The best way to answer this question will be to look at studies and research concerning this topic. However, before going into that, I must emphasize that weight loss is about calories consumed and calories expended. You must be at a deficit and you must be training hard.
There is no substitute for exercise and proper nutrition. Everything else just gives you a slight advantage to speed up the process. The most important components to any weight loss program are the diet and exercise. A diet with the correct macros, low GI foods and meals eaten at the correct times. Training will comprise of cardio and resistance training with each complementing the other.
Once all that is in place, we can look at oolong tea.
Oolong tea, black tea and green tea are all made from the same plant which is the Camellia Sinensis. The only difference is that each tea is made with leaves that are aged at different times and oxidation levels. Oolong tea is made with leaves that are aged for a longer period of time than those of green tea and lesser than those of black tea.
If you go to the health stores, you may notice them promoting oolong tea as the one stop solution to fat loss. There will be hype and lots of marketing. Rest assured that most of the hype can be ignored. You will not lose 10 pounds in 3 days by guzzling 127 glasses of oolong tea. It doesn’t work that way.
Oolong tea does accelerate fat loss a little. It will give you a slight edge, but that’s it. A study conducted at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland showed that participants who drank 4 glasses of oolong tea for 3 days straight showed a 3 percent higher expenditure of calories and burned, on average, 67 more calories a day than they had before. Another benefit was that they had a 12 percent higher fat oxidation rate.
A chemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Richard Anderson, stated that oolong tea may have the ability to increase insulin activity and lower blood sugar levels.
The Linus Pauling Institute has also stated that oolong tea contains fluoride, which leads to better oral health, and may slightly lower the risk of a heart attack, kidney stones or even some cancers.
This is definitely food for thought and since oolong tea is a natural product and relatively inexpensive, it will not hurt to brew a cup or two of oolong tea a day and consume it. Oolong tea can be purchased at supermarkets at much lower prices than you would get at a specialty health food store which uses advertising and gimmicky sales copy to hype up the tea.
It is just tea. Let’s not get carried away. While it may have some small fat burning properties and health benefits, the real results will come from your diet and training. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to repeat this fact.
There is no magic tea or pill that can cause fast fat loss. Only a diet which involves sacrifices and a training regimen that requires discipline and determination will result in fat loss. You can definitely drink a cup of tea to that.