You eat right, and you make sure you exercise, but no matter how hard you try that stubborn belly fat just won’t budge. Before you get too frustrated, or decide to take drastic measures, we’ve got a suggestion you’re going to love.
Make like our friends across the pond and take a few minutes out of your day for tea time. That’s right, a cuppa—as our British buds like to call it—could turn out to be the missing piece of your weight loss puzzle.
Say goodbye to your spare tire with one of these seven tummy trimming teas.
1. Bilberry tea:
Similar to the American blueberry, experts say the European bilberry makes an excellent tummy-trimming tea. Bilberries help regulate blood sugar, while curbing your cravings for sweets, so you’re less likely to indulge.
2. Goji tea:
We predict goji tea, made from the Lycium barbarum plant, will soon be a staple in your pantry. Because according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition goji can boost your calorie burn by a full 10 percent.
Just as exciting, the researchers reported that the goji extract specifically targeted the tummy, trimming waistlines an average of almost two inches in two weeks. Sip goji tea, burn more calories and get rid of your belly fat. It really is that easy.
3. Green tea:
Perhaps the healthiest of all teas, we now know green tea can help you lose weight, too! Green tea revs up your metabolism, so cells lose fat while your liver’s ability to burn fat goes into overdrive.
The best part? Green tea targets stubborn—and dangerous—belly fat, so you lose those inches where it matters most. For best results, drink four to five cups a day.
4. Hibiscus tea:
Hibiscus tea is a terrific choice for banishing the belly bloat that turns your waistline into a muffin top. The beautiful flowering plant naturally helps bring your electrolytes back into balance.
But if you need to lose more than just water weight, hibiscus is still one of your best bets. Hibiscus tea contains minerals that actually help reduce how much fat your body absorbs in the first place.
5. Oolong tea:
Oolong tea has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to manage weight, and several studies have confirmed it works. When a group of Chinese women drank four cups of oolong tea a day their energy expenditure (how many calories they burned) shot up by 10 to 20 percent. And the ladies shed over two pounds each over the six-week study!
In a similar Japanese study women had their energy burn shoot up by 10 percent for two hours after drinking oolong tea. And Japanese men who sipped on the tea enjoyed a faster metabolism too, with fat burn jumping 12 percent.
6. Peppermint tea:
Peppermint tea works its belly trimming magic through your nose. Because believe it or not breathing in the scent of the tea may be enough to trigger weight loss. According to the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine, simply smelling peppermint can curb cravings and lead to weight loss.
Try a decaf version in the evenings to slash your urge to late-night snack. Or sip on a cup before meals to help you eat less.
7. Pu-erh tea:
In early studies out of China, pu-erh tea extract is showing great promise as a weight loss tool. Proven to lower both triglyceride levels and belly fat in animal studies, making pu-erh tea a part of your regular routine may help you whittle down your own waist.
From the well-known to the exotic, there’s a tummy trimming tea for every taste. Make one of them a daily ritual and in a couple of months you could finally be fitting into those too tight jeans you have hidden in the back of your closet.