Coffee, Tea, or Yerba Mate for Weight Loss?

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Coffee, Tea, or Yerba Mate for Weight_Loss_2Unless we are really diligent about working out regularly, or if we have great control over our cravings, most of us can probably afford to lose a few pounds. So we typically look for alternative ways to shed that excess weight, usually with some kind of supplements. But because of various and often exaggerated ads, we are usually a little wary of them. Luckily, there has been a growing trend of drinking “natural” supplements like  coffee, tea, and yerba mate to lose weight .

Many of us think of coffee, tea, and yerba mate as a source of energy, but here is a short break down of the differences between these drinks and how we might go about choosing the right one to take advantage of its weight-losing abilities.

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According to StyleCrazy, black coffee can be very helpful in losing weight, mainly because it contains a compound known as chlorogenic acid. It helps slow down your systems glucose production and decrease fat cell production after a meal. The keyword here being “black,” meaning we need to skip our favorite flavored creamer (mine’s hazelnut, by the way) in order for the chlorogenic acid to take full effect.

Kopi Luwak and green coffee beans are also dubbed effective for weight loss. Green coffee bean extract, which is also found in most diet pill supplements, is deemed more effective in terms of losing weight —studies show. The caffeine present in coffee suppresses hunger, helping you to curb cravings between meals. Because it stimulates our metabolism, it would also help to burn a few calories along the way. It also reduces the excess water content in our body, the “water weight” that often makes us look a little more bloated than we’d like to!

Moving onto another fan favorite: tea. Many people like to pair their tea with milk and some sugar, especially when brewing a very strong, highly caffeinated tea like earl grey tea. However, we should steer away from these types of tea if losing weight is our goal.


On The Dr. Oz Show, Bryce Wilde, a world expert of alternative medicine, introduces certain teas as natural remedies for weight loss…and no milk or sugar is needed to improve its taste.

Wilde mentions that tea should be drank at the “right” time to have the right effect, and subsequently sets up an all-day plan for fans:

    Start the morning off with two cups of Pu-Erh, a tea originating from China that shrinks fat cells,

  Drink two cups of white tea after lunch to prevent fat storage,

 A cup of chickweed tea in the afternoon is said to reduce signs of bloating,

 Finally, end the all-day plan with a cup of bilberry tea to kill off any pesky evening cravings.

Yerba mate contains mateine, an ingredient similar to caffeine but without the known side effects. And it is this key ingredient that
increases metabolism and energy, and as a result promotes weight loss. At the same time, FitDay claims that it has a relaxing effect, which allows drinkers to sleep better at night.

yerba mate

As for yerba mate, it has been used in South America (in countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay) for more than a hundred years according to FitDay. It just recently made its global debut, and there’s no doubt why it’s becoming so popular.

Which of these is the best option for weight loss?

Yours truly is leaning towards tea.

Black coffee is too strong of a stimulant and for most people it’s definitely an acquired taste.

Yerba mate is not very well known and has only started showing up in many supplements recently. There hasn’t been a thorough amount of research done concerning the benefits and properties of yerba mate. If you are curious to try it however, I recommend Guayaki, they also have organic green tea.

On the other hand, many flavors of tea taste great and do not require any additives to do so. If anything, the high levels of antioxidants and detoxification properties in tea are enough to win me over – no matter how it tastes.

But regardless of what the final decision is, remember that everything should be consumed in moderation. Your body knows what’s best, and you should never ignore any warning signs. In addition to that, on top of relying on just a single factor, it is better to maintain a healthy lifestyle and watch everything you eat. It’s never a good plan to eat everything you crave and then figure out ways to lose the excess weight later.

With that said, I wish you the best of luck on your journey to a healthier you (and to shedding a couple of pounds along the way)!

Disclaimer: This is solely the opinions of yours truly supported with evidence from various websites. Please take all weight loss options with grain of salt.

About the author / 

Moji Tehranian

Moji is a certified personal trainer. She has had the privilege to work with many busy clients who are balancing family, work and fitness. As a busy mom herself with a full-time job and kids, Moji understands that fitness isn't just about working out. To her, fitness is an integral part of the overall balance of life. Moji is also the editor of the branded "Get Fit. Get Sexy." monthly magazine.

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