Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about tea and discuss if it helps you lose weight and detoxify your body. Weight loss has been a popular topic on magazine covers for decades. In recent years, detox diets have become just as popular. Some of the most popular products for detox and weight loss have been certain kinds of tea. But can you really lose weight and detoxify your body by drinking tea?
Discover some interesting facts about the power of tea
1. A detox diet will result in quick, but temporary, weight loss.
The teas that people drink to detoxify their body work by providing a laxative and diuretic effect. This means that your body will flush out excess toxins and you’ll lose some of your water weight.
- It’s important to remember that, although you may be able to drop 20 pounds in two weeks, this weight will come back when your body is rehydrated and some of those toxins begin to build up again.
- That’s not to say that detoxification isn’t a good idea. Just keep in mind that rapid weight loss results will be temporary from a detox tea regimen.
2. Drinking tea for long-term weight loss results.
Luckily, there are some types of teas that increase your metabolism, help you burn calories and fat, and will help you achieve long-term weight loss!
Check out these teas that help with detoxification
1. White tea.
White tea is loaded with antioxidants, which help rid your body of toxins, fight certain types of cancer, and prevent heart disease.
2. Oolong tea.
This type of tea has a high concentration of polyphenols, which are great at fighting the free radicals that are damaging the cells in your body.
- Oolong tea isn’t only great for detoxification, but it also helps with digestion and headaches.
3. Echinacea tea.
Echinacea tea does a great job of eliminating toxins from the body. It will also help boost and strengthen your immune system.
These teas help with weight loss
1. Green tea.
You’ve likely heard that green tea has many health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants. Green tea is very effective at boosting your metabolism. Increasing your metabolism means that you’ll be burning more calories and fat.
2. Pu-erh Tea.
This type of tea is a great choice for anyone looking to lose weight. Not only does pu-erh tea boost metabolism, but it also helps break down the fat reserves in your body.
This type of tea also acts as an appetite suppressant, so you won’t have the urge to overeat.
- Pu-erh tea is also believed to help reduce plaque buildup in your arteries.
It’s important to remember that simply drinking tea once or twice a day doesn’t magically transform you into a super athlete. Drinking tea, whether it’s for detoxification, weight loss, or both should be done in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program.
Teas that increase metabolism will certainly help you burn more calories, making your diet and exercise program much more efficient. But in order to lose weight, you still need to burn more calories than you consume. It’s easier to do that when you’re eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices):
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Here are some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling:
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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