What does my morning routine have to do with tea for weight loss?
I used to wake up and just lie there hitting snooze. I felt a sense of dread about starting the day ahead.
The extra weight on my body, not sleeping well and just feeling bad about myself made me not want to get up and get dressed. So I would lie in bed and avoid it as long as possible.
Not anymore! I turn off the alarm, stretch and I’m at it! Feeling strong and fresh and ready for my day. I love the look of admiration I get from my husband as we get ready.
“You’re so full of energy in the morning now. It helps me get revved up for my day, too. It’s awesome!”
With a little smile, he added that I look so fit and vibrant. I love hearing his compliments and feeling his eyes on me!
Tea for Weight Loss and Better Mornings
Part of what helped me transform my body (and my mornings) was exploring different kinds of tea for weight loss, and other fat-busting foods.
Teas are full of natural compounds that stoke your body’s fat-burners and even block fat cells from forming!
Plus, tea also has tons of other health benefits, like cancer-fighting antioxidants, better sleep, improved insulin sensitivity and a healthier heart. Just to name a few!
If I’m going to drink something, I want it to be healthy but it’s even better if it helps me lose weight! Here are some of the best selections of tea for weight loss.
1. Fat and Fatigue-Buster Green Tea for Weight Loss
Green tea tastes smooth, sweet or bittersweet, and floral.
There are compounds called catechins in green tea that burn fat cells, especially belly fat. They also help the liver speed up its ability to turn fat into energy. Fat that never makes it to your hips and thighs!
About 2.5 cups a day helps elevate your metabolic rate, improve insulin activity and increase fat burning. Plus, the caffeine (about ⅓ of what’s in a cup of coffee) in green tea helps wake you up and improves focus.
Matcha is a green tea that’s stronger and more beneficial than others. Matcha tea leaves are ground into a fine powder to consume instead of just steeping the leaves in water.
You’ll get 137 times the metabolism-revving compared to traditional green tea! Have matcha with unsweetened almond milk and a little honey for a matcha latte.
2. Fat-Blocker and Burner – Oolong Tea for Weight Loss
Or “black dragon tea” is a caffeinated Chinese tea with a smooth, light but bold taste. It helps boost your body’s fat metabolizing ability. A recent study showed people trying to lose weight who drank oolong tea lost a pound a week!
Catechins are the compounds found in both green and oolong teas that boost the body’s ability to metabolize fats. Oolong also inhibits the body’s ability to absorb fat with the antioxidant polymerized polyphenol.
3. Cravings-Curber and Light Treat – Mint Tea for Weight Loss
The sweet, stimulating smell and taste of mint tea actually curbs your appetite! When you’re feeling peckish, try sipping a cup of mint tea and breathing in the aromatic scent. You’ll feel calmer and your cravings will drift away with the steam from your cup.
Mint tea has a nice flavor and no caffeine, so it’s good to enjoy after dinner. That way, you’re not tempted to snack or have dessert. It’s a whole new meaning to your after-dinner mint!
4. Focus-Booster and Fat-Stopper – White Tea for Weight Loss
White tea has a distinct flavor. It’s not as bold, but is more delicate and slightly sweet.
White Tea has 3x the antioxidants in green tea and it’s lower in caffeine. Green tea has about 20 mgs of caffeine, white tea has about 15 mgs.
It prevents new fat cells from forming. L-theanine, another powerful compound in white tea, even helps decrease stress and promotes concentration.
5. Stress-Reducer and Heart-Helper – Rooibos Tea for Weight Loss
This lightly sweet, naturally red-tinted tea helps reduce stress hormones that make you hungry.
Rooibos also regulates fat-storage and reduces cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
This herbal tea is another caffeine-free option that you can enjoy any time of day or even at night.
Here’s a summary of the five types of tea for weight loss and their benefits and my 4-step method to choose your best tea for weight loss:
Summary of five types of tea for weight-loss and their benefits
1. Green tea – Fat and Fatigue-Buster
2. Oolong Tea – Fat-Blocker and Burner
3. Mint Tea – Cravings-Curber and Light Treat
4. White Tea – Focus-Booster and Fat Stopper
5. Rooibos Tea – Stress-Reducer and Heart-Helper
A few other tea for weight loss favorites are ginger tea (try my famous sweet, spicy Fire Tea with ginger and honey!), black tea and Pu Erh tea.
Tea for weight loss might just be that extra little boost your body needs to tip the scale into the fat-burning zone.
By activating your body’s fat-burning mechanisms in a safe, healthy way you’ll feel better and fit into your favorite jeans again sooner! Plus, all the additional health benefits of tea make adding them to your life an obviously good idea.
Are some of these teas new to you? Which ones have you tried? Which ones are you looking up on Amazon right now?! Let me know!