As effective as those hours of slogging away on the treadmill like an 1800’s mill mule can be, sometimes it’s just easier to opt for the easier option. Although typically associated with the stereotypical British, rainy afternoons and excessive watching of Netflix, teas can actually help you lose weight. Get a couple of cups of tea down yourself every day and you’ll be laughing your way to the scales in no time.
5. The urge-banisher
By adding a bag of mint tea to a cup of boiling water and leaving to brew for 5 minutes, you’ll be doing yourself a solid. When drinking mint tea you’re essentially pressing the mute button on that little voice in your head telling you to destroy that pack of donuts in the cupboard. It’s low on caffeine as well, which means it’ll work perfectly to counteract those late-night snacks.
4. The metabolism accelerator
Green tea is one powerful little drink. Heralded in Eastern cultures for centuries as the saver of the big gut, drinking green increases your metabolic speed. This means that, with you having to do remarkably little, your body will fight fat on its own.
3. The fat destroyer
A subtly-brewed tea, Oolong is jam-packed with catechins, which double-up with your metabolism to help the destruction of fat. A recent study published in the Chinese Journal of Medicine showed that, by drinking Oolong once a day, participants lost 6 lbs in as many weeks.
2. The weight-deflector
White tea is pretty much the most natural brew you can get. Cured in natural sunlight, it provides a refreshing, light taste that’s absolutely bursting with antioxidants. Studies have shown that white tea can hold nearly 3 times the amount of polyphenols as green tea, which help to erase fat like chalk from a board.
1. The all-rounder
With ingredients only found in South Africa, Rooibos tea is cut from the Red Bush plant and produces incredible effects. Research has proven that Aspalthin, one of the strong flavonoids in Rooibos, can fight stress, cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes. In addition to all of these, it speeds up the metabolism as well as any other.
Unless you live in a zoo with particularly lax security on the dangerous animals cages, it’s going to be pretty tricky to get lots of exercise. I don’t know about you, but if I can burn fat and re-watch my Lord of the Rings box-set simultaneously, I’m happy.
As an English blogger I heartily recommend Twinings, which produce all of the above teas at great quality. If you can find it in shops near you as well, take a look at Pukka, who actually produce a range of teas specifically for detox and weight loss. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put the kettle on.