9 Best Teas for Weight Loss

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Drinking weight loss tea can be an excellent way to supplement your dietary restrictions and exercise regimen if you’re serious about shedding pounds. Tea comes in many different varieties, based on how they are dried and prepared, but the majority of actual tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is native to Asia, primarily China and India. Tea is an extremely powerful beverage, as it can aid in many different health concerns, from heart health to energy levels and weight loss! The metabolism-stimulating effects of certain teas make them particularly preferred for those trying to slim down.

Best Tea for Weight Loss

The best slimming teas for weight loss include green tea, white tea, ginger tea, pu-erh tea, oolong tea, black tea, turmeric tea, hibiscus tea, rooibos tea, and peppermint tea, among others.

Green Tea

This popular tea variety has high levels of flavonoids, caffeine, and other antioxidants that are known to stimulate the body’s metabolism. This can help to speed up the fat-burning process, which can aid in weight loss efforts when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise. [1]

Pu-erh Tea

Two tea cups and a measuring tape kept on a white canvas

Drinking tea helps in weight loss. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Some of the studies done on this particular type of tea show that its enzyme-stimulating effects are able to shrink the size of fat cells in the body, making it easy for your body to metabolize these into usable energy, and contributing significantly to weight loss. [2]

Black Tea

Perhaps the most common type of tea on most people’s shelves, black tea comes in many different names and possesses caffeine, as well as other metabolism-stimulating compounds. This can help the passive fat-burning of the body, which means you will be able to burn more calories and fat, even when you’re not exercising. [3]

Oolong Tea

The catechins and polyphenolic compounds found in such high quantities within this tea are able to improve the body’s ability to metabolize fat cells, meaning that you can burn fat faster. Furthermore, this tea has been linked to lowering blood pressure, one of the contributing factors to a metabolic disorder, which can contribute to weight loss. [4]

White Tea

This impressive weight loss tea works to aid in weight loss in two different ways. White tea is slightly different from black and green teas in that it inhibits the body from absorbing fat, while also improving the body’s ability to burn fat that it does consume. This double benefit of white tea makes it one of the best weight loss teas you could try if you’re serious about shedding pounds. [5]

Rooibos Tea

This weight loss tea acts in a unique way to aid weight loss. First of all, rooibos suppresses the hormones in the body that trigger your feelings of hunger. This can reduce snacking and overeating, which will consequently help you lose weight. There are also blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering effects of this tea, which can help to improve your overall health. [6]

Ginger Tea

This herbal tea is known for its warming qualities, as well as its metabolism-stimulating properties. Studies have proven that regular consumption of this tea can help in weight loss efforts, due to its ability to boost circulation and increase fat-burning, as well as improving nutrient uptake. [7]

Hibiscus Tea

There are those that claim hibiscus tea is able to suppress the appetite, and that its sweetness helps make it easier to stop eating, thus reducing your caloric intake and helping you lose weight. [8]

Turmeric Tea

One of the most powerful spices in the world, turmeric is also able to stimulate metabolism, improve digestion, and boost circulation. All of this is combined with its ability to help your body metabolize fat more efficiently.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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