What are the Best Loose Leaf Teas for Weight Loss?
The Weight Loss benefits of Tea are considerable. However they will only be accessible if you are striving for an overall healthy lifestyle. Drinking at least 2-3 cups of a high quality Loose Leaf Tea per day can definitely help you to become a healthier person both inside and out.
Two of the biggest reasons that Tea in general can be helpful when trying to lose weight are:
- Tea Can Speed Up Metabolism
- Tea is an excellent replacement for High-Calorie Beverages
Typically the go-to tea for weight loss is the green variety. The reason? Non-oxidized green tea is high in catechins, a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are nutrients that protect your cells from damage and help overall body function. You’ve heard antioxidant-rich foods like spinach and nuts touted for years, but the health benefits from green tea are just as strong.
A study from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition looked at two groups of Japanese men: one who consumed a bottle of tea containing green tea extract with 690 mg of catechins and one without extract that contained only 22 mg of catechins.
The results were clear, “Body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area were significantly lower in the green tea extract group than in the control group.”
So you might wonder, “Does tea make you lose weight?” Look, you won’t be able to wash down a Big Mac with green tea and lose weight. But green tea certainly aids in the weight loss process, and paired with exercise and a healthy diet, can speed up your progress.
Tasty Tea Tip-Try substituting your favorite Tea blend for dessert. There are many Teas blended now with fruits, herbs and flavors including chocolate, pumpkin and even cream. Our new Pumpkin Spice and Pistachio Almond Teas are reminiscent of Pumpkin Pie and Pistachio Cookies. Mmmmmm
It cannot be stressed enough however that the quality of the Tea needs to be considered. The leaves that are chopped up and put into Tea Bags lose the majority of any associated benefits through exposure to light and air.
That being said, choose your Teas carefully.