Weight loss teas are said to burn fat, beat bloating and ‘detox’ the body. We examine the facts behind the claims and assess the real impact on your health.
Weight loss and ‘detox’ teas have gained popularity in the dieting world, promising to ‘cleanse’ the body, increase energy, reduce bloating and promote weight loss. We take a look at how these teas work, whether there is any science to back up their supposed health benefits and whether there are risks to drinking them…
What is a teatox diet?
These diet plans involve drinking particular blends of herbal teas at certain times of day. Some plans will advise you to change your eating patterns, while others simply advise drinking the teas in addition to your normal diet.
Certain products contain ingredients in the tea bags, such as senna, which have a laxative effect, increasing the frequency of bowel movements. Many of the plans on the market have two bags, one to be taken in the morning and one to be taken at night. In some cases, the daytime tea bag is an energising herbal tea, whereas the night-time tea bag contains the laxative.
We asked Kerry Torrens for her view…
Can tea really help me to lose weight?
There is currently no scientific evidence to support the use of these products for weight loss. There is no reliable evidence to suggest that herbal teas and their ingredients, including those which have a diuretic or laxative effect, can aid fat loss, fat burning or prevent calorie absorption. It is likely that you may lose weight in the form of water, especially if there is an eating plan recommended. However, this weight will almost certainly be regained when you finish the programme and return to eating normally.
Can tea help me to detox?
Our bodies have an in-built detox system which includes the liver, kidneys and gut. You do not need to follow a specific detox regime or drink a specific tea to kickstart the detox process – your body is constantly working hard to do this for you, on an ongoing basis.
Are weight loss teas safe?
Some of these products contain ingredients, like senna, which have a laxative effect and stimulate a bowel movement. They may also include ingredients which act as a diuretic and promote the production of urine. Ongoing and abnormal loss of fluids may lead to dehydration and potentially cause you to lose valuable minerals like sodium, potassium and calcium. Used long-term, this might lead to complications because your muscles, heart and nerves use these important minerals (electrolytes) to function properly.
What are the potential side effects from weight loss teas?
As noted above, longer term use may impact the balance of electrolytes, which may lead to muscle weakness and other side effects.
Some of the ingredients in teatox products, like senna, may irritate the gut causing cramps, discomfort and loose stools. Furthermore, long-term use of laxatives can cause issues with bowel regularity and function. Currently, NHS advice is that, if you do wish to follow one of these programmes, you should limit your intake of a laxative-containing product. These should only be used occasionally and for a short period of time.
In addition to this some of the herbal ingredients may interact with medications and reduce their efficiency. These may include, but are not limited to, steroids and certain heart medications. The laxative effect of some weight loss teas can also cause medicines to move through the digestive system more quickly which could prevent proper absorption from taking place, potentially reducing the efficiency of certain medications such as the contraceptive pill.
Is there anyone who should avoid drinking weight loss teas?
Those under 18 and the elderly should avoid using weight loss teas. Those with an underlying health condition or who are on medication, including the contraceptive pill, should consult their GP or medical practitioner beforehand. In addition to this, anyone with emotional or psychological issues around food (including any history of eating disorders), or those with a low body mass index (BMI) should avoid using weight loss teas.
This article was published on 10th June 2017.
A registered Nutritional Therapist, Kerry Torrens is a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food. Kerry is a member of the The Royal Society of Medicine, Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
The former volleyball champ shares her top five tips
By Gabby Reece
This article originally appeared on Motto.
One of the biggest factors in achieving your health goals is finding the motivation to work out and keep your fitness top of mind. When life gets busy, it’s easy to let fitness fall by the wayside and not make it a priority. But once you find ways to keep yourself motivated and develop healthy habits, it can become a lifestyle that will enable you to see results and improve your overall well-being. Still, even as a former professional beach volleyball player, and now a Fitbit ambassador, carving out time to exercise hasn’t always been easy. That’s why I’ve depended on these five tips to keep me motivated throughout the years.
Develop a workout structure
Scheduling out your workout helps you stick to it and leaves little room for opting out at the last minute. A flexible routine that gives too much choice will be the thing that you cut out of your schedule first. I personally like to write it down. If you treat your workout like an appointment, it will help you stay committed and develop habits over time, which will make it easier to continue building exercise into your routine. When you might feel tired or you’re not seeing dramatic results, a structure will help keep you going.
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Figure out your favorite activities
Staying motivated is infinitely easier when you find something you love to do. Some people enjoy working out at a gym and lifting weights, while others might find more joy from running outside or practicing yoga. While it’s important to try and incorporate both strength training and cardio into your workouts, it’s equally important to determine which forms of exercise you love most, so staying active becomes less of a chore and more of a source of happiness.
Sport the right gear
It may seem like a minor factor, but having the right clothing and gear can work wonders when it comes to motivation. I love using a heart rate monitor — keeping an eye on my heart rate zones is a great way to maintain intensity and make real-time adjustments to ensure I’m hitting my goals. I also enjoy finding some cute tights or sneakers to help boost my mood. I think when you look good, you feel good, and will find that much more reason to get moving.
Find a workout buddy
Finding a partner in crime to work out with is another great way of staying accountable. Making plans with someone else adds more of an obligation and makes it harder to consider taking the day off. That’s why my husband Laird and I make it a point to exercise together.
Make rest and recovery a priority
To stay motivated and get your best workout, you have to give your muscles and body a chance to recover. So don’t overdo it and be sure to get enough sleep, which is just as important for your health as exercise.
Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife and mother. She’s a former professional beach volleyball player and was Nike’s first female spokesperson. She has a passion for healthy living and fitness, which has shaped her career and makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.
Fueling your body can be very important factor which can help you in your workouts. For the purpose of creating balance and fueling the energy production here is how you can fuel your body for resistance training.
Get good pre-workout nutrition
For the purpose of getting the required strength training it’s very important that you get proper pre-workout nutrition for your workout sessions. To fuel your body well post workout meal can be a very real deal breaker. To make sure that you get an effective workout session it’s important that you turn your body with effective proteins and carbohydrates so that you get to train to the best of your abilities.
Before you get the required protein into your body it’s important that you are aware about the different kinds of protein and carbohydrates that are available. Along with different forms of protein there are also different densities of proteins available in the market. These are called as purines.
Purines are also referred to as nucleo-proteins which have a very important role in the genetic structure of your body. They play a very significant role in developing the metabolism of your body and can make sure that you have the right amount protein supplied into your body. If your body is one of those which functions well with higher quantity of protein then you should experiment with different types of pre and post workout proteins.
Recovery from your training session is something which is very important. For the purpose of recovery it’s crucial that you proper resistance training is kept in place. It is even more important for those who are looking to build lean muscle or for those who are training with high frequency or intensity. Recovery of carbohydrates should be managed over the course of the day and can ensure that you get the best way to keep your fit and lean.
For past 20 to 24 hours the carbs are needed for the purpose of replenish glucose levels along with carbohydrates and proteins are very important to supply and encourage the process of protein synthesis effectively. For the purpose of resistant training it’s important that you increase the protein oxidation service which can have a lot of effect on the rest of the muscles of your body. For the purpose of specific protein requirements which are heavily dependent on the fitness industry there are many research which suggest that protein intake after workout is very important for the both the things recovery and also to maximize the level and rate of adaptation of your exercise.
For better levels of protein synthesis during the resistance training, post workout meal can be very important for the time of delivery and for maximal muscle recovery. You should include your high and GI recovery with 25 grams of limited fats and proteins. Quantity and type of protein is also very important for your body synthesis. Intake of protein from protein shake can also be crucial for the purpose of recovery after a workout.
Exercise is one of the most important parts of your daily routine. The zone is called as the fat burning zone which is often referred to as the intensity of the exercise where the major part of the fat is burned. With 65 percent of the total heart rate of your body intensity can be achieved in two ways by traditional cardio variation and weights room. Body will find it easy to break down energy at higher levels which is where it can turn into carbohydrates.
High intensity burns are perfect for your health as they can make sure that you body get the best way to lose weight. Best part about high intensity workout is that they can be very helpful for burning calories for the whole 24 hours after the workout is carried out. This can be useful in making sure that you burn out 6% to 15% more calories than the overall workout energy expenditure. As per the research published in the American College of Sports Medicine, Hard workout is the best way to get slim and lose weight quickly. This process works as it successfully combines the proper nutritional approach with exercise and can provide a perfect way for weight loss.
How can you become a fat burner?
Most important rule which you need to keep in mind is secret to weight loss is the calculation of energy in to energy out at the end of the day. Lower calories consumption will not necessarily mean bigger fat loss. There was a study which was showed that a diet with 500 calories for five days will result into similar weight loss to a diet with 1,250 calories for 12 days but on a person with lean muscle mass.
Along with this you will also need to adjust the macronutrients for the purpose of prioritizing on the proves of fat loss. For the purpose of burning fat you need to eat fat. Most of the times when people go on a diet then most of the times people start to reduce the quantity of fat in the diet. It is important to remember that without the fat your body is out of fuel. When this happens, your body will start burning muscles to get the required energy. This will also have a big impact on the way you feel as less calories will leave you in a crappy and irritated mood.
Fats along with carbohydrate are two major ingredients from which your body will get energy. Practically when you take out carbs from your body then it will turn to fat for fuel. To make sure that you get ideal body its very important that you select proper combination of both the ingredients. Most of the times we get tempted to add in carbohydrate before a workout session or on a cheat day but this will break out on consistency. If your body has not been used to burning fat for fuel then cheat day can ruin all the effort which you have done in the whole week.