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The #1 Best Tea for a Flat Belly, According to Science

This tea can do your body wonders!

Let's be clear—there's no magic pill to help you lose weight. Weight loss happens when you combine nutritious eating, consistent movement, and stress management into your daily routine. Oh, and cutting out the sugary drinks. And while drinking water, or even sparkling water, can be refreshing every day, it can get boring pretty quickly. So what are some other drinks you can have, and what would be considered the best drink? If you had to pick the best tea for a flat belly, reach for a packet of your favorite green tea.

Here's why green tea is considered the best tea for a flat belly, and for even more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Why green tea is considered the best tea for a flat belly.

Let's look at the science, shall we? According to a study published by the journal Physiology & Behavior, green tea has been proven to help others lose weight. During this 12-week study, two groups of people were asked to consume the same diet of 3 daily meals containing 65% carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 20% fat. However, one group was given green tea to sip, while the other was given a placebo. The study shows that after 12 weeks, the group that drank green tea experienced a higher reduction in body weight compared to the placebo group due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation.

How is this possible? Green tea is high in catechins, which is an antioxidant that has been proven to boost your metabolism and increase fat burning, according to Healthline. Catechins have been closely linked to weight loss, which is why green tea is almost always considered the best tea for a flat belly, and even the best tea to drink if you want to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Green tea can also help decrease your risk of disease.

Because of the catechins and possible weight loss reduction, green tea has also been proven to help reduce one's risk of heart disease and even cancer.

According to a study published by the journal Obesity, the catechins not only reduced body fat, but also helped reduction of systolic blood pressure as well as "bad" LDL cholesterol, both linked to obesity and increased cardiovascular risk.

So by swapping your afternoon cup of coffee with a cup of green tea, you're giving your body a chance to not only slim down, but also decrease your risk of disease. Not sure which kind of green tea to get? We Tasted 10 Green Tea Brands, and This Is the Best One!

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten Hickman is a freelance health and nutrition journalist. Read more about Kiersten