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What is Weight Loss Tea?

By Nychole Price
Updated May 17, 2024
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When it comes to losing weight, the key factor is cutting calories. Unfortunately, this is where most people have the most trouble. Lowering your calorie intake often leads to feelings of hunger, which causes mood swings and lower energy levels. According to many weight loss gurus, feelings of hunger can be suppressed by drinking weight loss tea.

Teas for weight loss are sold in many different varieties. These teas include green teas, herbal teas, Chinese teas and even the Oolong tea that is sponsored by Oprah. None of these teas have proven to be more effective than the others for weight loss.

Green tea is the most well known weight loss tea. The makers of some types of green tea claim that it will reduce your appetite by sixty percent, resulting in quick weight loss. It is also said to increase your metabolism, which results in a person burning more calories. Certain brands of green tea are also thought to regulate blood sugar, preventing spikes and drops that may result in binges.

Herbal teas have been popular among obese men and women for ages. These teas may contain garcinia, combogia, cinnamomum, tamala, guggul, senna leaves and/or fennel aniseed. Herbal weight loss teas are thought to increase the burning of fat and calories, helping to speed up weight loss.

Chinese weight loss tea, also known as Wu-Long tea, is supposed to melt away body fat by reducing the rise in your insulin level that occurs from eating carbohydrates. Wu-Long tea claims to increase your energy level by 2 1/2 times, which results in more calories being burnt daily. Other possible benefits of Wu-Long tea are improved complexion, stronger teeth and immune system and increased peace of mind.

Oolong tea originated in the Fujian Province of China. It is a popular weight loss tea that is endorsed by Oprah and Rachel Ray. Oolong tea contains poly-phenol, known to lower triglycerides and reduce body fat. Polyphenol also increases the overall health of the body by removing free radicals. The other benefits of Oolong tea include a reduction in tooth decay and atopic dermatitis.

Weight loss tea is a good addition to the recommended weight loss guidelines of a proper diet and exercise. Teas offer many health benefits but shouldn't be used as the sole source of weight loss. It is always recommended to see your doctor before beginning any weight loss or exercise program.

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Discussion Comments
By burcidi — On May 10, 2013

@literally-- I've never heard that about green tea and weight loss. You might want to have it before meals or immediately after if it's increasing your appetite.

Green tea and oolong tea are great for boosting metabolism. Peppermint tea also has the same effect, plus it soothes the stomach and treats nausea.

I also enjoy having cinnamon tea. I just mix a spoonful of powder cinnamon in hot water with a little bit of honey and drink it. Cinnamon is know for regulating blood sugar and preventing blood sugar from rising or falling too fast. What this translates into is less fat storage and less insulin resistance which is a cause of weight gain.

By literally45 — On May 10, 2013

@alisha-- I think green tea does help with weight loss, but I'm not so sure if it reduces appetite. I used to drink one to two cups of green tea in the evening and it made me hungry! I don't know if it's me or the type of green tea I drink. I drink the flavored kind with bergamot, I'm not too fond of the grassy flavor of plain green tea either. But I try and avoid drinking it in the evening now because eating after 8pm is very bad, it causes weight gain.

Another herbal tea that I've tried for weight loss is lemonbalm tea. I drink this when I feel upset because I'm an emotional eater. This herbal tea relaxes me, so I'm less likely to reach for food. I highly recommend it! But make sure to read the possible side effects because I know it's not supposed to be taken with some medications.

Oh, and I realize you are trying to lose weight fast, but don't overdo the herbal teas. I don't go past three cups of green tea in a day and one cup of lemonbalm.

By discographer — On May 09, 2013

I just started drinking green tea for weight loss. I need to lose a few pounds before a wedding that's in two weeks. I don't like the flavor very much but I'm willing to do anything right now!

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