When Is the Best Time to Drink Green Tea for Weight Loss

By July 3, 2017

When Is the Best Time to Drink Green Tea

When it comes to green tea, what first emerges in your mind? Refreshing? Healthy? Weight-loss? Green tea is he healthiest drink in the world. It is rich in antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health. Besides, it is reported that green tea can help lose weight by increasing fat burning. Now, let’s explore when is the best time to drink green tea. 

You Should You Shouldn’t
drink after breakfast take tea on an empty stomach
drink an hour before/after meals drink tea at meal time
drink half an hour before exercise add milk or sugar to green tea
drink at least two hours before bedtime take tea late at night
drink up to 2 to 3 cups   

The above chart shows you the brief information about when you should or shouldn’t drink green tea. Read more details below on the best time to drink green tea. 

green tea leaves

Drink After Breakfast

There is no doubt that green tea has many health benefits. But it is not a good idea to taking a cup in the morning on  an empty stomach. Why? It may cause stomach upset or even ulcers, just the same as having coffee in the morning. You can try some healthy drinks in the morning. Go for your cup of green tea after having breakfast.

An Hour Before or After Meals 

Drink green tea between meals, preferably an hour before or after meals to maximize your nutrient intake. According to the National Cancer Institute, the antioxidant catechins in the green tea can inhibit the iron absorption and digestion. So, remember avoid have green tea at meal time, especially if you are anemic.  A question: can you drink water while eating?

drink green tea

Drink Half An Hour Before Exercise

It is common knowledge that green tea helps weight loss. But drinking green tea alone cannot do the trick. The green works only in combination with adequate exercise. Green tea can improve your performance level and help you last longer. In this way, you can burn more fat while exercising.  (Tips: Do not drink water immediately after exercising.)

At Least Two Hours Before Bedtime

The best time to drink the green tea for weight loss is 2 hours before you hit the bed. It may help boost your metabolism. But, it is not a good idea to take a cup of green tea right before going to sleep at night. The caffeine content may cause insomnia. 

Drink 2 – 3 Cups A Day

Just like anything else, too much of a good thing can also be bad.  Excess green tea intake can cause damage to the liver. According to the University Of Maryland Medical Center, one should limit his consumption of green tea to two or three cups a day or 100 to 750 mg of standardized green tea extract per day. (Tips: to brew loose leaf green tea, you’d better get a teapot with built-in infuser. I am using this glass teapot, which is made of borosilicate glass, made it stove-top available.)

Borosilicate glass teapot

Green tea is always your best choice as a home drink. You should learn these tips on best time to drink green tea for a better cup. 

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Comments (2)



  1. I guess you live and learn I’ve been drinking green tea first thing in the morning for over five years and this is the first time I heard about you’re not supposed to I guess it’s too much to put on the packaging to educate people about drinking green tea or any other teas that’s good for your health

  2. Ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection and nothing else.