Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

The DL on five popular weight loss trends that give healthy and lasting results.



The tea detox, or teatox, business is booming! With celebrities and fitness gurus on the teatox bandwagon, the fitness fad has made its way to the forefront of new weight loss methods. These herbal teas boast many benefits such as boosted metabolism, overall wellbeing, weight loss and eliminated bloating.
Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

How does it work?

You take one morning tea and one night time tea, every-other night (regardless of what the package says, don’t take the night/detox tea daily). There is also a specific eating plan to stick to while teatoxing. This usually includes resisting meat, dairy and alcohol for the duration of the cleanse, as these can reduce the effectiveness of the teatox.

The morning tea curbs your sweet cravings, provides more energy to workout, boosts metabolism and detoxes the body. The night time one contains senna leaf, which has a laxative effect. This helps to clean you out and eliminate any bloating or added weight attributed to excess waste in your intestinal tract.

When your body is not cleansed, foods like meat lingering in your GI tract can putrefy and release toxins into the blood. The senna leaf will eliminate this harmful excess waste, resulting in better health and wellbeing.

Popular brands include Bootea, Tiny Teatox and Skinny Lyfe Tea. Look for organic teas and always drink out of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel (but never, ever plastic).

What’s the downside?

You should only teatox for a maximum of two weeks, and only every-other night. Senna, a herb that’s in colon cleanser tea bags and other diet tea products, has a strong laxative effect and it can cause headaches, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. In the long-term it can make the bowel reliant on this kind of stimulation to work, especially if you take it daily during your teatox.

Keep in mind that the cleansing effect means that it may interfere with the absorption of other medications and supplements you’re taking (ie. your birth control). Not to mention, doing a teatox any longer than two weeks can cause nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte shortage and lead to heart problems (yikes!)

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 58 Comments

  1. May Baker

    Controlling what you eat and drink is the only diet that works. Stuffing your face with anything you can eat will most likely make you round

  2. Miya Hartford

    how about weight gain? I’m seriously asking here. I don’t seem to gain weight. I already tried letting go of my self and eating only junk for 3 months. gained a habit of eating and craving greasy stuff and that’s about it. didn’t gain weight and didn’t make me happy. please help

  3. Jessika Hag

    I thought I will dislike the article because of my bad attitude towards the ways of dieting. I have read lots of articles which state the same, that one will lose weight the natural way by doing this or that. Then I read that you’ve tried all of them, and was curious to know what’s it about. I will recommend the teatox to my cousin. Oil pulling is the great aid for sleeping better because some ingredients found in toothpaste are energizing, but I would never try it because of the silly 20 minutes of swishing, as you have written, can result in jaw soreness.

  4. Ketty Ben

    I love tea and its help in weight-loss. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health.

  5. Jenny Permel

    Amazing tips! I agree juicing is a very effective, nutritional way to lose get rid of those nasty toxins while shedding away those extra pounds. Most people lose weight within first two weeks.

  6. Issabell Symon

    Plant based diets are really helpful for weight-loss. I am dieting and i try one new food each week, which makes me feel really good. I suggest everyone should do this.

  7. Lulia Jan

    An outstanding share! It’s amazing what some healthy juice will do for not only your body ,but your mind too! Make sure juicing as part of your diet when you go back to eating solids. Thanks for the post

  8. Andrea Mitchell

    Fantastic post and a great way to get the diet back to normal after a summer of splurging. One of my favorites to date. Its so easy to get in a rut with every day eating and so this post served for great inspiration. Would love more posts like this. Thanks 🙂

  9. Amelia Beckons

    Thanks for such a great post Hilary! I’m sure this took a ton of work! I have already sent this to one of my coworkers who was needing a reboot after vacation. I really appreciate it!

  10. Camila Hilhorst

    I love this post!!! I’m a (control freak) meal planner, so I love love love new ideas for balancing the days. And your tips sound perfect for someone needing a little change in their diet!

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