Tea & Slimming
Is it by chance that the Chinese tend to be slim? Is there credible research that suggests real health tea should be part of your everyday diet? There are shelves full of clinical studies that prove that real organic Chinese health teas can help you to be slimmer, and fitter too.
Of course, you need to eat sensibly (about 2,000 calories a day) and to exercise regularly like brisk walking. But health teas are far more important to your wellbeing than just because they are calorie free. For instance, research undertaken for the US Department of Agriculture by physiologist William Rumpler of The Human Resource Laboratory measured how volunteers burned an additional 67 calories a day when they drank this tea compared to an equal amount of water. This was reinforced in a study by The American Society for Nutritional Sciences which found that tea can increase energy expenditure, the ability of the body to burn calories, by between 2.9 – 3.4 percent more than water alone. Scientists believe that EGCG—a highly active catechin in Oolong tea acts to increase fat oxidation (the way the body burns fat). So the antioxidants in our health teas actually help the body to burn more calories which means as you do your regular exercise the body is losing more weight! Oolong has particular properties to aid weight loss and is known in China as the ‘Slimming Tea’.
Exercise to lose weight?
A really good study by the University of Pittsburgh found that a 55-minute regime was all that was needed to maintain a 10% drop in weight. Approximately two-thirds of adults in the UK are overweight or obese and research says that a combination of exercise and calorie control is the best way to keep the weight off.
According to the research study if you can keep to 1,500 calories a day, and exercise for 275 minutes per week you can achieve a really substantial 10% weight loss.
In the UK, the NHS encourages everyone to manage at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week to keep themselves healthy. Professor Paul Gately, a specialist in exercise and obesity, from Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “This study is excellent – it’s the best evidence that this higher level of exercise is needed. “Thirty minutes a day is good for general health, but if you want to lose weight, you need to be doing more.”