Losing weight is one of the hardest things that many people attempt. Although it does require a healthy change in eating habits and activity level, the process of losing weight can be aided by some powerful herbal teas.
Herbal Teas for Weight Loss
Below is a list of nine of the best teas that will help you naturally reach your weight loss goal.
1. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is rich in antioxidants that can help increase your metabolism by up to 10%. These same antioxidants also help to burn fat more effectively and help to reduce abdominal and arm fat specifically. Oolong tea can also help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which can help reverse some of the side effects of being overweight.
2. Green Tea
EGCG is the main fat-burning ingredient in green tea which helps boost metabolism. Green tea is also full of caffeine and polyphenols, which both help the body burn fat. Not only can these benefits be derived from a cup of green tea, but also from a green tea supplement. Research suggests that those who incorporate green tea into their weight loss regimen lose twice as much as those who don’t.
3. Bilberry Tea
This herbal tea is effective in helping people lose weight because of its ability to stabilize blood sugar levels and therefore decrease cravings for fatty and/or sugary foods. It is recommended that you drink one cup of Bilberry tea every day before dinner (don’t worry, there’s no caffeine so it won’t keep you up). If you prefer, you can save the tea as your after-dinner or pre-bedtime dessert thanks to its naturally sweet and delicious flavor.
4. Rose Tea
Rose tea has an altogether therapeutic effect on the body. In addition to helping rid the body of toxins, rose tea is also full of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. It also prevents constipation and keeps things “flowing” smoothly which prevents your body from holding onto excess waste.
5. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea speeds up digestion and helps the body burn calories faster. Another great “dessert” tea, peppermint tea is also caffeine-free so it is a great-tasting option for the evening. The strong menthol smell of peppermint tea also helps to suppress your appetite. To enjoy this tea, simply add a tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves to boiling water, let steep for 5 minutes, strain, and then sip.
6. Star Anise Tea
Star Anise is often used to treat digestive ailments and is an excellent tea to incorporate into your weight-loss diet. Some consider this tea to be the best tea for weight loss.
7. Chickweed Tea
Research suggests that chickweed tea is rich in diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and tonic properties, all of which help aid in weight loss. This tea also helps the body rid itself of excess water and it may also help control appetite. Simply add 1 tablespoon of dried chickweed to a cup of boiling water, steep for ten minutes, and drink.
8. Ginger Tea
Ginger has a plethora of health benefits, and assisting you in your weight loss efforts is one of them. Research has shown that ginger is an effective natural appetite suppressant and that it helps boost metabolism.
Ginger also helps suppress cortisol in the body, which can often be the culprit behind weight gain. By suppressing cortisol, ginger tea may also help you feel less stressed and give you more energy, thus making it easier to stick to your workout plan.
9. Chamomile Tea
Another natural appetite suppressant, chamomile tea also improves digestion and helps the body rid itself of toxins. Chamomile is also rich in magnesium, calcium, and vitamin A, improving the body’s overall health. And when the body is healthier it is easier to shed those extra pounds.
Losing weight is never an easy task. However, by incorporating some (or all!) of these great-tasting teas into your diet regimen, it will be easier to succeed in your weight-loss goals.