Lose Weight by Drinking Tea
It has been proven through many studies that people achieve successful weight loss through drinking tea. In fact, achieving a slimmer figure is only one of the many health benefits that people can enjoy by sipping a cup of tea. Specifically, tea has been proven to contribute to having healthier joints and preventing inflammation that may eventually lead to arthritis.
Moreover, one of the biggest properties of tea is that it is very rich in antioxidants. This means tea lovers may prevent certain conditions and symptoms like chest pains, heart attacks, and strokes. In some researches, it has also been implied that it plays a role in preventing cancer cells from forming in the body. With these numerous health benefits to be enjoyed from a cup of tea, it might not be so difficult to believe that it might contribute to losing weight as well.
Tea has certain substances that can explain how this leads to a reduction of weight, for example through promoting fast metabolism and reducing bad cholesterol levels. It has also been proposed that tea can minimize adipocytes, the fat cells in the body. These are just some of the many ways that tea can make weight loss possible.
However, it is important to note that not all teas work the same way, or are even as equally successful. Some have ingredients that have the capability to burn fat, while others contribute to a faster metabolism. Moreover, teas that actually prevent fat cells from developing can also be found. It might be possible as well to find teas that combine different mechanisms to contribute to weight loss.
In fact, there are quite a few types of tea that can be considered for weight loss. Of these, three will be discussed in length, as these are considered the best ones out there.
What Is It?
Rooibos tea belongs to a plant species called Aspalathin linearis native to Cederberg, a small region in South Africa. Called by the locals as the “red bush plant”, the tea is derived from the leaves and at the same time, the young stems of this plant. It grows and is cultivated in high altitude, in the mountain ranges close to Cape Town. Unfermented leaves and stems are green but once it goes through the fermentation process, it turns to the red color it is popular for. At the same time, it has a pleasant smell and taste. However, as it goes through its process, it loses the high level of antioxidants common to the unfermented version.
What Does It Contain?
Aspalathin linearis has been the subject of much scientific research in the past decades. Researchers have been eager to learn more about aspalathin, its active ingredient, as well as other flavonoids found in this plant. One of its characteristics that make it stand out is the lack of caffeine. This is great news for those who want to lose weight. Finally, they can drink a type of tea that also acts as a stimulant like coffee, but without making them feel nervous and jittery or suffer from palpitations that are normal in excessive caffeine intake. Rooibos tea, at the same time, contains low levels of tannins. This makes it a great tea to drink without leaving a dry feeling after consumption. Moreover, it is high in iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and alpha-hydroxy acids. Beyond aspalathin, a flavonoid, this type of tea has nothofagin, quercetin, lueolin, rutin, orientin, and chyrsoeriol as well. These flavonoids are not just antioxidants, but at the same time have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial and even antibacterial properties.
How Does It Help With Weight Loss?
In a nutcase, drinking rooibos tea helps regulate the production and discharge of hormones which are responsible for supporting or promoting the storage of fat. In particular, it all about how cortisol affects metabolism.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that is normally seen in a negative light, although it actually works to keep us alive. Whenever the body moves or undergoes any physical activity, it will need energy. To make this happen, the body releases cortisol and rallies various energy molecules needed. When the body needs modest to moderate amounts, it will mobilize the fat molecules from where they are being stored. However, when the body demands a significantly higher amount of energy much like when one is very stressed, cortisol then triggers the conversion of amino acids into energy. Therefore, cortisol is quite a vital part of the body’s process.
However, there is a negative side to how cortisol works in the body. This hormone actually likes fat to be stored in the body. This is because fat molecules are, compared to other possible sources of energy, the densest. It triggers them to be stored much like one prepares for a very rainy day or for a big emergency. Much like most people will try to store supplies just in case, so does the body, with cortisol triggering this process, stocks up energy reserves. Again, unfortunately, the best form of stored energy is fat.
There is another way cortisol contributes to weight gain. This hormone has been shown to have an effect on a person’s appetite, increasing it and making him/her crave for sweets and oily food. This is because cortisol also brings ups levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormones. This leads to a cycle of the adrenal glands creating and releasing more cortisol and neuropeptide Y. At the same time, levels of leptin are reduced. Leptin is a hormone that comes from fat cells to send the brain the message that there is still enough energy stored as fat. Because the body does not receive this, it is then tricked into thinking that the body needs more energy. And because there is no stored fat (due to low leptin levels), the body has to eat food.
Because cortisol encourages storage of fat and a higher appetite, this will make any weight loss attempt a failure.
This is a reason why professionals in the medical field always say that in order to lose weight, you should work to control stress levels in the body. Rooibos tea has been proven to diminish the effects of cortisol. This is done by reducing how much of this hormone is synthesized and released. Therefore, as levels of cortisol are brought down, so are the levels of fat stored in the depots of the body like the abdominal part. In fact, this has been said to be the reason why people with a lot of stress end up having bigger stomachs than other people.
Cortisol levels in the body are controlled by a specific enzyme, one that is able to convert cortisone into cortisol. Therefore, the higher the levels of this enzyme, more cortisol ends up being produced and in the end, more fat stored in the body. Unfortunately, this enzyme comes from the fat cells as well, leading to an unfortunate cycle. The more stored fat, the more enzyme, and the cycle just starts all over again. Even sadder, research has stated that there are higher levels of this enzyme in the abdominal region, which means, once you start gaining fat in this area, it might continue to grow unless you make big efforts to stop or reverse the cycle.
Again, when there is more cortisol in the body, it stores more fat. This, in turn, produces more enzymes that lead back to the beginning, or to higher levels of cortisol synthesized in the body.
Studies have shown that drinking rooibos tea produces a hypoglycemic effect. Although these researches were done only on lab mice, the possible effects in the regulation of glucose, secretion of insulin, and storage of fat can bring exciting advantages.
Glucose is, in fact, the simplest molecule that carbohydrates are able to break down into, much like proteins into amino acids and fats into fatty acids. It is also the cell’s main source of fuel and is transported from the blood by insulin. When humans eat, glucose levels rise, and this triggers release of insulin. Insulin then mobilizes the glucose to cells. Once cells have enough glucose, insulin then informs the muscles and other energy storage mechanisms to then deal with excess glucose. They are then turned into either glycogen or fat and are stored in in the liver, skeletal muscles and the fat depots. In short, when one consumes more carbohydrates than the body needs, what is left behind will end up as stored energy, leading to weight gain.
Rooibos tea may work to stop this through bringing down glucose levels in the blood. This will mean that less insulin will end up being released. Therefore, no fat ends up being stored. Instead, whatever fat ends up being used immediately as energy by the body. Through bringing down levels of glucose in the body, rooibos tea stops spikes in insulin, leading to less fat reserves.
In order to really be successful in weight loss, consumption of rooibos tea should be combined with a diet low in calories and more physical activity. Critical is to burn more energy than what you eat so that the body has no other choice but to take the energy stored in fats and glycogen.
What Are The Other Benefits?
More than helping with weight loss, drinking rooibos tea has other health advantages. Some of these includes:
- Prevention of specific types of cancer, like skin cancer
- Rejuvenation of the skin
- Relief from stress and from nervous tension
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improvement in symptoms of asthma and chronic bronchitis
- Stronger bones and teeth
- Protection against diseases in the heart and blood vessels
- Relief from colic and similar gastric problems in young children
- Better glucose tolerance for diabetics
- Better insulin resistance for diabetic individuals
- Treatment of allergies like hay fever, asthma, and eczema
- Slowing effects of aging
What Is It?
Production of oolong tea consists of many complex processes, including making leaves wither under the sun, natural oxidation, rolling or curling, shaping, firing, and baking or roasting. In every single step, one has to watch out for the right timing and temperature, otherwise, a false move will create a low quality tea. Making things more complicated is the need to repeat various stages of the production to achieve the right level of bruising and browning. Oolong can be found in different varieties and therefore, can have varying flavors. Some might taste fruity and sweet with a little hint of honey. On the other hand, it might also be thicker and woody. It might smell green and smell like flowers as well. These variations lie on how oolong is raised and how the tea is produced.
What Does It Contain?
Similar to other teas, oolong has a lot of antioxidants. At the same time, weight loss vitamins including Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K, and minerals like potassium, manganese, calcium, copper, and selenium. Notable is also the existence of substances such as caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, which stimulate the central nervous system.
How Does It Help With Weight Loss?
Central to its contribution to weight loss is the fact that it has three natural stimulants (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline). These are among the best out there, and through stimulation of the nervous system, two benefits can be seen. The first is an increase in the expenditure of energy and the second, enhancing the metabolism of fat. These two will be discussed in length.
Oolong tea stimulates the brain, making it more alert and able to multitask. This also leads to a higher metabolism in the body at the cellular level. This means the cells increase their use of energy, leading them to look for more to perform at the level needed by the brain. Because the brain instructs them to perform their physiologic processes at a higher rate, they have no choice but to release stored energy to be able to follow this order.
Should you be eating at the same time, the cells will take directly from what you consumed. However, it takes time before that is digested and transformed into energy that can be used by the body. Therefore, in the meantime, the body will have to release glycogen and fat molecules from where they are stored. Of the two, fats are preferred by the body because they are able to pack more energy. In the end, fat is taken from the abdominal and the subcutaneous regions to meet the cells’ demand. After all, these have been stored there for the body to have something to burn for energy until new sources like consumed and digested food is available.
The three stimulants, caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, present in oolong tea contribute to a faster metabolism, leading it to use up more energy. The more energy spent, the more fat is required to be converted into usable energy, so long as you do not eat. In fact, oolong tea can raise metabolism rate by up to 10 percent. However, in order to fully lose weight through drinking oolong tea, it should always be combined with a low-calorie diet. This way, you reap the full benefits and end up burning more from your fat storages.
The second way that oolong helps with weight loss is by enhancing the metabolism of oxidation of fat. This is also somehow related to increased metabolism, which promotes breaking down and oxidizing fat stored in the body. This is, of course, coupled with fasting or maintaining a low-calorie diet.
When one raises metabolism rate but at the same time, consumes a high-calorie diet, he or she ends up providing all the added energy needed by the body. Therefore, fat is not taken and burned from storage. Maybe the body will first use them to temporarily provide energy, but the extra calories coming from food intake will eventually be converted and stored as fat to replace what has been burned. Moreover, a high-calorie diet, or one full of carbohydrates and fats, will increase insulin levels in the body. This will also promote adding to fats stored. Again, oolong tea may contribute to fat being broken down and burned, however, it should be combined with a low to moderate calorie intake. Otherwise, the benefits enjoyed will be nullified.
What Are The Other Benefits?
Beyond its contribution to weight loss, oolong tea brings a lot more benefits to the human body. Some of them may be:
- Prevention of the spreading of some types of cancer cells
- Improvement in the overall immune system function
- Balancing blood sugar levels
- Strengthening bones and teeth
- Promotion of healthier heart and blood vessels
- Promotion of healthy skin
- Reducing stress
- Improvement in cognitive function
What Is It?
Green tea is undoubtedly one of the most popular types of tea out there. However, what most people are unaware of, is that it comes from the same plant as the other well-known tea, black tea. What sets the two apart is the fermentation process that they undergo. The normal black (or dark brown, in reality) tea is actually from fermented tea leaves. The process has given it the very distinct flavor and the different color. At the same time, it makes it caffeine and tannin content higher.
In comparison, green tea does not go through this fermentation process. It, only goes through a drying process or in some cases, might be steamed a little. This is why when this tea is brewed, it is green colored.
Green tea is officially known as Camellia sinensis and historically been a favorite drink of the Chinese population from all the way back to the ancient times. In fact, they strongly believe that it has numerous health benefits, including helping manage weight.
What Does It Contain?
One of the most vital and at the same time, well-researched ingredients of green tea is epigallocatechin gallate, or simply called EGCG. This ingredient is believed to be the key reason why it is good for those who want to lose weight. It has been proven to bring thermogenic effects which enhance efforts to slim down. Moreover, green tea contains a lot of flavonoids, which include catechin, epicatechin, proanthocyanidins, and epicatechin gallate. If that is not enough, it also contains amino acids like liganin, theanine, and butyric acid. At the same time, alkaloids like theobromine, dimethylxanthine, xanthines, theophylline, and adenine. Vitamins A, B1 to B3, C, and E, can also be found in green tea. It also contains minimal amounts of caffeine. In fact, it has so many nutrients, which is why many people are convinced of its health benefits.
How Does It Help With Weight Loss?
Much like rooibos and oolong tea, green tea also contributes to higher metabolism in the body. However, this happens in a slightly different way, through its main ingredient, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Researchers have been able to prove that EGCG affects levels of norepinephrine in the body. By increasing it, it boosts your metabolism. This is made possible by preventing a specific enzyme from doing its job, which is to break down norepinephrine (NE). In the end, there are higher levels of NE circulating around the body that brings a thermogenic effect. Thermogenesis is the process where heat is generated and by doing so, increasing body temperature and accidentally, increasing the rate of metabolism.
The advantages of a faster metabolism have been discussed at length earlier, to describe the weight loss benefits of oolong tea. This exact same process happens with the body when you drink green tea with EGCG. Moreover, the existence of other ingredients like caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline increases, even more, the weight loss capabilities of the body. In fact, this is why green tea is known to be one of the best slimming teas out there. After all, how many drinks stimulate your body to continue using up stored fat and calories in the body even after meals? And once they are gone, the body’s fat stores in the tummy and under the skin are taken away to be burned as well.
Many studies have proven that drinking green tea regularly will be able to increase metabolic rate by up to 8%. This means, if a normal individual burns around an average of 2,500 calories daily, 8% translates to 200 more calories, for a great total of 2,700 calories you are burning whenever you drink green tea daily. In short, because of the epigallocatechin gallate in green tea, as well as the caffeine and xanthines found in green tea, you can see results in your weight loss easily!
What Are The Other Benefits?
With the long list of vitamins, minerals, and even amino acids that can be found in green tea, it is no surprise that it comes with a long list of other benefits:
- Slowing down the effects of the aging process
- Helping people stay awake, alert and focused
- Fighting against fatigue and low energy
- Improvement in the functioning of the immune system
- Contracting smooth muscles as an astringent
- Prevention of further development of certain cancerous cells
- Protection of the heart and blood vessels
- Improvement in pancreatic function to help in diabetes management
- Removal of toxins from the body
In conclusion, there is no need to take diet pills or other substances that promise to help with weight loss. Drinking tea is is much more natural and in fact, most people already drink a few cups a day. The three discussed above are the ones that have been studied a lot and have shown to have a real effect in the process of reducing weight. Although some other teas out there may have the same effect, they might function differently.
Drinking tea has been part of the routine for centuries, which in itself is a sign of its benefits in maintaining good health. Therefore, you can include them in your daily routine and achieve many goals along the way, from keeping yourself healthy to reaching your ideal weight. If you have a keen interest in weight loss for 2017, then be sure to read our extensive article on the most effective diet pills this year.