The aroma of tea brewing over a burner is the perfect sight in the monsoons. And what’s better is the fact that you can lose weight while sipping on some hot chai. Though our milky chai has not been associated with weight loss, the newer varieties available in the market promise instant weight loss. In fact nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages her clients to drink milky chai for its many benefits. Many fitness experts count turmeric tea, ginger, lemon and green tea among the best tea for weight loss.
“Green tea, which has been immensely popular in the past decade, has anti-cancer properties apart from weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism process by directly acting at the cellular level and thereby helping the fat burn rate in the body. White tea, which is a purer form of tea, inhibits the production of fat cells and also helps in weight loss,” says Harish Mohan, founder SipWise, a beverage brand.
Here’s a list of some other teas to try for weight loss
Turmeric tea accelerates digestion, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss. Turmeric has a bioactive compound called curcuminoids – curcumin, which has many powerful medicinal healing properties. “The curcumin in turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissues and helps reduce weight. Eating mindfully and drinking turmeric tea regularly could help restrict increase in fat cells,” says Payal Kothari, integrative nutritionist and life coach.
Being a storehouse of many antioxidant compounds, it’s easy to assume that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages. This tea helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells. “This is a calorie-free drink and something that most weight-watchers swear by. Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that help suppress the production of free radicals in the body. It has also been shown to activate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity,” explains Delhi-based Sujata Sharma, who is a diabetes educator for the BeatO app.
For the uninitiated, matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now, it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility — and also for its health benefits. “This green tea leaf powder is high in chlorophyll levels which promotes cell regeneration, detoxes and reboots the body keeping it healthy and inflammation free,” says Kothari. Apart from the health benefits like improving moods, memory and concentration, helping you relax, aiding in weight loss, matcha has taken a diverse transformation into the culinary world with chefs adding it to desserts, smoothies among other things.
Ginger, lemon, mint herbal tea
“If consumed on a daily basis, this concoction acts as a great immunity booster with its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for all ages,” says Kothari. Just a cup of this healing tea can help detoxify and makes the body alkaline. It is easier to lose weight when the body is in alkaline mode.