The tea plant is widely renowned for its fat-busting properties. However, in reality tea doesn’t have a magic effect on weight loss. If you examine the properties of tea closely, it doesn’t actually have an effect on fat cells or cellulite and doesn’t prevent absorption of fats during meals. Of course, a few studies* have proved the slimming properties of tea scientifically, but this research was carried out on diabetic mice who were bred to be obese. Suddenly there doesn’t seem much to get excited about, but the small consolation is that while tea won’t make you thinner, it’s not fattening either. One cup only contains two calories.
Drinking tea can be a good part of a weight loss diet. It’s essential to drink a lot if you’re trying to lose weight, as it helps eliminate toxins from the body. This is particularly important for those on a high-protein diet. If you’re starting to get bored of drinking water all the time, tea can be a good alternative. A big mug of tea can also act as an appetite suppressant when you get the munchies.
Another important point is the caffeine or theine contained in tea. This natural stimulant helps avoid slumps and general fatigue that comes with a low-calorie diet.
While tea doesn’t burn fat, it helps top up your body’s antioxidants, which protect your arteries, heart and skeleton and are also good for your skin. A winning formula for staying healthy and looking great is eating fruit and vegetables and drinking lots of tea to provide your body with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.
Finally, if you really want to lose weight, don’t forget to exercise. Do at least half an hour of fast walking a day and you’ll be looking svelte in no time.
BDST: 1615 HRS, Oct-12, 2013