Staying hydrated is an important aspect of weight loss that people often brush off-you don’t want to gain water weight and feel bloated right? Either that or you hear that you should drink ice cold water to burn more calories. Not exactly. The idea that ice cold water burns more calories because your body tries to “warm it up” first may technically be true, but the effect is miniscule (like 8 calories miniscule.) Rather, you need to be hydrated for your body to run smoothly, and that includes burning fat. It flushes bad stuff through your system, and also helps curb appetite. And don’t fret about water weight-if you are staying hydrated, your body is less likely to retain water since it simply doesn’t have the need to-similar to how eating more can make weight loss easier, within reason. I should also say-DO NOT BUY INTO SPECIALTY WATERS! Get your vitamins through your diet or supplements. Those waters are not better for you-in fact some are so loaded with flavoring and what not they rival soda.
Thank you for sharing your story. My 7 year old daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and it has set me on a path similar to yours. I have Made a beets, kale, Swiss chard, chia, wheat grass and pineapple, and blueberry smoothie every morning. I am Going to try all of your recipes. Yesterday, we went to The doctor and to everyone’s surprise, her symptoms are gone Afro now!!! I believe In The whole food diet.
Knowing that dietary supplements — including weight loss pills, herbs, enzymes and teas — are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in ways that other medications are, you may be wondering if they’re safe to consume. (2) Better yet, do weight loss pills or other fat-burning supplements even work, making them worth any potential risks involved? Studies have found that risks of fat-burning supplements can include nausea, headaches, anxiety, indigestion and trouble sleeping. Most adverse effects are caused by factors like interactions with medications, ingesting too much caffeine or consuming “filler” ingredients not even listed on the product’s label. While weight loss products may possibly give you a lift in energy and mood, they likely won’t be enough to sustain any real weight loss without other lifestyle changes.
It only seemed right to find out what the top five fitness fads and myths are to help save yourselves from wasting hours in the gym, money and disappointment. This called for some expert advice from Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Sports Scientist, Annabelle Johnstone-Dougall in this five-part series revealing the fitness fads and myths not to fall for.
Thank you Dr. Bill, I was just about to call them and order the trial sample. I’m 54.5 and because of menopause I’ve gained over 50 pounds. I gained 40 pounds in 4 months at the age of 42. Then when I was 50, I saw a horomone acpunturist ..she put me on a tea to regulate my hormones, in 9 monts I lost 30 pounds…then as I got further into menopause, the tea stopped working. I went back a year later to the same dr, tried the tea again for 2 months and didn’t lose one ounce. 2 weeks ago the scale said I gain 5 pounds in 3 days! Seriously! I am a vegetarian, eat pretty healthy, require a lot of protein, have cut out bread greatly and my food hasn’t changed greatly in 30 years. Menopause has ruined my life…and I’m the only person I know that has gained so much weight. I’m miserable and looking for a meal, diet, food service delivery plan to help me get this weight off. I’ve tried bio-identicals with no luck and yet at this point I’m about to look into HCG, that’s how desperate I am. Any suggestions?
Losing weight can be tough. Yes, there are a plethora of diets, workout routines, and pills out there that seem like a roadmap to the weight-loss promised land. But at the end of the day, keeping pounds off involves tweaking your lifestyle. Natural weight loss, which involves adopting healthy habits that you can incorporate long-term, can help that number on the scale go down in a safe, effective way.

Stavrou, S., Nicolaides, N. C., Papageorgiou, I., Papadopoulou, P., Terzioglou, E., Chrousos, G. P., … Charmandari, E. (2016, July 31). The effectiveness of a stress-management intervention program in the management of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Molecular Biochemistry, 5(2), 63–70. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4996635/

Remember deprivation hardly works? When you get the urge for a sweet treat, turn to dark chocolate. It will help curb your craving thanks to its insulin-resistance lowering flavonoids. The healthy fats in dark chocolate can also slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, preventing “insulin spikes.” Studies have shown that eating some can help put a stop to cravings for sugar, salt, and fat. However, the chocolate must be 70% cocoa, otherwise it has too much milk or sugar added to be beneficial.


“Detox” is a legitimate medical term that has been co-opted to sell useless products and services. It is a fake treatment for a fake condition. Real detoxification isn’t ordered from a menu at a juice bar, or assembled from supplies in your pantry. Real detoxification is provided in hospitals under life-threatening circumstances — usually when there are dangerous levels of drugs, alcohol, or other poisons in the body. Drugs used for real detoxification are not ingredients in a smoothie.
Additionally, even juices without added sugar tend to be high on the glycemic index, which means your blood glucose levels will spike and then fall dramatically after consuming them, particularly without other food in your stomach to blunt this effect. That can lead to hunger and fatigue. Also, says Gans, “If you’re on them too long, you’ll be missing out on important nutrients, which can put you at risk for malnutrition.

If you’re looking to lose body fat, and keep it off, then you need to dig in your heels and be willing to start making lifestyle changes such as eat more fruits and veggies, lean cuts of meat, fish, and poultry, healthy oils like olive oil, get more physical activity in such as walking, biking, swimming, weights. It’s not sexy, but it is scientifically proven to work, unlike detoxes and quick fix “weight loss” diets.
Oh my god I finally have something to show the girls at work!! I’ve been telling them over and over that these ‘skinny teas’ are hoaxes and they just dont listen. Its all about consumer quick fixes. Alot of people forget you have to work hard to get the body you want. Yes I’d love to wake up within 14 days and have the flattest belly of my life. But what happens after that? How do I maintain it. Oh.. Ill just wait another 6 months when I can afford this tea and do the process again. Its an endless cycle. Dont believe the hype! Thank you cassey for really breaking it down for us! :)
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We truly believe that without a juice cleanse being certified organic you shouldn’t do it. When doing our juice cleanse, you can drink more than 15 pounds of produce each day. That is A LOT of fruits and veggies. And if this produce is conventional and non-organic, you are essentially flooding your body with pesticides, possibly even to a toxic level, making for a very ineffective and perhaps even detrimental cleanse.
The reason we’re suggesting 45 minutes instead of the typical 30 as one of the ways to lose weight is that a Duke University study found that while 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain in most relatively sedentary people, exercise beyond 30 minutes results in weight and fat loss. Burning an additional 300 calories a day with three miles of brisk walking (45 minutes should do it) could help you lose 30 pounds in a year without even changing how much you’re eating. Here are 20 hidden reasons your diet isn’t working.
As a culture we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We clean our teeth daily, we bath and wash our hair daily or every other day and we like to look and smell clean because it makes us feel better. Similarly, I see detoxification as internal cleansing. The problem is that it’s often hard to know when our internal cleansing mechanisms are not functioning well. Unlike other parts of our body it is very hard to know how well our liver is working, and our liver is the main detoxification organ. Apart from synthesizing and secreting bile, the liver acts as a filter for toxins and bacteria in the blood and chemically neutralizes toxins, converting them into substances that can be eliminated by the kidneys.

"Detoxing with tea may well produce initial, albeit temporary weight loss," said Tanya Zuckerbrot, a registered dietitian and founder of the F-Factor Diet, her clinical practice in New York City that provides nutritional counseling. "Similar to any liquid diet, a tea detox or teatox works by restricting calories so that you consume fewer calories than you burn in a day."

I don’t get why people would spend money on tea like that. Just use your money for real tea such as green, oolong, black, etc… I love herbal teas because they taste so yummy and just drinking tea throughout the day is good for you. You get hydration, and for me especially, I don’t feel as hungry. I just don’t understand why people woukd spend money on that stuff when they can buy actual tea at the grocery store.

Magnesium: Affectionately called the relaxing mineral, magnesium can counter stress response, help your muscles release, and may even help you score better sleep. (Here are five other tricks that could help you snooze.) Plus, Dr. Gottfried says it's needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, like keeping your heartbeat steady and maintaining normal nerve and muscle function. Opt for 200 to 1000mg, and take it at night, since it helps your muscles relax.
When I saw this skinnyfit tea advertisement in Facebook, I said to myself ok I want to try. If I don’t like it then I will stop. My first bag ordered until the last piece of bag. It was really good, it really works on me, the taste it was really good I’m tea drinker and I said this taste is really good. I drink it twice a day and it really work on me, I felt I lost weight, until I finished it. So I can’t wait for the next order. Then here comes the 2nd order, I was so excited, so when I made my first tea bag. I’ve noticed the taste was really different. It wasn’t taste like the first one I ordered. My husband knows about it, he tried my first one too. So I asked him for this second order to taste it. I told him its tasteless it wasn’t really like the first one. So when asked my husband to try it too, he said yes its tasteless. And he said you have to stop the subscription maybe this is fake. I send an e-mail a week ago, and I told but no response yet. I want to send it back and get a refund. This is so disappointing.
Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
As far as studies on it go, here are some that I mentioned in The Everyday Roots Book. In 2002 the Journal of Nutrition concluded that it can aid weight loss when used in place of long chain triglycerides. It was also shown to strongly curb appetite and it appeared to increase the burning of calories. In 2003 Obesity Research found that it may help burn calories, probably due to the fact that it boosted energy. In 2010 the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition also found that it could help boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
Regular inadequate sleep plays havoc with more than the bags under your eyes; it also interferes with hormones that regulate hunger and, as a result, sleep-deprived people tend to overeat. Boost your zzz’s by hitting the sack about one hour earlier each night. Learn 9 Tips to Get Better Sleep, and then eat 6 Evening Foods for a Better Night’s Sleep.
CLA is the name given to group of chemicals found in the fatty acid called linoleic acid. Because it’s a type of polyunsaturated fat, we don’t make conjugated linoleic acid on our own and must obtain it from the foods in our diets. A few of the major sources of CLA in your diet may include full-fat dairy products like whole milk or cheese, beef, and butter. CLA is also found in some bodybuilding supplements, protein powders or weight loss formulas.
Studies found that people who keep food diaries wind up eating about 15 percent less food than those who don’t. Watch out for weekends: A University of North Carolina study found people tend to consume an extra 115 calories per weekend day, primarily from alcohol and fat.  Then cut out or down calories from spreads, dressings, sauces, condiments, drinks, and snacks; they could make the difference between weight gain and loss. Here are 50 easy ways to lose weight naturally.
Caffeine: Studies show possible modest effects on body weight or decreased weight gain over time when consuming caffeine. Caffeine is usually OK in small to moderate amounts for most people but can also cause side effects like heart palpitations and restlessness. There’s no sound evidence that caffeine alone will help you lose weight, and the cons of taking too much caffeine definitely seem to outweigh the pros.
Look up Dr. Yu in St. Louis, MO – he has a website with very good articles and some YouTube interviews that are enlightening. My sister had mystifying symptoms that escalated to the point she was on Prednisone constantly in order to function. He has helped her immeasurably – he is alternative, but works with your attending physician whenever possible.

The internet is loaded with theories about the best way to lose weight. Some are extreme, some are ridiculous, and a few are sensible. When it comes to drinking a gallon of water per day, I would say this falls somewhere between the extreme and ridiculous categories. To be fair, replacing food with lots of water will definitely help you lose weight, but you’ll probably spend 3/4 of your day running back and forth to the toilet. However, you’d ultimately be starving yourself just the same. There is nothing wrong with having a bit more water but, as a general rule, any sort of extreme program is usually unsustainable and not realistic. You mentioned healthy eating and exercise in your comment. I would agree that making healthy food choices (a Mediterranean style of eating is very healthy and sustainable), watching your portions, and sticking with it over the long term will serve you well. Add in exercise and you are well on your way not to just “losing weight,” but losing stored body fat. “Losing weight” is a phrase that makes me cringe because it pays no attention to body composition. In other words, if I starve you on some fad diet, yes, you will “lose weight,” but most of it will be in the form of lost muscle, water weight, and stored carbohydrate. The second you go back to your normal eating habits, you’ll pack on the body fat and then some, and your body will make physiological changes that will protect against future weight loss attempts. I’d recommend having a read of my article on permanent fat loss: https://www.drbillsukala.com.au/exercise/permanent-fat-loss-principles-secret-is-no-secret/ I’m hopeful that some of these suggestions will help put you on a path of just trying to focus on being healthy first, and then reducing body fat (and scale weight) as a secondary benefit. Bottom line: be smart and think long-term. Don’t fall victim to all these scammers selling their quick weight loss teas and infomercial gadgets. Their business is money and their storefront is health/nutrition. Never trust a marketer for health and nutrition information! Cheers, Bill
I m 54 yrs now & totally healthy. I m taking turmeric milk daily at night after 2 hrs of meal & also taking oats in cold milk daily in breakfast. Both the things I hv been trying for last 2 yrs atleast. Recently I noticed loss of 9 kg weight from 74kg earlier to 65Kg rt now. I firmly believe that oats hv contributed a lot besides turmeric milk which contributed in controlling my back ach, anxiety, etc Pl note that all natural treatments are beneficial but one should have patience.
My passion for tea started when I was a little girl and I got my first tea set and tea table. The tea set was adorned with a gold and pink royal theme. I couldn't wait to have my friends over so that I could host my first tea party. I got so impatient and just could not wait for real people so I dressed up my dolls and sat them at my new tea table and hosted a grand event. I must say the guests were impressed and loved it as much as I did. Yes, my passion for tea was born. I became so passionate about tea that I even grew my own in a backyard garden. That passion is what I cultivated and carried throughout my career in Health, Fitness, Beauty and life.
So why do the before and after pictures that promote these fads look so convincing? It’s simple. As I mentioned before, weight loss works on the basis of caloric deficit. Therefore by replacing meals with teas or juices that have a lower caloric content you may see an initial drop in weight. However, this approach to weight loss is not only unsustainable but often results in regaining extra weight as you go back to your usual eating habits. Ultimately, if it’s too good to be true it most likely is. Don’t buy into fake promises or worse still fake results. Instead, focus on creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle with a balance of healthy nourishing food choices and time spent getting your heart pumping.

The internet is loaded with theories about the best way to lose weight. Some are extreme, some are ridiculous, and a few are sensible. When it comes to drinking a gallon of water per day, I would say this falls somewhere between the extreme and ridiculous categories. To be fair, replacing food with lots of water will definitely help you lose weight, but you’ll probably spend 3/4 of your day running back and forth to the toilet. However, you’d ultimately be starving yourself just the same. There is nothing wrong with having a bit more water but, as a general rule, any sort of extreme program is usually unsustainable and not realistic. You mentioned healthy eating and exercise in your comment. I would agree that making healthy food choices (a Mediterranean style of eating is very healthy and sustainable), watching your portions, and sticking with it over the long term will serve you well. Add in exercise and you are well on your way not to just “losing weight,” but losing stored body fat. “Losing weight” is a phrase that makes me cringe because it pays no attention to body composition. In other words, if I starve you on some fad diet, yes, you will “lose weight,” but most of it will be in the form of lost muscle, water weight, and stored carbohydrate. The second you go back to your normal eating habits, you’ll pack on the body fat and then some, and your body will make physiological changes that will protect against future weight loss attempts. I’d recommend having a read of my article on permanent fat loss: https://www.drbillsukala.com.au/exercise/permanent-fat-loss-principles-secret-is-no-secret/ I’m hopeful that some of these suggestions will help put you on a path of just trying to focus on being healthy first, and then reducing body fat (and scale weight) as a secondary benefit. Bottom line: be smart and think long-term. Don’t fall victim to all these scammers selling their quick weight loss teas and infomercial gadgets. Their business is money and their storefront is health/nutrition. Never trust a marketer for health and nutrition information! Cheers, Bill
Dr Bill Sukala is a Sydney-based health science communicator, clinical exercise physiologist, health writer, speaker, and media health commentator. He has published health articles in major publications around the world and has given invited lectures across five continents. Click here for more information or follow Bill on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Consume copious amounts of brightly colored vegetables and approximately two servings of fruit per day. These foods are loaded with antioxidants, which are essential for protecting the body during weight loss. As we release fat from our fat cells, we also liberate the toxic chemicals that the body has stored in them. Once liberated, these chemicals can irritate and damage many tissues in the body, particularly the liver.2
This is up to you, as many people do very little ‘prep’ leading up to a cleanse and others like to begin cutting things from their diet a few days beforehand. If you will be cutting out caffeine during your cleanse, you may want to cut back a few days ahead of time to avoid extreme headaches and withdraw symptoms. If you would like to eliminate certain foods beforehand, dairy and any processed food products are a great place to start!

The best part about natural weight loss? The results last. So many women tell us they’ve successfully adapted this new eating style to their lives that they can’t imagine living without it. You can start feeling better about your weight by taking our quick weight loss quiz and take a look through our SHOP to find the natural weight loss support you need.
Pawing for a protein drink after working up a sweat can help build stronger muscles, increase training efficacy, and speed up muscle recovery time. Packing in the protein can help the body rebuild throughout the day. Contemporary issues in protein requirements and consumption for resistance trained athletes. Wilson J, Wilson GJ. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2006, Jun.;3():1550-2783.

The benefits of rose petal water are backed more by anecdotal evidence than anything, but that’s no reason to shrug off this mild yet refreshing drink. Rose petals act as a very gentle diuretic. Diuretics encourage your kidneys to put more sodium (salt) into your urine. This excess salt in turn draws water from your blood, decreasing the amount of water in your circulatory system. This is not “permanent” weight loss-just water weight-but the action encourages you to drink more and keep your system flushed clean and hydrated. Staying hydrated, believe it or not, can be hugely beneficial to losing weight.
My boyfriend asked, "Are you just drinking a laxative?" And then it clicked — that had to be exactly what I was drinking. I went searching for the answer: "One of the main ingredients in the tea (according to the website) is 'Senna Leaf,' which is a known stimulant laxative," says Keri Glassman, MS, RD, founder of The Nutritious Life. "The laxative works in the body by prohibiting the absorption of water in the intestine, therefore increasing water volume in your bowel movements."

These harmful chemicals in everyday products include everything from shampoos (parabens and phthalates), cosmetics (too many to list), fabrics and mattresses (flame retardants and PFCs), non-stick pans (PFCs), plastic bottles (BPA and styrene), and our food (pesticides). These chemicals are linked to breast and prostate cancer, reproductive disorders, thyroid conditions, childhood asthma and behavioural problems such as ADHD, among a host of other carcinogenic and endocrine-related health issues. These are the chemicals of greatest concern and the ones we want to avoid, and eliminate through detoxing.


However, for many people that want to “lose weight,” their expectation is that they would like to reduce body fat from those trouble spots like the hips, thighs, belly, and arms. And one of the quickest methods to check for “weight loss” is the woefully misleading bathroom scale. Unfortunately, the bathroom scale gives you absolutely no indication if you’re losing fat, muscle, water, or anything else for that matter.
After many blood tests confirmed I was dealing with several autoimmune issues, I was referred to both a rheumatologist and endocrinologist to deal with the effects of my immune system going haywire.  The specialists wanted to put me on a host of medications to help with the swelling and inflammation, all with a list of negative side effects. I felt as if I was ALWAYS at the doctor. I didn’t want to just put on a band-aid.
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