You may have seen buzz about tea products claiming to detox your body, such as those promoted by the Kardashian sisters or Dr. Oz. You might be wondering, “Do detox teas work for weight loss?” We’re here to set the record straight and tell you the truth about detox teas, what they can do, and what they can’t do.

The practice of detoxing the human body is nothing new (i.e. sweat lodges, fasting, etc.) Our bodies are natural detoxifiers through systems such as our kidneys, liver, and the digestive system through vomiting or diarrhea. The reason our bodies do this is because even in a completely clean environment, our bodies actually make toxic chemicals that need to be combated from within. It’s quite an impressive, built-in attribute of the human body!

Can detox teas help you lose weight?

By itself, detox teas cannot help the body lose weight. In combination with a healthy diet and exercise, you may see weight loss results while consuming tea. Keep in mind that many detox teas contain some form of diuretic, which triggers the body to expel water through urine and bowel movements. This release of water may cause your scale weight to decrease temporarily and you might be feeling thinner as well! Unfortunately this weight loss by itself is just water weight and not actual fat. If you’re looking to flatten your tummy quickly, check out this list of belly-flattening foods.

Unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

It is also important to know that dietary supplements like detox teas are not regulated by the FDA. Some teas could contain harmful ingredients, drugs, or other substances that may trigger a negative reaction in your body. While most detox teas are likely harmless, some kinds can also cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration. This can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if prolonged.

The Takeaway

Detox teas are unregulated and unproven at successfully helping people lose weight on their own. The best way to lose weight is to drink lots of water, eat a healthy diet filled with nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and prioritize sleep. If you’re just beginning your weight loss journey and you’re not sure on where to start, check out this post for some simple guidance. 

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