Tea and Weight Loss – Why drinking black and green tea can be part of a healthy lifestyle
There is a tremendous amount of buzz on the web and in the media in general these days about the benefits of drinking tea, more specifically, if drinking tea significantly aids in weight loss. While there are no conclusive studies that show a direct correlation between drinking tea and losing weight, it is important to understand why tea can be an important part of a weight loss program and a healthy lifestyle.
All teas contain polyphenols, which attack triglycerides, the chemical form in which most fat exists in food and in the body. Triglycerides are most commonly found in vegetable oils and animal fats. Green tea contains catechins, a type of polyphenol, which can trigger weight loss by basically increasing the body’s metabolism, which of course helps to burn fat and calories. Research has also indicated that catechins can lower LDL cholesterol (the bad one).
If you are drinking tea on a regular basis, then you are probably not drinking as much of sugary juices or soft drinks, and thus taking in less sugar and calories. Remember that tea has virtually no calories. While tea itself may not cause immediate weight loss, there is no question that it can help burn fat and calories in addition to being part of your overall healthy lifestyle.