“I want to know which tea works best for weight loss!” “Can I lose weight by drinking tea?” “I often hear tea is good for weight loss, but does it really work?”

There are many questions when it comes to the relation between weight loss and tea.There are many ingredients in a tea. The ingredients and its effects vary by each tea.

If you are saying to yourself, “There are too many types to choose from and I have no idea which one to choose!”, look no further. Here are some recommended Japanese teas grouped by the effects.

*A proper diet and exercise is essential for one’s wellbeing. Health foods are supplements to make up for lacking nutrients in your diet. Take only the recommended amount and refrain from excess consumption.

1.Is there tea that works for weight loss?

The bottom line is, you cannot lose weight by simply drinking tea. There is no such tea as “weight-loss tea” that instantly burns fat or helps you lose weight.

You cannot keep your current lifestyle and lose weight by simply adding tea.
Proper exercise and a well balanced diet are mandatory when it comes to weight loss.
So why is it that many people say tea is good for weight loss? This is because tea helps you with your weight-loss process.

It is said that tea helps your body break down fat and eases the absorption of fat into the body.
But to lose weight and get real results, a well balanced diet and exercise is essential.

Remember that tea is just a supplementary item.
Next, we will look at 4 weight loss friendly ingredients of tea.

 

1-1 Polyphenol

It is said that by taking polyphenol with meals, it eases the absorption of fat.
Polyphenol is an ingredient found in leaves/flowers/and tree barks. “Catechin” found in green tea is famous, but catechin is actually one type of polyphenol.
There are many types of polyphenols and it varies depending on which food you choose.

Major polyphenols found in tea

  • Green tea / Pu-erh tea: Catechin
  • Oolong tea:Oolong tea polyphenol
  • Tochuu tea:Chlorogenic acid
  • Black tea / Jasmine tea / Burdock tea / Barley tea: Tannin
  • Rooibos tea: Aspalathin / Rutin / Quercetin

Ingredients in other foods like isoflavone in soy, curcumin in turmeric/ginger is also a type of polyphenol.

1-2 Dietary fiber

Dietary fibers also ease the absorption of fat into the body when taken with meals. It also helps the body flush out excess fat. It also stretches out the stomach, so it makes you feel full and suppresses hunger.

Furthermore, dietary fiber is said to be good for constipation as well.

1-3 Caffeine

Most of you probably know caffeine is found in coffee, but it is also included in tea. It is said that caffeine helps your body break down fat and improves your blood circulation.
When your blood circulation improves and your metabolism increases, the amount of energy you consume increases. Furthermore, it is said that it helps lipase (an enzyme that breaks down fat).

1-4 Saponin

Saponin is an ingredient that creates bitterness found in tea, soybeans, and Goryeo carrots.
It is said that it eases the absorption of fat, flushes out excess fat out of the body, and improves your blood circulation.

2 Tea that helps you lose weight

There are many types of tea and they all differ in taste and character.
Here are some types of tea grouped by the expected effects.

2-1 Eases the absorption of fat/carbohydrates and helps break down fat

Excess fat and carbs you take in during meals cause you to gain weight.
If you think you ate too much, try drinking Pu-erh tea/Black oolong tea/Tochuu tea/Black tea/Green tea/Jasmine tea.

Oolong tea
It is said that the oolong tea polyphenol helps your body flush out the fat you consumed.

Tochuu tea
Geniposidic acid, an ingredient found in Tochuu tea, is said to ease the absorption of fat. Furthermore, Tochuu, the main ingredient, is said to ease the absorption of cholesterol.

It also contains a good balance of calcium/zinc/potassium/mineral/vitamin and other healthy ingredients.
It also has a diuretic effect so it works great for swelling and constipation.

Black tea
Tannin in the black tea eases the absorption of fat from meals.
It also contains caffeine, which is said to improve your metabolism.

Green tea
The catechin in green tea eases the absorption of fat. Furthermore, it is said that catechin improves your blood circulation and metabolism. Similar to black tea, it also contains caffeine.

Jasmine tea
Caffeine and tannin found in Jasmine tea eases the absorption of fat. It also has a diuretic effect so it works great for swelling and constipation.

2-2.Appetite suppression

If you tend to eat too much or have snacks between meals, we recommend burdock tea, which makes it easier to feel full.

Burdock tea
Contains tannin, a type of polyphenol, as well as inulin.
Inulin is a type of dietary fiber, which makes it easier for you to feel full.

2-3 Swelling/constipation

If you want to get rid of swelling or constipation, try burdock tea/corn tea/rooibos tea/barley tea, which is said to help you flush out excess water from your body.

Burdock tea
Burdock tea is said to have diuretic effects, helping your body flush out excess water.
It also contains a rich amount of dietary fiber, so it is a must try if you want to deal with constipation.

Corn tea
Rich content of potassium/dietary fiber/iron. It is said to have diuretic effects, which works for swelling and constipation.
Drink it hot to warm up the body, recommended for those who are sensitive to the cold.

Rooibos tea
It is said that the minerals in rooibos tea helps your body flush out excess water. It also contains an enzyme called SOD.

Barley tea
Rich in minerals/dietary fiber and has diuretic effects.
Improves your blood circulation so it is recommended for those who are sensitive to the cold.

3 How to drink tea and points to consider to get the best results as a weight loss supplement

If you are thinking about drinking tea as a supplement to lose weight, here are some recommended ways to drink them, grouped by the type of tea.

3-1 Recommended way to drink tea

1.Consume it consecutively instead of just one time
It is difficult to see the benefits of tea, which helps your health and beauty if you only drink it once.
Drink it on a daily basis for better results for your health/beauty.

2.Drink 1-1.5 liters a day
Drink 1-1.5 liters per day. (5-7 cups with a 200ml cup)
If you drink too much you might upset your stomach or it may lead to swelling, so make sure not to drink too much.

3.Drink it hot


Cold tea might decrease your body temperature, so drink it hot. Warm up your body to improve your blood circulation.
4.Drink it over multiple sittings
For instance, drink about 1 liter of tea over 3 meals.
If you drink it all at once, you might have to go to the bathroom often or it may lead to swelling.

5.Drink it 30 minutes before exercising/taking a bath


If you are going to exercise or take a bath, try to drink it 30 minutes before.

3-2 Points to consider when drinking

1.If you are suffering from anemia, drink tea separately from your meals
Tannin is found in most teas. It is said that tannin makes it harder to absorb iron from meals.
If you are on medication, it is important to pay attention to how you drink your tea. If necessary, consult your doctor.

2.Refrain from drinking tea with caffeine/diuretic effect before going to bed

If you consume caffeine, you will feel awake but it will make it harder to go to sleep. If you drink tea that has a diuretic effect, you might wake up in middle of the night, so try not to drink those types of teas before bed.

3.Drink a sufficient amount
Out of the teas introduced here, Pu-erh tea/Black oolong tea/Black tea/Green tea/Jasmine tea contains caffeine.

Excess consumption of caffeine may negatively affect your body, so make sure you drink a sufficient amount. If you are pregnant/breastfeeding, please be careful.

1 cup of tea, 150ml, contains about 30mg of caffeine.
The maximum amount of caffeine consumption for adults: 400mg
The maximum amount of caffeine consumption for pregnant woman: 200mg
Coffee contains caffeine too, so be careful if you are a coffee drinker. (150ml of coffee contains 90mg of caffeine)

If you are a coffee drinker and want to drink tea, non-caffeine tea such as Tochuu tea or barley tea might be a good choice.

3-3 Recommended ways to drink specific tea types

Each tea has its characteristic. We will look at recommended ways to drink the 10 types of teas introduced here.

  1. Pu-erh tea
  2. Black oolong tea
  3. Tochuu tea
  4. Black tea
  5. Green tea
  6. Jasmine tea
  7. Burdock tea
  8. Corn tea
  9. Rooibos tea
  10. Barley tea

 

1.Pu-erh tea
Recommended to drink with meal or before exercise/taking a bath

It is said that Pu-erh tea eases the absorption of fat, so drink one cup for each meal.
You can also drink it before exercising.

Pu-erh tea contains caffeine so try not to drink it before going to bed.
“Matured tea leaves” contain less caffeine, so if you are worried about caffeine intake, choose matured tealeaves.

2.Black oolong tea
Recommended to drink with meal or before exercise/taking a bath

It is said that black oolong tea eases the absorption of fat and helps your body break down fat. Drink it with meals or before exercising/taking a bath.

Oolong tea contains caffeine so you may want to refrain from drinking it before bed.

3.Tochuu tea
Recommended timing: With meals, before exercise/taking a bath

It is said that Tochuu tea helps break down fat, so drink with meals or before exercise.

Tochuu tea is non-caffeine, but it has a diuresis effect, so you may want to refrain from drinking it before bed.
You can boil the leaves for a longer amount of time to make a thicker Tochuu tea.

4.Black tea
Recommended with meals or before exercise/taking a bath
Black tea is said to ease the absorption of fat and help the body break down fat. Contains caffeine.

5.Green tea
Recommended with meals or before exercise/taking a bath
Similar to black tea, drink it with meals or before exercise/taking a bath.
Green tea also contains caffeine, so try not to drink it before bed.

6.Jasmine tea
Recommended with meals or before exercise/taking a bath
The caffeine and tannin in the jasmine tea is said to ease the absorption of fat.

Similar to green tea, it is best to drink with meals of before exercise/taking a bath. Jasmine tea contains caffeine so try to avoid drinking it before bed.

7.Burdock tea
Recommended before or during meals
Does not contain any calories or caffeine, so you can drink it at any time.

It makes it easy to feel full so it works as an appetite suppressant. Drink it before or during meals for best results.It has a diuretic effect so do not consume too much if drinking it before bed.

8.Corn tea
Recommended at any time
Similar to burdock tea, it does not contain any calories or caffeine, so you can drink it at any time.
However, corn tea has a diuretic effect so avoid drinking excessive amounts.

9.Rooibos tea
Recommended timing: anytime
Rooibos tea has no calories or caffeine.
However, it has a diuretic effect so try not to drink too much before going to bed.

10.Barley tea
Recommended at any time
Barley tea has no caffeine. It has a trace of calorie. (2kcal in 200ml) Similar to rooibos tea, it has a diuretic effect so avoid drinking too much before going to bed.