There are a number of supposed health benefits attached to herbal teas. Some are true, some need more research, others are blatant lies. One of the most commonly claimed benefits is that a particular tea that help with weight loss.
Marketers and manufacturers play on the knowledge that a large percentage of Americans are looking to lose weight, even if it’s just a little. So they make claims that have no basis in truth, gloss over some of the facts, or, on occasion, just downright lie.
In this guide we will look at the best teas for weight loss and the worst teas for weight loss, telling you which ones work and which ones don’t; which ones are dangerous and which ones are safe.
Worst Teas for Weight Loss 1: Senna
We have discussed senna leaf tea before on this website and we were quite positive about it on the whole. However, our opinion has changed a little regarding this tea’s overall detox abilities and when it come to weight loss, we’ve just never been confident about its abilities.
The issue with senna as a weight loss tea is that it will cause you to lose weight in the sense that you will drop some ounces on the scale. You could argue that the marketers are therefore telling the truth when they make their claims. But the problem is that the weight you lose is not fat, but fecal matter. Senna is a laxative, nothing more, noting less. It will speed-up the transition of fecal matter and help to shift it if you are constipated.
That’s all. If you’re healthy and not constipated then it will not benefit you at all. If you are, it will make that problem go away, but won’t cause any fat loss and will actually cause side effects if you use it multiple times.
Worst Teas for Weight Loss 2: Dandelion Root Tea
This is another tea that we have discussed before and in the case of dandelion root tea we actually had a lot of positive things to say about it. However, we did not say that it was a good for weight loss, and that’s because it is not. Not at all in fact. It is often marketed as one of the best weight loss teas you can drink, but it’s a diuretic and has no impact on fat loss.
It will simply help you to get rid of some excess water. This can be a good thing if you are going through a detox or if you are retaining water, which can happen as a result of medical conditions, excess salt, and a number of other things.
As far as weight loss goes, however, there is nothing here and excessive use will actually hurt you.
Worst Teas for Weight Loss 3: Licorice Root Tea
As with dandelion root, this ingredient is often added to weight loss teas, but it is a diuretic that will not have any impact on fat loss and will simply help to get rid of any excess water that your body has stored.
What’s more, there are some side effects with excessive consumption and some users may also experience adverse reactions even from one-time or occasional use. If you want to experiment with diuretics as a way of flushing out excess water then by all means give this tea a try. If, however, you’re looking for something that will help you to shift some excess fat then this is not the tea for you.
Best Teas for Fat Loss 1: Green Tea
This tea has shown to be an effective weight loss tea time and time again. No one is entirely sure why this is the case, but it seems to be the result of a number of factors, from its caffeine content to the many unique antioxidant compounds that it contains. It may also help to suppress your appetite, and when you have fewer cravings, you eat less junk food, which in turn means you put on less weight and give your body more time to burn the fat that you already have.
Don’t let anyone convince you that a simple green tea extract or even an occasional cup of green tea will help you to shed pounds of fat a week. You need to be consuming 3 to 5 cups a day to truly feel the benefits of this tea (it is with those amounts that many studies were conducted) and you will only feel the effects to the tune of an additional two or three pounds a month.
You will get many other health benefits from it though.
Best Teas for Fat Loss 2: Matcha Tea
If drinking several cups of green tea a day sounds like too much of a chore then you might be better off with matcha tea. Think of this like a super concentrated version of green tea. It is basically the chopped up leaves, but the leaves themselves have been grown under specific conditions to allow for a higher concentration of the beneficial compounds.
There have not been a lot of studies conducted on the efficacy or otherwise of matcha tea with regards to weight loss. However, based on what we know about green tea and the relation that this shares with matcha tea, we can assume that even a single cup of the latter will have a very positive impact on excess fat.
As with green tea it will also produce a host of other benefits, making this a tea that you need in your daily regime if you want to stay healthy and lose weight.
Best Teas for Fat Loss 3: Red Tea
There are some very exciting studies being done on the heath benefits of red tea, which is also known as Rooibos tea and includes a variety known as Honeybush tea. It is packed full of antioxidants and studies are suggesting that it could also be effective at helping you to lose weight.
As with the weight loss teas mentioned above it is not going to have a drastic and immediate impact, but it will have an effective and gradual one and it’s well worth including in your daily regime if you need a little help. You can drink Rooibos, Honeybush or a combination of both. We prefer a mixture of the two as it creates a sweeter more fragrant blend that is still rich in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.