If you’re trying to shed the jiggle around your middle and need an extra boost, drinking an anti-oxidant rich herbal tea several times a day may be the weight loss potion you’ve been looking for.
For centuries, herbal teas have been used in alternative medicine to treat a wide list of ailments from nausea to indigestion. Recently, Scientists have shown that certain teas contains high levels of compounds that naturally have amazing weight loss properties.
Hmmm… perhaps you can drink the fat away.
Here are my top 7 slimming teas to help you flush the fat away. Happy sipping!
THE FAT BLOCKERS
1. DRINK THIS: Pu-erh Tea
BECAUSE IT: Prevents the formation of fat cells
Pu-erh tea prevents the formation of fat cells while actively promoting oxidation of fatty acids in the body. Scientific studies show, Pu-erh tea suppresses the conversion of fatty acids into fat, and reduces cholesterol production. This is because, it is rich in three substances known for their fat burning and metabolism boosting properties; theanine, caffeine and catechins. However, proper drinking time of Pu-Erh is the utmost importance to loose weight.
For optimal results:
*It is important to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea one hour after a meal. This can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats.
Note: Drinking this tea 30-60 minutes or so before you eat a meal will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead. The weight loss effects will be the most noticeable if drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other teas or drinks to your diet
2. DRINK THIS: White Tea
BECAUSE IT: Prevents new fat cells from forming
White tea comes from the same plant as green and black teas. However, because it is less processed than any other tea, it retains more nutrients and has three times as many polyphenols as green tea. Making it the richest source of antioxidants among teas. White tea contains ECGC, an antioxidant that prevents new fat cells from forming AND fights signs of aging. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of ingredients thought to be active on human fat cells.
For optimal results: Drink 3 cups everyday. Do not add milk or sugar. Make sure you purchase high quality or fair trade teas.
THE METABOLISM BOOSTERS
3. DRINK THIS: Green Tea
BECAUSE IT: Triggers fat release & speeds up metabolism
It’s unique combination of catechin (an antioxidant) and caffeine ignites this fat belly crusader and blasts adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.
For optimal results: Drink 4-5 cups of green tea each day can help cut body fat up to 20 percent within 3 months. Combine it with 25-minute of exercise for a greater boost fat loss.
4. DRINK THIS: Yerba Mate
BECAUSE IT: Boosts metabolism & provides energy
Yerba Mate is an herbal stimulant made from the leaves of the mate tree that contains the fat-fighting compund mateine. Yerba mate causes thermogensis, or increased calorie burn, increased diuresis and appetite suppression, all of which improve the chances of weight loss. The average cup of yerba mate has 50 milligrams of caffeine however, it does not produce the caffeine-related crashes that some people experience with coffee and can give you 3-4 hours of very stable, clean energy.
For optimal results: Drink 3 cups daily.
THE CRAVINGS CRUSHER
5. DRINK THIS: Bilberry Tea
BECAUSE IT: Fights Munchies -especially for sweets.
Bilberry Tea bears small blue-black, many-seeded berries that contain high doses of powerful antioxidants. It’s savory sweet flavor balances blood sugar and reduces cravings for fatty or sugary foods.
For optimal results: Drink 1 cup every day before evening meals. This suppresses your appetite so you consume fewer calories.
THE FAT HORMONE HALTER
6. DRINK THIS: Rooibos Tea
BECAUSE IT: Regulates fat-storage hormones
Sometimes the digestive system just ends up sluggish. You may find that there are blockages along the way, leading to constipation, bloating, and pain. The great news is that rooibos tea has proven to help improve the digestive system. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your waist are two rare and powerful flavonoid –Aspalathin and Nothofagin – that are effective in lowering the body’s production of cortisol – the “stress hormone” in turn lowering the effect on the body’s stress response and fat storage.
For optimal results: Use freshly boiled water. Allow 2-4 minutes to allow leaves to infuse, open, and releasing their flavor. Drink 6 cups spaced throughout the day to deliver optimum benefits.
THE WATER WEIGHT ELIMINATOR
7. DRINK THIS: Dandelion Tea
BECAUSE IT: Diuretic
Dandelion tea is full of vitamins and nutrients. It helps the liver to digest foods by increasing bile production thus, removing toxins quickly and efficiently. It has powerful diuretic properties that cause water weight loss.
For optimal results: Heat 8 ounces of water and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup3-4 times a day before meals.
*Tip: To further enhance the flushing of excess water and salt from the body add a tablespoon of fresh squeezed organic lemon juice and a tablespoon of pure unsweetened organic cranberry juice.