Did you know that antioxidants called catechins found in green and oolong teas can boost the ability of your body to burn fat? The resulting weight loss can improve the health of those of us with weight issues caused by PCOS.
A recent study of Japanese women compared the effects of drinking oolong tea and green tea. Researchers found that one large cup of oolong tea increased calorie burning by up to 10% – a boost that peaked an hour-and-a-half later. Green tea raised metabolism by 4% for an hour-and-a-half.
Other studies show that drinking two to four cups of green or oolong daily (containing a total of about 375 to 675 mg of catechins) may translate into an extra 50 calories burned each day – about 5 lbs worth in a year, just from drinking tea.
Try introducing one or the other variety of tea into your daily routine. For instance, substitute a cup of green or oolong for your morning coffee and you’ll get a dose of caffeine that will wake up your metabolism as well. Instead of milk or sweetener, add a squeeze of lemon, which may help your body absorb more catechins.