You’ve probably heard by now that green tea – which is one of the most popular teas in the world – can help promote weight loss and reduce belly bloat. This is largely due to one of the main antioxidants in green tea called EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate.
EGCG not only helps you fight off free radicals – and the chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that can develop from their damage – it also helps boost your metabolism so that you’re able to burn more fat and calories (and lose more weight).
Although green tea is the most well-known and the most talked about, it’s not the only weight loss tea on the block. These other teas can also help boost metabolism, help you burn fat, and increase your energy levels.
Oolong, which means “black dragon” in Chinese, is loaded with catechins, substances that help boost your body’s ability to metabolize fats specifically. A study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea over a six-week period lost an average of six pounds – that’s one a week! Oolong tea can also help reduce cholesterol levels. After 6 weeks, participants in the study had remarkably improved lipid profiles.
Rooibos tea is harvested only in South Africa. This special tea contains a compound called Aspalathing, which helps promote weight loss by reducing the stress hormones that cause you to store fat, especially around the belly area. A reduction in stress hormones also means you tend to be less hungry throughout the day.
Porangaba tea, which grows in the Amazon, helps suppress appetite, boost metabolism, and increase energy levels. It can also help improve blood circulation. Porangaba is rich in allantoin, caffeine, allantoic acid, and potassium.
Bilberry tea doesn’t boost your metabolism directly like some of the other teas on this list, but it does help balance your blood sugar levels and can help reduce cravings, especially for sweets. The next time you’re craving ice cream after a healthy dinner, start sipping on some Bilberry tea!
Peppermint tea is another great tea to sip after dinner. It speeds up digestion and helps alleviate any digestive troubles, like indigestion. Like Bilberry tea, peppermint tea can also help control cravings.
We want to hear from you! Have you tried any of the teas on this list? If so, what’s your favorite? If not, which one is first on your list to try?