While oolong tea is no magic pill, if you are overweight or obese, this brew could certainly help with weight loss! It bumps up your metabolism, so your energy expenditure rises. It can also help reduce fat accumulation and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Oolong Tea And Weight Loss
- Increases energy expenditure and metabolic rate
- Burns fat
- Lowers absorption of fat
- Lowers total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
Oolong tea, an exotic brew from China, might seem intuitively healthy when drunk as it is meant to be – plain and without too many add-ins. The Chinese have also, for generations, believed that oolong tea can help reduce weight and maintain this weight loss. But does current day research agree? As it turns out, this tea might have the potential to do that and more. Here’s data you should consider if you’d like to switch to this kind of tea for your morning or evening pick-me-up!
If you’re wondering what oolong tea is in the first place, here’s a quick introduction to this brew from China. A kind of tea that’s made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, oolong essentially has the same “parent” plant as green and black tea. Somewhere between green and black teas on the processing front, Oolong teas are partially oxidized. Black teas, on the other hand, are oxidized while green teas are dried quickly without any oxidizing. Some say that oolong, a mildly floral tasting tea, combines the best of both worlds! Moreover, while green tea leaves are rolled, oolong tea leaves are treated carefully so their cell structure remains intact without any rolling, which arguably makes them more nutrient-rich in antioxidants like polyphenols. When it comes to weight loss, the antioxidant polyphenols like flavonoids and tannins in the tea, along with the caffeine and amino acids, may have a synergistic effect, translating to the following benefits.
1Increases Energy Expenditure And Metabolic Rate
By burning more calories per day, you improve your chances of weight loss – especially if you cut down on your dietary intake of calories overall. Oolong tea can help strike at the root of the matter and amp up your metabolic rate. As one study found, men who took full strength oolong tea had a significantly higher energy expenditure than those who just had plain water they burned about 281 kJ more every day. The tea, in this case, was brewed from 15 gm of tea leaves in all, drunk in five 300 ml servings through the day. The fat oxidation for this group was also higher than those who drank water by 12%.
While this study was on men alone, a separate study found similar effects in women too. The study, conducted in Japan, found that energy expenditure at 60 minutes, 90 minutes, and 120 minutes after consuming oolong tea was significantly higher than when plain water was consumed.