- Diet & Weight Loss
Green Tea vs Oolong Tea - Part 6 - How Much Should I Take and When?
We’ve gone over a lot of information for both green tea and oolong tea, which has made them both look promising as weight loss aids.
But as you’ve seen in the last article in this series, you have to be careful with how much tea and caffeine you consume each day.
Since I assume that you’re most likely reading this to check up on weight loss benefits I’ll recommend dosages for the specific purpose of weight loss.
You might normally drink tea throughout the day, so keep that in mind when adding in my suggestions. You don’t want to go overboard in your tea consumption.
If you’re not use to consuming caffeine then you may notice a caffeine “buzz” whenever supplementing with tea.
Best Time to Consume Tea for Weight Loss
If you’ve already drank either green tea or oolong tea before, you know that it gives you an energized feeling. You want to use that extra feeling of energy when you workout.
So whenever you’re drinking green tea or oolong tea for weight loss reasons, it’d be best if you consumed it 30 to 45 minutes before you start your workout. Use the same time frame if you’re consuming tea extract pills.
This way you can go into the gym feeling energized, your metabolism is boosted and your body’s ready to start the fat burning process.
You can drink tea at other times during the day, but make sure to consume some tea before your workouts to REALLY take advantage of what the tea’s capable of.
Don’t forget your water bottle when you’re working out! You’re probably going to be sweating more because of the tea’s thermogenic effects and caffeine has been said to be a diuretic. So be sure to consume water during your workouts!
Supplement with Tea
How Much Should You Take?
So what dosage should you use for your pre-workout tea consumption?
To make sure that you get a good amount of the antioxidants and caffeine in the tea I’d recommend that you brew enough tea for 3 cups. So look on the package and see whatever they recommend you use for 24 ounces and brew that for your pre-workout drink.
You can see why I say to be careful with your daily tea and caffeine consumption if you’re already drinking tea or consuming caffeine throughout the day. Just subtract those 3 cups from your average daily consumption and you should be fine.
If you’re taking green tea extract pills, instead of drinking the tea, then you’ll want to look for a pill that has 300 mg of EGCG green tea extract. You want to take this along with 200 mg of caffeine. These are the amounts for a single daily dosage taken right before your workout.
Don’t drink tea AND take tea extract at the same time; use one or the other.
If you found some pills that contain oolong tea extract then follow the dosage amount that they recommend on the bottle. Just be sure to take it before your workout as I outlined above.
By following these guidelines, you should be able to safely supplement with green tea or oolong tea and reach your weight loss goals even faster!
Let’s move on and see which tea is better, based on my research.