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5 Kinds Of Tea To Drink Throughout The Day

5 Kinds Of Tea To Drink Throughout The Day

Around the world tea has been a popular beverage for centuries, whether it’s green, white, or black. Tea has many health benefits; its packed with antioxidants, can boost your energy, and keep your waistline slim.

This handy guide will help you to ensure your tea consumption aligns with your energy needs throughout the day:

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Drink White Tea in the Early Morning

First thing in the morning, black or green tea is not the ideal beverage for you to drink. Take a lighter approach with white tea. This type of tea isn’t as heavy and has lighter flavors that are easier on your stomach and palate. For an extra boost of caffeine from white tea, look for a higher quality brand and make sure to use boiling hot water (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit). The hot water temperature may compromise the delicate flavor of white tea, but it will definitely give you a kick-start to your day.

Drink Green Tea in the Mid-Morning

As the morning progresses, green tea is a solid choice. This is because it will help to boost your metabolism to help burn extra calories during lunch and help fight the energy slump right before your midday meal. Since the flavor of green tea can be quite strong, it is important to learn how to prepare the tea to suit your own personal taste buds. If you prefer a stronger flavor, make sure to steep the tea in boiling hot water. If a more subtle taste is more to your liking, steep the tea in hot water.

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Drink Black Tea During Lunch

Black tea is the wisest decision during lunch because it is widely available in restaurants and it helps cut down on any excess sweetness or greasiness that might be present in your food. This type of tea is also more resilient to being steeped in various water temperatures. Sweetened with a bit of honey, black tea is a healthier beverage than a sugary soda and most importantly will help keep your energy up and prevent that infamous mid-afternoon crash that is the result of a refined sugar spike. If you want to prevent bad breath, leave out the honey, since unsweetened black tea has been known to slow down the growth of plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth.

Drink Pu-erh Tea After Lunch

Pu-erh tea is unique because it goes under a special fermentation process before it’s put through its final drying. Because of this it is known to aid digestion. In China, it has been used traditionally for preventing weight gain after a large meal. Another benefit of pu-erh tea is that it has only a moderate level of caffeine in it, so it will help you stay awake during the last few hours of work, but you won’t be kept up at night.

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Drink Oolong Tea in the Early Evening

Drinking oolong tea is a good decision after dinner because although it does contain caffeine, it does not have as much as is present in green or white tea. Steep the tea in hot, not boiling water, to reduce the amount of caffeine in your drink. When using loose leaf make sure to lessen the quantity you use to minimize the caffeine, without hampering flavor. If you want to cut out caffeine completely after dinner, opt for a herbal tea. Herbal options include ginger, chamomile, or rooibos, and these can help to soothe your nerves without an unwanted energy boost. Regardless of your preferences, always make sure not to drink tea too late in the night, because it has the ability to keep you up if consumed too close to bedtime.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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