Each of these 5 Best Teas for Weight Loss has its own individual, magic properties, from dimming your hunger hormones to upping your calorie burn to—literally—melting the fat that’s stored in your fat cells. Oh, and they can also help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes too. (Stick to 3-4 cups—or tea bags—of tea per day, and choose brewed varieties over bottled to avoid extra calories and sweeteners.)
Cardiovascular disease risk factors, which usually improve with weight loss, were similar in both groups, with two exceptions: "Bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) levels were significantly higher in the fasters after a year. But, Varady says, "we did have a subgroup of people who had pre-diabetes, and they saw bigger improvements in insulin resistance, inflammatory factors and triglyceride levels with alternate-day fasting."
To complement my workout schedule and family life, I fasted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays so I could have the weekends to enjoy eating with my family. With ADF, you're supposed to fast all day long, and only consume about 500 calories on that day, but since I was still doing intense CrossFit workouts, I needed more fuel than that. So I did a modified version of ADF, fasting for 24 hours straight from 6 p.m until 6 p.m. the following day. I only drank water, sparkling mineral water, black coffee, and tea. My week of eating looked like this:
Fasting is an age-old practice that is often carried out for religious reasons. But these days, when people have become more concerned about their weight, fasting is more often practiced to lose weight, than for religious reasons. During fasting, people eat little to no food. It is true that fasting results in weight loss but there are also some negative effects for the same.
If you need to shed some water weight, dandelion tea may help. That's because components in the tea work to increase urine output, says McDaniel. “Dandelion tea could be helpful when feeling bloated from a high-sodium meal, since the diuretic properties may help the body from retaining water and salt.” You will see the scale inch down as you lose water weight, says Mendez, “but the effects are short-term and don’t reflect true weight or fat loss.”
This small company, founded by soda-loving parents who wanted something healthier for their children, distributes a variety of classic flavors, from cola to ginger ale to grape, without using artificial sweeteners or artificial colors. Instead, they’re sweetened with the sugar alcohol Erythritol. “The upside is that sugar alcohols are not as artificial as some of their counterparts in the low/zero calorie sugar industry,” says Smith, “but they can cause gastrointestinal upset like gas a diarrhea when consumed in excess—although some say that erythritol may be better tolerated than other sugar alcohols. The other plus,” she continues, “is that unlike other sweeteners—specifically artificial sweeteners—they are not thousands of times sweeter than sugar, so they may cause less metabolic confusion in terms of sweetness as compared to caloric delivery, although more research still needed.” Brilliantly, this root beer tastes like the real thing—and is clear, because there’s no caramel color. And what about Diet Coke, or your favorite? See where it ranks on this list of 38 Diet Sodas—Ranked!
Made from pulverized green tea leaves, you stir matcha into hot water. Therefore, you consume the whole tea leaf. For that reason, you get a bigger dose of ECGC. One study from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs compared the two and found that drinking matcha delivered 137 times the metabolism-revving ECGC compared to traditional green tea. One tip: if you find matcha to be too bitter on its own, foam it into milk and stir with honey for a delicious matcha latte. (If you need some more convincing, here’s some more information on how incredible matcha is as a weight-loss tea.)
For a pink and perky dieting treat, this luscious mint detox water is a festively progressive selection. With two tablespoons of raspberries, tartness is practically this drink’s middle name. These antioxidants are riddled with cleansing properties. The mint base shows that this brew means business. While the fruit goes to work by kicking out all unwanted biological agents, the mint leaves have a contrastingly calming effect. This duality results in a complementary approach to aiding digestion and losing weight. It is hard to believe that such a sweet treat has so few calories. This medicinal blend is downright addictive and sublime.
A mixture of lemon juice, water, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup, this drink is meant to jump-start your metabolism and give you enough calories and carbohydrates to get through the day. Cayenne pepper is a metabolic booster, while maple syrup is an unprocessed, natural sugar which provides your body with energy. And because lemons contain antioxidants, they help to flush toxins out of your system.
I didn’t know what was behind my pattern of losing weight in the summer and gaining in the winter, whether it was the weather, or my schedule. (I’m a philosophy professor, and in the summer, I don’t teach, but just write, and my schedule is “softer,” with fewer times where I have to be somewhere, and so easier for me to control.) But I did see that my weight had gotten alarmingly high at the end of March, before turning down, topping out at 286. Since that was in the afternoon, with gym clothes and shoes on, that was probably equivalent to about 280 pounds with no clothes on, weighed first thing in the morning (when I tend to be lighter). But I also knew that I was scheduled to be on leave from teaching for the coming fall semester. So I thought, given the alarming pattern, this would be a good time to try to lose weight (again). I set a plan to do what I normally did in the summers, only perhaps try to exercise a bit more, and then try to keep my weight loss going through the fall semester all the way to Christmas break.
Rather than raising hell in the locker room with your load shaker bottle, throw one of these in your gym bag for post-pump recovery. Electrolyte-rich coconut water rehydrates you while the nutrients in milk proteins replenish glycogen stores and help muscles recover. After a particular strenuous workout, pair it with a piece of fruit to boost health carbs available for your body’s recovery.
Today, most commercial detox diets tout an unhealthy formula of minimal calories and nutrients along with some key—usually foul-tasting—ingredient that has supposed fat-melting power, like cayenne pepper or vinegar. But no science backs the idea that following a specific diet for a week or eating only one food will get rid of "toxins." Your body has the power to do that all on its own: That's why you have a liver, kidneys, and a digestive system.
With this new-found popularity, the number and type of cleanse diets has soared, from food-based "liver detoxes" to liquid-only fasts for several weeks and everything in between. While the extreme cleanses often get a bad rap—Beyonce confessed that drinking the maple syrup-lemon-cayenne pepper concoction made her "cranky"—many women swear by cleanse diets to lose weight, increase energy, and even help clear up acne.