Flat tummy teas contain a range of herbs, especially chosen for their unique abilities to assist the body in getting rid of those stubborn extra kilos.
- Some of the stars of this flab-busting assortment of herbs include green tea, fenugreek tea, ginger tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea.
Each of these contains compounds that will have you slimming down and fitting into that favourite dress in no time at all.
Ready to dazzle? We thought so. Check out these flat tummy tea herbal wonders…
- This a healthy brew made from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is the same plant regular black tea and oolong tea come from.
The difference is that green tea doesn’t undergo the same withering and oxidation process the other two teas go through.
When the leaves and buds are picked (still by hand in some parts of China), they are quickly preserved.
- Whereas black tea leaves are left to oxidise after picking, green tea leaves are immediately heated to prevent such oxidation.
Oxidation is a natural process similar to that which happens to an apple when you cut it in half.
The exposed flesh soon turns brown (and tastes sweeter than if it hadn’t been exposed to oxygen).
The leaves and buds are then processed, either with steam heat or with a dry heat, such as in a pan, wok style, or in an oven.
Green tea is abundant in antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids which all do their part to
- cleanse, heal and rejuvenate the body
- promote clear, healthy skin
- lower cholesterol levels
- aid weight loss and help to get a flatter tummy.
Getting rid of that weight – forever
One way green tea is a flat tummy tea is by helping to lose weight by boosting the body’s metabolism.
Metabolism is the rate at which the body burns up available calories for energy.
- Studies have discovered that drinking green tea regularly can boost metabolism by up to 4%.
Secondly, the main antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), helps inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine.
Naturally, when this enzyme is inhibited, norepinephrine levels increase, promoting the breakdown of adipose tissue (body fat).
Furthermore, drinking green tea regularly, in conjunction with moderate exercise, maximizes weight loss.
- Participants in one study combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute work-out. They lost just under a kilogram more than the non-tea-drinking exercisers in the control group.
Green tea, caffeine and EGCG
Green tea also contains significant amounts of caffeine (although not as much as coffee).
As some of you may know, caffeine is a stimulant well-known for its fat burning properties.
- Some research has even suggested that the caffeine and EGCG in green tea might have a synergistic effect. This means that these two components work together to produce a more significant effect.
A 2009 study found that an EGCG / caffeine mixture does indeed have a more positive effect on weight loss and weight maintenance.
More research conducted in 2009 found that green tea catechins actually enhanced exercise-induced reductions in abdominal fat.
In one final study, 12 healthy men took green tea extract before 30-minute periods of cycling.
- Researchers found that the men burned 17% more fat than the men who didn’t take the extract.
The results clearly suggest that green tea can boost the fat-burning effects of moderately intense exercise.
With a plethora of studies all saying the same thing, there seems little point in going on with the studies.
In a nutshell, drinking 2-3 cups of green tea each day in conjunction with half an hour of moderate exercise is all you need to lose that troublesome belly fat.
That unique flavour
The flavour of green tea is hard to pin down.
People variously describe it as “sweet, bittersweet, nutty, vegetal, buttery, floral, swampy, fruity, and oceanic”.
Mmm. Something for everyone.
- To get the best effects from green tea it’s a good idea to make sure you get as good a quality green tea as possible.
Organic loose leaf teas tend to score higher ratings than teabags.
Also remember that adding milk and sugar to herbal tea is a no-no.
- Milk can interfere with the effectiveness of some of the beneficial bio-compounds in the herbal tea, and sugar…is, well, sugar – fattening.
If you need to flavour green tea, or any herbal tea, add something like honey, or even ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, mint leaves – anything healthy that will add to the brew, not detract from it.
Green tea is a world-famous healthy herbal drink that can help you lose weight in two ways. It boosts the body’s metabolism, burning more fat than it usually would. Secondly, EGCG inhibits an enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine thereby increasing levels of that hormone, which targets body fat – in particular belly fat. These bio-chemicals are more effective when consumed in conjunction with moderate exercise. 3 cups a day with exercise is enough to get visible results.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant.
- Its root (rhizome) is widely used as a spice, as an ingredient in folk medicine, or as a tea.
Ginger is native to south-east Asia and was one of the very first spices producers ever exported from that part of the world to Europe.
Here, the ancient Greeks and Romans used it in tea form to treat a wide variety of ailments including:
- coughs and colds
- muscle pain and soreness
- menstrual pain.
In addition, modern research has shown that ginger tea is also effective for raising metabolism and burning fat.
Ginger tea’s main active component is gingerol.
- A 2014 study on the effect of gingerol on body fat found that it suppresses obesity caused by a high fat diet.
Furthermore, it found that gingerol shows great promise in treating obesity and the complications caused by it.
A small study on 10 overweight men showed that ginger tea reduced feelings of hunger.
In doing this, it revealed a second way in which we can use it every day for weight management.
More studies = more proof
In 2019, researchers reviewed several studies on the effects of ginger tea on weight loss among overweight and obese subjects.
They concluded that ginger reduced body weight, waist-to-hip ratio, and hip ratio, among other things.
- Ginger tea is able to help in the Battle of the Bulge in a few different ways.
Firstly, the ginger root in tea reduces the production of insulin.
This is the hormone responsible for raising blood sugar levels.
According to the European Journal of Nutrition, this can result in a slimmer waist in as little as 8-10 weeks.
Secondly, ginger tea aids in a more efficient digestive system by stimulating the production of stomach acids.
Can you guess the result? Well, it has the effect of making you feel fuller and helping to burn fat faster.
Finally, ginger tea also assists in lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
High levels of this hormone have been shown to lead to weight gain and belly fat.
Ginger tea assists you in losing weight in the three ways mentioned above.
It also helps this, in a roundabout way, by detoxifying the blood and flushing out unwanted impurities.
- Ginger tea lowers cholesterol and maintains the health of the digestive and cardiovascular systems.
By doing this, it helps the body to maintain a healthy weight and prevent conditions such as diabetes, which can lead to weight gain.
Pluses and Minuses
Ginger tea is an ideal, and healthy, way to kick-start your morning.
You can always mix things up a bit by adding honey, lemon juice, or even freshly squeezed fruit juice.
- Ginger tea has a taste that will wake you up more than coffee ever will.
It will get your metabolism going, burning up fat before you’ve even made it to work.
Research indicates, as mentioned previously, that you can expect to see visible results in a couple of months.
There are very few side effects to drinking normal amounts of ginger tea, with the only one reported being gastrointestinal discomfort.
- However, people taking blood thinning medication, such as warfarin, should consult a doctor before drinking ginger tea.
As ginger can increase the risk of bleeding, people with upcoming surgery should stop drinking ginger tea approximately 2 weeks before their scheduled operation.
Ginger is a flat tummy tea herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat many medical conditions. Modern research has shown it to be of great benefit in weight loss, especially when it comes to belly fat, and the results of drinking 1-3 cups of ginger herbal tea daily may be seen within two months. The best time to drink this flat tummy tea is first thing in the morning so it gets your metabolism going.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an annual plant originating in the Near East.
Its seeds are used to make a herbal tea famous for its health benefits.
Did you know?
- Archaeologists have found 4,000-year-old fenugreek seeds in Iraq. Similarly, they found Fenugreek seeds in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
That gives you an idea of how long people have been using this particular herb.
The major active bio-compounds found in the seeds include:
- lipids (healthy fats)
In 2014, researchers found that fenugreek seed extract not only inhibited fat accumulation, but also reversed high-fat levels in the blood.
These herbal seeds help in reducing the overall cholesterol levels, along with triglycerides which are responsible for storage of excess fat in the body.
- A 2009 study on 12 healthy men given doses of seed extract for 3 lots of 14-day periods showed decreased dietary fat consumption.
Another bio-chemical in the seeds is a polysaccharide called galactomannan.
Try saying that after a couple of wines!
Galactomannan keeps a person satiated for longer and thereby reduces the intake of food.
Additionally, it has demonstrated an ability to reduce abdominal fat in rats with average-sized – as opposed to overweight – bodies.
Fenugreek seeds are also great for digestive problems.
They help maintain and boost digestion, as well as prevent bloating, thereby indirectly aiding weight loss.
The flavour and the risks
The tea has a deep nutty flavour.
However, it can also have a taste similar to maple syrup, only slightly bitter.
There aren’t many risks associated with this herbal tea.
- Having said that, if you happen to be allergic to peanuts, you might also be allergic to fenugreek tea since the two plants are cross-reactive.
Finally, as always, if you are pregnant, check with a medical professional before drinking the tea.
There isn’t much proof available that the bio-ingredients are safe for an unborn baby.
Fenugreek seed herbal tea is well-proven to have fat-busting capabilities. It does this in a few ways. It blocks storage and absorption of fat. It lowers cholesterol and aids in more efficient digestion. And it keeps a person feeling satiated longer so they don’t feel hungry so often.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering plant related to ginger, and is native to India and Southeast Asia.
You can use the fresh roots (rhizomes) to prepare a potent flat tummy tea.
- You can also boil them in water, dry them and then ground them into a deep orange-yellow powder ready to use in cooking as a colouring agent, or as a flavour base; but you can also use it as a dye – as anyone who has handled turmeric will well and truly know.
The principle active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which gives the powder its vivid Aussie outback colour.
However, it also contains volatile oils, omega-3 fatty acids, linolenic acids, carbohydrates, fibre, proteins and potassium.
Turmeric has been a part of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, used to:
- strengthen the overall energy of the body
- relieve gas
- dispel worms
- improve digestion
- regulate menstruation
- dissolve gallstones
- relieve arthritis.
It has since become known as being particularly good for aiding in weight loss.
One method it does this by is increasing bile production.
Bile is a digestive juice that helps in both the emulsifying of fat and its metabolism, making it a golden wonder when it comes to weight loss.
Obesity is characterized by metabolic inflammation.
A closer look at curcumin
Since curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, researchers in 2013 studied the effects of curcumin in relation to excess weight.
They and concluded that it does reduce obesity, as well as inhibits any adverse health effects caused by it.
- Studies on rodents have demonstrated that curcumin, when administered with piperine, an alkaloid which is able to increase the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%, increases the loss of body fat.
In addition, studies focusing solely on curcumin have found that it is effective in keeping weight off if taken regularly.
This is FANTASTIC news to anyone who has ever tried dieting and lost weight, only to find it coming back to haunt them after stopping the diet.
Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes and is closely associated with obesity.
A 2016 study found that curcumin lowered blood fat level and lead to an improvement in insulin resistance.
The researchers concluded that curcumin could be used in the future to prevent both obesity and insulin resistance.
A 30-day study on 44 people who had previously been unable to lose weight, discovered that taking 800 mg of curcumin along with 8 mg of piperine, twice a day for 30 days, resulted in significant reductions in body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist / hip circumference.
The taste and the risks
Turmeric tea has an earthy, bitter taste.
This is easily camouflaged by adding some healthy goodies like ginger, cinnamon powder or sticks, mint leaves, or honey.
Turmeric, when taken in moderate amounts, does not usually have any significant side effects.
A few people have reported stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
It is advisable not to drink turmeric tea if you have:
- gallstones or a bile duct obstruction
- a bleeding disorder
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it makes your condition worse
- breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer
- uterine fibroids
- an iron deficiency.
Furthermore, turmeric can lower testosterone levels.
So probably not a good idea for your husband to drink turmeric tea if you are trying for a baby.
Turmeric is an ancient Indian medicinal herb with many benefits to our health. It helps with weight loss in a couple of different ways including aiding in digestion, metabolising fat, and reducing inflammation and insulin resistance – both associated with obesity. Another great thing is that the curcumin in turmeric not only reduces body fat, but it also helps keep it off. There are a number of medical conditions that restrict the intake of turmeric. If unsure, check with your medical professional.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng), is a perennial plant that can be found in the mountains of eastern Asia.
Its roots have been a staple in traditional medicine for millennia.
There are two kinds of ginseng most typically used for consumption
- Asian ginseng, which is warmer
- American ginseng, which tends to be cooler.
- While American ginseng is safe for regular consumption over long periods of time. Asian ginseng isn’t.
The pharmacologically active agent in ginseng are the ginsenosides, also called ginseng saponins.
The root is also full of essential oils, antioxidants and vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C.
How does it reduce weight?
Ginseng is thought to induce the production of gut bacteria that changes the pattern of calorie burn, which, in turn, impacts our metabolism and leads to weight loss.
In support of this, a 2018 study discovered that when taken, the active bio-compounds in ginseng changed the stomach bacteria in a way that changed the way the body burns fat.
- In 2019 it was found that ginsenosides activated brown fat and induced browning of white fat.
This had the effect of increasing energy expenditure and thermogenesis (heat production).
Consequently, it ameliorated obesity and metabolic disorders, indicating that ginsenosides showed promise in the treatment of obesity.
Incidentally, brown fat processes blood sugar (glucose) and fat molecules to create heat and maintain body temperature.
- Cold temperatures activate brown fat and that results in various metabolic changes, such as weight loss.
It is said that ginseng tea can be used as an appetite suppressant.
However, this has only been reported in some people who drink the tea, and the evidence isn’t clear as to why this is.
This particular herbal tea is said to have an acquired taste, one that is earthy and slightly bitter.
Apparently, some people tolerate the taste better than others.
Nevertheless, as it is such a powerhouse of healthy nutrients, it might be wise to add a splash of lemon juice or some honey.
A cautionary note
Ginseng is generally safe to drink with no side effects for the healthy person.
- There is some evidence that drinking too much ginseng can lower its effectiveness. Therefore, if you would like to make it part of your everyday diet, take a weeks’ break after every two weeks of drinking it daily.
It can also lower the effectiveness of anticoagulant drugs.
It’s not recommended for consumption by pregnant or breastfeeding women – but you knew that, didn’t you?
Like a lot of the other flat tummy teas we have looked at, ginseng tea helps lose weight in a few ways. It has been suggested that ginseng is an appetite suppressant, although this seems true for only some people. The ginsenosides seem to alter the bacteria in our stomach to make the body burn fat in a more effective way. It also seems to induce brown fat to expend more energy and can turn some white fat brown. The tea is said to have an acquired taste.
Pu-erh (pronounced poo-air) is a fermented tea traditionally produced in the Yunnan Province of China.
- This exotic tea is a protected origin product – rather like champagne – and it must be made from the large-leaf subspecies Camellia sinensis var. assamica and grown in Yunnan Province in China’s southwest, in order to be labelled as such.
The tea is created when fresh leaves get tossed by hand in giant woks.
This stops the oxidation of the tea.
It also allows for a little of the moisture in the leaves to remain as well as the bacteria.
Over the years, this bacteria will transform the tea into a darker, richer, more mellow pu-erh tea.
- One fascinating aspect of this tea is that it is sold in cakes.
Each time you chip away at the cake to make a cup of tea, the taste is slightly different.
The fresher tea can taste vegetal and fragrant, mildly bitter and pungent, while older tea is smoother and more mellow.
It contains a large variety of beneficial nutrients including
- vitamins B1, B2, C and E
- potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and aluminium
- lysine, arginine, histidine and cysteine
- linoleic and linolenic acids
- trace amounts of zinc, sodium, nickel, iron, beryllium, sulphur and fluorides.
Tests on animals have shown that pu-erh tea can help us lose weight by synthesizing less new fat, while burning more of the stored body fat.
The supporting research
In 2011, 36 overweight Japanese people consumed 333 mg of pu-erh tea extract 3 times a day for 12 weeks.
This led to significantly reduced body weight, body mass index (BMI), and lower abdominal fat measurements when compared with the control group.
Theabrownin is one of the most abundant and active pigments in pu-erh tea.
Its effect is to increase the amount of fat-bound bile acid excreted in our faeces, resulting in less fat being absorbed into the bloodstream.
- Studies on mice have shown that the tea also prevents fat accumulation.
- Additionally, it can also lower blood sugar levels and blood triglycerides, which helps with weight loss.
In a human study, in 2014, 70 men were given either a 333 mg capsule of pu-erh tea extract or a placebo.
Upon completion of the 3-month experiment, the men in the experimental group shed 1.3 kg more than the participants in the control group.
Things to take note of
As far as side effects, most of these are due to the caffeine content of this herbal tea.
- 400 mg of caffeine a day is the amount most people can safely tolerate.
Anything in excess of that might cause
- changes to your heart’s rhythm
- diarrhoea or excessive urination.
Due to being a fermented food product, there is also a chance it may affect your gut flora and cause some digestive upset.
- It is recommended that pu-erh be drunk before meals.
Some studies suggest it may block the absorption of iron if drunk immediately after eating.
Alternatively, if you want to wait until 2 hours after eating, you can enjoy a cup then.
Pu-erh tea is a protected origin brand, meaning only the tea made in the Yunnan province of China can carry the name “Pu-erh”. It is a fermented tea, that lasts for years and can have a different taste as it ages. It is well-known for aiding in weight loss and it does this by limiting fat absorption and fat accumulation, and by burning stored fat.
Oolong is a traditional semi-oxidized Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis).
It goes through a very technical processing procedure before it makes it to your cup.
- Just FYI – oolong is not as processed as black tea, but is slightly more processed than green tea.
These herbal teas can have a
- sweet and fruity flavour with honey aromas
- woody flavour with a roasted aroma
- green and fresh fragrance.
It depends on how and where the leaves were grown and prepared.
Oolong tea has an abundance of healthy nutrients including:
- antioxidants (polyphenols) like theaflavins, thearubigins and EGCG ( which is responsible for a lot of oolong tea’s health-giving benefits)
- theanine – an amino acid responsible for the tea’s relaxing effect.
102 overweight participants in a 2009 study drank oolong tea daily for 6 weeks.
Each of them recorded reductions in both their body weight and body fat.
The researchers suggested that this occurred due to the active ingredients in the tea improving fat metabolism.
- Their conclusion was that drinking 3-4 cups of oolong tea on a daily basis helps prevent obesity.
Another study involved giving a group of 12 men either water or oolong tea for a three-day period and measuring their metabolic rates.
Researchers found oolong tea increased energy expenditure by 2.9% to 3.4% – the same as burning an extra 281 to 331 calories per day – when compared to the control group, drinking plain water.
Where oolong tea excels
The November 2011 edition of the Japanese Journal of Nutrition Research said that oolong tea can speed the slimming process as effectively or better than green tea can.
It stated that oolong tea contains polyphenols that burn calories more efficiently.
- The journal went on to state that just a single cup of oolong increases metabolism by 20% for two hours.
This is almost twice as much as 3 cups of green tea.
Burning the belly fat
Finally, it also reported that oolong tea increases the burning of belly fat.
One study stated that a group of subjects drinking oolong tea lost two times more fat around the middle (12% more) than those in the control group.
- In research from 2011, oolong tea was shown to boost metabolism by 10% and helped to burn both tummy and upper arm fat.
Oolong tea contains caffeine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which work together to accelerate fat oxidation.
Therefore, drinking the tea increases the breakdown of noradrenaline and reduces pancreatic lipase activity, resulting in an anti-obesity effect.
As you can see, research has shown that oolong tea can assist you in reaching your weight loss goals in a couple of different ways.
Try it and see for yourself.
A lot of studies have been done on oolong tea, all of which conclude that the tea can help you lose weight, and in two different ways. The active ingredients in oolong enhance fat metabolism and help the body to burn calories more effectively, in some cases more so than green tea. Drinking 3-4 cups of oolong a day can help prevent obesity, and best of all, this tea targets belly fat.
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), from South Africa, means “red bush” and is pronounced ROY-boss.
This flat tummy tea has a colour a little like hibiscus tea, and a sweet flavour.
It contains a vast number of antioxidants, as well as benzoic and cinnamic acids; it doesn’t contain any calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, caffeine, or sugar.
- Studies have indicated that aspalathin, one of the active ingredients in the tea, helps lower stress hormone levels in the blood that trigger hunger and fat storage.
The conclusion was that rooibos can possibly prevent obesity by affecting the balance of energy and how it’s either used as energy or stored as fat.
What a friend we have in leptin
In 2014, researchers found that rooibos tea may increase the levels of leptin.
Leptin is a hormone that regulates food intake by letting us know if we are hungry or if we have had enough food to eat.
By increasing the levels of leptin, it is telling the body we are satiated and don’t need to eat.
In addition, the tea stopped new fat cells from forming and increased fat metabolism.
- An increased and/or continuous state of oxidative stress, caused by free radicals from the environment damaging cells and body tissue, can lead to fat accumulation around the belly area.
Drinking rooibos increases stress resistance and helps reduce oxidative stress, helping us to avoid gaining that extra weight.
You can enjoy Rooibos tea hot, cold or even iced.
Even better, as it has a naturally sweet flavour, you won’t want to add sugar or honey.
Not that you should be adding sugar to any herbal tea!
Rooibos tea originated in South Africa and aids in weight loss by lowering stress hormones (which encourage fat storage), increasing levels of leptin, which tell us we are full and don’t need to eat, and by reducing oxidative stress. It has a colour very much like that of hibiscus tea, and a sweet flavour.
Berberis vulgaris, or barberry, is a shrub that grows tart, red berries.
It is native to parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.
- Research from 2018 found that Berberis vulgaris contains isoquinonline alkaloids such as berberine, berberrubine and berbamine. In addition, berberine shows pharmacological properties and positive effects on the risk factors of obesity and metabolic syndrome.
In conclusion, the researchers said that berberine decreases obesity and regulates glucose metabolism.
Great news for those of us who want to lose weight. And who doesn’t?
Furthermore, berberine has been found to elevate levels of the fat-burning AMPK enzyme – a definite flat tummy tea!
In 2013, 24 people with metabolic syndrome underwent a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
12 of the patients took 500 mg of berberine hydrochloride 3 times a day before meals, for 3 months.
- The conclusion was that consumption of berberine results in a remission of metabolic syndrome, and decreases in both waist circumference and triglycerides.
A study in 2012 administered 500mg of berberine 3 times a day for 12 weeks to obese Caucasians which resulted in a 23% drop in triglyceride levels, a 12.2% drop in cholesterol, and a 2.27 kg loss of weight.
Yet another bit of research from 2012 explains how patients took 300 mg of berberine 3 times a day.
At the of 12 weeks, measurements revealed their BMI had dropped from 31.5 to 27.4, lowering their rating from obese to overweight.
In general, the circumference of their waist decreased by two inches, and they showed a reduction in both cholesterol and lipid (fat) levels.
Barberries have a tart, slightly sweet flavour. However, the tea is usually made from the bark of the barberry shrub, and so the taste of the tea is quite bitter.
A word of warning
Drinking normal amounts of barberry tea has no side effects.
On the other hand, children and pregnant/breastfeeding women need to be cautious.
There is little research on the effects on children, and it may cause uterine contractions and trigger miscarriage in pregnant women.
- People should take barberry if they are on cyclosporine.
It may also interact negatively with:
- lovastatin (Mevacor)
- clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- indinavir (Crixivan)
- sildenafil (Viagra)
- triazolam (Halcion).
Barberry bark tea contains the active ingredient berberine, which has been scientifically proven to aid in weight loss by burning fat. In research whereby berberine is administered, subjects report general weight loss, lower BMI, narrower waists, as well as reduced amounts of triglycerides and cholesterol. While the bright red berries have a tart, slightly sweet taste, the bark from which the tea is made is bitter.
12 Other Flat Tummy Teas
The 9 teas discussed above are the teas you want if weight loss is your goal.
However, there are some teas which are more beneficial for other health issues, but which also have some weight loss properties.
Let’s have a quick look.
Lemon Tea – the d-limonene content of lemon rind has a beneficial effect on mice with metabolic disorders caused by high-fat-diet-induced obesity.
Bilberry Tea – since inflammation is often associated with being overweight, this tea helps by reducing the inflammation that causes bloating.
Mate Tea – can increase metabolism as well as improve weight loss through increasing insulin sensitivity.
Mint Tea – suppresses your appetite – even by sniffing the fragrant aroma of the fresh herb. Imagine what sniffing and drinking can do.
Chamomile Tea – reduces stress and inflammation often associated with weight gain.
Lavender Tea – reduces stress and inflammation often associated with weight gain.
We’re halfway there
Goji Tea – burns calories 10 % faster, with the effects lasting for up to 4 hours.
Kava Tea – helps to reduce weight in a roundabout way – reducing stress and anxiety and therefore the eating disorders associated with them.
Kola Nut Tea – increases metabolism.
Hibiscus Tea – combats bloating.
Peppermint Tea – aids in digestion and suppresses hunger so you feel full longer and won’t snack – adding unwanted calories to your daily diet.
Matcha Tea – is basically green tea on steroids so if you go back and read what has been written about green tea, just double the effects and you will learn all you need to know about this particular flat tummy tea – matcha!!
Isn’t it good to know that along with all the potent antioxidants in these teas, and all the powerful oils, acids, enzymes and other natural goodness you find in all natural herbal teas, that some small part is also helping you to lose weight?
These 12 teas all have some flat tummy tea properties even though they are better at helping our health in other ways. However, the article wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning them.
How is it possible to lose weight by drinking a flat tummy tea?
Well technically, it’s not. Obviously if you’re wolfing down burgers and Cokes every day, then a herbal tea is going to be battling to do you any good.
However, with a healthy diet and even a moderate amount of exercise, any herbal tea is going to really do some good.
In fact, a couple of the herbal teas, notably green tea, taken before exercising actually enhance the effect of exercise.
Is it possible to drink more than one kind of flat tummy tea to try and get better results?
Absolutely, but there are a couple of things to take into consideration.
First, leave a space of about three hours between drinking different teas so each one has the opportunity to be absorbed into the body and to start working its magic.
Secondly, you need to have 2 or 3 cups daily of some of the teas for them to start working, which could make it difficult to introduce a second or third tea into your diet.
Having said that, if the teas you choose have similar properties then it won’t be a problem.
You could even combine two teas in one cup, for example, adding ginger tea to another tea to enhance the taste.
And a good thing about combining your herbal teas is that you get the individual health benefits of both teas.
When is the best time to drink these flat tummy teas?
First thing in the morning.
Most of the teas work better on an empty stomach, but at the very least, have one cup at breakfast to kick start your metabolism.
It’s better to drink any of the teas that aid digestion just after a meal.
Otherwise, have a cup before doing any exercise, even if it’s walking the dog around the block.
The flat tummy tea I bought doesn’t seem to be working. What should I do?
There are two questions you need to ask yourself.
- Have I given the tea enough time to work?
- Have I been eating well and exercising?
Most of the flat tummy teas need a month or two, or somewhere in between, to start working.
Additionally, you need to have been eating a balanced healthy diet as well as exercising regularly.
Obviously, the tea can’t do all the work itself; it needs to by drunk regularly in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.
However, if the answer the both questions is yes, perhaps its time to try a different tea.
Because people are made up differently, biologically speaking, so too are the herbal teas.
As is the case for medications, skin care cosmetics, herbal lotions (and even clothes) – what works great for one person, may not work for another.
How can I be sure that drinking flat tummy tea is going to help me lose weight?
Not much in this world is guaranteed. However, these herbal teas have the weight of science behind them. As you will have noticed, all the claims made in this article have been linked to the scientific evidence that supports the statement. And we welcome you to read these reports.
There are also the reader reviews – which we hope you will add to. If science is too boring for you, you can at least feel rest assured by fellow Aussies who have liked the product enough to write in.
And finally, as mentioned previously, if a particular flat belly tea isn’t working for you after trying it for a few weeks and after drinking it in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, then try another tea.
Losing weight is a tough battle, and only those who have had to do it understand the physical and emotional struggle involved.
Throughout this article, we have taken a look at what science has determined to be some of the most effective flat tummy teas for weight loss available today.
Herbal teas are not going to have the kilos melting off, despite what some other websites say.
Drinking them as part of a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet full of vegetables and some fruit, along with regular exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming or the gym, you will see results.
At the very least, replacing coffee and sugary energy drinks with nature’s organic best is going to make you feel better just by doing that one thing!
We know there is one in our range with YOUR name on it.
And we would love to hear about your weight loss / flat tummy adventure. Please take a moment to share with us your story. Which flat tummy tea tea are you drinking? How much weight have you lost? Do you have any little tips and hints for our other readers? Such as a smoothie recipe or a handy hint for enhancing the taste?
Whatever you have, we’d appreciate you taking the time to write in and tell us.