Using Rooibos to Lose Weight
Year after year the U.S. population is introduced to hundreds of weight loss “secrets” – unfortunately a majority of these quirky diet plans result in losing pounds quickly but are extremely hard, or even unhealthy, to prolong. This year, we’re promoting the good old fashioned way of losing weight – less calories in, more calories out. This being said, specific foods and drinks can definitely aid in helping to reach your weight loss goals. One in particular, Rooibos tea, is a powerful all natural drink that continues to rise in popularity, especially among the health conscious.
Rooibos, which is a South African redbush herbal tea, has many healthy attributes including; caffeine free, low in tannins, calorie free, a natural stress reliever, and contains powerful antioxidants, among other things. So what does this have to do with losing weight? These attributes fight against the many common breakdowns that most do not factor in when trying to reach their weight loss goals.
1) Rooibos is calorie free and naturally sweet tasting.
Without realizing it, many of us drink hundreds of calories a day that sneak in with coffee drinks, sodas, alcohol and even sugar filled teas. Rooibos allows you a choice that is a natural, great tasting beverage to drink, besides water, that doesn’t contain calories or artificial ingredients. Unlike other teas that many times need sugar and milk to hide bitterness, Rooibos contains very low tannin levels meaning no bitter taste. In addition, due to it being caffeine free, you can drink this beverage any time of the day and there is no such thing as over-consumption.
2) Rooibos naturally relieves stress.
How many of us eat because we are overworked, overscheduled, and overanxious? This is a huge problem in our society, especially because the foods we tend to reach for are high in calories and fat. Drinking Rooibos tea instead, will not only save you huge calories but this unique herbal tea has a natural calming effect on the central nervous system to actually lessen stress.
3) Components in Rooibos help aid both falling asleep and quality of sleep.
Getting a healthy amount of uninterrupted sleep actually promotes weight loss. Multiple studies have been done that reveal getting more sleep (typically at least 8 hours) aids in; feeling less hungry, fewer cravings for unhealthy foods, and a higher metabolism, among other things. In addition, getting more sleep usually results in higher energy levels helping to make it easier to start or regulate an exercise routine.
4) Exclusive blends are available containing a natural appetite suppressant.
There has been controversy as to whether Rooibos in itself is a natural appetite suppressant, which studies have not confirmed. However, the natural South African botanical, Hoodia Gordonii, contains the appetite suppressing molecule P57. This powerful plant has been used for centuries to trick the brain into thinking one is full, even if no food has been consumed. Quality blends of Rooibos tea with Hoodia can be found resulting in a powerful way to reduce hunger cravings. When consuming Hoodia in liquid form (versus commonly found pill form) the brain signals the body to prepare for immediate ingestion, allowing optimal absorption.
In summary, Rooibos is an incredibly unique and powerful natural beverage consumed around the world. Will Rooibos in itself cause miraculous weight loss? No, but by using it as a weapon in your overall plan, it can play a big part in helping you achieve a healthier, sustainable lifestyle resulting in a more fit and happier you.