Oolong Tea for Weight Loss
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Oolong Tea for Weight LossOolong tea (wu-long tea or brown tea) comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Oolong tea is recognized as one of the best DIY home remedies for weight loss that decreases body fat and speeds up metabolism and blocks fat building enzymes. It also helps to keep the pounds off once you lost them. Not only that, but the tea helps to build a healthy immune system with other health benefits.

Benefits of Oolong Tea in Losing Weight:

Oolong tea has many benefits:

  • It is full of anti-oxidants that helps to boost up your metabolism by 10% or more for up to 2 hours after drinking oolong. It also helps to protect you from chronic diseases.
  • These anti-oxidants help to burn the fat more effectively and quickly (especially tummy and upper arm fat) that helps to lose weight and to have healthy immune system.
  • It naturally contains caffeine, which combined with the EGCGs in the tea will work together to raise the fat oxidation.
  • It helps to regulate the blood sugar levels and lowers your cravings.
  • It tastes good!
  • It contains polymerized polyphenols which helps to increase the body’s energy expenditure.
  • Polyphenols in the tea block the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol by over 50% when taken 3 times a day.
  • It also helps to prevent obesity even while eating a high-fat diet. It reduces the abdominal fat and LDL cholesterol safely without any side effects.

How Much Oolong Tea is Needed?

Two cups of oolong tea every day is recommended for perfect weight loss. If possible, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Why Oolong Tea rather than Other Drinks:

For weight loss, try to substitute your daily latte with this aromatic, enticing cup of oolong tea. It burns excess fat and also prevents fat from returning. Oolong tea has less caffeine (compared to coffee) and tastes good without any extra sweeteners or milk. Finally it provides many additional wellness benefits.

How to make Oolong Tea for Weight Loss:

Here are a few methods to follow:

Method – 1:

  • Mix a teaspoon of oolong tea powder to a cup of hot water.
  • Steep for about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Sip it slowly and enjoy.
  • Drink regularly to see the benefits.

Method – 2:

  • Bring water to 190 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit on the stove.
  • Pour the water in a cup.
  • Fill a tea infuser with a teaspoon or two of loose oolong tea leaves for every cup of tea.
  • Place in the cup and allow it to steep for 2-6 minutes.
  • Drink this tea twice a day with meals to see the benefits.

Method – 3:

  • Add a tablespoon of both green tea and oolong tea to a cup of hot water.
  • Steep for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and allow it to cool.
  • Drink this tea twice a day (once in morning and once at evening or late afternoon).

Methods – 4:

  • Steep an oolong tea bag in boiled water for 1 1/2 minutes and cover.
  • Take out the tea bag and drink.
  • The teabag can be reused, but make sure you steep it for longer in another cup of hot water.
  • Regularly repeat for best results.

Best Oolong Tea for Weight Loss:

Best teas:

  • monkey picked
  • Nonpareil Taiwan li Shan,
  • Guang dong phoenix dan cong
  • Tsui yu jade
  • Dong ding
  • Chinese

Some of the varieties:

  • Amber
  • Da hong pao
  • Dancing oolong
  • Jade oolong
  • Darjeeling oolong
  • High mountain oolong
  • Tie guan yin
  • Milky oolong,
  • Oriental beauty
  • Pouching tea
  • Se chug oolong
  • Slimming tea,
  • Zhejiang
  • Sichuan

Green Oolong Tea for Weight Loss:

Green oolong tea has low levels of oxidation and is often described as green and floral. Prepare the tea using above methods

Dark or Black Oolong Tea:

Dark or black oolong is fully oxidized and a roasted form of tea that they are more of an acquired taste for westerners. Prepare the tea using above methods. Drink this tea 2 to 3 cups to lose weight.

Where to Buy Oolong Tea:

You can buy oolong either online or in specific shops. Some places online are: amazon, ebay, teavan, artoftea, adagio, etc. Also shops such as: trader joes, Ralphs and Albertsons, fair trade brand, twining brand, etc.

Tips to Reduce Weight Loss:

Beyond following the home remedies, follow these tips for an effective weight loss naturally without any side effects.

  1. Any extras you add to oolong tea like milk or sugar will bring calories to your drink.
  2. Drinking a cup of this tea 30 minutes to an hour prior to a workout will contribute to successful weight loss. Also enjoying a cup in the afternoon will prevent late day sweet desires and energy slumps.
  3. While drinking this tea, make sure you follow a low fat, low cholesterol diet and also maintain a regular workout routine, as these methods help each other.
  4. Do not steep for longer that is recommended on the packaging.
  5. Watch your daily caffeine intake.
  6. It helps to strengthen the immune system.
  7. Oolong tea can be flavoured or unflavoured. Ginger peach and plum oolong tea are popular in flavoured tea.
  8. You can purchase oolong tea either in tea bags or loose.

Other great remedies for weight loss include acupunctureAloe VeraBee PollenHoney and cinnamonCoconut oilGarlicLemons, and Topiramate.


Oolong tea is consumed a lot could result in some side effects.

  1. Oolong tea contains naturally occurring fluorides. When you drank extreme amounts of tea means you’re exposed to dangerously high levels of fluorides that could lead to skeletal fluorosis.
  2. You could get some caffeine side effects like: increased heart rate, anxiety, restlessness, dehydration, difficulty in sleeping, diarrhea, PMS, tremors, depression, excessive urination and many more.
  3. It’s wise to check with your healthcare provider before you start taking oolong tea for weight management.
  4. Avoid consuming oolong tea if you’re pregnant, nursing women or are taking any prescription medications.
  5. Over consumption of this tea could cause hypokalemia, upset stomach, beriberi, kidney stones, decreases the effectiveness of medications, osteoporosis, tea allergy, etc.
  6. Oolong can also promote strong teeth, healthy body and makes the skin radiant and flawless.

Be patient and have regular consumption of oolong tea to lose the excess weight and have a happy and healthy life. Do you have any experience with oolong tea? Then please share with us.


  1. I heard about oolong tea and I decided to try it, because I heard that it works better than diet pills. And you know what, it really works. I was taking coffee bean pills and I was not loosing weight I tried other pills and nothing, I tried diets, exercise and nothing has worked as the oolong tea I feel now lighter my tummy has gone down a little bit has i have more energy than ever before. When I do my exercise i dont have to drag myself as I use to so one thing I notices if I dont take my tea and I exercise I dont have the same energy I have to cut my exercise but if I drink my tea I could keep going with my exercise for an extra hour and even more and another benefit about this tea is that it has helped me with my cravings I love deserts cake, muffings, cheese cake, cookies, doughnuts and I have been off from those things I think about those things though but I dont get the crazy cravings I use to get that I had to have it. I am so proud of myself I hope it continues helping me.

      1. I purchased my oolong tea at Marshall’s! It brings 100 bags in box and its organic. The cost was $5.99
        And it taste really fresh.

    1. Drink 2 cups of oolong tea, each before a meal. Apart from that don’t forget to include fresh vegetable and fruits in your diet and to exercise regularly.

  2. I feel the same as Tina. I have serious sugar craving, but with oolong tea it has changed things for me. I don’t have the cravings as bad. Before I just had to have them no matter what. But with the tea I have more energy, I actually crave the tea and its effect lol. I have 2 cups a day, and have only been on it for a week now. I do notice the mental clarity as well. Seems that there are many great benefits with this tea and I have seen a lot of them. As for the weight loss for this first week I have lost 13 pounds, but I am on a diet as well. The only difference is I have never lost this much in one week, even with the normal fluid loss in the first week has never been that much. SO I would like to think that oolong has helped with this as well.

    1. Hi, what was your diet like. Is there a specific time you would drink the tea, like 1/2 hour before meal or just before your ate….

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. But it is recommended to exercise and consume a nutritional diet to prevent the regain of weight.

  3. In a day how much time we can?
    Can we take at night?
    In morning what time we can take?
    After exercise or before exercise?
    If we take at night than after dinner or before dinner?

  4. 2 10 oz cups of oolong tea for me and a low carb diet have been the combination I have been looking for. Down almost 50 pounds and 52 inches. I have been at the low carb almost a year. I added in the tea a couple months ago. It keeps the sweets cravings at bay and has helped me be able to bypass all the sweets these thoughtful nurses bring in on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful tea.

    1. Here are some of the brands – Guang dong phoenix dan cong, Dong ding, Chinese or monkey picked. You can have more than 2 cups of tea but it is better to limit the consumption as the caffine also has some disadvantages.

  5. Are the brands u mentioned the only brands you recommend ?becasue i have touch organic oolong tea and was wondering if that was ok

  6. I recently came back from China at the end of September. Throughout my entire trip I was very nervous that I was going to gain weight because I was eating a LOT of food. My Chinese co workers pressured me to keep eating even though I was full at all meals and the food was extremely oily – please note that I gain weight EXTREMELY easily, I swear it used to be if I simply smelled pizza I would gain 3 pounds. Low and behold, at the end of two weeks my shorts actually fit LOOSER. But I had been eating a ton of oily foods during my stay compared to a way healthier diet I had back in the states? Why was I losing weight even though my diet was worse? It didn’t add up. Then I realized I was drinking tea with many of my meals in China on a daily basis, and one of my co workers mentioned that one of the teas, oolong, is known for weight loss. I was sold. When I came back to the states I bought 2 boxes of dark oolong tea from the local Asian market and maintained a reasonable diet while still at the same time eating what I wanted from time to time and I have maintained my weight. Everyone’s body is different but oolong is DEFINITELY a life saver for me. I no longer have to obsessively count calories in order to avoid gaining weight, I have somewhat of a normal metabolism now! I drink it 2-4 times a day.

    1. I’m muslim too and this comment has me confused. Oolong tea is basically just dried leaves in hot water. Don’t worry bout it.

    1. If you are suffering from gastritis, it is better to avoid caffeine. For weight loss, you can try different remedies mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/weight-loss/. Apart from trying out the remedies, eat a nutritional diet, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and reduce stress levels.

  7. Hi I have just had a baby and wanted to loose pregnancy weight . I started drinking Foojoy Oolong tea (brown Box)
    for 4 weeks now and I am extremely disappointed as I have not lost a single lb of weight.

    I eat less and don’t snack and drink 3 or 4 cps per day.. so I am surprised that I have not lost any weight what so ever. What could be the reason for this? especially as lots of people claim that the foojoy oolong brand is the best.

    Is it possible that tea bags don;t work as good as the loose oolong tea?

    I am hypothyroid and take Levothyroxine, but I thought this tea would help speed up my metabolism but it has not and I still feel tired and exhausted.

    Can you offer some advice? I just want to loose the baby weight and have more energy to look after 2 babies.



    1. Apart from drinking oolong tea, you have exercise daily and eat nutrition rich food. Instead of eating 3 large meals, you have to eat 6 meals a day in small quantities. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily routine. Reduce the amount of oil, processed and fatty foods. Try to incorporate at least one green leaf vegetable in your daily diet.

  8. for those who dont believe it, well i lost around 25 pounds… 25!!!! in a month lol….its crazy how this thing works…. and all i did was drinking around 2-3 bottles of 500ml per day…morning, noon and night, its very very cheap tho…. u can buy them at Seven Eleven…. and also around 100 jumping jack per day….it takes like 5-8min to finish. please dont tell me u dont ave 10mins to spare everyday….and obviously …try to avoid carbs, eat skittles once for a while to keep ur sugar lvl at min, overwise u gonna faint, or feeling dizzy, and just eat half of ur meal….if u are hungry, eat an apple or orange till dinner time….easy for lazy ppl like me 😀 sorry my eng isnt that great 😀 hope u all understood it haha ^_^ btw eat some FAT too coz FAT takes a while to digest, means u are burning more ur fat by eating a little FAT 😛

    1. Yes, it is. For effective weight loss, apart from drinking oolong tea, exercise daily and eat nutrition rich food.

    1. I am drinking Begelow Oolong tea and have lost 8 pounds in a week without even trying. Now I will start walking and eating more veggies.. I drink about 3 cups. You do not squeeze the bag and can reuse it one time but steep it longer the second time. Cost is about .25 cents per day.. My first tea of the day has a little honey in it.

  9. My baby is 10 months now and I want to loose this fat. Can I take lotus herbal tea to loose weight? I’m still breastfeeding him. Won’t it affect him? Thanks.

    1. Some herbal teas may not be good to drink while breastfeeding. So, it is better to avoid taking lotus herbal tea. Once you stop breast feeding, you can try the process. Meanwhile, you can exercise and eat nutritional food to start burning the calories.

  10. Just to let everyone know that I have lost a total of 50lbs, minimal exercise and lots of oolong tea. My meals didn’t restrict anything but milk. I OCCASSIONALLY had “nutritious junk food”.


    Recipe 1:
    1. Steep green tea, oolong tea, honey
    2. Add matcha powder and moringa

    Recipe 2:
    1. Steep green tea and oolong tea with honey

    Recipe 3:
    1. Steep 2 bags oolong tea with honey and lemon

  11. Can I take oolong tea and green or white tea in a day, like two cups of oolong per day then maybe white tea before sleep. Is Eve’s oolong tea good for weight loss

      1. I too have felt nauseous from black teas. For me, it was the tannins in the tea. Just make sure that you have eaten before you drink the tea. Hope this helps.

  12. I take Metformin as my Doctor recommended because i am pre diabetic, i love Oolong tea, lemon and honey. In your Professional opinion, is there a weird interaction between the Tea, homey, lemon and Metformin?

    Thank you

    1. We recommend consulting your doctor to know whether metamorfin interacts with any herbal teas and ingredients.

  13. how late can I take the tea? and how soon should I see any results. and can I put an artificial sweetener in my tea.

    1. You have to drink the oolong once in the morning on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up. It is difficult to tell the exact time frame as it depends on your fat burning capacity, food habits and lifestyle. No, it is better to avoid artificial sweeteners when you are thinking of weight loss.

  14. Hi,
    I am taking Nature-Thyroid for hypothyroidism and was wondering if you knew if oolong tea would interact with it?

  15. Hi, could you tell me which is the best oolong tea for belly fat and for bad gums as mine bleed and are receding and if you could tell me the best way to use it thanks

  16. omg I have always struggled my whole life with my weight, I’ve never felt pretty or good enough always so ashamed of my body, But with all the info that I have read in this site I really do hope it helps me and I will do my best to lose this nasty horrible weight off my body. thank you soo much for all this great information.
    Gris from Dallas,Texas

  17. 1)Hey is it possible to include ginger to my oolong tea?
    2)Can I drink regular black Nescafé separate
    3) What foods should I avoid? As in what doesn’t go well with the oolong tea.

    1. 1) Yes, you can add ginger to oolong tea. However, if you are on blood thinning medications then you should avoid ginger and oolong combination.
      2) It depends on your interest and preference. Usually, we recommend to avoid taking other caffeinated drinks along with oolong tea as it can lead to some side effects like anxiety, restlessness, difficulty in sleeping, excessive urination, diarrhea and others.
      3) Actually, all the foods are the safe to eat while consuming oolong tea. Ginger, clove, cinnamon are few natural ingredients you can brew along with oolong tea. However, if you are on any medications or supplements then it is better to consult a physicist before taking oolong tea alone or with any other ingredient.

  18. What are the side effects of drinking oolong tea. What is the recipe that I am to drink. Is it ok to add acv to the tea

    1. As per Maryland Medical Center, drinking large amounts of tea can cause abdominal spasms, vomiting, headaches and loss of appetite. As per drugs.com, drinking oolong tea for a longer period of time can cause iron deficiency. For oolong tea recipe, read 1st method mentioned in the above article. Yes, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into the oolong tea.

  19. I jusr purchased oolonng tea
    As a beginner how mamy ozs do you drink at a time.Also how many times a day fo you drink it

    1. You can drink a cup of oolong tea daily. Slowly, you can increase it to 2 cups a day (once in the morning and once in the afternoon)

  20. How come I have drank oolong tea for more than 2 weeks now with a careful diet but I hadnt lost any weight but I have gained weight?? HELP !!!

  21. Hello, how long can I drink this tea, weeks months 1 to 2 years, also where can I buy the best brand and what is the best brand for a flat tummy and small waist line?

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