Drinking Herbal Teas for Weight Loss? Read This First!

December 28, 2015

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 Drinking Herbal Teas for Weight Loss? Read This First!

Even though we don’t sell herbal teas here at Physique, it’s not because we have anything against them, or that we don’t enjoy a refreshing,

soothing cup from time to time.tea and teapot sitting side by side in spring outdoor place It’s simply because we only offer “true” teas at Physique, and herbal teas don’t qualify because they don’t derive from the Camellia sinensis plant – which is the only source in the world of all true teas (to learn more about this, read our recent 3-part blog series on true teas here).

Herbal Tea Info

The reason we mention this, is because what we’re about to focus on is NOT an attempt to get you to banish herbal teas from your life. If you enjoy them or find them healthy (or both!), then by all means: please continue to do so.

However, if you’re drinking herbal teas for weight loss purposes, then we urge you to hit the “STOP” button — because it may actually be putting you on track for serious health issues, or maybe even a trip to the emergency room.

Weight loss info

Here’s why: many herbal teas for weight loss – which go by other names like “diet tea”, “dieters tea” and so on — contain plant-derived stimulant laxatives (such as senna, buckthorn, aloe and others). Why? Because this potent combination causes excess bowel movements, which as you can imagine will temporarily roll back a few of the notches on your bathroom scale.

But, as anyone who has experienced a bout of diarrhea (or has had a young child suffer from it), this weight loss is 100% temporary and almost entirely a result of extreme water loss. That means the weight WILL come back within days or weeks, and in some cases, it may actually lead to long-term weight gain.

Yet even more dangerous is the fact that excess water loss through diarrhea can lead to potentially debilitating and dangerous symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, fainting, and nausea.  It can also lead to dehydration, which in extreme cases can be fatal.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately – and we know that we’re repeating ourselves, but we don’t want to send the wrong message: if you enjoy herbal teas for any reason, and are drinking them responsibly (just like you’d drink anything else responsibly), then that’s wonderful. We hope that you continue to enjoy herbal teas for years to come, as some of them are quite delicious!

But if you’re drinking herbal teas for weight loss, if you’re considering doing so, then PLEASE STOP. You could be putting your health on the line and potentially causing long-term damage.

Frankly, you should never rely solely on any “miracle beverage” – whether it’s herbal teas or anything else – to lose weight. Rather, you should combine any beverages with your overall, doctor-approved weight management program, which helps you achieve and maintain your optimal body-mass index (BMI).

And before we go: in case you aren’t 100% sure, we NEVER use plant-derived stimulant laxatives, or any laxatives for that matter, in our Physique teas. As such, you never have to worry about cramping, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, and so on. We care about how you look AND how you feel!

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