Few things get me as worked up as seeing ads for “wulong tea helps you lose weight.” (Using the word “blog” instead of the word “post” does, however, make me even more upset. You have been warned.)
First, let me state that yes, tea has been scientifically proven to help with any number of health issues from stroke risk to teeth strength to ADHD. I grant all of those uses. I get that some people want a pill, drink or magic wand to cure themselves, instead of choosing a healthy diet and lifestyle. I don’t like it and like even less how marketer’s abuse it.
I don’t think you should drink tea for the health benefits. I won’t sell you tea just to serve this purpose or that. At Felicitea, we’ll sell teas that “help” with those things, but I don’t make promises. There’s a reason the FDA won’t let you say those things, my reason however is simpler – it’s just ridiculous and, in my mind, a bit immoral.
Yes, I’m calling out part of the tea industry. Especially the people who sell tea for weight loss.
You know what will help you lose weight? Cutting out liquid calories. Replaced all of your soda, mochas and over-sweetened juices with water, black coffee or unsweetened tea, and magically you will lose weight. Why? Because you just cut out extra calories.
Here is the great secret of weight loss*: Consume less calories, burn more calories.
Stop drinking soda, stop pouring two teaspoons of sugar into your tea cup, stop putting full cream in your coffee and stop consuming artificial sweeteners that mess with your bodies food directives.
Drink tea because it is delicious. Eat food because it is satisfying. Listen to your body, don’t eat for any reason other then hunger.
But don’t expect a magic pill, cup of tea or spa treatment to change your body.
The only person who can do that is You.
*For most people. I have struggled with weight issues my whole life, so I understand that it’s not *that* simple if you have health issues that effect your weight.