Do Tea Diets Really Work?

Green Tea is probably the most popular weight loss beverage other than pure water. Drinking Green Tea has shown to increase thermogenesis (metabolism) and promote fat oxidation in the body, as was found in a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Because of Green Tea’s fat-burning power it has become a common ingredient in herbal diet pills and as a diet enhancer in many weight loss programs.

In addition to Green Tea, other teas are becoming popular for the supposed belly-shrinking abilities. Wu Long Tea (also known as Oolong Tea) even has its own diet – Wu Long Tea Diet. To follow this diet all you need to do is substitute all of your normal beverages for Oolong Tea. If you do this it is said that the tea will do the rest, including raising your metabolism, reducing carbohydrate absorption, suppress appetite, aid in digestion, and more.

Sounds pretty good, but do tea diets really work? A friend of mine tried the Wu Long Tea diet and called me about a week after starting it, totally excited. “I’ve lost 5 pounds!” she exclaimed. I admit I was pretty impressed. The Wu Long Tea diet appeared to just make the pounds melt away for her. So, with a new hope of a newly found flab cure I rushed out to the grocery store and bought the best Oolong tea I could find. As soon as I got home I brewed myself a big pot and started guzzling that stuff non-stop. I replaced all of my beverages I would normally drink with Oolong tea and you know what….I gained three pounds in a week.

So why do tea diets work so well for some people and terrible for others? Well, there is one theory I have come up with – success of a tea diet will be greatly influenced by what you were drinking before you started. For example, my friend loved to drink butter milk before bed (yes, it is milk with butter melted in it), but when on the Wu Long Tea Diet she just had tea. Just this switch alone may have been enough to account for some of her amazing weight loss. So if you consider how many calories people drink during the day in juices, coffees, sport drinks and carbonated beverages it is not far fetched to imagine that they will lose weight if all they drink is tea because there is almost no calories in it.

Why did I gain weight? Well, I already know not to drink beverages high in calories so drinking Wu Long Tea instead did not make a big difference in my daily calories consumed. What did make a difference was the “Green Light” I gave myself when it came to eating . I didn’t go crazy, but I ate more than usual and had some higher calorie stuff because I thought the tea was going to work miracles for me like it did my friend. The bottom line is that diets and diet products work differently for everyone. There are so many factors to consider before jumping on the band wagon. Your best bet is to stick to what you know works – eat a healthy diet, control your calorie consumption, and get regular exercise.

2 comments to Do Tea Diets Really Work?

  • kandis

    I have become severely over weight 195 at 5 ft 5 I was very ill with blood clot in my lungs. The size of a softball if pushed together, to make a long story short it damaged my lungs and weakened my heart. I need to lose this weight but nothing works. I can’t do cardo exercise, because of my heart and lungs. I need something that will really work and fast . it is putting pressure on my hips and joints and causing more problems. Is there any tipe of food that will make me start losing or ………….? Something that is real. Can’t use any type of stimulate because of my heart. please I need to lose at least 40 lbs in the nest three months, I will soon be in a wheel chair unless I can get my weight under control I also have MS and a blood clotting disorder. Please I want my life back.please don’t tell me something if it is not proven to work.

  • Bev

    Kandis, go online and learn about the MediFast plan. I studied it and then started it 7 weeks ago and have lost at least 13 pounds already. I have 100 pounds to go and I see not reason why I won’t be able to do them all with this plan. Plus the plan teaches you how to slowly incorporate fuller meals back in without gaining weight back. While on this plan I feel EXTREMELY WELL, I have no headaches, my hearing has greatly improved. I did not realize I must be gluten intolerant, the Medifast plan is mostly gluten free. Look into it and see if it will work for you.
    best to you,
    salem oregon

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