Yerba Mate for Weight Loss - Can this herbal tea help you lose those extra pounds?

Have you been wondering if what you've heard about yerba mate for weight loss is true? Could this herbal tea really help you reach - and maintain - your target weight?

For those of us committed to reaching or staying at a healthy weight, it can be a challenge sifting out fact from fiction when we're surrounded by so many 'miracle' weight-loss foods and eating plans!

But, traditional and anecdotal wisdom and current research confirm that yerba mate can be an effective, healthy addition to your overall weight-management plan. 

In addition to regular activity, plenty of rest, healthy food choices, and keeping stress at a minimum, adding yerba mate to your day may be a positive step in helping you reach your goal weight more quickly - and stay there. 

If you've been thinking of losing a few pounds for health reasons or just to feel a bit better about yourself, here are some reasons yerba mate for weight loss might be a good choice for you.

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss

Boost your antioxidant intake - and lose weight - with yerba mate

Losing weight isn't easy (as many of us know!), but an important part of shedding those extra pounds is ensuring your diet is filled with a variety of healthful antioxidant foods and beverages. Antioxidants work to protect our bodies from damage by harmful free radicals, meaning our cells will function better, we'll have more energy, and our metabolism will increase, too.

Yerba mate is a very impressive source of antioxidants, and adding those antioxidants to your daily routine can keep you healthy and energized, boost your metabolism, and help you lose pounds.

Feel 'full' more quickly by sipping yerba mate before meals

In a recent study, overweight participants enjoyed a daily herbal preparation of yerba mate, guarana (a plant with naturally caffeinated seeds that is native to the Amazon basin), and damiana (a wild shrub found in Central and South America) before eating.

The study found that not only did food leave the participants' stomachs much more slowly, but they also felt full far more quickly - meaning they felt satiated sooner and were less likely to overeat. And, the study participants experienced significant weight loss over the 45 days of the study.

Yerba Mate Benefits & You!

What do you think of yerba mate? If you've tried this herbal tea, why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate benefits for health and wellness with our other readers? We'd love to hear what you think! Click here to join the conversation and share your experience with mate. 

Drinking some yerba mate tea before meals is a natural, effective way to help your body feel satisfied. Since you'll feel full sooner at mealtimes, you'll be less likely to consume extra calories.

Flavorful meals and snacks minimize cravings

Filling our days with nourishing, flavorful foods and beverages helps us stick with our weight-management plans by keeping cravings at bay and helping us stay focused on our long-term goals! Another reason to include yerba mate in your day... this herbal tea is tasty, aromatic, and very satisfying.

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss

Yerba mate's caffeine can help with weight loss, too

Unlike other herbal teas, yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine. One of the benefits of caffeine is increased metabolism, meaning you'll burn calories more quickly. 

Sip yerba mate to increase fat oxidation

A higher rate of fat oxidation is a good thing for those of us trying to lose weight - when the body uses stored fats to produce energy, not only are we losing weight, but we're providing our bodies with protection against disease (like Type 2 diabetes), too.

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This isn't all about yerba mate for weight loss... Learn more about how this herbal tea can help with reaching and maintaining a healthy weight here.

For those of us watching our waistlines, it can be overwhelming to make healthy, positive, sensible choices when faced with (and tempted by) all of the 'miracle' weight-loss programs out there. But, common sense tells us that a healthy lifestyle, including foods and beverages that are beneficial for our bodies, can go a long way towards helping us lose and keep those unwanted pounds off.

Why not add some yerba mate to your daily meal plan? Not only will this delicious tea provide you with so many health benefits, but it may help you succeed in meeting your weight-loss goals, too. Drop by our Yerba Mate Recipe pages for some tips on making hot or iced mate, or even a yerba mate latte. 

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss... Are there any concerns?

Drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages to browse through some potential concerns and side effects associated with this tea. It's a good idea to stay informed about any new tea you're thinking of adding to your daily routine, so why not check with your naturopath, herbalist, or other healthcare provider, too, about yerba mate for weight loss?

More about Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate Benefits - If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a healthier, more beneficial herbal tea than mate! Read more about the many ways this tea can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Yerba Mate Benefits & You! - What do you think of yerba mate tea? Why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate and its health benefits with our other readers? And, see what other visitors to our site have to say about mate, as well. 

Side Effects of Yerba Mate - Mate is brimming with health and wellness benefits, but be sure to stay informed about any potential side effects of yerba mate before you add this tea to your day. 

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss - If you've been thinking of losing a few pounds for health reasons or just to feel a bit better about yourself, here are some of the reasons yerba mate for weight loss might be a good choice for you.

Yerba Mate Recipes - Whether you'd like to learn more about making yerba mate the 'traditional' way, are interested in trying iced mate, or are craving a steamy yerba mate latte, you'll find a recipe here.

What is Yerba Mate? - Get to know the South American Ilex paraguariensis shrub and the flavorful herbal tea made from its dried leaves. 


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Klein, GA et al. Mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis) improves glycemic and lipid profiles of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes individuals: A pilot study. J Am Coll Nutr. 2011 Oct; 30(5):320-32.  

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Puangpraphant S, Berhow MA, Vermillion K, et al. Dicaffeoylquinic acids in Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hilaire) inhibit NF-kappaB nucleus translocation in macrophages and induce apoptosis by activating caspases-8 and -3 in human colon cancer cells. Mol Nutr Food Res. Oct 2011;55(10):1509-1522. 

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