You probably know many benefits of tea as it is together with coffee the most common drink that has been consumed for centuries. And you might have heard that some teas can also support weight loss. But the question is: what is the best tea for weight loss out of the many we can choose from?
What Tea Is Good For Weight Loss
I’ve done some research and in this article I combine it with my personal experience, as always. When I say “tea for weight loss” I mean a tea that boosts metabolism and helps you keep your weight after slimming as well.
That’s why I drink some of the teas mentioned in the list below even though I don’t want to lose weight. I just want to keep the weight I have, be healthy and have a nice and glowing skin. All the teas in my list do that, so let’s have a look, shall we?
1. Green Tea
If you are concerned of your weight, trying to slim down a few pounds or in the need of more energy, you must have heard of the benefits of green tea. It is full of antioxidants called catechins, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that is supposed to increase metabolism and help burn fat. A Chinese study found significant decrease in total fat mass after consumption of high catechin green tea for 90 days.
Green tea is one of my favourite drinks, I like it more than black tea because it is not so strong. I’ve been consuming green tea all of my life.
Benefits for skin: Green tea is believed to help slow down skin aging. It may help fight acne, control oily skin.
2. Matcha Tea
This tea with a bright green colour has a very interesting taste and it belongs to my favourite teas. One big cup of Matcha can increase your calorie burning four times which will can help you lose weight. Matcha has allegedly more than one hundred times more antioxidants than a regular tea. Same as green tea, it contains epigallocatechin gallate – the antioxidant that helps increase metabolism thus supporting weight loss.
Benefits for skin: Matcha is an excellent ingredient for the skin as well because it is anti bacterial. The immense levels of EGCG help reduce inflammation and even the skin tone. Antioxidants may also reduce acne and increase skin elasticity.
This tea is my favourite evening tea as it is caffeine-free so there is no need to worry about having it too late. Rooibos is a herb grown in South Africa and the name means “red bush”. Rooibos contains aspalathin, a flavonoid which improves energy metabolism and helps reduce your stress hormones.
Benefits for skin: As it is packed with antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, it can be very beneficial for your skin. Zinc heales wounds, has anti inflammatory properties and alleviates sunburn. It is even supposed to reverse sun damage to your skin.
4. Black Tea
Black Tea has similar properties as green tea and its effect regarding weight loss are similar but I am not a big lover of it. If I have black tea, I have to add milk to it to achieve a milder taste.
Black tea is made from the same plant as green tea. The tea leaves are exposed to the air to trigger fermentation. Findings of a study show that over three months, those who drank three cups of black tea per day inhibited weight gain and reduced waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio compared with a control group drinking a caffeinated beverage without flavonoids.
Benefits for skin: I haven’t noticed any effects of black tea consumption on my skin. However, black tea can be good for outer application. It is a well-known remedy for puffiness and dark circles und the eyes. Place black tea bags (after they get cold, of course) under your eyes, leave them there for a few minutes and expect miracles!
5. Ginger Tea
There is also one old recipe my mom found somewhere which is called Tea Of Ancient Emperors and she makes this tea for us now very often. Mix one tea spoon of ginger and half a tea spoon of turmeric with boiling water, then leave it for 10 minutes, add a bit coconut milk and one spoon of honey and that’s it.
My mother is almost eighty and she doesn’t have any health issues, no high blood pressure, no diabetes and she has also good memory. She orders things on the internet and plays cards on her computer. Ancient emperor! 🙂
Benefits for skin: Ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and increase metabolism.
6. Peppermint Tea
This tea has naturally a little bit sweet taste and it can be consumed at night time unlike teas containing caffeine. It is supposed to be a natural appetite supressant.
It also promotes healthy digestion and can help you sleep.
Benefits for skin: Nutritionist Dr. Simran Saini from Fortis Hospital says: “Peppermint tea helps in aiding weight loss, reduces heartburn, makes your skin glow, induces sleep and provides satiety, further helping you to lose weight.” Pretty amazing properties for a small peppermint plant, don’t you think?
7. Lapacho Tea
Lapacho is the most popular tea in our family. Yet it is the least known tea in this list! When I mention it to someone, people always wonder what it is.
Lapacho is a herbal tea originated from South America and unlike most of the other teas, it is not made from leaves but from the inner bark of pau d’arco tree that can be found in Amazon rainforest. Indigenous people in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, among others, have consumed it for its medicial use and some tribes called it tajy which can mean either “divine tree” or “have strength”.
Lapacho tea is caffeine-free and it is believed to boost immunity, have anti-inflammatory properties and inhibit pancreatic lipase, the enzyme that helps your body digest and absorb fat from food. Lapacho may reduce fat ingestion so in the end you absorb less calories.
Benefits for skin: I believe it has positive effects on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. As a natural antibiotic, it is suggested that it heals wounds and protects against infections.
The taste of lapacho tea is special and very different to other teas. If you’ve never consumed it, give it a try!
I hope this article answered your question what tea is good for weight loss. Would you like to know what is the best breakfast for weight loss? You can find it out in this article.