How Tea Benefits A Healthy Weight Loss Diet?

How Tea Benefits A Healthy Weight Loss Diet?
Along my quest for healthy weight loss through embarking on a healthy lifestyle, I have found one of the most potent weapons in my arsenal to be one of the simplest: Tea. 

The Benefits of Tea:
All tea varieties are rich sources of polyphenols, including flavonoids and catechins, powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are well-known to help protect against free radical damage and are thus beneficial in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Though research is ongoing, some studies suggest that antioxidants may also promote weight loss, and drinking tea regularly has been associated with healthy BMI’s and lower cholesterol levels.

Why Tea is Part of My Healthy Weight Loss Diet:
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Stress and anxiety are strongly associated with unexplained weight gain or a diet plateau. All varieties of tea, particularly black, green, and oolong, contain a naturally occurring amino acid called L-Theanine. A derivative of glutamic acid, it influences the brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin, helping to promote feelings of overall calm and well-being in a natural, healthy way.

Tea is Naturally Low in Calories.
Even if you add two teaspoons of sugar to a cup of tea, you still have a healthy drink with only 30 calories. This is because tea itself is calorie free, so the only calories are the ones you add with milk, honey, or sugar. Lightly sweetened tea can be a great replacement for sugary sodas and artificially sweetened drinks which may do more harm than good.

Catechins and Weight Loss:
Green tea is especially rich in antioxidants called catechins. One particular catechin abundant in green tea, called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been under intense study for a long list of potential benefits, including improving insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism. EGCG is available in many supplement forms, but why not get it naturally from tea?

Tea Does Hydrate the Body and the Caffeine Helps Naturally Ease Muscle Aches.
It’s been shown that the small amounts of caffeine in tea do not prevent the body from hydrating itself. In fact, tea (even coffee) has been shown to be useful in maintaining adequate fluid intake. Caffeine has also been shown to help ease exercise-related muscle soreness. This is especially great for me after a long workout. I can enjoy a tall, cold glass of tea instead of plain water, knowing that I’m providing my body with adequate fluids and preventing some of those aches and pains naturally.

Caffeine Aids in Weight Loss.
Caffeine is a staple ingredient in countless weight loss aids for a reason: it’s one of the few chemicals shown to naturally boost metabolism with minimal side effects. Black Tea and Green Tea both contain naturally occurring caffeine, but usually less than half that of a cup of coffee, with some tea varieties, even less. Drinking a few glasses of tea spaced throughout the day is one way I give my metabolism a gentle boost. Of course, if you’re concerned about the caffeine levels, be sure to read labels or choose a caffeine-free herbal tea.