TOP TEAS weight­for loss

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH -

AGOOD cup of tea is not just warm­ing and en­joy­able, it has long been as­so­ci­ated with sev­eral health ben­e­fits. Among them, pro­tect­ing cells from dam­age, re­duc­ing risk of heart dis­ease, en­hanc­ing weight loss and help fight belly fat. Many types of tea are es­pe­cially high in ben­e­fi­cial com­pounds like flavones and cat­e­chins, which could aid in weight loss. Re­plac­ing high-calorie bev­er­ages like juice or soda with tea could help re­duce over­all calorie in­take and lead to weight loss. Here’s a list of the best ones to aid with your weight-loss goals. matcha, a highly con­cen­trated type of pow­dered green tea that con­tains the same ben­e­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents as reg­u­lar green tea.

There is sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence link­ing green tea to de­creases in both weight and body fat.

In one 2008 study, 60 obese peo­ple fol­lowed a stan­dard­ised diet for 12 weeks while reg­u­larly drink­ing ei­ther green tea or a placebo.

Over the course of the study, those who drank green tea lost 7.3 pounds (3.3 kg) more weight than the placebo group.

An­other study found that peo­ple who con­sumed green tea ex­tract for 12 weeks ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant de­creases in body weight, body fat and waist cir­cum­fer­ence, com­pared to a con­trol group.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is one of the most well­known types of tea, and is linked with many health ben­e­fits. It is high in a type of an­tiox­i­dants called cat­e­chins – nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring an­tiox­i­dants that may boost your me­tab­o­lism and in­crease fat burn­ing – and has al­ways been as­so­ci­ated with weight loss and fat loss.

This same ef­fect also ap­plies to

BLACK TEA

Black tea is high in flavones and has been as­so­ci­ated with re­duc­tions in weight, body mass in­dex (BMI) and waist cir­cum­fer­ence. It has un­der­gone more ox­i­da­tion than other types, such as green, white or oo­long teas.

Ox­i­da­tion is a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion that hap­pens when the tea leaves are ex­posed to the air, re­sult­ing in brown­ing that causes the char­ac­ter­is­tic dark colour of black tea.

There are many dif­fer­ent types and blends of black tea avail­able, in­clud­ing pop­u­lar va­ri­eties like Earl Grey and English break­fast.

Sev­eral stud­ies have found that black tea could be ef­fec­tive when it comes to weight con­trol.

One study of 111 peo­ple found that drink­ing three cups of black tea each day for three months sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased weight loss and re­duced waist cir­cum­fer­ence, com­pared to drink­ing a caf­feine-matched con­trol bev­er­age.

Some the­o­rise that black tea’s po­ten­tial weight­loss ef­fects may be be­cause it is high in flavones, a type of plant pig­ment with an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties.

A study fol­lowed 4,280 adults over 14 years. It found that those with a higher flavone in­take from foods and bev­er­ages like black tea had a lower BMI than those with a lower flavone in­take.

OO­LONG TEA

Stud­ies show that oo­long tea may help re­duce weight and body fat by in­creas­ing me­tab­o­lism and im­prov­ing fat burn­ing. This is a tra­di­tional Chi­nese tea that has been par­tially ox­i­dised, putting it some­where be­tween green tea and black tea in terms of ox­i­da­tion and colour.

It is of­ten de­scribed as hav­ing a fruity, fra­grant aroma and a unique flavour, though th­ese can vary sig­nif­i­cantly, de­pend­ing on the level of ox­i­da­tion.

In one study, 102 over­weight or obese peo­ple drank oo­long

tea ev­ery day for six weeks, which may have helped re­duce both their body weight and body fat. The re­searchers pro­posed the tea did this by im­prov­ing the me­tab­o­lism of fat in the body.

An­other small study gave men ei­ther wa­ter or tea for a three-day pe­riod, mea­sur­ing their meta­bolic rates. Com­pared to wa­ter, oo­long tea in­creased en­ergy ex­pen­di­ture by 2.9 per cent, the equiv­a­lent of burn­ing an ad­di­tional 281 calo­ries per day, on av­er­age.

While more stud­ies on the ef­fects of oo­long tea are needed, th­ese find­ings show that oo­long could be po­ten­tially ben­e­fi­cial for weight loss.

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