Teas to lose weight and lose belly: see options and how to take

Teas are used by many people, whether for relaxing, accompanying a meal and even for medicinal purposes, such as helping with digestion.

There are also some with diuretic and even thermogenic properties, which promise to help those who are in the process of losing weight. Although they are not exactly weight loss agents, teas can give a boost. Know some and their actions in the organism


What is the tea that helps you lose belly?

The habit of drinking tea is quite healthy and can bring several health benefits. In addition to the taste, some infusions improve sleep, decrease anxiety and there are some preparations that even contribute to the loss of fat in the belly region.

It is worth mentioning that there are no miracles when it comes to losing weight. For drinks to be effective it is important to maintain healthy habits, that is, to practice regular physical activity and to eat properly.

The following are details of the properties of teas that can decrease abdominal fat and how to ingest.

Hibiscus tea

Prepared with hibiscus flowers , this tea stands out for having properties with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action that contribute to weight loss. In addition, the drink has no calories.

Research shows that tea reduces the formation of fat cells in the body. Therefore, it avoids the accumulation of fat in the body. Those responsible for this benefit are antioxidants, mainly flavonoids and anthocyanins.

Those who drink tea regularly tend to have less fat accumulated in the abdomen and hips. And hibiscus tea also blocks the production of amylase, an enzyme that turns starch into sugar.

In addition, hibiscus tea has quercetin, which helps to eliminate fluids from the body, since it has a diuretic action. This can help to reduce the feeling of bloating in the belly.

The recommendation is to consume one to two cups of 200mL of hibiscus tea per day. Add one tablespoon of the dried plant in one liter of hot water. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes and then strain.

Ginger tea

The ginger   possesses thermogenic substances, ie the temperature of the body increases, causing burn more calories. Therefore, consuming ginger tea speeds up metabolism and increases fat burning, especially in the belly area.

It also contributes to the elimination of toxins and increases satiety, which helps with weight loss.

Consumption should not exceed more than three grams of ginger per day. It is possible to add other ingredients to the tea such as lemon.

The drink can be prepared with a piece of ginger and a cup and a half (tea) of water over medium heat. After boiling, lower the heat and leave for another 5 minutes.

Yerba mate Tea

Yerba mate is widely used in chimarrão or tererê (iced mate). But mate tea has properties such as vitamins , caffeine and xanthines that are responsible for the diuretic action. Thus, regular consumption helps to reduce body swelling, especially in the belly area.

It also has a thermogenic effect, speeding up metabolism and increasing a person’s caloric expenditure even at rest. This process increases, even slightly, the burning of fat, especially in the belly region, and contributes to weight loss.

The drink goes well with lemon. To prepare it, add a teaspoon of yerba mate to a cup of tea with boiling water. Wait for it to cool down a bit, strain and drink afterwards.

Black tea and white tea

Prepared from the Camellia sinesis plant , both black and white tea have a thermogenic action. Because of this, regular consumption of these drinks helps in losing belly.

Both infusions speed up metabolism and burn fat. That’s because these herbs contain caffeine and polyphenols. In addition, they reduce appetite and can thus reduce weight.

A study of 111 people showed that drinking three cups of black tea a day for three months increased weight loss and reduced waist circumference.

The ideal is not to consume black tea at night because caffeine can disrupt sleep.

But the white tea increases the breakdown of fat cells, preventing the formation of new ones. What is beneficial for those who have accumulated fat in the belly area, as it helps to eliminate excess.

Cinnamon tea

Cinnamon is a thermogenic food and therefore drinking tea with the spice increases the body’s caloric expenditure during digestion.

It also improves the effectiveness of insulin, helping to control blood sugar levels. This can help with losing belly fat and controlling appetite.

To prepare use 4 cinnamon sticks and 1L of water. Put the cinnamon and water to a boil in a pan for 10 minutes. Then, remove the cinnamon sticks, let it warm and squeeze a few drops of lemon before eating.

Weight loss teas: which is the best?

There are several teas available and accessible to Brazilians. And they are generally quite easy to prepare.

But each person can adapt better with a different type of tea and see the results more quickly. The benefits like losing abdominal fat or weight is a very individual matter.

It is worthwhile to consult with a nutritionist or nutritionist to find out details of the composition of the teas and how much is indicated for each person.

Teas should preferably be consumed without adding sugar or sweetener.

Generally, these drinks are contraindicated for pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children, especially without medical advice. There are not enough studies to guarantee that the consumption of some teas can be safe for this group of people.

In addition, replacing high-calorie drinks such as juices or sodas with tea can reduce your overall calorie intake and lead to weight loss.

How to drink green tea to lose belly?

Green tea is also produced from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and is widely consumed by those who want to lose weight, despite being a little bitter.

As with white and black tea, green tea has caffeine and catechins, substances with a thermogenic effect, which speeds up the metabolism and makes the body spend more energy.

In addition, it contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate, which increases energy expenditure. Whoever consumes about 250mg of this substance, which is equivalent to about three cups of green tea, speeds up the metabolism and burns 100 extra calories a day.

Therefore, combining regular intake of green tea with exercise can maximize the benefits of weight loss and, consequently, belly fat.

The natural herb is more effective than industrialized sachet teas, which are easily found in markets. Despite having the same substances, the concentrations are different.

Ideally, whenever possible, prepare green tea with dry leaves to increase the benefits. The recommendation is to drink up to 4 cups a day of green tea.

It is worth emphasizing that the form of preparation also changes the properties of the drink.

For each 1g of leaf, include 100mL of water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes at elevated temperature. Consume right after preparation so as not to lose nutrients.

Do not let the water boil. This makes the taste even more bitter. Avoid consuming with meals, as it can hinder the absorption of iron and calcium from food.

Avoid sweetening green tea with white sugar or sweetener. To improve the taste, add other ingredients such as mint, fennel, honey and even dried fruit.

Teas are allies on several occasions: to warm up, relax, regulate sleep and even lose weight. Along with healthy eating and exercise, different herbal drinks can help you lose belly fat.

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