Want to burn a few extra calories today without even trying? Brew yourself a cup of tea.
It's inexpensive, calorie free, and full of amazing-for-your-body antioxidants. And you may burn more fat and calories just by drinking it, according to Elizabeth Somer, registered dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness.
Compounds in tea called catechins may help turn up the dial on your metabolism, increasing how many calories you burn as you go about your day. It's a modest effect, but every little bit helps in the battle of the bulge. Just how much help does tea offer? According to Somer, a few cups of tea a day could help you burn up to 80 extra calories. (White tea may help shrink fat cells. Here's more on this.)
More Slimming Support
Some research also suggests that tea drinking could help calm appetite and curb food intake -- possibly due to tea's combination of caffeine and a special catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). And if that doesn't make you a tea lover, here are a few more amazing things this brew can do for you:
- Soothe your knees. Find out why green tea is so great for achy knees.
- Improve your blood sugar. Here's why black tea might be best for this job.
- Lengthen your life. Discover how regular tea drinking affects your risk of stroke.
Did you know? Green tea can help revive aging skin cells, too.