by Mariah Edwards-Heflin
For centuries, herbal teas have been revered for their health benefits. Originating in southwest China, Tibet and Northern India, tea has long been used for its supposed medicinal and spiritual properties.
Tea is now thought to possess a powerful ability to melt stubborn body fat, but studies show that although tea may provide many other benefits, this one may be the offspring of wishful thinking.
Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Hillary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lindsay Lohan are touting the miracles of teatoxing. Big name detox teas like Fit Tea, My Slim Tea and even coffees like Skinny Coffee Club are taking over young celebs’ social media accounts, taking credit for helping them lose weight before playing a role, or to stay refreshed and invigorated.
They sound great, right? But is it really possible for a nice cozy drink to give you the body of your dreams?
FitBit’s bad year just got a whole lot worse.
Amid lawsuits that the heart rate monitor mechanism on the FitBit was giving inaccurate readings, which then threw off other statistics like daily calorie burn, Fitbit‘s stock plunged almost 20% Tuesday February 23, 2016 after the company announced late Monday that sales and earnings for the first quarter would fall short of what analysts’ had projected.
FitBit reported strong holiday sales last year, but investors are growing increasingly concerned that Fitbit is just another flash in the pan fad, likening it to the GoPro, another form of wearable technology that at one point was the must-have camera, but quickly disappointed on Wall Street.
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Quality over quantity? Not with flexible dieting.
Also referred to as IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), flexible dieting is a nutrition plan originally followed by bodybuilders and fitness competitors that allows you to eat whatever you want and not have it effect your body composition or performance, as long as it fits into your daily calorie and macro needs. Example: Can I eat this slice of pizza? Sure, if it fits your macros (get it?)
Let us explain: IIFYM is based on the principle of “calories in, calories out” combined with the idea that eating the exact ratio of macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) for your body, regardless of their source, will not cause you to gain weight or body fat. As long as you don’t exceed your total caloric and macronutrient ranges for the day, you can eat virtually whatever you want.
Flexible dieting is essentially the opposite of clean eating, which emphasizes eating healthy, quality foods over the quantity of them. Flexible dieting, on the other hand, puts strict parameters on how much you can eat, but what you eat is up to you. Those who struggle with strict diets think flexible dieting is a miracle, while strict dieters feel it’s simply a way to justify eating junk food, which serves nothing in terms of health.
To quickly answer your question: flexible dieting works. Some of the most shredded physiques follow the IIFYM way of eating and they are doing photoshoots and taking home trophies year round. However, it’s important to remember a low body fat percentage does not equal a healthy body. Eating a diet high in junk food and low in nutrient dense foods will have negative effects on your health, even if it doesn’t effect your waistline.