You may have heard about herbal teas that claim to help you lose weight. Medical News Today breaks down the details.

Slimming teas are supposed to help with weight loss as well as detoxifying the body.  They can be broken down into 3 categories:

  • Teas that suppress your appetite.
  • Some teas that block fat.
  • Certain teas that increase your metabolism.

However, there is no evidence that proves that these teas actually work. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not consider these teas to help. Also, companies that make these teas have been sued for making false claims about their effectiveness.

Here are the problems associated with slimming teas:

  1. These teas contain a laxative called senna. This could lead to laxative abuse disorder. Symptoms include nausea, cramping, diarrhea, and low amounts of potassium in the body.
  2. Slimming teas have ingredients that are diuretics. This can cause dehydration and loss of electrolytes.
  3. These teas contain caffeine. This is a stimulant that has no impact on weight loss.

Instead of looking towards a quick fix solution for weight loss, stick to the tried and true methods. These include:

  • Exercising several times weekly that includes strength building as well as cardio workouts.
  • Eat a balanced diet that focuses on whole foods with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.  Stay away from heavily processed foods that will contain lots of trans-fat and sugar.

Slimming teas sound great, but they are really a gimmick for companies to influence you into buying their products. Instead, save your money and focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

Want to learn more about slimming teas? You can read the full article here:  Slimming Tea:  Does it Work and is it Bad for You?