There is no shortage of diets, detox programs and 20-minute workout schedules that boast of weight loss advantage. Superfoods were in limelight sometime back for their exceptional quality of increasing weight loss. Now, its teatox!
Teas infused with laxatives, diuretics and stimulants such as caffeine are called teatox. Drinking them along with a generous dose of exercise and light meals will improve immune system and accelerate weight loss. Whatever we do, be it detox or teatox ultimate goal is weight loss. Probing further into these detox teas lands us with a clearer picture.
A detox tea often has ingredients such as burdock root, dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, licorice or milk thistle along with normal caffeinated tea. One cannot ignore the fact that most of these drinks have some ingredients in common, especially the ones that stimulate weight loss such as guarana (these might contain as much as 4 times the amount of caffeine as present in coffee) and laxatives such as senna or senna leaf which is approved by the FDA as an over-the-counter medication for constipation.
Upholding or Falsifying Claims
There are certain claims supporting the fact that regular tea promotes weight loss. This is based on the fact that drinking any beverage such as water, tea or even coffee makes a person feel full temporarily and decreases food intake. This fact has not been completely accepted as these beverages were never proved to be terribly useful.
Generally, it is a well-understood fact that substituting sugary beverages with minimal-calorie beverages such as tea reduces calorie intake and weight. Improving metabolism and curbing hunger is what these drinks do really and there are no real evidences showing their assistance in weight loss.
Teatox contains higher quantity of caffeine which does not aid in weight loss in any way. Coming to the laxatives and diuretics, what they can do really is only lower the numbers temporarily on your weight scales. Laxatives are substances that contain chemicals which aid in easy stool motility, bulk and frequency thereby relieving constipation and diuretics are used to flush out excess fluid or salt from the body. Going by their definition, it is easy to gauge the reason for the temporary weight loss after consuming teatox that contain laxatives and diuretics. We define the weight loss to be temporary because as soon as you replenish your body with enough fluids, the weight increases to your previous levels apart from helping you hydrate sufficiently.
Precaution Before Preparation
One must be aware of the pros and cons before choosing something to eat or drink:
What is saddening is the fact that people run behind such drinks believing that it is beneficial for the body while you are constantly at a risk of abdominal pain, rapid heart rate, dizziness or extreme weight loss. If you experience any of the above-mentioned problems, it is better to stop drinking the beverage immediately and consult your doctor.
Teatox is not the way to lose weight. Natural weight loss includes prioritizing on a well-balanced diet, doing exercise regularly and staying active. A well-balanced diet includes maintaining your portion sizes, reducing calorie intake if it is too high, noting down your food intake in a food journal and focusing on fiber and lean protein intake. The ultimate basis for weight loss always depends on the fact that calories expelled must always exceed calories consumed. When you follow this rightly, you are sure to lose weight definitely. If you are perplexed about calories consumed, calories loss and all the balancing equations, don’t worry as reputed dietitians and nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com are ready to help you with open hands on your endeavor to lose weight. All you need is the right focus, determination and a positive mindset to start your journey and succeed in it.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.