It is often advertised that slimming teas assist in the following:
- Improve metabolic rate
- Detoxify the body
The body naturally detoxifies so the claim of slimming tea doing this function becomes superfluous.
All types of teas- black, white, green, oolong, Pu-erh, contain powerful anti-oxidants which support heart function, reduce risk of stroke and risk of cancer when consumed regularly.
Rather, slimming teas could contain added ingredients which could be harmful. There is no legitimate evidence that suggests slimming teas are effective in long-term weight loss.
There are various types of slimming teas as categorized below:
- Metabolism boosters
- Appetite suppressors
- Fat blockers
The premise behind the usage of slimming teas for weight loss is that the natural ingredients will help in the following:
- Supress appetite
- Help in faster and more calorie burn
- Assist in the release of toxins from the body
Advertisement focuses on the speed of the weight loss. However, the major weight loss observed is due to loss of water or solid waste.
How Effective are Slimming teas
The argument that slimming teas are effective are supported by very little evidence. In fact, USFDA do not recognize any slimming teas as being effective. There is lack of substantial evidence supporting the role of slimming teas in weight-loss.
Furthermore, slimming teas contain ingredients which could adversely impact health. Some slimming teas contain Senna which is natural laxative and could cause laxative-use disorder leading to nausea, cramps, diarrhea etc.
The polyphenols which are found in teas do assist in weight loss and metabolism, however, it is the tea itself and not the slimming ingredients which support such benefits.
It is confirmed by research that there are several health benefits associated with regular consumption of teas due to the presence of powerful anti-oxidants. Slimming teas, however, should be used with caution and after consulting or seeking medical advice as they do not have sufficient evidence of contributing to weight-loss.