Does Tea Increase Metabolism? Finding Proof of a Boost

August 5, 2022

Yes, some teas can increase metabolism. You should be warned that it may not make as much of a difference as you would like, though.

I have been asked, “does tea increase metabolism?” on more than one occasion by my clients. Anyone who is trying to lose weight is often looking for various tricks and techniques to shed even more pounds. While tea can boost your metabolism, I do warn my clients that they shouldn’t expect to see a major change.

In this post, I will be outlining which teas can improve your metabolism. I will also be focusing on how effective the teas are and some of the results that you can expect. Now, let’s answer some important questions!

What Tea Raises Metabolism?

As you are aware there are many different kinds of teas. Even among true teas, you will find some discrepancies in health benefits. Thus, let’s take a look at which teas can have the greatest impact on your metabolism…

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Does Green Tea Increase Metabolic Rate?

When most people think of metabolism boosting tea, they automatically consider green tea. This is because this is where most of the research has been focused on. So, does this hold true?

Now, there is some evidence that green tea can increase your metabolic rate. People who took green tea extracts were recorded as using up more energy than individuals who were on placebos. However, there is a catch.

In case you are wondering how much can green tea boost metabolism, experiment participants experienced a 4 percent increase in thermogenesis. The overall energy expenditure is 4.5 percent.  

For one thing, almost all of the experiments in this area were conducted with green tea extracts. These are more concentrated doses of green tea. It can be difficult – sometimes impossible – to get the same level of nutrients, antioxidants, or caffeine by drinking cups of tea.

Therefore, regardless what the research says, it can be difficult to replicate these results unless you decided to take green tea extract supplements. 

The other issue is that this spike in metabolic rate isn’t detected with everyone. Thus, some people may be able to boost their metabolism with green tea and expedite the weight loss process. Others, unfortunately, may not be able to see the same results.

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Will Oolong Tea Boost Your Metabolism?

Oolong tea isn’t in the news as much as the other teas so people forget how good it can be for you. In particular, it can help to increase your metabolism. And, unlike with green tea, the experiment was based on brewed oolong tea leaves.

It was discovered that participants experienced a 3.4 percent rise in energy expenditure after drinking a full strength brewed cup of tea. Best of all, these results were recorded even after the participants had consumed a regular American diet rather than a low-calorie one.

Is Black Tea Good for Metabolism?

Black tea can be good for your metabolism as well but in a rather unusual way. This tea contains a prebiotic, which means that it promotes the growth of good bacteria in the body. Black tea, in particular, works to increase a bacteria that targets metabolism.

In this way, there is a chance that drinking black tea regularly good work to increase your metabolism as well. It is worth noting that the experiment was conducted with black tea polyphenols. As such, it can be difficult to know what results to expect when simply drinking brewed black tea leaves.

Is Coffee or Green Tea Better for Metabolism?

Just as many people drink coffee to boost their metabolism. They believe that the caffeine in the beverage can help them to increase the number of calories burned per activity. Due to this, it is quite interesting to see how green tea and coffee perform against one another. Is one drink better than the other?

It appears not. Coffee and green tea have a similar impact on your metabolism. Therefore, you can expect to see the same amount of results or weight loss regardless of which drink you consume.

It should be noted that green tea does have a whole host of other health benefits, though. It is high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Due to this, it can provide an overall health boost, not just speed up your metabolism.

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What Happens If I Drink Green Tea Every Day?

Considering all the information that you have learned, you may be wondering what would happen if you drink green tea every day?

Well, drinking green tea every day can help to ensure that you are consuming enough of the components to boost your metabolism, even just a little. Thus, regular consumption can certainly aid your weight loss efforts in this regard.

Also, as mentioned, green tea does have a variety of benefits. As such, there is no real downside to this beverage. Whichever way that you look at it, it is a winning situation.

The only thing to be aware of is that green tea is rather high in caffeine. Thus, you may not want to drink more than a couple of cups of tea a day. If you suffer from sleep issues, try to drink the tea earlier on in the day so that the caffeine can’t have an impact on your sleep patterns.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor before consuming green tea. You may need to limit how much you drink, consume decaf versions, or avoid the beverage altogether.

This concludes what you need to know about tea increasing your metabolism. While there is a boost with green, oolong, and black tea, it may not be enough to produce satisfactory results. Therefore, it is a good idea to use tea to supplement other weight loss tactics.

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About the Author
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry.
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