Appetite suppressants help you lose your desire for more food. They prevent recurring hunger pangs and cure untimely food cravings. They are hence, perfect for weight loss diets. Let us have a look at a few of them; green tea in particular. All the other types of tea are also very good for health, but it is green tea that is the primary appetite suppressant.
Appetite Suppression and Green Tea
A study by the 'American Journal of Clinical Nutrition' revealed that green tea increases the energy expenditure (metabolism), thus also increases fat oxidation. 'The Diet Pill Guide' author, Deborah Mitchell recommends 3 - 6 cups of green tea to manage appetite.
Green tea contains a high amount of health-boosting flavonoids and catechins. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the leading catechin in green tea, which helps it fight with oxidants as well as diseases like cancer. It also contains certain polyphenols that promote fat burning, and caffeine that is a stimulant as well as a diuretic. The other green tea benefits are:
- It lowers blood cholesterol level by improving the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol in the body.
- Green tea boosts metabolism because of its thermogenic properties that burn more calories and increase the overall energy level.
- Green tea provides energy through its fat oxidation processes.
- Last, but not the least, various studies have indicated that green tea prevents cancer, boosts the immune system and has innumerable other health benefits.
Other Appetite Suppressing Teas
The pu-erh and oolong teas have also received attention as appetite suppressants that aid in weight loss. They offer low-calorie alternatives to other beverages while still suppressing hunger impulses. Pu-erh tea is doubly fermented and contains special enzymes and microbes that offer essential micronutrients to the body. It helps in decreasing blood cholesterol and improves fat metabolism. Oolong tea is made with a unique drying process that retains its many natural metabolism stimulating attributes and can be effectively used for weight management. Baozhong tea lies somewhere in between green tea and oolong tea on the graph of appetite suppressants. As it is steamed soon after picking and not oxidized at all, it has the same health benefits as green tea. White tea and yellow teas are also good antioxidants. They are milder, just like the herbal tea.
Fennel tea is one of the best options to suppress your appetite naturally. It contains vitamins B and C, antioxidants, calcium and magnesium and also works as a diuretic. Licorice Tea - mostly found in Europe and Asia, Licorice is also known as 'sweet root'. This tea maintains blood-sugar levels in the body and helps control cravings for sweets. Dandelion Tea - Those who wish to get rid of cravings for sweet items can opt for Dandelion tea, which will help you with digestion problems and improve your metabolism. The dandelion roots can be used in any form, raw or fresh, to make tea.
To achieve your weight loss targets, it is essential that you keep a tight rein on your eating splurges. One way to do so is to consume appetite suppressant teas. So go brew yourself a cup of green tea. Just be sure not to over brew and use just 2 to 4 gm of tea per cup. Acquire the taste, it will serve you well in the long run.