Oolong Tea Weight Loss

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Oolong tea also known as Wulong tea is reputed to help with weight loss. In the following post we will provide a full backup check on Oolong tea weight loss as well as much general information on teas and their ability to help with weight loss problems. Oolong Tea is an organic product so every form of weight loss related to it can be considered a natural weight loss and therefore it can be counted towards the home remedies for weight loss. Furthermore we will give you our personal review on Oolong tea weight loss and if it is helpful in our quest for a healthy body weight.

1. Basic information on (Oolong) tea

All forms of tea, whether Oolong tea or Earl Grey, descend from a plant called Camellia Sinensis. If a product doesn´t come from Camellia Sinensis it is no tea, this basically means that all forms of herb / berry “tea” aren´t real teas. However most of the time they contain parts of the Camellia Sinensis so the product can have written tea on it, this isn´t the case with Oolong tea that in fact is a real tea.

Oolong tea and green tea are basically the same the only difference is the processing of the tea. Green tea is heated and dried after it is picked as well as rolled which breaks its cell structure. Oolong tea however is kept in a very careful condition to assure that the cell structure isn´t broken, allowing the leaves to oxidize. (Side note: Green tea is said to help with losing extra pounds, too.)

Lately there have been products popping up calling themselves Oolong weight loss tea and even whole diet systems giving themselves names like Oolong tea weight loss system. In fact these special Oolong weight loss teas only contain ordinary Oolong tea, but they are sold for a higher price so watch out.

2. Oolong tea weight loss

If you want to lose weight you either have to reduce your calorie intake or increase the amount of energy your body needs while not eating more than you usually do. Oolong teas as well as green tea contain caffeine, which is known to boost your metabolism and therefore helping you to lose weight by increasing the amount of energy needed. However the caffeine isn´t the only reason why Oolong tea can help you losing weight read the next paragraph for more information.

3. Studies on Oolong tea

In China the beneficial attributes of Oolong tea have been known for a very long time so they have been the first to actually perform a study on its weight loss effects.

The first Chinese study on its effects has been done in 1998, 103 women consumed it for a period of 6 weeks. Each woman consumed 3 cups of freshly brewed Oolong tea a day. The study showed that each woman lost around 2-3 pounds of body weight. However the body fat wasn´t measured before and after the study so further research had to be done to prove its effects.

In 2001 the US Agriculture Research Services' Diet and Human Laboratory performed their own research. Six male participants consumed 4 cups of Oolong tea each day over the course of 5 days. Another 6 male participants consumed 4 cups of water with caffeine each day over the course of 5 days.  The caloric energy need of each participant had been monitored before and after the study.

The results were the following:

The caloric energy need of each participant of the group that consumed water with caffeine stayed the same.

The caloric energy need of each participant of the group that consumed Oolong tea increased by an average of 70 calories per day. This amount of calories equals the amount burned while rope jumping for 20 minutes. So the overall caloric energy needed increased by roughly 3 – 4 percent.

The study came to the conclusion that the tea in fact posses beneficial characteristics for weight loss. A Japanese study from 2003 comes to the same conclusion.

4. Personal review

After reading those studies my wife and I choose to test Oolong tea weight loss ourselves.  We both consumed 4 cups a day over the course of 4 weeks. We purchased the tea over the internet since we couldn´t find it in any grocery store in our town.

After being skeptical at first, if a weight loss tea could actually work, we discovered that after the 4 weeks we both had lost 3 pounds each. Oolong tea can defiantly be counted towards the tea for weight loss (we tested more teas e.g. pu erh tea and green tea, I will write about them in the future). It also as the big advantage over other weight loss supplements that it is an organic product. Furthermore has Oolong tea beside weight loss other beneficial attributes, which pretty much equal the ones of green tea like anti cancer properties.

However after we stopped drinking it we quickly gained our old weight back so this is no long term solution, but for a quick short term weight loss to look good at e.g. a class reunion Oolong is great!
All in all we would both recommend it, but be careful there can be big differences in its quality as well as in its price. If you want to save money try to acquire Oolong tea that isn´t branded as an Oolong tea weight loss product. You can recognize high quality Oolong tea, like any other high quality tea, on its brighter color as well as on its more intensive smell.

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