"Drinking Slim Life Tea really helped me to stop the cravings. One cup before the meal also decreases your appetite which allows you eating less and getting a flat tummy :)"

"Flatten Belly in 28 Days with Flat Belly Teatox. Kick the BLOAT, INCREASE ENERGY, REAL TESTIMONIES AND RESULTS!"

"It's been 11 days out of my 14 day teatox and the results are AMAZING!!!! The face that I can sit at my desk and lose weight without having to exercise" 

How often do these types of quotes come up on your news feed? I know I see them on a daily basis, usually accompanied by a picture of an impossibly beautiful, impossibly toned woman smiling serenely as she sips on her detox tea.

Today we started a movement - #TeaForBicciesNotDiets. It's got a silly name, but it's motivation is serious. 

These teas tote themselves as an all natural way to drop a few pounds quickly and with very little effort. In reality they are at best a waste of money, and at worst something that could damage your health.

The teas might combine caffeine with diuretics to trigger the loss of water weight meaning that you might, temporarily, look and feel slimmer, but it'll all just be an illusion and as soon as you stop drinking the tea the 'results' will disappear. Caffeine also has side effects like restlessness, nausea, headaches, anxiety and agitation. Is a temporary result really worth so much discomfort?

However 'natural' a product might be it doesn't mean it's a healthy choice. Senna for example (a common ingredient) is a laxative. These teas literally make you shit. Other side effects of senna include cramps, bloating (contradicting the key selling point of many teas), gas and diarrhoea. If you drink too much you you end up with various electrolyte abnormalities, muscle spasms and heart problems. Long term over use can damage your colon. Really not fun. 

Different teas contain different ingredients, in different combinations, but as far as I can tell any weight loss is simply water loss. It's not healthy and it's definitely not sustainable. In health and fitness there are no short cuts. Toned limbs and flat bellies are the result of hard work, good nutrition and genetics. They are earned over months and years. If you want to lose weight, tone up, eat well and feel fantastic talk to a pro - a qualified PT, dietician or reputable nutritionist - and prepare for the long haul, it'll be worth it! 

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