What is the Oprah tea everyone keeps talking about? Dr Perricone said on an Oprah show that if you drink it instead of coffee, he would “guarantee you would lose 10 pounds in 6 weeks”. So, why would a respected medical doctor make such claims about a tea?
The answer is simple. The tea that Oprah drinks to lose weight is Wulong / Oolong. Both names mean exactly the same thing. This tea comes from the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China – one of the only places in the world that has the exact temperature, humidity and topology for growing tea.
So, what makes Wulong-Oolong so effective in helping you lose weight? It is rich in catechins. These are polyphenolic plant compounds that have antioxidant properties. They belong to the family of flavonoids that have been extensively documented for their health benefits.
Researchers at the Teikyo University School of Medicine discovered that the catechins in oolong tea helped to reduce abdominal fat without influencing the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Other scientific tidbits include its ability to stop the body from converting dietary fats into body fats. Researchers at Ehime School of Medicine reduced the body’s absorption of lipids, and increased the rate fats were burned by giving subjects Oolong tea.
So, how can you lose weight with the Oprah tea? Drink one cup with every meal, or take it in a capsule format if you’re not a fan of tea. Of course, you need to combine drinking Wulong-Oolong with a healthy diet and moderate exercise for best results. If you eat a high carb and high fat diet while drinking the tea and do not exercise, your weight will stay the same.