May 16, 2020
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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
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 contains caffeine, and is partially oxidized, meaning it is somewhere between green and black tea. The flavor is unique and complex, and can be enjoyed as a hot tea year round. You can also drink Oolong over ice. For best results, do not sweeten your tea. If you're craving a little sweetness, drink it hot with a pinch of cinnamon, or cold with fresh citrus or watermelon slices.
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!
Oolong Tea Types
Although there are many different types of Oolong tea available on the market, here at Loose Leaf we carry these two:
We also have several Oolong blends, including:
How To Prepare Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is one of those time-sensitive teas that, if brewed too long, can become unpleasantly bitter. To make an awesome cup of perfectly brewed Oolong, steep a teaspoon of Loose Leaf Oolong in a cup of hot water (a minute after boiling) for two to three minutes. Longer than that, and you might not like it.
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 cleansing cucumber, energizing ginger, and alkalizing lemon, the only thing you’ve got to lose is inches!
Steep 2 teaspoons of Ti Quan Yin Oolong in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Strain and chill.
In a glass mason jar, place a few cucumber slices, fresh lemon or lime rounds, and a 1” piece of fresh ginger root, peeled. Lightly pound them with a wooden spoon; this is called “muddling”, and it releases the aromas, flavors, and health benefits. Pour the chilled Ti Quan Yin Oolong in the jar, give it a good shake to mix, and enjoy.
Have you tried Oolong tea? Let us know in the comments, or send us an email to email@example.com
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