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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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