China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea
I’m coming at cha from Tokyo, Japan.
Currently: in an airport lounge, eating Japanese noodles, drinking roasted green tea, & listening to elevator music, BUT HEY I HAVE FUCKING WIFI SO LIFE IS GOOD. For me, life without wifi is like life without sun.
When I went to China I knew the wifi sitch would be kind of annoying BUT I didn’t know I’d be locked out of American sites.
Ya. That happened.
It was so weird. We were accessing normal American sites & then BAM!! One day they just didn’t work.
So. I actually COULDN’T work. It was a total first for me. I’m used to returning about 400 emails a day, engaging on social media, blogging, & researching so it was an odd feeling to just disconnect.
I’m back though!
Ok so I know, I know another post about tea? How much tea can one drink? I mean? I fully understand that you’re tea-ed out but THIS TEA I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT IS UNREAL, so bear with me, mkay?
I wouldn’t have done a full dedicated blog post to this specific tea unless it was THAT good. And it is.
So here’s the story: Michael & I went tea tasting.
You know, like wine tasting? But tea tasting. Apparently, this is very common in China.
( If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw a peek inside the experience ).
Anyway, at the tea tasting we sampled TONS of Chinese teas. I’ve tried Herbal tea, Ferment tea, Oolong tea, Green tea, Black tea, & other types I never heard before. It comes in different types like the usual tea bags, tea powder, & loose leaf tea.
Tea is very rich source of antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals. The Chinese also uses traditional Chinese medicine by combining different herbs, mixed them with tea leaves, and brew them like tea.
The Chinese freaking know their tea. Tea is a full blown HUGE deal & I was loving it.
TEA, TEA, TEA, & MORE TEA.
How about tea cake anyone?! Haha!
The girl who helped us told us about Pu’erh tea. Her eyes lit up when she talked about this particular tea.
The benefits of Pu’erh Tea
She told me all her girlfriends drank the tea twice a day, after meals to stay slim. The girl went on & on about this tea and how everyone in China drinks it for it’s weight loss properties.
I was excited to share because obviously it’s an all-natural way to keep weight off. AND the tea tastes phenomenal ( I like weird tastes though ).
So what’d I do? Became a lab rat for the rest of the trip, der.
I drank the tea, twice a day.
Just taking one for the team, guys.
AND LET’S JUST SAY: it keep things VERY regular. I would describe Pu’erh tea as chia seeds on steroids/crack. AKA don’t drink the tea before a hot date night. And since I finally got a damn Internet connection, I was able to research. Here are the details:
According to this source, “Pu-erh tea ( also spelled Pu’er or Pu er tea ) is a kind of healthy beverage, which not only has a long history of Chinese tea health benefits but can help us reduce fat and lose weight. The cooked tea can keep the stomach fit and warm it, while the fresh tea has a better effect on fat burning than the cooked tea, on account of its strong taste.
Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat. If you drink Pu-erh at the wrong times, it is said that it will actually cause you to gain weight instead. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss & fat burning goals is one hour after a meal, so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats. However if you drink Pu-erh half an hour or so before you eat a meal, it will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead because when you drink Pu-erh tea before a meal it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.
Ideally, to lose the most weight using Pu-erh tea, you should drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other Chinese tea or drinks to your diet besides Pu-erh tea. If you do this the weight loss effects will be the most noticeable.”
Read all about how to brew it & check out all the tea health benefits here.
By the way, I love the idea of someone calling me & being like “what are you doing?” And me casually being all “oh nothing, just drinking my Pu’erh” with a fully erect pinky. It’s kind of chic, right?
Ok, now it’s time to conquer my email inbox (FML)…talk soon, Lauryn xx
THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL DOES TEA TIME