If you are aiming to lose weight and burn fat, you probably want to use all the help available. Especially if it comes in a healthy and delicious form. Well, I have good news for you! Certain herbal teas can be an excellent aid in weight loss. In this article, I am going to tell you what is the best tea for weight loss and burning belly fat.
Losing weight is not easy, and there are no shortcuts to do it. You might be tempted to try slimming pills full of harmful chemicals, but I advise against it. Instead, I suggest adopting a healthy lifestyle and including a habit of drinking herbal teas into your daily routine. Keep on reading to find out what are the most effective teas for aiding you in losing weight.
Yerba Mate – Energizing and Effective
Yerba mate tea originates from South America and it is an energizing and healthy drink. I think yerba mate is the best and most effective tea for losing weight. Yerba mate contains caffeine and many other effective compounds that:
- Boost your physical performance and help you exercise more
- Help you with burning belly fat
- Help you with suppressing appetite and avoiding overeating
- Improve gastrointestinal health
I have already posted a whole article about yerba mate and weight loss. Check it out and learn more about the great potential of this herbal tea!
READ ALSO: Yerba Mate Tea Reviews – 5 Popular Brands
Green, Black, White, Oolong and Puerh Tea
Green, Black, White, Oolong and Puerh Tea are not really herbal teas, they are made from the Camellia sinensis, the actual tea plant. But I decided to include them in this article to address their potential in losing weight.
Green tea and matcha (concentrated and powdered green tea) are generally considered very effective for weight loss. They are also loaded with antioxidants and other healthy compounds. The main reason why green tea is effective with losing weight is that it contains catechins, which help with increasing metabolism and burning fat. It also contains some caffeine, even though much less than coffee or yerba mate.
In this study, 60 overweight persons were drinking green tea or placebo for 12 weeks. The study found that the ones drinking green tea lost 7.3 pounds (3.3 kg) more weight than the placebo group. There are also other studies with similar outcomes.
Green tea combined with exercise has also proven to be very effective in burning fat. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition indicates that the catechins of green tea help in utilizing body fat for energy during exercise and rest. Several other studies confirm this result.
Black tea is highly oxidized and has a high concentration of flavones, which are plant pigment molecules with antioxidant qualities that could also help with losing weight. According to studies black tea might help with weight control and losing weight.
White tea is unprocessed and is considered very healthy. It has a high concentration of catechins and polyphenols which help with burning fat and preventing the formation of new fat cells the same way as green tea.
Oolong tea is partially oxidized, but not as much as black tea. Oolong tea also has catechins, so it works in a similar way as green and white tea.
Puerh tea is fermented black tea. There are studies done with Puerh tea extract which indicate that it helps with weight loss. In a study where 70 men were given Puerh tea or placebo capsules 3 times a day, the ones who took Puerh tea capsules lost 2.2 pounds (1 kg) more weight during the 3 months of this trial.
Hibiscus Tea – Floral and Delicious
Hibiscus tea is made from flowers of Hibiscus sabdariffa and it has a sour flavor and sweet aftertaste. This tea has many health benefits including the ability to boost your metabolism and help with burning fat in your body.
A study conducted in Taiwan found out that hibiscus helps with losing weight. 36 obese subjects were given either hibiscus extract or placebo for a period of 12 weeks. The subjects that consumed hibiscus had reduced body weight, body-mass-index, body fat and the waist-to-hip ratio more than the placebo group.
Check out my hibiscus tea recipes here!
Ginger Tea – High in Antioxidants
The gingerol found in ginger root is a very healthy and effective compound. It has many amazing qualities and it is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and lowers your blood pressure. Ginger can help with weight loss by keeping the feeling of fullness for a longer time. It can also stabilize blood sugar levels which is important when aiming to lose weight. If you are looking for a nice ginger tea product to buy, I suggest reading this article.
Here is an excellent video about ginger tea and weight loss. I recommend that you spend a few minutes to watch it!
Peppermint Tea – Control Your Appetite
Losing weight means that you have to maintain a healthy diet and eat fewer calories than what you are consuming daily. Peppermint tea helps with controlling your appetite. It tastes excellent on its own and it can also be combined with other ingredients such as green tea and ginger tea.
Peppermint tea helps with controlling cravings and thus it can be very helpful with weight loss. According to research the aromas of peppermint trigger chemical reactions in the brain that help with reducing the feeling of hunger.
To find a great mint tea product to buy, I recommend that you read this article: What is the Best Mint Tea – The Brands You Should Try
Read also this article about traditional Moroccan mint tea!
Rooibos Tea – From the Red Bush
Rooibos tea is a healthy tea made from ‘red bush’ which is cultivated in South Africa. It contains aspalathin, which helps with controlling your hunger.
Aspalathin reduces stress hormones, like cortisol, which are known to trigger hunger and increase the retention of fat. A study published in 2014 concludes that “antioxidant-rich rooibos tea showed efficient protective action against immobilization-induced oxidative stress in rats”. This means that drinking rooibos tea is especially effective in reducing stress-induced weight gain. Read this article to learn more about the many health benefits of rooibos tea: What is Red Rooibos Tea? – History and Health Benefits.
If you are interested in trying rooibos tea, read this article to see what are my favorite brands and products.
Best Herbal Tea for Weight Loss
So, based on my own experience and scientific research, I think that yerba mate is the best tea for helping you in losing weight and burning belly fat. If you combine yerba mate with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper sleep, I am sure you will get amazing results!
But is there something that could be even more effective for weight loss than yerba mate tea? Yes, combining it with other (herbal) teas. You can try the different teas introduced in this article and drink them in addition to yerba mate. Or mix some peppermint or ginger into your yerba mate tea.
Please tell me about your favorite tea for losing weight and burning fat. Go ahead and post a comment below!