How to Drink Tea to Lose Weight

Tea for lossing weight

Numerous scientific studies have shown that tea drinkers, specifically green tea drinkers lose weight faster than those who don’t. According to a study by Abdul Dulloo, from the Institute of Physiology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the plant compound EGCG found in green tea, plus caffeine, increases thermogenesis by 84 percent. Thermogenesis is the generation of body heat that occurs as a result of normal digestion, absorption, and metabolization of food. Green tea also increases your levels of norepinephrine, which prepares your body to burn fat for the "fight or flight" response.

While not every researcher believes that green (or other) tea drinking is a “magic bullet” for weight loss, nearly every weight loss expert would agree that flooding your system with water or drinking tea versus eating a candy bar or drinking soda can help move the digestion process along quickly and perhaps distract you from munching snacks that aren't healthy.

1) Find a tea you enjoy. Find a tea you enjoy. While Dulloo's study referred specifically to green tea as having weight loss properties, it's important to find a tea (green or otherwise) that you enjoy drinking. And some green teas are quite strong in flavor and can be unpleasant if you're not used to them, while others are truly delightful even for a beginner in green tea drinking. Here are some options to try:

Flavored green teas. Both green and white (which has antioxidant properties as well but is more expensive) are offered in a bevy of flavors. For best results, consider choosing a green or white tea that contains caffeine (according to the research, a caffeine-based tea provides maximum calorie burn).

For individual green tea types, see the section on choosing your green tea in the article How to brew green tea; this article provides a detailed rundown of the different types of green tea and their properties.

Herbal teas. Herbal teas come in a variety of delectable flavors ranging from spicy orange to jasmine. Rooibos (red tea) is another good herbal tea choice. Since herbal teas are typically decaffeinated, they can be used as a late night treat or in between drinking caffeinated teas.
Diet teas. While diet tea tastes similar to many black or herbal teas, diet teas may contain a laxative element, so you should drink these teas in moderation, especially if your tea contains senna, aloe, rhubarb root, buckthorn, or castor oil. Experts warn against drinking too many cups of diet tea because you could develop vomiting, nausea, persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and even fainting and dehydration.
Black (English) tea. Black or English tea has been a popular choice for numerous tea drinkers across the globe. Although black tea can be obtained in a decaffeinated form, trace amounts of caffeine may still remain, which can have an impact on those who want to fall asleep at night.

2) Make tea drinking easy. Make tea drinking easy. One hurdle some people face is that brewing tea, while not an incredibly arduous process, may not be as easy as they’d like it to be. While you can brew a quick cup of tea in the microwave (pour water into a ceramic cup and heat for two minutes until boiling, then add your teabag), you can make the process even easier: 

Purchase an electric teakettle. Electric teakettles are readily available at many bath and kitchen stores, ranging in price and are extremely easy to use. Fill with water and push a button or lever to boil water. You can brew tea by the cup or add several tea bags to the entire pot once the water has boiled. Keep a thermos as well for the additional boiled water. Fill with water, add the green tea and keep by the kettle or your desk for ease of pouring a tea when needed.

Buy an iced tea maker. During warmer months, drinking hot tea may not sound like fun, however you can still consume just as much tea by using an iced tea maker. Like the electric teakettle, simply fill the machine with water; add ice (according to the manufacturer’s directions) and teabags. Turn it on and begin drinking fresh iced tea in a matter of minutes.
Brew iced tea the night before for quick access during the day. If you don’t have a few minutes to brew your iced tea that day, make it at night and keep a pitcher of tea in your refrigerator. Instead of bringing a few sodas to work, consider filling a large thermos with iced tea and keep it on hand throughout the day.

3) Create a tea drinking routine. Create a tea drinking routine. Like any new habit, you have to infuse tea drinking into your daily routine in order for it to be effective: 

Substitute morning coffee for tea. Start your day with a fresh cup of tea instead of usual Joe. Tea drinkers can also save calories, especially when ordering at a coffee house. Some coffee house drinks contain hundreds of calories whereas with tea, what you see is what you get.

Ask for iced tea (unsweetened) instead of soda for lunch and dinner. Sugary or even diet sodas have been known to actually have the opposite effect on weight loss. The sodium in diet soda can make you retain water, so opt for the smart alternative––sugar-free iced tea. Iced tea is also ideal because if you're looking for a little caffeinated pick-me-up during the afternoon, iced (or hot) tea will give you the same effect without the sugar in regular soda or the sodium in diet.

Have a warm cup of tea to satisfy an afternoon craving. Although the chips or cookies in the vending machine may be calling your name, make yourself a cup of tea instead. If you go for the tea, the EGCG properties found in green tea actually have a glucose-lowering effect, which influences cravings and may help control hunger. Moreover, the ritual involved in making tea (as opposed to shoving coins into a vending machine) gives you a welcome break from your chores or work and you can reflect on good thoughts, as well as making conscious choices to put good things into your body instead of empty calories from candy bars. Take a moment to chat to someone else who is in the tearoom with you, and it's a great way to unwind, stretch and socialize in the space of five minutes!

Before bed, have a cup of herbal (decaf) tea. Regardless of your weight loss goal, having a warm cup of herbal tea to end the day can help to relax your body and brain. Because a good night’s sleep contributes to shedding weight, set yourself up for a successful sleep with tea. However, don't drink tea too close to bedtime; otherwise you’ll end up having to make trips to the bathroom and disrupt your sleep, especially if you're pregnant or suffering from incontinence issues. 


4) Recognize that your taste buds may get bored with drinking one type of tea. Recognize that your taste buds may get bored with drinking one type of tea. As with any food, you may get bored drinking the same flavor of tea. In order to stick to your routine, mix it up and try different teas, flavors and enhancements. It can be a lot of fun making a tea selection in your home or office cupboard, allowing you to choose a tea flavor according to the mood you're in. 

Add honey or rock candy sticks to your tea. Keep in mind though that doing this will go against your initiative to lose weight––but a little honey or sweetness may make the tea taste better. Perhaps as an occasional treat, this one won't hurt.

Try a splash of fat free flavored cream or a squirt of lemon for a zestier tea. A slice of lemon can help improve the flavor. Plus, one study found that those who drink black tea with lemon peel have 70 percent reduced likelihood of developing skin cancer.

Explore new tea flavors. The sky is the limit when it comes to trying different flavored teas. In order to stay true to your diet only select tea you have to brew yourself instead of a pre-made tea. Some of the pre-made coffees and teas have a tremendous amount of sugar––not diet friendly. Explore the huge variety of teas sold in tea stores and on supermarket shelves. There are many brands and many sources of tea, and it's unlikely you'll ever taste them all. Learning about new tea varieties, flavors and styles is a lot of fun for the tea enthusiast.

Add spices for sugar-free changes to the tea flavor.
Use teas that are flavored with foods you like. That way, you can get the taste without the calories.

5) Drink tea mindfully. Drink tea mindfully. Dieting is often about overcoming your mind's tendency to crave and to feel deprived. Mindfulness can help to restore conscious eating habits and can help you to remain calm and in control about your food choices.


  • Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggest drinking two to three cups of green tea a day to see health benefits and/or weight loss results.
  • Stick to your diet by drinking tea plain or with fat free milk or a sugar substitute.
  • Reduce your diet by 500 calories per day to truly see weight loss results.
  • Add a daily fitness routine to rev up your metabolism. If you’ve never worked out before, try 30 minutes of brisk walking.
  • Many teas have a range of benefits, including protection your heart, preventing tooth decay, elevating your sense of well-being, protecting you from diseases, etc. It's important to read more about the individual teas you choose, as the benefits will vary.


  • With any new diet and fitness plan, consult with your doctor first. Each individual is different in their specific requirements, so you are responsible for finding out your own.
  • If you become a tea enthusiast, space for all your tea can become a bit of an issue. Make room somewhere in your kitchen or pantry and stick to limits.
  • Tea is only fresh for a limited period of time. Avoid drinking stale tea and rotate the tea to ensure the oldest tea is consumed before fresher teas. Buying less tea can help ensure that you're not drinking stale tea.
  • Some herbal tea can be harmful to some people, so be sure to know what is in the tea. Avoid tea made from comfrey, which contains Pyrolizidine alkoloids, which harm the liver. Internal consumption of comfrey is banned in many countries.
  • Excessive consumption of tea can lead to interference with iron absorption.
  • Excessive tea drinking may stain your teeth. Be prepared to use whitening products if you like a white smile.
  • Caffeine can interfere with sleep. Don't drink or eat caffeine within three hours of bed.
  • Drinking more than 3 cups of tea per day may cause dental and sleep problems.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, avoid caffeine past four in the afternoon, including more than 1 cup of tea a day.

 Things You'll Need

  • Variety of teas
  • Tea drinking equipment 

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1 comment:

Amran said...

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