Your Questions About Better Weight Loss Coffee Tea

by Maricela on March 24, 2013

Chris asks…

is tea or coffee good for weight loss?

would drinking lots of tea or coffee be good for losing weight and getting rid of hunger?

Maricela answers:

Green tea can help you to lose weight.

George asks…

How does green tea make you lose weight and how should I take it?

I don’t really like the tea, so if I’m short on time could I just swallow some of the leaves (gross, but worth it)? How much do you need? Does it actually work and what does it do?

Thank you and please be specific to the questions.

Maricela answers:

No you cant eat the leaves and yes you can lose weight drinking green tea. 6 cups a day is a good amount, which is good for burning approximately 80 calories.

I would drink evenly through the day. A good rule of thumb is to substitute your coffee or AM drink, your soda at lunch and your dinner drink with an 8 ounce glass of DIET or unsweetened green tea. I prefer arizona.

It should not be the only thing you do for losing weight. There are several types of green tea, primarily Sencha and Gyokuro. The difference between the two lies in the way they are grown. Sencha is a higher grade tea grown in full sun; Gyokuro is grown in full shade. This article was very useful to me when deciding to use green tea as part of my diet. I hope you find it useful as well.


Donna asks…

who can give me some serious weight loss tips?

i really want to lose weight. i am extremely over weight. i weigh 270. i am 5 ft 9. my goal is to weigh 150 to 170. i need some serious tips to lose this weight. pease be honest and sincere.

Maricela answers:

Okay, your body has a chemical called insulin. It’s released when you eat carbohydrates. What insulin does is it takes the carbs, and fat, and protein, and everything you don’t burn and stores their energy in fat cells. Bread(whole wheat, whole grain, it’s all bulls***), sugar, and starch are the three worst ones. They spike your insulin levels immediately so you really don’t have any time to fight off the effects. Those are called simple carbohydrates. (Simple because the body does hardly any work when breaking them down into useable energy. This means immediate energy and immediate insulin release.) What you can and need to eat are complex carbohydrates. Complex means the body has to work to break them down into useable forms, so energy is released in small portions over a long period of time. This doesn’t spike your insulin. These would include things like vegetables (not potatoes or rice), fruits (not bananas), and oatmeal (Plain. Add splenda if you like it sweet). And p.s. Stay away from dairy. It’s bad for you.

So that’s carbohydrates. The next thing is protein. Your body needs it. A lot of it. So eat it, but when you do, it needs to be lean. No fatty meats like 80/20 ground beef. You need chicken breast.

Lastly is fat. Again, stay away from fatty meats (fast food). You want olive oil. Omega 3’s. Avacado. It’s guacamole time (aren’t you excited???) but no chips! That’s right, no corn either. It’s a starchy carb.

Okay, so now that you have all that, your diet should look like this:

Breakfast: 3/4 cup oatmeal w/ splenda and tablespoon olive oil. Two egg whites.
Coffee/tea/water (no sugar)(No Milk)

Lunch: Salad w/ italian/caesar dressing. Grilled chicken breast. Apple/pear/any berry

Dinner: Fish/Chicken/Protein. Broccoli/zucchini/vegetable.

Losing weight is pretty darn gratifying, and you will lose weight if you eat like this. Drink LOTS of water. Lots. Good luck!

Laura asks…

What are the benefits of Jasmine tea?

I am a teen loosing weight and its worked very well, but i have been drinking nothing, but water these past few months. Does Jasmine have any health benefits? Can it help me loose weight?
Can I drink it instead of water?
does it cause Diarreah? i dont want it to cause diahrrea

Maricela answers:

Tea in general is a good drink as it is high in antioxidants, has been shown to protect against various diseases including cancer and cardio-vascular diseases, and can aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolic rate, which means you burn calories faster.

However, to get more benefits I would recommend drinking green or white tea instead of black tea. (Jasmine is just a flavoured version of black tea). Green and white tea have been less processed, so they have more antioxidants and less caffeine (although any kind of tea has far less caffeine than a cup of coffee).

The caffeine content of tea may have a diuretic effect, i.e. Making you need to urinate more, which means you should drink more water if you start to drink a significant amount of tea. However, this effect does depend on how tolerant your body is of caffeine generally – if you are taking in a lot in any case then the amounts in tea shouldn’t make much difference.

Helen asks…

Is it a good idea to drink 1 bag of rooiboos and 1 bag of green tea in one cup 3 times daily?

In order for the green tea to increase my metabolism for weight loss and also the Rooibos tea to give me a large amount of anti oxidants. I also have Yerba mate but I don’t know when and how I suold drink it. Any advice?

Maricela answers:

The amounts of tea and rooibos you’re talking about drinking are completely safe. Rooibos and green tea are both very healthy, and if you drink them unsweetened, they are calorie-free, and certainly won’t help weight loss efforts. The caffeine in the green tea may act as a mild appetite suppressant, which can also help you lose weight.

HOWEVER: there is no solid scientific evidence that green tea or rooibos help weight loss. Tea and rooibos have a number of health benefits, but there’s no evidence that they change your metabolism in appreciable ways.

About Yerba Mate, very little is known about this drink. It has been studied much less than tea, and significantly less than rooibos as well. It’s probably safe for consumption and may have health benefits. It also contains caffeine: more than tea, but less than coffee. However, at least from my personal experience, and reading the accounts of others, it seems to have a different effect from coffee or tea: it doesn’t perk me up, nor does it agitate me as much if I have a lot of it.

One last piece of advice: if you’re currently drinking out of tea bags, I’d recommend considering changing to loose tea. If you buy loose tea in bulk, you can save a lot of money, and buy higher-quality tea too, because you’re paying for the tea and not the packaging. It’s also more sustainable because fewer materials and less energy are used in the packing process. The site that I link to has listings and reviews of different sources of loose-leaf tea, as well as articles about how to brew it and why you might want to switch to loose tea, if interested!

Good luck!

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