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Have you put on weight recently, and fretting over how to start your weight-loss journey? Well, the initial phase of weight loss requires a lot of motivation and dedication. If you are guilty of delaying these goals, but are now on track to finally start over and get rid of the extra kilos, try these 5 teas for weight loss.
Lemon tea is, without a doubt, the first tea that comes to mind when it comes to weight loss. But move over it! There are plenty of alternative options and types that can help you lose weight even faster. And you know the perfect time to drink these teas? Before bedtime (only in small amounts)!
Hari Lakshmi, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Chennai spoke to Health Shots about the best bedtime teas to boost weight loss overnight.
Lakshmi says, “The prospect of losing weight can be overwhelming for many. The key is to start with small steps that can improve your lifestyle. Getting proper sleep and reducing your stress levels are crucial to improve the metabolism rate that will help you shed those extra kilos. An easy way to do this is by drinking a cup of pre-bed tea. An herbal bedtime tea can calm your mind, satisfy your sweet cravings and prepare your body for a good night’s rest.”
Ladies, say hello to cinnamon tea if you want to boost your weight loss journey. This is an absolute star when it comes to weight loss. Being a powerhouse of energy and known to satiate your appetite, cinnamon is a spice that also boosts metabolism as your body uses more energy to process it. Apart from providing plenty of weight loss benefits, cinnamon acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent that will help you de-bloat and reduce your overall stress.
From reducing bloating, and inducing sleep to weight loss, chamomile tea is one beverage with multiple benefits. Lakshmi says, “Chamomile tea helps in relieving digestive disorder issues like belly cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and gas. It has healing ingredients like apigenin and bisabolol that have been used to treat insomnia since times immemorial. Chamomile tea is a healthy way of inducing feelings of sleepiness and getting a good night’s sleep.”
In hot water, add chamomile flowers and let them sit for 5 minutes. Strain the tea and drink it hot!
Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, peppermint tea has a host of benefits for women’s bodies including weight loss. This refreshing tea is not just low in calories but also curbs your hunger and boosts digestion. Peppermint helps increase the temperature of the body which further improves our metabolism. It also reduces tension headaches, and clogged sinuses and helps you sleep better. You will be glad to know that this tea is also known for its soothing properties and can help you cut down your calorie intake during the day and hence result in weight loss.
A very popular option for weight loss, green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins which aid in weight loss and fat loss by boosting metabolism and increasing fat-burning rate. A study published in the National Library of Medicine state that people who drink green tea lost 3.3 kgs more in weight than the placebo group. Make sure you choose the low caffeine version if you plan to take it before bed. By the way, green has less caffeine content than black tea.
Lavender is an extremely helpful ingredient for hair growth. But guess what? Another great benefit of lavender tea is to help with weight loss. Lakshmi says, “Lavender tea can be enjoyed as a soothing bedtime tea. It promotes relaxation and enhances the quality of sleep you get. And getting adequate, quality sleep is an important part of a healthy weight loss plan.” Moreover, It is also known to help with stress and anxiety which could be contributing factors to insomnia.
It is also important to remember that just drinking tea will not help you reduce weight. You should make sure to have a nutritious diet and a healthy exercise routine.
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