Add Tea to Your Weight Loss Plan
While eating real food is probably one of the best ways to lose weight and maintain that weight loss, what you drink can also have an impact. The right beverages keep you hydrated, can help fill you up, and also provide other benefits, such as promoting fat-burning. Tea is one of those beverages and should be added to your weight loss plan whenever possible.
Although the term tea is often used to refer to beverages made from plants like peppermint, lemon balm or chamomile, true tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. All other teas are more properly called tisanes and have different effects on your body. For example, true tea typically contains caffeine, while tisanes don't. On the other hand, certain tisanes - like chamomile and passionflower - can reduce stress and help you sleep, which promotes weight loss efforts.
While coffee is the most popular beverage in America, there's no question it has a bitter edge. That probably accounts for the wide variety of coffee drinks that contain sweeteners, flavorings or dairy products like cream and milk. Many mild teas, however, are great without additives, or with no more than a teaspoon of honey. You could easily cut out 200 calories a day or more just by switching from a blended coffee drink to tea.
Research has shown that green, oolong and white teas – especially those with caffeine – can help maintain energy levels while dieting, and may help break down fat and promote energy metabolism. Pu-erh tea is fermented green tea that has been shown to reduce fat storage in animals. Use green tea to make salad dressings or as the base for a smoothie. Sip any kind of tea with a meal or snack. Combining tea with real food should go a long way to helping you lose weight.
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