Most of us try to take the easy way out. We try fad diets, bogus exercise programs, drinking “herbal teas”, venigar, and other substances, sometimes going as far as starving ourselves all with the hope of dropping a few pounds. I know this because I was one of those people.
I’ve tried them all: slim tea, vinegar, lime, fasting, everything! And guess what? They don’t work! What works and is sustainable in the long run is finding the right balance between food intake and exercise. On this blog, I will continue to emphasize that the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is 1)consciousness and 2)balance. Knowing your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) will help you understand how much calories your body burns and with that awareness, you will be able accomplish your fitness goals.
So, let’s have a closer look at “slim tea”.
Most herbal tea contains either catechins, caffeine or a combination of the two called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Studies have found a significant positive relationship between catechins – caffeine consumption and energy expenditure. Tea also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants that helps reduce bloating. Research further suggests that drinking tea could help calm appetite and curb food intake—due to tea’s combination of caffeine and catechin.
Slim tea manufacturers know this and exaggerates it by telling consumers that the slim tea is made with “all natural herbs” that will increase metabolism, “melt the fat”, reduce appetite, and rid the body of unwanted toxins. Consumers are looking for a quick fix and so they spend their money buying these items. They drink the tea for a period and some may even experience weight loss. But guess what, 90% of slim tea drinkers reported regaining the weight after the recommended period.
What they do not realize is that, some manufacturers add substances like laxatives to the brew which increases excretion. The constant excretion causes your body to lose fluids, lots of it and this can be read as weight loss on a scale. Because of the limited time the food and fluids stay in your body, you lose valuable nutrients and even muscles mass and it may even slow down the metabolic rate. In the long run, this can be harmful to the body and cause you to gain more weight.
Weight loss can be achieved by any body willing to practice a balance of exercise and diet. Though some people may need some supplement or medical intervention, the majority of us do not need it. Yet, many of us are so willing to ingest slim teas, vinegar, and other substances that may be harmful to our bodies all with the hope of losing weight “quickly”. All of the teas and herbs used to manufacture “slimming tea”, if consumed individually may have a more positive long term health result as compared to drinking it in the slim tea concoction.