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One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is, "Is there a tea for weight loss?" The short answer is Yes, there is a tea for weight loss. More than one, actually.
BUT… (you knew this was coming, right?)
Tea alone isn’t a silver bullet. A cup of tea a day in combination with double cheeseburgers, soda, and couch-potatoing your life away, isn’t going to give you the fit, healthy body that you’re going for. What will help you achieve your healthy weight goals are consistent healthy habits that you do all the time: eat clean, move your body, eliminate stress, and drink lots of tea.
And here is one of the best teas that have been proven in multiple scientific trials to actually help you lose weight: Oolong tea!
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Oolong Tea For Weight Loss
Oolong tea contains compounds called catechins and polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants that can help to increase the body's metabolism and fat oxidation.
According to scientific research, Oolong tea is a front-runner for fat loss and boosting the metabolism. In a study done with 102 people in 2009, over 70% of those tested lost at least two pounds during the six-week study. Even better, most of them had reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This showed the researchers that Oolong tea has a definite effect on how we metabolize fats. Cool, right?
What Is Oolong Tea?
Oolong comes from the same plant as green tea, black tea, and matcha. Oolong tea is partially fermented, which gives it a flavor that is somewhere between black tea and green tea. The flavor is unique and complex, and can be enjoyed as a hot or cold tea year round.
Along with its benefits for weight loss, oolong tea has also been shown to:
Improve mental alertness and brain function: Oolong tea contains caffeine, which is a natural stimulant that can help to improve mental alertness and focus. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which may help to improve brain function and reduce the negative effects of caffeine.
Lower cholesterol: Oolong tea has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood, which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Help to prevent cancer: Some studies have suggested that oolong tea may have antioxidant properties that may help to protect against certain types of cancer.
Promote skin health: Oolong tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to improve skin health and reduce the risk of certain skin conditions.
Reduce stress: Some people find that oolong tea has a calming effect, which may help to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
When To Drink Oolong Tea
Drink a cup of Oolong before or with your breakfast, and again before or with your lunch. Bear in mind that if you drink Oolong in the evening, the caffeine might interfere with your sleep. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, make sure to avoid drinking anything with caffeine for twelve hours before your bedtime.
One of the best times to drink your Oolong tea is before you exercise! Using it as a healthy pre-workout alternative might help increase fat loss during your workout.
Oolong Tea Types
Although there are many different types of Oolong tea available on the market, here at Loose Leaf we carry Ti Quan Yin, also known as Ti Quan Yin Iron Goddess Slimming Tea, famous for its fragrant and complex flavor, and multiple health benefits, including fat burning and weight reduction.
We also have several Oolong blends, including:
- Bulletproof Breakfast, a rich blend of Oolong, Puehr, chocolate, and coconut, perfect for fueling your morning, and a bold replacement for coffee
- Butter Pecan Oolong is a cozy, sweet Oolong blend with rich notes of butter pecan and caramel
- Coconut Cocoa Oolong smells like a candy bar, but tastes smooth, deep, and dark
How To Prepare Oolong Tea
Use the proportion of 1 teaspoon of Oolong tea to 1 cup hot water (a minute after boiling). Let it steep for 2-3 minutes.
Pro tea brewing tip: taste the tea as it brews. Dip a spoon into the tea as it steeps, and remove the leaves once the flavor is released. A small hint of bitterness is actually pleasant, but too much can ruin the flavor.
The following recipe is a great way to enjoy Oolong tea in the summer, before a workout, or any time you want to feel refreshed and energized.
Oolong Fat Burner Recipe
Of all the different tea varieties, Ti Quan Yin Oolong is believed to be the most effective fat burner. When combined with refreshing mint, energizing ginger, and alkalizing lemon, the only thing you’ve got to lose is stubborn fat!
To make this delicious tea, you'll need:
- 2 teaspoons of Ti Quan Yin Oolong
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 lemon or lime, juiced
- 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
- 1 sprig of fresh mint
- Fresh cucumber slices (optional)
- In a large glass mason jar, add your ginger, lemon juice, and fresh mint. Muddle your fruits by smooshing them with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Muddling helps release the aromas, flavors, and health benefits.
- Add your tea and hot water to your favorite loose leaf tea brewer. Let it steep for 3 minutes.
- Pour your strained tea into the mason jar with the muddled additions, leaving room for ice. Give it a nice stir.
- Finally, add ice to fill the top and enjoy!
This tea is not only delicious and refreshing, but the combination of oolong tea, lemon, mint, and ginger is known to help boost your metabolism and burn fat more efficiently. So sip away and feel good about your choice!
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. And stay tuned for more healthy and tasty drink recipes to come.
If you found this blog helpful, check out 4 Teas That Help You Get The Most From Your Fitness Routine.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is has been compiled from published sources and is provided only as a guide. While every effort has been taken to ensure that information published on this site is correct and up to date, this is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Also, although all of our teas are generally regarded as safe, please consult your doctor before trying any herbal remedies, especially if currently using medication, pregnant or breastfeeding.