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Forget green tea! Oolong tea can burn fat even as you sleep

Published on:20 January 2021, 18:03pm IST
When it comes to weight-loss drinks, oolong tea can go a long way by boosting your metabolism and helping you shed those extra kilos.
Shreya Gupta
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Our hectic lifestyle coupled with a lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet can lead to weight gain. The moment we want to come up with a plan to lose those extra kilos, the first thing we think about changing is our diet. Most people realize that it is our diet that plays a big role in weight management. 

To develop a healthy diet, you need to cut out everything unhealthy and include only those foods which will provide you with the right kind of nourishment while helping you burn fat. Turns out, oolong tea can be extremely beneficial in such a scenario! We’re not the only ones saying this, science backs us.

Green tea might be famous for its weight loss properties but oolong tea, too, can do wonders, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan recently found that drinking just two cups of oolong tea daily can help you burn fat around your belly even when you are sleeping! Astonishing, right? Oolong tea is basically a traditional Chinese tea that expedites the fat burning process in your body.

How does it help you lose weight?

Much like green tea, oolong tea is rich in caffeine, an ingredient famous for boosting your body’s metabolism. In addition, oolong tea has this unique property where it leads to fat burning. Moreover, this tea has antioxidants and lipid-lowering properties that contribute to the process of losing weight

The researchers evaluated a group of healthy participants who consumed oolong tea and caffeine. Their energy levels and fat metabolism were analysed for two weeks. After these 2 weeks, the researchers found that oolong tea and caffeine increased the fat breakdown by 20 per cent!

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Oolong tea, just like green tea, contains Epigallo Catechins (EGCG) which work amazingly well when it comes to accelerating the breaking down of fatty acids. What’s more, this results in reduced absorption of excess carbohydrates and fats in your body.

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The best part about this tea

Apart from the fat burning and weight loss benefits, oolong tea doesn’t disrupt your sleep cycle even though it has caffeine in it. During the two-week study, the researchers found no change in the participants’ sleep pattern.

It only takes a couple of steps to make this tea!

The preparation of this tea is very easy and similar to green tea. To make this tea, you need

  • one teaspoon of oolong tea leaves
  • one cup of water

Now, boil a cup of water in a pan and remove it from the heat once it has come to boil. Then, add the oolong tea leaves and cover it with a lid. Let the tea brew for 5 minutes and then strain the tea into a cup. Your weight loss tonic is ready!

Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.