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?
New research indicates that people who drink lots of tea or coffee in moderation are less likely to die of heart disease than those who abstain. In one of the largest studies to ever examine the impact of coffee and tea on heart health, via WebMD, researchers found that three to six cups of tea per day had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease than those who drank one cup or no tea at all. Similarly, those who drank two to four cups of coffee per day were found to have a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who drank less coffee. Researchers propose that the flavonoids, a form of antioxidant, is the beneficial agent. (more…)
A couple of companies making money off of bogus weight loss claims with tea diet products were hit with hefty fines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
A Connecticut federal judge has ordered Bronson Partners (dba New England Diet Center and Bronson Day Spa) and Martin Howard to pay $2 million to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and granted the FTC’s request to prohibit the company from continuing to sell its products. They are based in Westport, Connecticut.
The complaint against Bronson Partners and Martin Howard was part of the FTC’s Big Fat Lie campaign, that has targeted companies it believes are deceptively marketing weight loss products. (more…)
One of the hottest new trends in weight loss are detox diets. These cleanses are typically liquid-based and can help people shed unwanted pounds quickly. This is really just water weight and unless you stick to a healthy diet and exercise regimen after, you’ll likely see the weight return.
Hollywood stars have been using these detox cleanses to prepare themselves for red carpet events, and thanks to People Magazine, we’ve got an inside-look at how the likes of Beyonce and Gwyneth cleanse to lose weight.
Beyonce made the Master Cleanse diet a household name. She prepares this recipe with hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper and drinks only this for 10-14 days. After using the Master Cleanse (also known as the lemonade diet or the maple syrup diet) to lose 20 pounds for her Dreamgirls role, she told Ellen Degeneres “I was very hungry, therefore I was evil.” (more…)