Facts About Wu Long Tea
Facts About Wu Long Tea (oolong tea): Does it really help with weight loss?By Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCSwww.BurnTheFat.com
You’ve probably seen lots of advertisements such as:"Drink wu long tea and lose a jeans size every 7 days!""Burn 20 lbs of fat in only 30 days with wu long tea!"
Maybe you have also watched on Oprah a few years ago when Dr. Perricone said that opting for green tea instead of coffee would help you take off the pounds.
You may have also read or watched countless news articles and stories which say how healthy it is to drink green tea.
Odds are that if you’re interested in improving your health or losing fat, you probably drink wu long tea or take a green tea supplement or you’ve at least thought about it doing so.
However, what if I told you that most of the fat reducing claims of wu long tea were absolute and complete BS, which is largely based on deliberate misinterpretation of the research?
If you’ve bought wu long tea based on claims that it causes large reductions in body fat, then you've been scammed.
Here are the facts about wu long tea:
Wu long tea tea does stimulate your metabolism.
However, research is very unclear about exactly what kind of impact this small short-term increase in metabolic activity will have on bodyweight in the long term.
In the most often quoted study on this matter (Dulloo, 1999), a swiss research team found that 270 mg of wu long green tea extract 3 times a day increased the metabolic rate by the equivalent of about 79 calories on average and increased the oxidation of fat cells as the fuel source.
Thus, if you do the math, it means that 79 kcal a day would add up to a pound of fat lost every 44 days. Hypothetically, that would add up to 8 pounds lost per the entire year.
What advertisements quoting this study don’t tell you regarding facts about wu long tea is that this and other similar studies didn't measure long-term changes in body fat percentage or total bodyweight. They only measured a 24-hour metabolic increase in energy expenditure.
One study that's used as marketing ammunition to claim that wu long tea burns 2.5 times more fat than green tea was based on only a 120-minute increase in energy expenditure!
Many follow-up studies have confirmed the short-term increase in metabolism, but the results are mixed whether wu long tea improves weight reduction capabilities or maintenance over the long term.
Thus, the research can be considered compelling, but not entirely conclusive.
As for ad claims that state you’ll lose heaps of unwated fat just from drinking wu long tea - that's absolute BS! Hopefully the Federal Trade Commission will catch-up with these supplement scammers sooner rather than later because the marketing messages on the Internet are getting bolder and bolder every day.
As for health benefits - wu long tea is certainly a champion tea. It’s high in antioxidants and there are more than 2,000 research citations about its health benefits. Don't forget the fact that it's been used for 5,000 years in China and the far east.
Even if you’re skeptical, wu long tea is hard to dislike and it’s hard to dispute that it’s a good idea to add it to your nutrition program as part of a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.
But, when it comes to claims for large and rapid weight loss - in bodyweight and bodyfat - buyer beware!
The science that is current says that the thermogenic effect of wu long tea - is very real - but also very small! This is one of those facts about wu long tea that need to be investigated and supported by further conclusive long-term studies. Until then, don't hope for weight loss miracles from wu long tea!
About the Author
Tom Venuto is a natural bodybuilder, certified personal trainer and freelance fitness writer.
Tom is the author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle", which teaches men and women how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world's best bodybuilders and fitness models.
Learn how to get rid of stubborn fat and increase your metabolism by visiting www.burnthefat.com
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