We know the deal, weight loss essentially boils down to the simple concept of eat less, move more.
What we eat is important. A nutritious diet made up of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables is definitely better than one full of packaged, processed food.
Then there are supplements. We take them because we think they are doing something for us and while some experts deride them as no more than expensive pee, others are in favour.
It turns out that tea is one of the big winners when it comes to aiding weight loss.
A study saw nine overweight female Koreans drink a fennel, fenugreek or placebo tea before lunch.
Results revealed that participants who drank fenugreek tea, a herb widely used in alternative medicine, were less hungry and had greater feelings of satiety than those who drank the placebo tea.
It its believes that the fibre in fenugreek led them to feeling full.
Interestingly, the group that drank the fennel tea also had “increased feelings of fullness compared with the placebo tea.”
“In conclusion, drinking the fennel tea and fenugreek tea were significantly effective aid to suppress subjective appetite,” the study findings report.
Green tea is another plant-based supplement that’s effective for weight loss.
Numerous studies show that the main antioxidant found in green tea, EGCG, can increase the body’s fat burning capacity while catechins, another antioxidant, helps burn belly fat.
Green tea extract also has the ability to increase norepinephrine activity, a hormone that also assists in fat burning.
Like all types of tea, green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant and the way it’s processed is what gives it health benefits over other teas such as black and oolong and white.
“Black tea is made from fermented leaves, so they are cut and then exposed to oxygen. Whereas green tea leaves are steamed or roasted to prevent oxidation, meaning they keep their green colour and fresh flavour.” Holland & Barrett tells Express.
“This process also preserves the tea’s powerful antioxidants, particularly a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).”