[Zhi Tea: 15th January, 2009]
Weight loss supplements; is there anything more covered in the media and online than that? If we look at Google alone we'll find millions of pages covering this topic and Google is certainly not the only place to look. In fact, so desired is the ideal supplements that it is a billions-of-dollars industry and growing. But not all products are created equal.
In the end the truth of the matter is this, there is no magic pill. There are substances that can help you lose weight through a variety of different means but in the end it's going to take increased activity and dietary adjustments to keep the weight off and, more importantly, to be healthy.
As retailers of teas we are of course amply familiar with the benefits of oolong tea for weight loss but it is important to know that it is not the end-all-be-all of weight loss. Oprah speaks to the benefits of oolong tea and it's certainly helped her maintain miraculous results but we need to understand that she also exercises regularly and eats well.
Let's discuss the benefits and limitations of oolong tea as a weight loss supplement. First the benefits. In a 2001 study by Physiologist Dr. William Rumple he found that:
Energy levels and daily calories burned increases when an individual consumes oolong tea daily. The same caloric effects can be realized by drinking water with an equal dose of caffeine.
Fat burning increases by 12% after drinking oolong tea, this includes over drinking caffinated water.
In a 2003 study the benefits of oolong tea were compared with green tea. It was found that while both beverages will increase energy and calorie burning, oolong tea far surpasses green tea in both categories. It was also found that polymerized polyphenols concentration is much higher in oolong tea than green tea and that is is this substance that is linked to fat burning.
Numerous other studies have been done that further reinforce the benefits but I also promised to discuss some of the limitations of oolong tea.
Drinking oolong tea alone is not the key to weight loss. If you are serious about losing weight you will need to adopt healthier eating habits lower in fat and calories and increase your physical activity.
Caffeine is a diuretic which means you'll need to drink more water with it's consumption.
In the end it does become quite clear that drinking oolong, while not the magic bullet to losing weight and living healthier is an enjoyable way to take a step in the right direction. It will help you increase your calorie and fat burning, gives you extra energy and - at the very least - is a healthy substitute for coffee and at best - is a great aid to help you lose weight, burn fat and travel down the path to a healthier lifestyle. And all the for the same price as your coffee. Or less.
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Oolong Tea and weight Loss - Part 2
[Zhi Tea: 15th January, 2009]