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Chá of hibiscus: really slimming? (and how to use)

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Chá of hibiscus: really slimming? (and how to use)
Chá of hibiscus: really slimming? (and how to use)

Taking hibiscus tea daily is a great way to facilitate weight loss and prevent obesity, as this plant contains polyphenols, mainly anthocyanins, phenolic compounds and flavonoids, which according to some studies may have several actions interesting for weight loss, such as:

  • Regulate some genes involved in the production of fatty acids in the liver;
  • Decrease the absorption of fat in the intestine;
  • Facilitate the burning of accumulated fat;
  • Inhibit the activity of pancreatic and intestinal enzymes that favor the absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine;
  • Reduce insulin resistance by helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

In addition, hibiscus tea can also regulate appetite, as it seems to influence some hormones related to this process, such as ghrelin and leptin.

Unlike green tea, hibiscus tea has a more pleasant taste and also has more antioxidants, preventing heart disease and premature aging, making it a good choice for people who don't like to drink green tea. Learn about other benefits of hibiscus.

How to drink tea to lose weight

To lose weight, drinking hibiscus tea is recommended to drink 2 cups of tea daily, after main meals, for up to 12 weeks.

Hibiscus is a good strategy to try to accelerate the weight loss process, but in addition, you should also bet on natural and nutrient-rich foods, avoiding as much as possible anything that contains sugars and fat, because that is how it is possible to guarantee the benefits and effects on the body of hibiscus.See other essential tips to accelerate weight loss.

How to make hibiscus tea

To make hibiscus tea and maintain the properties of the flower, you must bring the water to a boil and, when it starts to boil, turn off the heat. Then add the hibiscus flowers, cover the container and let it rest for 10 minutes before straining and drinking.

The correct proportion of hibiscus and water is:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flower;
  • 300 ml of boiling water.

See more details on how to drink hibiscus tea to lose weight in the following video:

In addition, to ensure weight loss, it is important to combine regular consumption of hibiscus tea with regular physical activity, and it is important to practice this activity at least 3 times a week. Check out the best exercises to lose weight fast.

Loss menu with hibiscus

The following table provides an example 3-day menu for the hibiscus tea diet:


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


1 tablespoon of granola with 1 cup of soy milk + 1 cup of strawberries 1 slice of wholemeal bread with 20 g of Minas cheese + 1 glass of papaya juice 1 low-fat yogurt with kiwi + 1 tablespoon muesli cereal

Morning snack

1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after lunch 1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after lunch 1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after lunch


1 scrambled egg + ½ cup of brown rice + arugula, corn, carrot and tomato salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar + 1 slice of watermelon for dessert 1 grilled turkey steak + ½ cup whole grain pasta + lettuce, red pepper and cucumber salad dressed with oregano and lemon juice + 1 peach for dessert 1 cup stewed soybeans with brown rice + cucumber, arugula and carrot salad, seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice + 1 banana with cinnamon for dessert

Afternoon snack

2 toast with 20 g white cheese + 1 glass of fresh orange juice 1 low-fat yogurt with fruit salad 1 glass of pineapple juice + 2 toasts with turkey ham

Evening tea

1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after dinner 1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after dinner 1 cup unsweetened hibiscus tea after dinner


1 grilled salmon with potato + boiled broccoli seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice + 1 apple for dessert 1 cooked hake fillet + ½ cup of brown rice + cooked cabbage seasoned with garlic, olive oil and vinegar + 1 dessert pear 1 grilled sea bass fillet with potato + 1 cup cooked cauliflower seasoned with olive oil and vinegar + 1 small mango for dessert

The amounts included in this menu vary according to age, gender, physical activity level and he alth history. Thus, the ideal is always to consult a nutritionist to adapt the nutritional plan to the needs of each person.

Recipes with hibiscus for weight loss

In addition to tea, hibiscus can also be used to prepare fruit or vegetable juices. In addition, it is also possible to add hibiscus to other recipes, as follows:

1. Watermelon Popsicle with Hibiscus

Each popsicle has only 37 calories, and can be used as a dessert for main meals, for example.


  • 2 large slices of watermelon with seeds
  • 1 cup ginger hibiscus tea
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves.

Preparation mode

Beat all the ingredients in the blender and fill the popsicle molds. Alternatively, you can also put pieces of fruit, such as kiwi and strawberry, inside the molds before filling them, as this will bring more nutrients to the popsicle and make it look even prettier.

2. He althy Hibiscus "Soda"

Each 240 ml glass of this soda has only 14 calories, and a good tip is to drink it during lunch or dinner.


  • 1 cup of hibiscus tea;
  • Sparkling water.

Preparation mode

Make the tea using 3 tablespoons of dry hibiscus for 500 ml of water. Let the water start to boil, turn off the heat and add the hibiscus, covering the pan for 5 minutes. Put the tea in the fridge and when drinking, fill ⅓ of the glass with tea and complete the rest with sparkling water.

3. Light summer juice

Each 200 ml glass of juice has only 105 calories, and can be taken as an afternoon snack, along with some crackers or Maria.


  • 500 ml of cold hibiscus tea;
  • 500 ml unsweetened red grape juice;
  • 2 lemons;
  • 3 sprigs of mint.

Preparation mode

Make hibiscus tea with 5 tablespoons of the plant in 500 ml of water. Place the grape juice in a pitcher, the juice of one lemon, the hibiscus tea, the sprigs of mint and the second lemon in slices. Leave in the fridge to cool and add more ice when serving.

4. Hibiscus Jelly

A 100 ml glass of hibiscus gelatin has 32 calories, and can be consumed as a dessert for dinner, for example.


  • Hibiscus tea;
  • Unflavored gelatin;
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar or stevia sweetener.

Preparation mode

Dissolve gelatin according to label directions, using hibiscus tea in place of water. Sweeten with sugar or sweetener, and take it to the fridge until it has the consistency of gelatin.

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