Tea And Fasting
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There are a lot of people who want to lose weight. They try everything…from fad diets to “cleansing” routines to lose the unwanted, and often times, stubborn belly fat.
But I have some shocking news for you…
This is only a short-term solution to a long-term problem!
You see, many times people will go on a diet, lose the weight they want too, and then go back to normal eating habits.
This is a recipe for disaster, as you may see all the weight you lose come back—and sometimes even more!
That’s why we recommend a different approach—and one that has tremendous success with many different clients and people all over the world.
Intermittent Fasting! Now I know what you’re thinking:
“I can’t fast for long periods of time. How will this ever work for me?”
Well, I have some good news:
Unlike a traditional fast, intermittent fasting alternates between feeding and fasting—so you’re not going long periods of time without food.
(Also, think about this; If you stopped eating at say 8pm, and you fasting until 6am the next day—you’re already fasting for about 10 hours!)
Although it’s slightly different than a true fast (no food at all for days), it’s still very effective at boosting your health and accelerating your weight loss.
And, once you get the hang of it, it’s completely sustainable and can be done for months—or even years at a time!
But you may be sitting there saying, “I still don’t think I can manage a long fast…”
If that’s you, I am going to let you in on a little secret:
There is a simple trick—one that I use during my fasting window—that could keep hunger away AND could actually make your intermittent fasting plan a lot more enjoyable.
And that would be…
Tea and Fasting
As you know, tea has been around since the beginning of time, or so it seems.
People all over the world enjoy cup after cup of hot or iced tea to calm their nerves and relax their minds and bodies.
But what you may not know is tea could actually do a lot more for your body and your health.
Studies consistently put tea at the top of the list for drinks that could boost health, prevent disease, accelerate weight loss, and sharpen your brain function.
How could this be?
Simple really…tea is packed full of nutrients, namely antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins (especially EGCG), and other compounds that neutralize free radicals and protect your cells.
As you can see, tea is a pretty special drink and one that has plenty of healing and medicinal powers!
But how can it help with fasting?
Tea and fasting go hand-in-hand. When you’re in a fasted state, this is the perfect time to rush the powerful nutrients to your body, and your cells, to quickly repair and replenish your system.
And since tea is a medicinal type of drink, it may actually help reduce the risk for certain chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and others.
The reason why tea and fasting go so well today is because it may actually ease the hunger and cravings that you experience during the fasting stage.
This is especially important because most people who stop doing intermittent fasting, do so because of the hunger and the cravings they experience.
It can be quite something!
But thanks to the catechins, especially EGCG, drinking tea during the fasting stage may lower the “hunger” hormone, ghrelin, therefore keeping cravings and hunger at bay.
Why is this important?
The most popular intermittent fasting plan is the 16:8 approach, also called the “time-restricted feeding” where you alternate between periods of feeding (8 hours), and periods of fasting (16 hours).
During the fasting window, many people experience moments of extreme hunger or cravings, since their body is adjusting, and ghrelin levels are high.
But with tea and fasting, you can say goodbye to those cravings, which opens up many possibilities for health and weight loss improvements.
And speaking of weight loss…
Did you know that tea and fasting may actually enhance your weight loss?
Before you get all skeptical, hear me out. Numerous studies have shown that tea, by itself, may accelerate your weight loss.
Besides the low calorie aspect of tea, there is a potent weight loss combination that may actually boost your metabolism by 4 percent—without doing much of anything (except drinking tea).
Studies show that the combination of caffeine from the tea (still less than a cup of coffee), and the catechins found in tea, could boost your metabolic rate.
And this boost in your metabolic rate could lead to an increase in total calories burned and less body fat.
When you combine this potent combination with intermittent fasting, which forces your body to use fat stores (more on this in a moment), than you may see weight and inches lost from your frame.
So how does this work exactly?
Well, during the fasting window, you’re giving your body a chance to naturally reduce insulin levels. And if you know anything about insulin, you’re going to realize that this is a great thing.
Insulin is a fat-storing hormone. So when insulin levels are high, you would naturally assume that you will be in fat-storing mode.
However, during the fasting window, your insulin levels decline, therefore allowing your body to use stored energy from your liver, muscles, and your fat cells for energy to perform everyday functions.
So not only are you going to lose the weight, you’re going to see your body fat levels drop, which means you will lose inches in the process.
Although you can drink any tea during your intermittent fasting plan, we often recommend Amla Green Tea, which is a potent combination of dark green Oolong tea leaves and amla (or Indian gooseberry).
This combination flushes your body with powerful antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols, plus the medicinal properties of amla to not only accelerate your fat loss, but also reduces your risk for certain chronic diseases.
Tea and fasting go hand-in-hand. One compliments the other, and you can see some pretty impressive results when combining tea and fasting.
Some of the benefits may include:
• Enhanced detox
• Stronger metabolism
• Improved weight loss
• Curbing of hunger and cravings
And if that’s not enough, thanks to the powerful antioxidants, catechins, and other compounds found in tea, you may get a ton of medicinal benefits that may reduce risk for chronic diseases.
But not all teas are created equal! In fact, there is only one tea that combines the potent antioxidant capabilities of green tea, with the medicinal benefits of amla.
This potent combination could alleviate hunger more effectively, plus enhance your fast and improve your overall weight loss results.
So instead of guessing next time if tea and fasting go together…drop your hesitation and invest your time wisely with the ultimate intermittent fasting tea.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
- Cyrus Khambatta
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