Tea and Weight Loss
Can tea help you lose weight? Many people believe that it can. The two types of tea that are said to assist with weight loss are green tea and Pu-er tea.
Green tea is said to help with losing weight because green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols. These compounds work with other chemicals in the body to increase fat oxidation levels and thermogenesis. Thermogenisis refers to energy used in heat production that is not related to resting metabolism or physical activity. The antioxidant EGCG (or Epigallocatechin gallate ) found in green tea has been especially effective in helping to prevent obesity by inhibiting the glucose movement in fat cells.
Green tea also helps to increase your metabolism, also increasing the body’s capacity for burning fat.
Experts vary greatly in their recommendation on just how much green tea you should drink to reap the full fat-burning benefits of the weight loss properties of green tea, but the average number seems to be between 3-5 cups of green tea per day.
Another tea which is claimed to be beneficial for weight loss, is Pu-er (also spelled Pu-erh) tea. Although there is no empirical evidence showing just how Pu-erh tea facilitates weight loss, most studies (and widely held beliefs) believe that Pu-er tea helps to increase the body’s metabolism, leading to faster burning of fat cells, thereby causing weight loss. Pu-er tea is also said to cause a feeling of “fullness” after drinking it, so as to reduce feelings of hunger. Celebrities Victoria Beckham, Joss Stone and Jerry Hall have all promoted Pu-Erh tea for it’s weight loss properties as well.
All teas can be used to help aid a weight loss specific diet. Try replacing any sugary drinks in your diet, such as sodas or juices, with tea (little or no sugar added). This will reduce the amount of glucose in your diet, and in turn, significantly aid your weight loss efforts. Replacing sugary drinks with sugar-free green tea or Pu-erh tea might even be able to produce even better results!