Tea & weight loss

Tea & weight lossTea is an ancient beverage with many health benefits.  Its weight reducing effects have aroused much interest recently, as well as provoking a few dubious claims.

We believe Chinese teas are effective in reducing body weight and treating obesity.  This notion is supported by both empiric traditional Chinese medicine and modern science research.

Using teas for weight management could be divided into two main categories, although the division is rather arbitrary:

  1. The conventional Chinese teas (beverages) with a natural capacity for assisting in weight loss. These teas include: green tea, Oolong/Wulong tea and Pu-erh tea.
  2. The Chinese remedy of mixed herbs and teas designed to target weight loss, such as: Natural Shape – Lotus Leaf Herbal Tea.

The following questions and answers may be of assistance in clarifying certain confusions.

When we consume more energy than we expend, we gain weight.

For most of human history the odds were heavily stacked against us being able to consume more than we burned off.  So the human body adapted to store the excess - for the days when food was not available.

For our unfortunate ancestors, food, especially high energy food, was generally scarce, took lots of energy and risk to hunt down, had to be shared widely across the tribe, or would go off in a couple of days.

It made sense to gorge as much as possible when food was available.  Those bodies that could accommodate the additional energy had better survival rates during the inevitable shortages that followed.  In addition to this, appetites and stomachs adjusted to accommodate larger meals when available, thereby increasing the odds of survival.

In more recent human society, aided by labour saving devices, the battle for survival has tipped in our favour; the energy flow equation now easily being sustainably positive for large numbers of people - especially in the west.

However, the human body has a very long primal memory and remains as adapted as ever for those periods of food shortage, except in most cases these no longer happen!

Appetites expand with waistlines and when attempting to adjust to reduced flows we feel hungry or counter intuitively think: "just this time will be OK to indulge again".