By David Zinczenko A steaming cup of tea is the perfect drink for soothing a sore throat, warming up on a cold winter’s night, or binge-watching Downton Abbey. But certain teas are also perfect for doing something else—helping you lose extra weight.
Each of these 5 Best Teas for Weight Loss has its own individual,
magic properties, from dimming your hunger hormones to upping your
calorie burn to—literally—melting the fat that’s stored in your fat
cells. Oh, and they can also help reduce your risk of heart disease and
diabetes, too. (Stick to 3-4 cups—or tea bags—of tea per day, and choose
brewed varieties over bottled to avoid extra calories and sweeteners.)
Here’s the full list, compliments of a revolutionary new book, The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, which shows you how to eat and drink—and still shrink!
5. THE METABOLISM BOOSTER
DRINK THIS: Lipton, Yogi BECAUSE IT: Unlocks your fat cells
Before a workout, turbocharge the fat-blasting effects by sipping a
cup of green tea. In a recent 12-week study, participants who combined a
daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat
session lost an average of two more pounds than the non tea-drinking
exercisers. Thank the compounds in green tea called catechins, flat belly
crusaders that blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat
from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the
liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.
4. THE POUND-A-WEEK MELTER
DRINK THIS: Bigelow, Stash BECAUSE IT: Boosts metabolism
Oolong, a Chinese name for “black dragon,” is a light, floral tea
that, like green tea, is also packed with catechins, which help to
promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolise lipids
(fat). A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost six pounds
over the course of the six-week time period. That’s a pound a week! Shed more belly flab—rapidly—with one of the 4 Teas That Melt Fat!
DRINK THIS: Tazo, Teavana BECAUSE IT: Wards off the munchies
Fill a big teacup with soothing peppermint tea, and sniff yourself
skinny! While certain scents can trigger hunger (a trick Cinnabon
figured out long ago), others can actually suppress your appetite. One
study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine
found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an
average of 5 pounds a month. (Although tea is relatively low in
caffeine—about 25% of what a cup of coffee delivers—decaffeinated
varieties are great to have on hand for a soothing bedtime treat.)
Consider also adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your pillow or
burning a minty candle to fill the room with slimming smells.
2. THE FAT BLOCKER
DRINK THIS: Twinings, The Republic of Tea, Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime BECAUSE IT: Prevents new fat cells from forming
White tea is dried naturally, often in sunlight, making it the least
processed and richest source of antioxidants among teas (as much as
three times as many polyphenols as green tea!). A study published in the
journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can
simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block
adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of
ingredients thought to be active on human fat cells. If there’s such a
thing as diet tea, this is it. And keep your waistline toned and
tight—in record time—with these essential 7 Best Foods for Rapid Weight Loss.
1. THE HUNGER HALTER
DRINK THIS: Celestial Seasonings, Harney & Sons BECAUSE IT: Regulates fat-storage hormones
Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant, grown
exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape
Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a
unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. Research shows this
compound can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage
and are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular
disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Yup, sometimes the
kettle can be as effective as the kettlebell.