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The Impact of Tea on Weight Control

1. The Severity of Obesity Problem

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At present, obesity has become widely prevalent globally, superseding malnutrition and infectious diseases to become the number one health hazard. As early as 1999, the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined obesity as a disease.

The seriousness of this issue lies in the fact that excessive weight not only affects an individual’s daily life, but can also lead to a series of health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

2. The Scientific Connection Between Tea and Weight Loss

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Up to now, the most researched function of tea leaves is their role in weight loss. Various types of tea, including green tea, oolong tea, white tea, and Pu’er tea, can enhance the body’s energy metabolism, accelerate fat oxidation, and reduce fat and energy absorption, thereby aiding in weight loss.

In addition, the components in these teas can also help maintain weight after weight loss. Taiwanese scientists conducted experiments on 100 obese women and found that after drinking green tea for 12 weeks, their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides significantly decreased, while high-density lipoprotein cholesterol increased. In addition, French researchers also proved that continuous intake of green tea extracts for 12 weeks significantly reduced the weight and waist circumference of moderately obese individuals.

Japanese scientists found that the aqueous extract of Pu’er tea significantly reduced the weight, waist circumference, body fat ratio, and visceral fat content of 36 pre-obese patients. There are many more similar studies that won’t be detailed here.

3. Recommended Tea Drinking Practices

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Despite the market being flooded with various weight loss teas, weight loss drugs, and weight loss boot camps, in reality, merely drinking tea in moderation can effectively control weight without the side effects brought about by medication. For those who wish to maintain a good body shape, it is recommended to drink a small can of 4 grams of green tea or Pu’er ripe tea daily.

Although these two types of tea have different degrees of fermentation, both contain components that help maintain weight. If one is overweight, the amount of tea can be increased, such as drinking 2 small cans of 8 grams of tea daily.
However, it should be noted that due to the cool nature of green tea and Pu’er raw tea, Pu’er ripe tea is a better choice for those with chronic gastritis or gastric ulcers.
When brewing tea, in order to better release the effective components, it is recommended to appropriately extend the brewing time of Pu’er ripe tea or old Pu’er raw tea, or to brew multiple times.

However, while tea can play a certain auxiliary role, effective weight loss still requires a combination of healthy eating habits and appropriate exercise.

Lastly, it should be reminded that any health food, including tea, should not be consumed in excess. Drinking too much tea or excessive intake of tea extract might actually increase the metabolic burden on the body and cause unnecessary side effects.​

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