Finding the best belly fat tea can be a challenge. The word tea loosely refers to any herbal material that can be steeped in hot water and used as a beverage. Nutrition stores and supermarkets have whole sections of different teas that offer multitudes of different kinds of herbs and herb blends for making teas. Here is what you must know to get the right one for losing belly fat.
The Most Important Belly Fat Tea
The specific herb that gives us the most commonly known tea worldwide, however, goes by the scientific name, Camellia sinensis. We get several varieties of tea from this plant species, from its leaves, leaf buds, and internodes. The most popular varieties are black, green, white, and oolong teas.
This is the tea that offers the best active ingredients for losing belly fat. Those ingredients are called catechins, the main one being epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Note, however, that EGCG is not present in black tea. The best sources of EGCG are green tea and white tea.
Choosing The Right Belly Fat Tea Product
The best products are going to be supplements that are derived from tea extracts, not the whole tea itself. You can, of course, brew your own tea. However, you will have no way to tell whether you are getting enough EGCG in your tea. Likewise, supplements that contain powdered tea leaves (whole herb) also fail to offer a reliable amount of absorbable EGCG.
Research shows that weight loss results from EGCG are based on a daily dosage of around 300 milligrams of this ingredient. So the key to choosing the right product is to read the label and see how much EGCG you can get in 1-2 capsules of green or white tea extract.
By choosing extract over whole herb, and looking for the right amount of EGCG, you should be able to find several brands that will suffice. Just don’t fall for any marketing hype about any particular product being vastly superior to all others. There are plenty of equally good products from different brands.
Most studies of the effects of EGCG show that it increases the thermogenic effect of food, meaning that it helps you burn more calories. A bonus to this effect is also possible when you exercise. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutrition compared a treatment using green tea containing 625 milligrams of catechins and 39 milligrams versus a treatment of 39 milligrams of caffeine alone between two groups of people who did at least 180 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week for 12 weeks. This study showed the catechin group to have a greater loss in total abdominal fat area, subcutaneous abdominal fat (i.e., belly fat), and fasting serum triglycerides. This suggests that the benefits of a daily intake of green tea catechins from whole extract can be boosted with just a little bit of moderate exercise.
All the best for belly fat tea,