This quick and easy-to-make hot drink can be a powerful tool in your weight loss regime: let’s have an in-depth look and share a few tricks to make it even more effective!
The main ingredient in your weight loss tea should be a good quality green tea. Green tea has been a popular beverage for thousands of years, originally grown in China and used for countless ceremonies and to aid alertness and mental clarity: the most abundant components are flavonoids and caffeine, but it also contains several other important trace elements and vitamins that give green tea its unique properties.
It has been found to have very powerful antioxidant activity and prescribed as a support in cancer prevention regimes and heart-healthy diets, as well as being a healthier alternative to other caffeinated drinks.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The components responsible for its weight loss action are caffeine, theobromine and theophylline – they have been found to increase lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and to promote the mobilization of fat storage to be burned for energy, while also having a mild appetite-suppressant action.
So by simply adding green tea to your daily routine, you are improving your metabolism, burning fat more efficiently, modulating your leptin levels (one of the hormones involved in appetite regulation) and at the same time helping your body to maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.
But how can you boost your green tea effectiveness? A sprinkle of cinnamon will not only make your green tea sweeter, but it will also help to further regulate your appetite. This sweet and warming spice has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for diabetes in China, Russia and India: that is because some of the chemical components of cinnamon have a strong enhancing effect on insulin sensitivity.
Insulin is the hormone regulating the uptake of glucose by all the cells in your body, and imbalances in insulin production or sensitivity can play havoc in your body, with effects ranging from decreased energy levels, mood swings and increased fat storage (especially around your waist area).
If your insulin works efficiently, blood glucose levels remain more stable, sugar cravings are reduced, and it becomes less likely for you to reach for those unplanned unhealthy sugar-laden snacks.
Another trick to turn your cup of tea into a weight loss drink, is to add grated ginger: in animal studies, it has been found to prevent fat-storage and to slow down intestinal absorption of fat, as well as supporting healthy levels of the above-mentioned insulin. On top of that, ginger is a great anti-inflammatory spice, supports your immune system and can give you a healthy energy boost.
Worried about the caffeine content of green tea? You can alternate it with Pu-erh tea, a variety of fermented tea that has been found to lower cholesterol levels. A number of studies have focused on the fat-fighting properties of Pu-erh: it has been found to inhibit the action of an enzyme complex (fatty acid synthase) playing an important role in fat cells production.
As an added bonus, Pu-erh tea is also used in Chinese culture to counteract the unpleasant effects of a night of heavy drinking! While Pu-erh still contains some caffeine, its levels are greatly reduced through the fermentation process.
So remember: a good quality green tea or Pu-erh tea, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and grated ginger will boost your metabolism, help reduce sugar cravings and assist in regulating fat absorption.