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How to Choose and Brew the Right Green Tea to Lose Weight

By on December 21, 2013

A number of scientific studies says that those who drink tea, specifically green tea, lose weight faster compared to those who don’t. Guess it’s time to set your gym bag aside and get your teapot on!
Choosing Teas and Supplies

1. Find the tea you enjoy. Although many studies focus on green tea, it is still important to find a tea that you enjoy drinking.  There are some green teas which are quite strong in flavor and might be unpleasant if you’re not really used on the it’s taste while others are definitely good even for a beginner in green tea drinking. Below are some options you can try:

**Flavored Green Teas

Both white and green have antioxidant properties and are offered in variety of flavors. Try choosing a green or white tea that contains caffeine for best results. Research shows that a caffeine-based tea provides maximum calorie burn.

**Herbal Teas

Herbal teas come in different delectable flavors ranging from jasmine to spicy orange. Herbal teas were usually decaffeinated so you are able to drink them as a late night treat or between drinking caffeinated teas.

**Black Tea

Black tea comes from the same plant as green tea but they go through different processes. Both teas are good but green tea may get you thinner is a shorter span of time.

Black tea may be obtained in decaffeinated form but it might still have trace amounts of caffeine which can have an impact on those who have troubles sleeping.

It has been reported that Oolong tea can increase metabolism as much as 10% while green tea was said to only increase 4% of metabolism. Although, both are great.

2. Be careful with diet teas. Diet teas have the same taste as herbal or black teas but diet teas might contain laxative elements. Drink them in moderation especially if it contains rhubarb root, senna, agarwood, aloe, castor oil or buckthorn. Experts warn that drinking too much of diet teas may result in persistent diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea and even dehydration and fainting.

The concept of “diet” tea can be some sort of false advertising. Any natural or unsweetened tea can promote weight loss.  Some teas may act as fat-blocker or laxative; that’s why they were marketed as such. But laxatives simply clean out your colon. You may lose a bit of water weight but it’ll come back the next time you drink something.

One cup is enough or you may seriously regret drinking more of it.

3. Read the ingredient labels. It’s hard to know where to start since there are so many types of teas out there. Reading the ingredient list on the back will be the good place to start. Put it back on the shelf  if it has sweeteners or added sugar.

Well, it doesn’t mean that you need to avoid flavored green teas. Some might contain added sugars but others don’t. But it’s still best if you can stick to all-natural ingredients.

4. Make tea brewing and drinking easy. This process may not be as easy as it was. Although you can just brew a quick cup of tea in the microwave by pouring water on your ceramic cup and for about two minutes until it boils then add your tea bag. To make the process easier, you can :

Purchase an electric teakettle. They are easy to use and are available at various bath and kitchen stores. It is as simple as filling it with water and push a button or lever to bring it to a boil. You can either add several tea bags to the entire pot once the water boils or just brew tea by the cup. Keep a thermos, fill with water and add the green tea. Keep it on your desk for ease of pouring tea when you want to.

Purchase an iced tea maker. It may not sound fun if you’ll drink hot tea on warmer months, but you can still drink tea by using an iced tea maker. Just like the electric teakettle, fill it with water, add ice (according to the manufacturer’s directions) and tea bags. Turn it on. After a few minutes, you’ll be able to drink fresh ice tea!

For quick access, brew iced tea the night before for quick access on the next day.