Many people who are looking to drop the extra pounds tend to fall for fad diets or quick miracle pills that promise weight loss within a short span of time. Among these shortcuts that are notoriously popular to those who are very eager to lose both weight and fat are slimming teas.
I know a few people within my circle who chug down on these slimming teas like water. It is almost as if these people are doing themselves a huge favor by drinking what they think is “healthy” for them, since these are “teas.” And nowadays, it is obvious that if you put the word “tea” at the end of pretty much anything, automatically the public gets this dreamy impression that these can do no harm for their bodies. However, this is where these people are wrong.
Slimming teas: What makes them so tempting
Of course, put the word “slimming” and “tea” together and you get a well-hyped breakthrough product that is aimed towards weight loss. Generally, these tea bags are often marketed as a blend of herbs that are touted to be formulated to speed up and help in dropping weight. It’s the term “herbs” that especially make these products seem benign and somewhat healthy, when actually, in the long run, these “herbal slimming teas” will probably do more harm than good to your body.
Most slimming tea labels contain the following promises:
- Aid in dropping pounds
- Speed up one’s metabolism
- Appetite suppression
- Antioxidant properties
And while these all may sound too good to be true, slimming teas can impose serious health risks in the long run. In fact, these types of slimming teas do not promote long-term fat-loss, and while they might actually provide results in the first few weeks of intake, these slimming teas will never make a good replacement for exercise and well-balanced, calorie-controlled diet.
Slimming teas: What they’re really made of
For a product to aid in weight loss, it must contain the following ingredients: a bunch of stuff that are believed to boost your metabolism, stuff that are touted to be appetite suppressants, and sometimes, even stuff that generally have laxative effects when ingested.
Among the most common ingredients found in the typical slimming tea are the following:
- Green tea, caffeine, and capsaicin – combined, these three are believed to possess metabolism-boosting properties which may fire up your metabolism but only to an extent. In fact, it has been found that while these ingredients have the ability to speed up one’s metabolism, it is very temporary and may not even provide enough metabolism boost to have remarkable changes on one’s weight.
- Chitosan and white willow bark – these two ingredients are believed to affect the way the human body can burn fat. However, it is worth noting that there is currently no successful scientific study to back this claim.
- Guarana and bitter orange – these two ingredients are gaining popularity as appetite suppressants. And while they might help in slightly suppressing the appetite, long term use of slimming teas that contain these ingredients is not recommended as it might promote a potential misuse and abuse of the adverse effects associated with them. Bitter orange most especially, is considered to be unsafe as it can trigger an abnormal increase in heart rate along with high blood pressure. In the long run, these adverse effects may even cause stroke and heart attack.
As tempting as they sound, it is easy to say that slimming teas are not for daily use. These appetite suppressing, short-term fat loss solutions can do more harm than good to your body. Moreover, a lot of slimming teas out there have laxative and diuretic effects which obviously are not good in the long run, not unless, of course, you want to risk yourself going to the bathroom every hour and dehydrating yourself in the process.
As a conclusion, still, nothing beats a well-balanced diet and commitment to a daily workout routine that are positively aimed towards weight loss.