Weight Loss and Tea — A Practical Approach
By A.C. Cargill
Indulge in holiday goodies like fruitcake, mince and pumpkin pies, and Swiss cake rolls, then, wash it all down with tea, and you’ll keep from putting on those holiday pounds. Yeah, right!
I have to chuckle at all of the fantastical claims being made about tea these days. Many of these are just statements on a Website (my online search popped up 7,540,000 results, and no, I didn’t look at them all) with no links to actual studies conducted in a scientific manner. There are lots of sites and companies that will gladly accept your money in exchange for their miracle diet tea (usually green and wu-long/oolong, but some aren’t even teas).
As a consumer, what should you do? I say, “Take a practical approach.”
Here’s what I mean:
The main effect that tea is supposed to have on us that helps with keeping our weight down is increasing metabolism. Doug Balentine, director of nutrition sciences for a major tea company, doesn’t agree. While he acknowledges studies in Asia and the U.S. that show tea can modify fat oxidation and reduce abdominal fat, he states that any effect on your metabolism is basically due to the caffeine and are minimal at best.
If these tips don’t work, just blame the dryer for shrinking your pants and avoid the bathroom scale until the New Year. That’s my plan!
For a practical approach to tea, visit Tea Time with A.C. Cargill.