Goooood afternoon, my friends!
As the generation that spends a lot of time on the internet, I’m sure you’ve seen teatoxes all over your social media like I have. Teatoxes have been the “trendy” way to “lose weight” for a few years now, and a lot of social media influencers are huge advocates for these teatoxes. I see at least two pictures a day of fitness gurus, previous bachelor contestants, MTV celebs, and many other influencers sharing their life-changing teatox experiences. These teatoxes claim to help flatten our bellies, give us a huge energy boost, and even help us drop a lot of weight. When we see fit folks sharing these teatoxes and crediting them for their huge results, it can be a bit deceiving!
One thing that I will continue to repeat about myself is that I don’t really believe in “detoxes”. Juice cleanses, teatoxes, metabolism diets – I just can’t get on board with ’em. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good green juice and a nice cup of tea, but I don’t believe that mass amounts of either of these two things is going to cure all of our problems.
You see, our bodies are actually pretty rad. Our bodies come with our own little detoxification system that is constantly removing the toxins from our bodies. Our kidneys and liver do a pretty great job at keeping our systems clean and healthy! All we need to do is treat them right. If we hydrate well, nourish our bodies with a wide range of nutrients and minerals through whole foods, and keep it movin’, our kidneys and liver have the rest under control!
Drinking three to four cups of this “magical skinny tea” for a month isn’t going to cancel out years of a poor diet or a lack of exercise. I know, I know… If it works for those fit people on instagram, why wouldn’t it work for us? I’m sure you’re well aware by now that people only show a small fraction of their lives on instagram. While it may look like these teatoxes work for social influencers, we’re not seeing their healthy meals, their personal training sessions, or the fact that they come from a long line of people with incredible metabolisms. If there’s one thing that you take away from this post, I want you to take away the fact that there is no quick fix for weight loss. In order to achieve sustainable weight loss in a healthy manner, you’ve got to have a proper diet paired with exercise.
Believe me. I’ve tried a dozen “quick fixes” for weight loss. I’ve tried meal replacement shakes, garcinia cambogia supplements, weird low-cal diets, and yep… even the over-advertised teatox trend. Wanna know what happened? I actually gained weight. Sure, I lost a couple pounds while trying these, but I was miserable. None of these options are sustainable, and I actually gained weight after I went back to a crappy diet and skimping on workouts.
Now let me be clear. I’m not saying that tea is bad. Tea actually has a lot of awesome benefits. High-quality tea is full of antioxidants, flavonoids and other powerful goodies that can boost our immune system, increase hydration, and offer plenty of other benefits.
The point I’m trying to get across is that this teatox trend has misinformed people (including myself at one point). The teatox trend has made people believe that dropping $40+ on special skinny tea will replace the hard work and persistence of a healthy lifestyle, which is simply not true. These teatoxes may provide the same awesome benefits of regular tea, but just like any other tea, it isn’t going to cancel out all of the fast food and alcohol, heal all of your health problems, or help you drop big pounds (side note: some teatoxes have been found to even have harmful components in them, such as natural laxatives, but that’s a different story for another day). That’s going to require a lot more determination through making healthy lifestyle changes. Tea can be an aide in these healthy lifestyle changes, but I promise you that it isn’t going to make all of the changes for you.
I know this isn’t exactly what you wanted to hear, but it’s something you needed to hear. It’s like when your friend tells you that you have spinach in your teeth. It sucks a little, but you would rather them tell you than let you walk around with a big green blob in your smile. Wouldn’t you rather know the truth about these teatoxes, than to feel utterly disappointed when the results aren’t quite what you expected?
I hope you’re able to take away something positive from this post and are ready to make awesome changes toward your life full of health and happiness!
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