Green Tea has been in the news for a while now, because of its dieting and weight loss benefits, but Green Tea may soon take a back seat to White Tea. Can drinking White Tea really help you lose weight? Recent scientific research suggests that drinking White Tea not only can help you lose weight- you can lose fat! This article will show how to effectively use White Tea for weight loss and fat loss.
Things You'll Need
- White Tea, either loose-leaf or in teabags
- Hot water
- A teapot
- A Tea infuser
- A Teacup
- Stevia, if desired for sweetener
Recent scientific research in Germany implies that drinking White Tea not only prevents fat cells from forming, but actually reduces fat that has already built up in the body. (Link below). White Tea contains high levels of both caffeine and EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) - compounds proven to help weight loss. Yet White Tea has a more delicate flavour and contains less caffeine than Green or Black tea.
What a great reason to start drinking White Tea!
Tea experts all have opinions about the proper way to brew any tea, but since the studies used tea extract, rather than just tea, it's safe to assume that any health properties will be maximized by brewing the tea longer than some experts may recommend for 'perfectly delicate' taste.
Bring water to boil that will fill either a teacup or a teapot. It must be at 180 degrees or a little less to avoid a bitter result. If you do not have a thermometer, let it rest for at least 30 seconds. Place either one tablespoon of loose-leaf tea into an infuser into a teacup, or two teabags for every cup of tea in the teapot. Fill with hot water to within 3/4 inch of the rim. Let the tea steep for as long as possible before it begins to taste bitter. Remove the tea.
Opinion varies from steeping the tea from 30 seconds to 15 minutes to avoid a bitter taste, so around 7 minutes is a safe bet to start. Adjust your brewing time to taste.
The key to any diet is consistency. Make a habit of drinking White Tea several times a day. Drink it in the morning before work, at lunch, and when you get home. Drink it over ice to replace soda.
It is important to leave it unsweetened, even with honey, because there's no point in adding extra sugar calories when trying to lose weight, and artificial sweeteners have proven to increase sugar and fat cravings. So, adjust the brewing time to what is most palatable for you.
Adding Stevia (a natural herbal non-sugar sweetener available at most health food stores) is ok, as is adding a bit of lemon juice or a sprig of mint. It may ruin the delicate flavor, but if it doesn't taste good you won't drink it.
Drinking White Tea isn't just good for weight loss. It has natural antioxidants in it that are also good for your health.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are sensitive to caffeine, do not drink caffeinated drinks at night.
- Replace any bottled water you are presently drinking with chilled White Tea.