Tea is believed to be healthy and taken by so many to boost weight loss. It contains chemicals called Catechins and they appear to increase the amount of fat burned during exercise.
As for detox teas, there are no clinical studies proving they’re a good tool for weight loss. Most detox teas are sold with instructions for diet and exercise during what could be a “cleansing” period of a week or more. These instructions may recommend healthy eating or eating very little. Often, companies selling detox teas and other products recommend vigorous exercise, which they claim may help expel toxins from the body.
Eating more healthy meals, or eating very little, in addition to more exercise may result in weight loss. In other words, losing weight while drinking detox teas may not be a result of the tea but because you’re reducing your caloric intake and increasing your caloric output.
Surprisingly, detox teas often contain high levels of caffeine. While caffeine is found naturally in most teas, high levels of caffeine act as a diuretic. Diuretics trigger the body to expel water through urine and bowel movements. They can make you lose what’s known as “water weight."
Detox teas may also have a laxative effect, speeding food through your digestive tract. This can give your abdomen a slimmer, flatter look.
But detox teas don’t cause real or lasting loss of excess fat from the body. Instead, they can dehydrate you. There are other serious side effects of excessive consumption of detox teas and they are as follows:
- heart attack