5 Teas That Help You Drop a Few Pounds

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Peppermint tea helps promote easy digestion, which may help you lose a few pounds.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you may have already cut back on sugar, trimmed your serving sizes, extended your exercise routine, or reduced your snacks.

Have you thought about drinking more tea?

Some scientific research suggests you should. Certain types of tea may actually help you drop a few pounds.

1. Green Tea

A number of studies have indicated that green tea can help boost weight loss. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that green tea extract may boost metabolism and help burn fat. One study found that green tea and caffeine together helped people who were overweight and moderately obese to lose weight and maintain that loss.

A 2009 review of studies concluded that green tea with caffeine is associated “with statistically significant reductions in BMI [body mass index], body weight, and WC [waist circumference].” A 2010 study found similar results. Moderately overweight subjects consumed 1,900 milligrams of green tea catechins and 400 mg of caffeine per day for 90 days. Without making any other changes in their diet or lifestyle, they lost an average of about two-and-a-half pounds.

An earlier 2008 study found even more startling results, when obese participants consumed a diet of Thai food for 12 weeks. Half received green tea with their meals. Those who did lost significantly more weight—24 pounds— than those who didn’t. Researchers stated that the green tea increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation.

2. Peppermint Tea

Long used to promote smooth digestion, peppermint may also help you reduce your overall calorie consumption. In a 2008 study, researchers had participants smell peppermint (or not) and then rate how hungry they were. Those who sniffed the peppermint reported lower levels of hunger. They also consumed significantly fewer calories, calories from saturated fat, total fat, and sugar than those who didn’t sniff the peppermint. Researchers concluded that peppermint could be used to decrease appetite and hunger cravings, “which may lead to weight reduction and greater overall health.”

Peppermint also improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. Food passes through the stomach more quickly, while the herb’s relaxing effect helps control stress hormones—also great for your weight loss efforts.

3. Oolong Tea

If you love this oriental favorite, you’re in luck. The Chinese have long beloved it was helpful in reducing and maintaining a healthy weight. In a 1999 study, researchers treated obese mice with oolong tea for 10 weeks. They found that the tea prevented the obesity and fatty liver induced by a high-fat diet. The researchers concluded, “oolong tea may be an effective crude drug for the treatment of obesity and fatty liver caused by a high-fat diet.”

In a later 2009 study, researchers gave 102 overweight or obese human subjects a total of 8 grams of oolong tea a day for 6 weeks. A total of 70 percent of the severely obese subjects showed a decrease of more than 1 kg in body weight, with 22 percent losing more than 3 kg. Of the obese subjects, 64 percent lost more than 1 kg. In the overweight group, 66 percent lost more than 1 kg. In addition, 12 percent of the overweight subjects also experienced reduced subcutaneous fat. Researchers concluded that oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight.

Finally, in a 2003 study, researchers gave eleven healthy Japanese females either water, oolong tea, or green tea. They then measured their resting energy expenditure for 120 minutes. Those who drank oolong tea increased energy expenditure by 10 percent, and those who consumed green tea increased it by 4 percent. At 60 and 90 minutes after drinking the tea, energy expenditure levels were significantly higher than after drinking water.

4. Black Tea (or Pu-erh Tea)

I grew up watching my parents drink black tea just about every time they sat down. They’ve now switched to green, but turns out that black tea may have helped them stay fit all those years. A 2010 study, for example, found that extracts from black tea may also help reduce weight gain and cut body fat levels, just like green tea. Japanese researchers fed laboratory animals black tea extract at a level of 500 or 1,000 mg per kg of body weight. They found the extract suppressed increases in triglyceride levels and also suppressed increases in body weight and liver fat content.

Chinese black tea, or Pu-erh tea, has also shown in studies to help encourage weight loss. In a 2012 study, researchers tested the extract in the lab, and found that it significantly suppressed the elevation of fats in the blood. In a related animal study, they also found that the participants given black tea extract showed significant suppression of weight gain.

5. Hibiscus Tea

You probably already know that hibiscus tea has a lovely, light flavor and is full of health-promoting antioxidants. But did you know that it may also help you lose a few pounds? Just be sure to look for a certain variety called “Hibiscus sabdariffa,” or “roselle.” Also used to make jams and to spice up fish and lentils, the herb was used traditionally to reduce blood pressure.

According to a 2011 report in the Natural Medicine Journal, researchers noted that hibiscus helped reduce triglyceride levels in participants. A more recent report in the Food & Function Journal noted that obese human patients given hibiscus extracts (450 mg) showed reduced waist circumference, reduced body fat percentage, and reduced waist-to-hip ratio over those given a placebo.

Have you tried consuming tea to help you achieve your weight-loss goals? Please share any tips you may have.

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Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story, a northwest-based writer, editor, and ghostwriter, has been creating non-fiction materials for individuals, corporations, and commercial magazines for over 17 years. She specializes in the health and wellness field, where she writes and ghostwrites books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles, and more.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” was released with Jupiter Gardens Press in September 2015. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” is forthcoming in spring 2016 from Dzanc Books. She lives in Idaho. www.colleenmstory.com


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  1. Satori says:

    Good selections. I drink them all the time except black tea doesn’t sit well with me. Maybe my liver isn’t fat that’s why lol.

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