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The Japanese secret that DOUBLES FAT LOSS

Your morning pick-me-up as a slimming miracle? Yes! Researcher­s reveal the tea swap that melts inches fast and forever


For years green tea has been celebrated as a super-slimming sip, with studies showing it can rev metabolism and turn off fat storage. Wanting to gain a deeper understand­ing of the brew’s effects, geneticist Sharon Moalem, M.D., Ph.D., author of The DNA Restart, traveled to Japan to meet with the world’s leading tea researcher­s. What he found shocked him: “None of them were drinking green tea.” He learned that while the tea has great effects in lab trials, the amount needed to deliver the benefits

often causes digestive distress. So what were scientists drinking? “Oolong tea,” says Dr. Moalem. “When I asked them why, they said it’s easier on the stomach and richer in polyphenol­s.”

Research shows that oolong tea can speed slimming as effectivel­y or better than green tea. The tea’s unique blend of polyphenol­s prods cells to burn calories more efficientl­y, asserts Dr. Moalem. In fact, Japanese researcher­s found that just one cup of oolong boosts metabolism by 20 percent for two hours—nearly twice as much as three strong cups of green tea. Even better: Oolong promotes the burning of belly fat. In one study, oolong sippers lost two times more midsection fat than those who skipped the brew.

Oolong tea doesn’t just melt fat fast—it helps keep it off for life. “Oolong blocks the release of the enzymes that break down fats so they can be stored,” says Dr. Moalem. “Instead, the fats pass through you, undigested. As you absorb less dietary fat, the body burns its supply of stored fat for energy.” Researcher­s found that drinking 8 oz. of oolong with a meal cuts fat absorption by 50 percent.

Weight loss is just the beginning. “Once you start drinking oolong, you’ll feel the difference instantly,” promises Dr. Moalem. Studies show that oolong dials down hunger by 36 percent for up to 24 hours, plus lowers LDL “bad” cholestero­l by 29 percent. Catechins unique to oolong have also been shown to feed beneficial gut bugs, improving digestion and curbing blue moods by 20 percent. Indeed, women FIRST spoke to report that sipping oolong increased their energy, eased aches and curbed belly bloat.

 ??  ?? NaTasha Glaspy, 30, Winston-Salem, NC Height: 6'1"
NOW: 210 lbs
THEN: 386 lbs
NaTasha Glaspy, 30, Winston-Salem, NC Height: 6'1" NOW: 210 lbs THEN: 386 lbs

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