Just got out of bed? Tired after a long shift in office? Or just enjoying sitting idly on the lawn on a peaceful, cold evening? The first thing that comes to mind in these premises is to grab a cup of hot tea and take a sip. Tea refreshes our mind and body and recharges us with oodles of energy. But wait! The tea you’re going to grab might not be the perfect one to aid your health, especially if you are concerned about the excess weight you have gained over the years, or if you’re a fitness enthusiast. Sugar in the black tea, not only adds extra pounds to your body weight but also increases the risk of diabetes. Oolong tea is the one stop solution. It is a Chinese tea, produced from the different parts of a plant called Camellia Sinensis. This tea plays a crucial role in increasing the metabolism rate and insulin activity, and hence, oolong tea is good for weight loss (1). Check out the following guide to figure out the benefits of oolong tea for weight loss.
How Does Oolong Tea Help Boost Health?
Oolong tea initiates momentously higher insulin activity that burns the body fat. It consists of a catechin called EGCG, a simple polyphenol that is an antioxidant and controls the excessive oxidant metabolism along with boosting the heart health, as well (2). Along with EGCG, oolong tea is also a good source of vitamin A, B, C, and E. These vitamins are important for bone growth, immune system, parental health, reducing cholesterol, and helpful in cardiovascular disease as well. Apart from that, vitamins play a vital role in keeping you energized all the time. It is also full of essential minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium that keep your bones, heart, muscles, and nerves in proper shape, also regulating heart rhythm, balancing your thyroid glands and increasing the rate of wound-healing by boosted red blood cell formation (3).
When and How Much Oolong Tea Should You Drink?
One cup in the morning and one in the evening, each containing 4 grams of oolong tea will do the trick. Three cups of daily green tea consumption reduces the risk of a heart attack by 11% (4).
Would Iced Oolong Tea Fit the Ball?
Possibly, no! Studies show that people who consume hot tea appear to have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes (5). On the other hand, iced tea contains more calories than hot tea, and may adversely affect your health by increasing your body weight. So, you may end up gaining a few extra pounds (6). Thus, a hot cup of aromatic oolong tea controls your BMI(Body Mass Index), symbolically. Make it a point to use lower temperature while brewing a cup of hot oolong tea. It will not only preserve the important catechins but also keep its taste.
Why Should Oolong be Preferred than Green and Black Tea?
EGCG catechin is an important factor in tea that is directly connected to oxidation of extra body fat (7). On the contrary, the amount of daily caffeine intake should be limited since an excess of caffeine may provide a sudden yet short boost of energy, but leads to dizziness in the long run. Green tea is the least fermented kind of tea and contains the most catechin and least caffeine. Black tea is the most fermented known tea with least catechin and most caffeine contents. Oolong tea, however, contains an intermediate amount of these contents and thus, is advantageous for reducing the waist circumference (8).
Methods to Use Oolong Tea For Weight Loss:
Oolong tea can be used in more than one ways for weight loss. Check out the following preparation methods:
1. Oolong Tea with Hot Water
Boiling the water is a great way to get rid of harmful microbiological organisms (9). Oolong tea brings better results if combined with hot boiled water. Boil the water for 10 minutes and pour it into a cup. Mix 4 grams of oolong tea powder with the water. After 15-20 minutes sieve the tea. Once it cools down enough to drink, sip slowly. This method is more effective if repeated regularly.
2. Hot Oolong Tea Using Tea Infuser
Are you getting tired of straining the oolong tea every time after brewing? Well, a good tea infuser can come in handy. Heat the water up to 185-195 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes and pour in a clean cup. Take oolong tea leaves and fill a tea infuser with them. Make sure to wash the tea infuser before using. Immerse the tea infuser in water and let it sieve for 3-7 minutes. For faster results, drink 8 grams of oolong tea every day for six weeks or longer (10).
3. Oolong Tea with Green Tea
Green tea contains a significantly high amount of flavonoids and is effective in reducing the cardiovascular heart diseases (11). Green tea, when combined with oolong tea serves as an overall boosted catechin intake for the body. Get a clean cup, and fill it with hot water. Take 4 grams of green tea and oolong tea each, and add it to the cup. Alternatively, you can also use tea infuser for the same. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Sieve with the help of a colander and sip slowly when it cools down to a drinkable temperature. Drink it every day in the morning and evening.
4. Oolong Tea with Tea Bag
After getting invented in 1908, teabags have been quite popular over the years. If loose oolong tea is not so easily available in your neighborhood, then grabbing oolong tea bags is worth a shot. Boil water for 10 minutes and pour it in a clean dry cup. Steep one or two oolong tea bags in the cup and cover the cup. After two minutes, take the tea bag out and let the tea cool down. Sip slowly and enjoy. One of the best thing about tea bags is, they can be reused (13). Repeat the same, twice a day for the best results.
5. Oolong Tea with Black Tea
Black tea covers the gap with its strong color, flavor, and a comparatively higher amount of caffeine (14). A blend of oolong tea and black tea is a good way to boost your energy and to reduce your stress. Pour one teaspoon of green tea and oolong tea each in a cup of boiled water and strain after 6-10 minutes. Drink it slowly when it cools down a bit. Repeat it twice a day on a daily basis to shed those extra pounds.
6. Oolong Tea with Skim Milk
Skim milk contains not more than 0.15% of fat that makes it a better supplement of whole milk and helps control the body weight (15). Skim milk is not only fat-free but also contributes to the flavor and color if combined with oolong tea. Boil the skim milk and pour it into a clean and dry cup. Steep oolong tea bags in the cup for 6-10 minutes. Take out the tea bags, and allow the tea to cool down. Sip slowly and repeat the same method twice a day for a few days.
7. Oolong Tea with Cinnamon
Cinnamon is assumed as more of a flavoring and aromatic add on. However, recent studies show that it is also very effective in type 2 diabetes and reduces blood glucose level (16). To enjoy your oolong tea with health benefits, flavor along with the mesmerizing aroma of cinnamon. Boil the water to 195 degrees Fahrenheit and pour in a cup. Add one tablespoon of oolong tea and one gram of cinnamon, and let it steep for 3 minutes. Your cinnamon-oolong tea is ready for you to enjoy. Repeat twice a day to reduce the weight.
8. Oolong Tea with White Tea
White tea is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Recent studies highlight that white tea also lowers cholesterol and reduces blood pressure, and the caffeine content in it is less than that of green, oolong, and black tea (17). White tea, when added to oolong tea not only provides a hike in the amount of catechin but also limits caffeine intake per serving. Boil water to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, and pour it into a cup. Add one teaspoon of oolong tea and white tea each. Drench for 5-10 minutes and sieve. Drink slowly and enjoy your oolong-white tea. Repeat twice a day to get noticeable results.
9. Oolong Tea with Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemon, along with other citrus fruits, has countless health benefits for constipation, indigestion, and obesity. It cuts down the fever and makes your immune system strong (18). Apart from its amazing health benefits, it tastes great and makes anything tastier when added. Boil water for 5-10 minutes to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, and pour it into a clean cup. Add 1-2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and one teaspoon of oolong tea to the cup. After 5-10 minutes, strain and enjoy the oolong-lemon tea. Consume it every day to get into the desirable shape.
10. Oolong Tea and Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) is directly associated with weight loss, better digestion, and an overall lift in energy (19). ACV increases the amount of gastric acid formation in the stomach that elevates the rate of digestion. Take a cup full of hot water that has been boiled for 5 minutes at 180-190 degree Fahrenheit. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to it. Pour one teaspoon of oolong tea and stir it gently. After 5-7 minutes, sieve with a strainer and enjoy the tea. Repeat the same twice a day to lose weight.
- Make sure to consume 8 grams of oolong tea every day for two months for better results.
- Follow a low cholesterol diet and workout regime to speed up the weight loss.
- Use fresh water and authentic ingredients only.
- Drink plenty of water for better digestion.
- Add more vegetables to your daily food intake.
- Avoid adding sugar or other high-fat ingredients to your tea, as this would add more calories to it.
- Ignore intake of oolong tea during pregnancy.
- Don’t take an overdose of oolong tea or you may come across caffeine side effects like dehydration, diarrhea, and depression.
- Apple cider vinegar and lime juice are harmful to teeth enamel. Thus, avoid any direct and longer contact with teeth.