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The 5 Best Teas for Weight Loss

I'm sure we've all heard about green tea's ability to speed up our metabolism, but what about all these other teas out there for us to consume? Here are five kinds of tea that can help speed up weight loss, and they taste great! Personally, I love peppermint tea in the morning and red tea (rooibos) in the afternoon. Green Tea Benefit: Helps burn more calories at the gym Oolong Tea Benefit: Boosts fat metabolism Mint Tea Benefit: Wards off the munchies White Tea Benefit: Blocks new fat cells from forming Red Tea Benefit: Regulates hunger signals For the full explanation you can follow the link :)
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@ShakiraStrange, and if you're in the US, Adagio is always offering coupons on their website. Their Dragonwell green tea is also excellent!
I think most of us need "warding off munchies" love the post very helpful!
I love peppermint tea as well, but I usually drink it after a meal to help digestion. @spudsomma I agree! Also adding milk will soften the texture of black tea, so the taste is less strong.
@Spudsomma, I am in the US and I love green tea!!! I'm super excited! !! Thanks again!!! Going to the website now
@caricakes, I found a delicious white tea with peach from a company called Adagio. Very delicate flavor, and not too much caffiene. (I don't work for Adagio, I just loooove their teas!)
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