Did you know that a few cups of tea per day can have a HUGE effect on your body’s ability to burn fat? Some of the teas will boost your metabolism, while others will specifically target your body fat. Some will boost antioxidant activity in your body, combatting free radicals and improving internal function. Either way, the results are the same: amazing fat burning! Here are the fat burning teas you want to add to your diet:
Green tea is the most popular of the fat burning teas, thanks to its high antioxidant content. The fact that the camellia sinensis leaves are harvested while still green means they are in as unaltered a state as possible. The antioxidants in green tea can target stubborn belly fat and activate your body’s fat metabolism. You’ll find that 2-3 cups of green tea per day can have a huge effect on your ability to turn fat into energy to use during your exercise and daily activities.
White tea comes from the same camellia sinensis plant as green and black tea, but it’s not as potent as the darker teas. However, despite the milder flavor profile, it has the same high antioxidant content as the other teas. These antioxidants include catechins, which help your body’s cells to release stored fat. The antioxidants also enable your liver to turn fatty acids into energy, which means you can burn more fat (instead of sugar) with less effort. White tea can stop your body from adding new fat cells to its existing storage. At the same time, it will increase lipolysis (fat burning), making your body more effective at breaking down and activating fats to use for energy. The result is much better overall fat-burning!
Pu-Erh is a fermented tea popular in China, and it has some pretty amazing fat-burning properties. Not only can it decrease the levels of triglycerides in your body, but it will actually shrink fat cells—thereby shrinking the size of your body’s fat storage. The nutrients in the Pu-Erh tea will target your belly fat, decreasing the thick white fat around your abdomen that can slow down organ function. You’ll find that a cup or two of this strong-tasting tea can do wonders for your metabolism!
Barberry tea is rich in berberine, a potent chemical that has the ability to torch fats. Berberine is effective at decreasing weight gain, and can help to control insulin levels. Managing insulin levels can prevent the insulin resistance that is a common result of our modern high-carb diet, which can in turn prevent diabetes. Increasing berberine intake (via the barberry tea) can also help to increase your body’s daily energy expenditure. It will also decrease the number of receptors across the surface of your body’s fat cells, preventing them from absorb the fat you consume in your diet. Definitely a good reason to add more barberry tea to your day!
Rooibos tea comes from the rooibos bush, and it’s a naturally sweeter tea that can have some pretty amazing health benefits. A study in South Africa found that the antioxidants—polyphenols and flavonoids both—in the tea may be able to significantly decrease your body’s ability to produce new fat cells. It can also speed up your body’s natural fat metabolism and enable you to eliminate belly fat. For those who are trying to take back control of their waistline and their health, this red-colored tea is a uniquely effective option to add into your diet.