When it comes to weight loss, it seems like everyone is trying to sell you something. Whether it’s magic pills, ridiculous workout machines, or even the idea of drinking tea to lose weight, promoted by companies selling special “weight loss teas” that are designed to send your metabolism through the roof so that the pounds simply melt away. Yeah, not quite. I’m not a dietician but there’s really only one way to effectively and consistently lose weight and that’s to consume less calories than your body is burning.
Some miracle flush that helps you lose 10 pounds in 7 days is mostly just ridding your body of fluids, and not burning any additional fat. Then there’s those magic green tea weight loss pills… Eh, is it too late to get your money back? There’s a whole lot of snake oil and questionable science when it comes to health, and that’s largely because there are big gaps in what we actually know – so the door is wide open for sheisty people to try to fill those gaps (or just blatantly lie) and try to take advance.
Having said that, tea CAN be a part of an effective weight-loss strategy…
How am I going to rant about all the scammy diet fads and then go on to say that tea actually can help you lose weight? Easy, here’s the deal:
Weight loss happens in the kitchen, not the gym. It takes seconds to eat or drink a few hundred calories, and it takes an hour+ to burn them off in the gym. If you want to lose weight, you need to control what’s going into your body. Granted, workout out obviously helps with weight loss as well, but at the end of the day you’ve got to be keeping track of how many calories are entering your body.
That’s where tea can help.
The tea itself, let’s face it, it might have some tiny benefit in terms of giving your metabolism a mini little boost, but it’s going to be negligible compared to avoiding a midnight snack of a few cookies and a grilled cheese sandwich. If you find yourself eating when you’re bored, just brew a cup of tea instead. It’s not that the tea itself is going to melt away your extra fat, but the tea is going to take the place of unhealthy snacks or over-eating in general.
Fruit-infused tea can be great for a sweet tooth, or chocolate tea for when you need that cocoa taste inside your mouth ASAP. A few cups of tea are going to help a lot more when it comes to achieving your fitness goals than if you were to eat candies and chocolates instead. Also, just like drinking water can help fill you up and get rid of food cravings, tea can do that too!
You can make all sorts of types of tea for their various health benefits, which have varying quality of studies backing them up. Turmeric tea, for example, is becoming popular among the natural health crowd, for it’s numerous potential benefits. You can read more about that on this page.
The fact that tea is a diuretic also probably contributes to the misconception that adding some kind of green tea into your diet to help you lose weight is going to make a significant difference, because somebody might start out on a snake-oil tea diet and notice that they’re dropping weight really quickly. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s all water-weight :(.
The point I’m really trying to emphasize here is that drinking tea certainly can help with your weight loss, but only as a tool. Tea helps with weight loss in the sense that it acts as a replacement for other more caloric-dense foods and drinks that you could be putting into your body instead.