Herbal Teas for Weight Loss

Herbal teas for weight loss

Losing weight is an uphill struggle and I should know, I am always on some sort of diet.  If you want to be successful at losing weight, your main focus should be on what you eat. However, changing your diet can be difficult, but luckily there are herbal teas for weight loss that can really help with not only suppressing your appetite but also with boosting your metabolism.

There are so many different weight loss products on the market today, but a lot of them can be quite dangerous for your body.  There have even been stories about women losing their lives to weight loss pills.  Weight loss is best done the natural way, which is why using herbal teas as an aid is a good way to go.


Green Tea

Although green tea is not officially an herbal tea, it is natural and a popular tea for weight loss so it makes the list! Green tea, produced from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub, originated in China.

In recent years, green tea has really risen in popularity in the western world, where it has been praised for its many health benefits.

While there have been various studies done on the effectiveness of green tea for weight loss, results are inconclusive. Nevertheless, there has been plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests that green tea can help you lose weight.

Why is green tea good for weight lossGreen tea contains a high level of antioxidants that can prevent cell damage. There is one particular antioxidant compound in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which experts believe is responsible for the tea’s weight loss properties.

EGCG has the potential to increase your metabolism, burn fat and inhibit the growth of fat cells. While green tea is seen as one the best herbal teas for weight loss, I wouldn’t look at green tea as a miracle weight loss aid as research has shown that it can only really help you burn about 100 extra calories a day.

However, it wouldn’t be in so many natural weight loss products if it wasn’t an effective solution. Don’t go crazy with green tea though,  it does contain caffeine. I would suggest drinking a maximum of 3 cups daily.


Ginseng Tea

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Ginseng tea is a great energy booster

Ginseng, which translates to  “man’s root”, is a herb that has long been favored by Native Americans and the Chinese for its medicinal purposes. Ginseng tea is said to improve concentration, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing cancer and even help with PMS symptoms.

There are three different types of ginseng: Korean, American and Siberian. Korean also known as Asian or Panax ginseng is considered to be the best ginseng because it contains the most natural components that benefit health.

Ginseng is regarded as a stimulant and can be found in various energy drinks. The stimulating properties found in the herb are said to improve thinking power, boost energy levels and increase your metabolism.

Having ginseng tea before a workout should help you to maintain a good stamina for a really powerful session. Another way ginseng tea can help with weight loss is by suppressing your appetite, which is ideal when you are dieting and feeling hungry. As ginseng is a natural stimulant, it should really be avoided by people who suffer from anxiety and insomnia.

I would also recommend those with heart conditions against it too. Experts suggest that ginseng should be taken in cycles, so no more than 3 weeks at a time. Perhaps consider having a 2-week break in between.


Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, often called by its translated name red bush, is a South African tea that has slowly made its way to other countries.

There are two types of rooibos teas, red and green. With the red variety, the leaves go through a process of fermentation, which gives the tea its reddish colour and enhanced flavour. On the other hand, the green variety is unfermented and less processed, which is what makes it nutritionally better than the red.

The health benefits of rooibos tea have been studied and results have been pretty significant and promising. Rooibos tea contains antioxidants that can fight cancer and protect the liver and heart. Studies have shown that two rare properties found in rooibos, nothofagin and aspalathin, can lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol. This can be good for weight loss because when there are high levels of cortisol in the blood, it can contribute to weight gain and disease, including cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure and type II diabetes.

While the red variety of rooibos has many health benefits, it is much better to drink the green  as an herbal tea for weight loss because  it contains more powerful properties, which are more likely to contribute to weight loss and good health. As well as the distinct flavour of rooibos, it is a good tea to drink because it is caffeine free so can be consumed before bed, which is a nice way to wind down.


Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint tea can help with an upset stomach

As a lover of peppermint tea or mint tea as it is sometimes shortened to, I just had to add it to the list. Peppermint tea is made from an infusion of peppermint leaves. Not only is it super refreshing and tasty, but it has quite a few medicinal uses too.

One of the most known therapeutic uses of peppermint tea is as a digestive aid. It is said to ease digestion and prevent bloating by reducing gas. Peppermint tea can also be used for constipation as it promotes healthy bowel movements.

Additionally, as peppermint tea has antispasmodic properties it can come in handy if you are feeling nauseous. How does peppermint tea help you lose weight? In relation to weight loss, studies have shown that peppermint tea can potentially suppress your appetite. So, drinking peppermint tea when you have a hunger craving will hopefully prevent you from ransacking your pantry, looking for something to eat.


Final Thoughts

Although these are teas that promote weight loss, it is important that you don’t see these teas as a miracle cure, because  as mentioned above, weight loss only comes with a healthy lifestyle.

Drinking herbal teas are a good way to stay hydrated as they are natural, low in calories and a tasty alternative for those who don’t always fancy water.

Staying hydrated is important as more often than not we think we’re hungry when, in fact, we need something to drink. It is best not to add sugar to herbal teas,  for obvious reasons,  but if you need to sweeten them just add a little bit of honey.


Have you had any success with herbal teas for weight loss?