You may have heard that herbal teas can help you slim down, but you were probably wondering whether or not such claims were true and, if true, how those herbal teas can melt away excess pounds. Let’s take a look at some of the answers.
Is Herbal Tea Weight Loss For Real?
Well, the answer depends on the types of herbal tea you are drinking. Like most things in life, not all herbal teas are created equal. The good news is there is some evidence to suggest herbal teas can help you lose weight. The bad news is that there are some herbal teas that won’t work and that can be dangerous. We’ll talk about those in a minute.
How Do They Work?
Herbal teas can shrink your waistline in three different ways. Let’s take a look at all three:
- Increased energy – The simplest way herbal tea helps is by increasing your energy levels either through the caffeine or through the stimulant properties of some tea leaves. If you have more energy, you move more and burn more calories. That’s always been one of the guaranteed ways to drop weight.
- Diuretics – Some herbal teas, such as those containing Buchu, can help you shed excess water from your body. We tend to retain a lot of water and that adds weight. By getting rid of some of that water, you’ll be able to lose pounds. Body wraps, in which the entire body is tightly wrapped and you lay in a hot room sweating, also work by eliminating extra water from the body but drinking a cup of herbal tea each day is cheaper, easier, and just as effective.
- Thermogenics – Some research suggests herbal teas can actually cause your body’s metabolism to increase. When this happens, your body needs to consume more energy to function so you use up more of the calories you take in. Again, using up those calories is the best way not to have them stored as fat in your body.
All three of these weight loss methods will give you results. Of course, it helps if you try to eat less and exercise more. Making those lifestyle changes will boost the effectiveness of the herbal teas so you see more impressive results sooner.
What Methods Aren’t so Good?
Some herbs, such as buckthorn and senna, found in teas produce a laxative effect, especially when consumed regularly. These teas are great if you want a colon cleansing but they won’t help you lose weight, even if you reach the point where you’re experiencing diarrhea. You absorb calories from your food before they reach your colon so the herbs won’t stop those calories from getting into your body. However, the laxative effect can cause you serious health problems, such as dehydration, abdominal cramping, and chronic pain. None of those problems will help your long-term weight loss goals either.
Another Reason to Choose Teas
If you’re still not convinced that some herbal teas can help you lose weight, here’s another way they can work. Most of the teas aren’t sweetened with sugar so they have fewer calories than most of the beverages people consume, especially sodas. Replacing high calorie drinks with herbal teas will reduce your calorie intake and help you to lose weight.
Now you know the facts about herbal teas and weight loss.
Ben works for Hambleden Herbs, a supplier of herbal teas and other organic herbs and spices.