When it comes to your health you’re willing to put in the hard work. And that includes working hard to shed those sneaky extra pounds that seem to pop up out of nowhere when you’re not looking.
But the truth is, when we’re trying to make those stubborn numbers on the scale budge, all of us could use a little extra help from time to time—or a simple jumpstart. And it turns out a mug of delicious tea could give you that extra boost you’ve been looking for.
Research has revealed that certain teas… some of which you may even already have in your own pantry… may be able to help you shed those extra five pounds faster than you ever thought possible. And we’ve got everything you need to know right here to get started today.
1. Barberry tea:
While the slimming effects of barberry aren’t as well-known here in the US, the Chinese have been reaping the weight loss benefits of this delicious tea for decades. Research has shown brewing up the stem, fruit, or root of the barberry plant may help you reach and sustain your weight loss goals. The tea gently encourages your body to use more energy, burning through extra calories. And then it helps you stay at your goal weight by discouraging future weight gain.
2. Goji tea:
It turns out exotic goji berries could help you effortlessly increase your calorie burn by up to 10 percent! And the best part is, that the results are long-lasting. In at least one study, goji tea drinkers were still burning more calories than non-tea drinkers an hour after finishing their tea. Pro tip: Drink several cups a day, and you could be reaping the calorie burning benefits all day long.
3. Green tea:
Over the last couple of years we’ve learned about the many health benefits that green tea brings to the table. In fact, researchers have been singing the tea’s praises so loudly that many of us already have some in our own pantry. But most folks don’t know this delicious tea can also help you beat the battle of the bulge. In one 12-week study, drinking 4-5 cups of green tea a day helped folks painlessly shed more weight than an unlucky group that didn’t drink tea. Pro tip: Combine your green tea with goji tea for an even bigger boost!
If we had to choose just one tea for weight loss it would be tough, but we’d have to choose matcha. This potent stone-ground tea packs such a punch that it helps break down body fat AND prevents fat cells from growing. In one landmark study, not only did participants lose more weight than the control group, but they lost more stubborn, and dangerous, belly fat too. Pro top: Matcha is great brewed up as a tea, but for variety you can try blending into a smoothie.
If your weight loss efforts are constantly being sabotaged by snack attacks you’re going to want to put mint tea on your shopping list. Next time you have a craving, reach for a cup of mint tea instead. It’ll squash those cravings, and help keep them from coming back.
If you’re like a lot of folks you’ve heard of oolong before, but haven’t tried it yourself. But we’re betting you’re going to want to change that when you learn how the tea can help boost your weight loss. Researchers out of Japan have confirmed oolong is a powerhouse of a fat burner. So much so that people drinking the tea during a 6 week study were able to effortlessly shed 6 pounds! And in another 10-year study out of Taiwan, people who drank oolong tea every week had, on average, 20 percent less body fat than their non-tea drinking peers.
Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) has a unique way of fighting belly bulge. The tea contains a compound that targets the stress hormones in your body, naturally lowering their levels. Since these are the same hormones that cause us to store energy as fat, and make us feel hungry, it’s easy to see how rooibos earned its spot on our list of weight loss teas.
According to a study in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, white tea is a winner when it comes to weight loss. White tea helps breaks down fat, so that your body uses the energy rather than storing it in your hips and belly. In addition, white tea reportedly also helps block the formation of new fat cells, so there’s less to store in the first place.
9. Yerba Mate:
Yerba mate delivers a one-two punch when it comes to ridding yourself of those extra pounds. The tea helps you lose weight by raising how many calories you burn, but also improves how your body responds to insulin. In one study, researchers gave yerba mate to people an hour before their workouts, while a control group was given a placebo. The lucky folks who drank yerba mate tea had more efficient and effective workouts.
You’re already doing the hard work to get and stay healthy. Why not take a well-deserved tea break and boost your weight loss while you’re at it?