Many hopeful dieters drink tea, especially green tea, to lose weight. So can this beverage help you slim down? Possibly. But there is no strong evidence to support many of the weight loss claims that are made on packages.
And yet, you’ve probably heard of friends and family members who have lost weight by drinking green tea or taking green tea supplements. It is possible that the products have worked for some.
Green tea provides caffeine that may help you to stay alert and active. As a result, you may burn more calories during the day. But it also might keep you up at night. Many weight loss experts promote the positive effects of a good night’s rest on healthy eating and exercise.
Large studies that have investigated the weight loss benefits of green tea have not been able to confirm that drinking it will improve weight loss. However, if you replace a high-calorie coffee drink with plain tea, you may also be able to reduce your calorie intake and slim down.
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is different from traditional tea. Herbal teas are made from roots, herbs, seeds and other plant material. Herbal tea drinkers use different varieties to achieve different health benefits. Some of the benefits have been backed by science, but others have not.
There are countless varieties of herbal tea. Here are a few of the most popular herbal teas and the science behind the health claims.
Chamomile is a popular herb known to have a sedative effect. Scientists believe it may have a mild effect on anxiety and insomnia.
Lemon grass tea is often used to reduce stress, calm your stomach or to help you sleep. Some studies have confirmed these findings in animals, but researchers suggest that more evidence is required to confirm these benefits in humans.
Dandelion tea is advertised to provide detox benefits. Some people also use dandelion to reduce water weight. Although dandelion has been shown to increase urination, studies in humans have not been able to confirm other health benefits.
Rooibos tea provides antioxidants, and some believe it may inhibit tumor growth, although more studies are needed to confirm this benefit in humans. Some people also use it for acne, eczema, and wrinkles but science to support this benefit is lacking.
There are many types of tea, but Green Tea is the only one I found that may help you with weight loss. And it might work for you but doesn’t work for everyone. Where most people go wrong drinking tea or coffee is what they add to the drink to flavor it. If you’re going to add anything it’s going to increase the calories and it won’t help you with weight loss.
Herbal teas sold by many of the major companies in the business are just selling flavored tea in a bag. These products won’t help with weight loss, only add more calories to the drink. Cold tea that’s very popular in the summer, doesn’t seem to have any effect on your weight. It’s the same as drinking flavored water without the calories. I like ice tea and drink it almost every day.
Another thing I want to mention, some tea is not 100% tea. Tea bags have been analyzed and found to contain some tea leaves and some other type of leaves that are not tea. It’s done to increase profits by using a cheaper leaf in the mix of ground-up leaves. If you’re buying tea for the health effects buy the whole tea leaves. Put the required amount of leaves in the bottom of your teapot or the metal balls that hold your tea leaves and pour the hot water over the leaves and let them sit for a time until the tea is the strength you desire. Using tea leaves will make a difference and you’ll notice it right away.
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