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Drink Chinese Tea for Weight Loss

Updated on June 24, 2011


The practice of drinking tea has a long history in China and originated from there. Chinese tea normally represent tea leaves which have been processed using techniques inherited from ancient China. Based on the famous legend, tea was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BCE when a leaf from a Camellia sinensis tree fell into water the emperor was boiling. Tea is deeply woven into the history and culture of China. The beverage is regarded as one of the seven necessities of Chinese life, along with firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce as well as vinegar.


Chinese tea for weight loss has reached across the entire world. Scientists have proven that consuming tea can help people lose weight.

Drinking a cup of tea with each meal is a protocol for using tea efficiently as a metabolic stimulant. Tea itself carries only 4 calories per serving, and it's most healthy when consumed with nothing added. The caffeine in tea improves body function to aid burn more calories and the polyphenols seem to facilitate the digestion of fat, actually making it a Chinese diet tea.

The focus of the research was to help address growing obesity among Chinese youngsters, especially in urban centers. The groundbreaking study uncovers that overeating is not the only cause. "Diet and lifestyle are just the external factors, " said Guo Xirong, director of the Nanjing Institute for Pediatrics affiliated to Nanjing Medical College. "The genetic conditions of the individuals could be predispose, or even cause, children and adolescents to become obese. "

Guo won the Soong Ching Ling Foundation Pediatrics Award for his pioneering research in discovering the new genes related to obesity and suggesting new intervention strategies.
Despite their findings, Guo admits there is no magic bullet for treating childhood weight problems. But he said a healthier diet and lifestyle will help.

According to Guo, the seeds of obesity can be planted in youngsters much earlier than generally believed. When children are still in the fetus, they are most likely to become obese later in life if pregnant mothers eat too much and have a dramatic increase in weight. Compared to bottle-fed infants, babies who are breastfed are less likely to become obese later in their life because the secretion of breast milk is limited. Bottle-fed babies tend to develop a larger appetite because they are fed every time they cry. Chinese have long believed in the link between tea drinking and weight loss but many health authorities in the West have been skeptical about it.

In the course of a five-year study, researchers discovered 5 new genes related to obesity, which point to the cause of the condition. Nevertheless they also found that the polyphenol compound in tea - especially Oolong tea - can help obese people battle the bulging fat. The polyphenols especially the catechins inhibit your body from gaining weight. In general, the antioxidants protect you from free radicals and from various health issues such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, rheumatism, cholesterol, high blood sugar level, impaired immune system, and even cancers.

Why does Chinese tea good for weight loss? This is due to Camellia sinensis is a herb that is loaded with valuable nutrients that are beneficial not only in trimming down weight but also preventing major diseases.

The Camellia sinensis contains a rich dosage of antioxidants, essential nutrients such as the vitamins and minerals that are crucial in maintaining a healthy body.

So how would this tea achieve weight loss? The catechins manage to speed up your metabolism and promote the thermogenesis effect in the body system. This means that the body is able to digest food properly, convert it into beneficial energy, and burn the stored fats. There are also mineral and vitamin that work in synergy with the catechins. These are manganese and vitamin B2. These two nutrients boost your metabolism too.

Besides these three essential nutrients, there are other vitamins and minerals that are present in tea. These are the vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Niacin, Folic Acids, magnesium, copper, potassium and others. All these substances are crucial in strengthening your immune system, and lowering down your blood sugar including your LDL cholesterol levels. Furthermore, this tea is being fortified by these nutrients in fighting off diseases that were mentioned earlier.

The presence of Saponins has added more value into this tea simply because it gives anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. All the health benefits that one can gain from drinking Chinese tea for weight loss are proven by the different clinical studies conducted.

Tea is very effective not only to trim down weight but also because of the other valuable health benefits. Chinese tea is made from Camellia sinensis. This tea also comes in various types based on how it is prepared. These kinds of teas are the green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and Pu-Erh tea.

Pu-erh and Oolong teas have received the most attention regarding weight loss, however all types of tea offer a low calorie alternative to commercial beverages.

Of the total amount of tea produced and consumed in the world, 78 percent is black, 20 percent is green, and less then 2 percent is Oolong tea.


Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.

Green tea has only 4 calories per unsweetened serving. Green tea is believed to help stimulate metabolism, which in turn would help with weight loss. Polyphenols in tea are also thought to assist in the digestion and breakdown of fats in food.

The benefits of green tea are extensively researched in China and Japan. It has been shown to positively affect many systems in the body and to inhibit the progression of some diseases. It contains among the highest concentrations of minerals and antioxidants, which have proven to benefit the body.

More researches have been conducted on the effects of green tea on weight loss and weight management. Drying tea leaves without fermentation produces green tea. In this state, high levels of the chemical compound epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG are stored by the leaves. Green tea can be obtained in a number of forms, depending on your favorite brewing method. Simple string-and-tag bags work just as well as loose leaves for extracting the healthful benefits of tea.


Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized compared to oolong, green, and white varieties.

Black tea has the highest caffeine content of any of the Chinese teas. Black tea has a similar number of calories as oolong and green, but it may be more bitter if over-steeped. Black tea should not be over-steeped in order to avoid adding sweeteners that may add calories to the beverage.

Black tea, the variety of Chinese tea normally consumed in the West, is made by drying and fermenting the leaves of the camellia sinensis bush. Study suggests that compounds in black tea improve glucose metabolism, or how the body uses glucose. Further investigation may lead to better treatment for type 2 diabetes, a disease strongly associated with weight gain. When shopping, many producers omit the word "black, " so products labeled with the simple term "tea" are usually black tea unless otherwise noted. Orange pekoe, though not technically black tea, has similar characteristics.


Amongst one of the most popular is Wulong or oolong - a tea that falls somewhere between black and green tea and reportedly boosts metabolism.

Oolong tea, one of the lesser-known teas in the West was especially recommended by researchers. Oolong tea, occasionally spelled Wu Long or Wu Lung, has similar calorie contents to green tea. With a higher caffeine content, oolong may have better results on metabolism than green tea. Polyphenols from oolong tea also facilitate fat digestion.

Oolong tea is a kind of Chinese herbal tea that is supposed to help a person lose weight. The idea of using tea to lose weight is not a new idea. Many individuals have used tea as a replacement to higher calorie beverages and have dropped several pounds over the course of a couple of weeks.


Puerh tea is traditionally made with leaves out of old wild tea trees of a variety which known as "broad leaf tea" or Camellia sinensis var. assamica, which is found in southwest China and also the bordering tropical regions in Burma, Vietnam, Laos, as well as the very eastern parts of India. The leaves are slightly distinct in chemical composition, which alter the taste and also the aroma of the brewed tea, as well as its desirability for aging.

Pu-erh is a black tea with an earthy taste that some say is an acquired taste. Pu-erh is an interesting tea because it has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and is prescribed by several traditional Chinese medicine professionals for weight loss.

Pu-erh tea is widely sold as a weight loss tea or used as a main ingredient in such commercially prepared tea mixtures. Although there is as yet no empirically backed facts as to how Pu-erh might facilitate weight loss, there are widely proposed explanations include that the tea increases the drinker's metabolism or that the high tannin content in the tea binds macronutrients and coagulate digestive enzymes, thus reducing nutrient absorption. Even though evidence is still sparse, it has been shown that rats experience reduction in body weight, blood triglycerides, and blood cholesterol following a diet containing Pu-erh tea.

Puerh tea can be obtained as either raw/green (sheng) or ripened/cooked (shou), depending on processing method or aging. Sheng Puerh can be roughly classified on the tea oxidation scale as a green tea, and the shou or aged-green variants as post-fermented tea.


Caffeine improves alertness, boosts energy and may even help you lose weight. A large body of research shows that caffeine may increase your metabolic rate, or the speed at which you burn calories. Black tea contains anywhere from 40 to 120 mg per cup; compare that to coffee, which may have 95-200 mg per cup. Green tea contains 25 to 50 mg of caffeine per cup. The longer tea is steeped in hot water, the more caffeine is extracted from the leaves.


Research indicates that EGCG increases energy expenditure, or the amount of calories burned daily. Study has also shown that EGCG may speed up fat oxidation, or the rate of fat burned by the body. These two effects combine to indicate that the EGCG present in green tea may aid in weight-loss efforts. An average cup of green tea contains 180 mg of EGCG, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture.


Evidence suggests that quite a bit might be necessary to obtain the desire effect, so plan on gradually increasing the amount of green tea you drink to 6 to 8 cups per day. Conflicting evidence exists on how long to steep green tea for maximum extraction of caffeine and EGCG; however, follow these general guidelines for your best cup. After boiling the water, let the kettle sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Boiling water tends to make green tea taste more bitter and acidic. Once you've poured the hot water over the tea, let it steep for at least 3 minutes. More than that increases the bitter, grassy taste of the tea, but let your own preference be your guide since everyone has different taste.



If you are caffeine sensitive, try decaffeinated green tea. Though it contains 30 percent less EGCG, the weight-loss benefits may still be present. On top of that, know that scientific research on tea of all kinds used for weight loss continues and remains somewhat contradictory. No weight-loss program is complete without a sensible eating and exercise plan. As always, talk to your primary-care physician about changes to your exercise and nutrition regimen.

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