First thing is first: Weight loss teas are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, that does not mean you should not give them a spin — or sip.
In combination with proper diet and exercise, certain teas may indeed boost your weight loss efforts.
There is a lot of false claims out there, not to mention quite several high-profile celebrities being paid to promote one tea or another on Instagram. So, let us separate skinny tea fact from fiction, shall we?
Think caffeine is the only way to rev up your weight loss? Think again. Certain non-caffeinated herbal teas can give you an edge without feeling edgy.
Rooibos tea for weight loss
Rooibos tea is an herbal tea that is traditionally fermented, although it comes in non-fermented varieties as well. Its high concentration of aspalathin, a natural antioxidant, has been shown to balance blood sugar levels and reduce glucose intolerance in mice.
So, if a sugar dependency or spiking blood sugars are foiling your weight loss efforts, consider adding Harney & Sons Organic Rooibos Herbal Tea to your roster.
You can drink rooibos as you would any black tea, but take it easy on the milk and sugar if you’re trying to slim down.
Ginger tea for weight loss
Ginger tea is another popular option. While most of the studies linking ginger tea to weight regulation have been performed on rats, the results look promising for us humans too.
Like rooibos, ginger may help regulate blood sugar. Some research has shown ginger (1600 mg per day, or about 1 tea bag’s worth) to be effective at lowering insulin levels, A1C, and triglycerides in peeps with type 2 diabetes.
You can DIY some ginger tea at home by steeping a few slices of fresh ginger root in hot water, but there are also some tasty, dried versions to consider, like Triple Leaf.
Pro tip: Ginger tea pairs excellently with fresh lemon juice.
Rosehip tea for for weight loss
Research has shown that tiliroside, an antioxidant found in the rosehips from the Rosa canina plant, may burn fat.
In both mice and human studies, rosehip extract scaled back body weight, and belly fat. Keep in mind, extract and tea are not the same thing, and more research is needed to see if the latter has the same slimming effect.
The naturally sweet and delightfully tart flavor of rosehip tea is pretty yummy on its own. Try Buddha Teas Rose Hips Tea for a refreshingly tangy way to slim down.