Is Earl Grey Tea Effective For Weight Loss?

You can now lose those stubborn pounds using this tea, thanks to the bergamot's powers.

Medically Reviewed by Jenna Volpe, RDN, LD
By Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition

If adding green tea to your daily diet routine does not seem to be your thing because of its typically bitter taste, you should try Earl Grey tea for weight loss alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle changes. All the different varieties of tea, along with their aromatic taste and flavor are known for their many health benefits as well. Earl Grey tea, with its many polyphenols and antioxidants, may also support weight loss. While you can get it readily packaged, you can make one for yourself at home as well. To know more about Early Grey tea and how it can help manage your weight better, keep reading!

Earl Grey Tea – A Brief:

This delicious English tea was given its name after the British Prime Minister, James Earl Grey. It is one of the most well-known teas in the world, especially due to its distinct flavor and aroma. The leaves of Earl Grey tea are blended with bergamot to give it its unique taste (1). It is now being used worldwide as a way to lose weight, in addition to gaining a multitude of health benefits.

Fun Fact
There is another legend associated with Earl Grey Tea. It is said that a Chinese tea blender gifted the tea to James Earl Grey as a token of gratitude after one of his men saved his son from drowning.

How Does Earl Grey Tea Help In Weight Loss?

Earl grey tea may aid weight loss

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According to research at a university in Italy, the citrus extract that gives Earl Gray its distinct flavor could play an important role in weight loss. This extract is derived from the bergamot, which is a type of orange that is found in the Mediterranean. Bergamot contains phytochemicals and other components that help in boosting metabolism and helping to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the stomach (2).

When you drink Earl Grey tea, bergamot helps the calories in your body to be used and burned more efficiently (2).

Drinking Earl Grey tea on a regular basis is a great way to complement and enhance weight loss goals, alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, crash diets, or other fad diets. It is all-natural and comes with many nutrients and properties that give you a plethora of health benefits.

According to research, the bergamot present in Earl Grey tea may help you lose weight (3). However, you need to keep in mind that if you are trying to lose weight, the tea should be taken without milk or sugar. Adding them will only defeat the purpose of burning calories. Since citrus is known to help enhance metabolism and calorie-burning, add a dash of fresh lemon juice instead.

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You can add ginger, mint leaves, and cinnamon sticks to enhance the flavor of the tea. These ingredients may also support your weight loss goals.

Other Benefits Of Earl Grey Tea:

Earl Grey tea may prevent heart diseases

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As mentioned earlier, the bergamot in Earl Grey tea, in addition to weight loss, provides a wide range of other benefits for your health. These benefits include:

  1. It helps protect you against strokes, heart disease, etc (2).
  2. It exhibits anti-cancer activities (4).
  3. Research has shown that it can help in increasing HDL cholesterol and blocks LDLs (2).
  4. It unclogs the passageways in their arteries, thus improving their function (2).
  5. It may promote oral health by preventing cavities and alleviating the growth of bacteria that produce acids that cause damage to tooth enamel (5).
  6. It boosts energy levels naturally without as much caffeine as you get from coffee (2).
  7. It may aid in digestion and may help reduce nausea, colic, and other symptoms of indigestion in some cases (5).
  8. It helps in regulating sugar levels in the blood.
  9. The bergamot in Earl Grey tea is said to help support immunity which can be beneficial in managing fever (2).
  10. It has antidepressant and antioxidant properties that are beneficial for the body and mind (6).

Drinking Earl Grey tea for weight loss is a good idea, especially given its unique aroma, distinct flavor, and rich nutritional and antioxidant profile. The benefits of this tea stem from the fact that it is blended with the citrus extract of bergamot. This extract helps boost metabolism, limit cholesterol absorption, help enhance the conversion of calories to energy more efficiently, and stimulate fat burning. But do not take Earl Grey tea with milk (due to its high calorific value). Instead, go for a few drops of lemon juice. While you can drink this tea at any time to enhance weight loss naturally, keep in mind it contains caffeine, which may negatively impact your sleep cycle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Earl Grey help with bloating?

Anecdotal evidence claim that the anti-inflammatory properties of Earl Grey tea may help relieve abdominal discomfort and bloating.

Does Earl Grey tea have side effects?

Yes, excess consumption may lead to muscle cramps and blurred vision (7). It is also not established safe for children, pregnant, and breastfeeding women. Also, people with anxiety, IBS, high blood pressure, or insomnia should avoid it due to its high caffeine content.

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  1. Discrimination and Identification of Aroma Profiles and Characterized Odorants in Citrus Blend Black Tea with Different Citrus Species
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC7570765/
  2. Clinical application of bergamot (Citrus bergamia) for reducing high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease markers
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC6497409/
  3. Effects of 12-week supplementation of Citrus bergamia extracts-based formulation CitriCholess on cholesterol and body weight in older adults with dyslipidemia: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC5741859/
  4. Anticancer activity of liposomal bergamot essential oil (BEO) on human neuroblastoma cells
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24099646/
  5. Treatment With a Flavonoid-Rich Fraction of Bergamot Juice Improved Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Periodontitis in Rats – PMC
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6345201/
  6. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil Inhalation Improves Positive Feelings in the Waiting Room of a Mental Health Treatment Center: A Pilot Study
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC5434918/
  7. Citrus bergamia essential oil: from basic research to clinical application – PMC
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345801/
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