Oolong Tea and Weight Loss - Is what you've been hearing true?

Oolong tea and weight loss - could this really be another of the many benefits of this aromatic, healthy tea?

With celebrities like Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Rachael Ray endorsing oolong tea for weight loss, it's no wonder oolong tea for weight management has become such a hot topic, as more and more of us search for a healthy, natural way to manage our weight and lose those extra pounds.

But, are the weight loss oolong tea claims actually true? 

Here are some of the ways oolong tea may help you manage your weight.

  • Oolong tea is chock full of potent antioxidants that boost your metabolism. The antioxidants in oolong tea, in addition to protecting you from chronic disease, can also increase your metabolism by 10% or more for up to 2 hours after drinking oolong.
Oolong Tea and Weight Loss
  • Antioxidants in oolong tea also help the body burn fat more effectively and quickly - especially tummy and upper arm fat. Research has shown that oolong tea can help keep the body fat off once it's gone, as well. And, drinking oolong tea regularly can block your fat-building enzymes, thanks to those in-built antioxidants.
  • Oolong tea has caffeine. All teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant - including oolong tea - naturally contain caffeine. Although caffeine can have side effects, it also raises your metabolism, potentially helping you reach your weight-loss goals more quickly.
  • Oolong tea can help regulate your blood sugar levels. Stabilized blood sugar can help you feel more satisfied and balanced - meaning you may crave fewer sweets!
  • Oolong tea is delicious, aromatic, and calorie-free - and is an excellent replacement for a high-calorie coffee drink. Substitute oolong tea for your morning or mid-afternoon latte for a burst of energy and flavor, and to avoid all of those extra calories. Just remember, though, any extras you add to oolong - like milk or sugar - do have calories!

Your Oolong Tea Benefits

What do you think of oolong tea? If you've experienced the benefits of oolong tea, we'd love to hear about it! Click here to share your thoughts and opinions about oolong tea with other visitors to our site. 

In traditional Chinese medicine, oolong tea is recognized for decreasing body fat, and current scientific research is backing oolong tea's reputation as a weight-loss tea. Research has shown that drinking oolong tea regularly can boost your metabolism, help you burn fat faster, and block fat-building enzymes. Oolong can also help you keep the pounds off once you've lost them.

And, drinking oolong tea will leave you with feelings of well-being and provide you with a bunch of other health benefits, as well!

Oolong tea and weight loss

Want to learn more about how oolong tea is a good health and wellness tea? Check out our oolong tea research pages - Oolong Tea ResearchOolong Tea Information, and Oolong Tea for Weight Loss Research

Why not try...

  • If you are considering oolong tea and weight loss, try substituting your daily latte with an aromatic, enticing cup of oolong tea! Although coffee does give you antioxidants, oolong tea will as well - plus, oolong has less caffeine, tastes wonderful with no extra sweetener or milk, and provides you with so many additional wellness benefits, too...

Oolong tea and weight loss... are there any side effects?

Sensitive to caffeine or trying to cut back? Watch your intake of oolong tea - it does contain caffeine (click here for details on how much).

Be sure to read our page about potential side effects of drinking tea, too. And, it's a wise choice to check with your healthcare provider before you add oolong tea to your overall weight management plan to be sure it's a safe choice for you - especially if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are taking any prescription medications.

How much oolong tea do you need to lose weight?

As little as two cups of oolong tea each day can give you a metabolism boost and help you burn body fat faster - and provide you with a host of other health benefits, as well!

More about Oolong Tea Benefits

Oolong Tea Benefits - Oolong tea is still new to many of us, but once you discover how very good it is for wellbeing, you'll want to add this delicious tea to your tea cupboard!

Oolong Tea Benefits & You! - If you've experienced some of the many health benefits of oolong tea, why not share your story with our other readers? And, browse through what other visitors to our site have to say about oolong, too.

Oolong Tea and Weight Loss - If you've been looking for a natural, healthy way to lose those few extra pounds, here are some reasons why oolong tea may be a good addition to your overall weight management plan.

Research about Oolong Tea Benefits - If the research side of things fascinates you, you'll love our Oolong Tea Research pages! All about current research targeting health and wellness benefits of this fragrant tea.


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