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TOP TEAS weightfor loss

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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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