Drinking Tea: Does It Help You Lose Weight?

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If you search for any type of tea on the Internet (ex: green tea), see what comes up.

On the right side of the page, you'll find all of the sponsored links. What are they advertising? Tea, right? But chances are that the companies selling the tea are trying to tell you that drinking tea -- sorry, drinking THEIR tea -- will make you lose weight.

Don't believe it.

Tea can help you lose weight. A study by American and Japanese researchers back in 2001 found that drinking oolong tea increases your metabolism, thus leading to additional weight loss. But we're talking moderate weight loss here, around 3% to 4%. Research in 2004 found that people who had lost weight, drinking green tea didn't help them keep their weight down.

Other studies seem to suggest the same thing: drinking tea may help you lose weight, but it's hard to say how much or whether drinking tea will keep the weight off. Don't believe people who are trying to tell you that drinking their tea will make you lose 50 pounds.

If you need to lose weight, eating healthier and exercising more often should be your first response. Don't get swept up in the hype that greedy marketers are eager to peddle. By all means, drink tea. But don't believe for a second that it's a miracle cure.

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