burn. Also, caffeine has an added bonus-it suppresses your appetite. So if you select green tea, you will want to eat less and you would want to move around more. On top of this, you also get catechins which boost your body’s ability to burn calories. As a result, you’re burning the weight loss candles from both ends-eating less and moving around more.
Of course, for optimal results, you shouldn’t just restrict yourself to green or white tea for weight loss. At the very least, you should work to cut down your total calorie intake daily and also go on an exercise program.