There are many types of herbal tea including green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and white tea. They have been associated with weight loss for years due to the high amount of antioxidants they contain. When is the best time to drink the beverage?
It is made by taking young leaves and grinding them into a brighter green powder.
The powder is then mixed and whisked with hot water to create a bright green beverage.
The expert recommends drinking the tea 30 minutes before a large meal, or first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
“This way, it gets absorbed by the body better,” Jo said.
Another great benefit of drinking herbal tea daily is that it can help to relieve stress.
In one 2008 study, men who drank green tea before exercising burned 17 percent more fat than men who didn’t.
The study suggested that green tea can boost the effect of fat burning.
According to the herbalist, stress hormones can impact belly fat.
Belly fat is an extremely stubborn form of fat to shift due to the area containing a much higher amount of fat cells.
Jo said: “Prolonged stress affects our mental and physical health and can even lead to a little extra tummy fat.
“When faced with a crisis, this stress response slows unnecessary body functions so you can focus.
“Once the threat passes, everything goes back to normal. However, prolonged stress can keep stress hormones levels elevated, along with your blood pressure and blood sugars.”
While human studies on the topic is limited, animal studies suggest that the active compound in green tea can aid fat burning by boosting the effects of hormones, such as norepinephrine.