Tea is one of the most soothing and therapeutic beverages imaginable — and, when you choose the right variety, it can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight.
But there are about a million tea types out there and only a few that actually have scientific studies backing claims that they can make a real impact on your weight loss goals.
If you’re searching for a new breakfast tea — and if you’re kind of tired of green tea — this is the one anti-inflammatory tea you should have every morning to kick-start fat loss.
There are two main tea types that get all of the credit for boosting your metabolism: green tea and black tea.
But, despite all of the credit given to green tea (and green tea does boast an amazing number of antioxidants that protect your cells), there are a few reasons why black tea may be the better option as a weight loss aid.
Both green tea and black tea cause thermogenesis, which is a process by which your body heats up and burns more calories than it ordinarily would. And both tea types contain a special amino acid called L-theanine – but a cup of black tea was found to contain the most l-theanine, according to studies, while green tea contains the least.
And there’s a reason why that’s important for weight loss.
According to Psychology Today, l-theanine has a number of benefits that include improving sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and fostering a sense of calm wakefulness.
When your cortisol levels are lower and you are sleeping better each night, you are less likely to gain weight — not to mention you’ll feel better and healthier overall.
It’s no secret that another reason why green tea is such a superstar is because it contains caffeine that boosts your metabolism. One cup of green tea has between 30 and 50 mg of caffeine, while black tea contains closer to 50 mg of caffeine per cup. You’re still getting less caffeine than you would if you drank a cup of coffee, but black tea provides l-theanine and antioxidants like flavonoids that lower your risk of heart disease.
The next time you think about reaching for a breakfast beverage, grab that tea kettle and consider black tea your new favorite metabolism-boosting drink.