Medifast Diet Side Effects

Medifast is a diet which was developed by Dr. William Vitale and made available in 1980.  You can purchase Medifast from the manufacturer or from Amazon.  It consists of three plans, Weight Loss Plan, Thrive Healthy Living Plan, and Medi Fast for Special Diets.  You have four meals, one health snack, and two lean and green meals on a daily basis.  The dieter has more than 70 food options.  The diet plan allows for consumption of 800-1000 calories a day making the diet a low calorie diet.  It is also a low fat diet.

The diet plan is not cheap.  It costs about $300 to $400 a month plus shipping.  There are some complaints from customers where they have tried to stop an order from shipping, but are told that the shipping cannot be stopped.  Apparently, it takes a few days to ship the order so it is unclear why the shipping can’t be stopped.  There have also been complaints from customers that changing the password on their account is difficult which can sometimes lead to extra food or charges before they can alter their plan by using their new password.  Further complaints on the web center around shoddy service.

Some customers complain about the taste of the food.  One participant stated that they had to hold their nose as they ate the food as the food smelled bad.  Others complain of the food being tasteless, and having a gritty feel.  To be fair, there are other customers who do not have these complaints, and are quite happy with Medifast.  Many of these happy customers are very happy with their weight loss, and like the fact that they do not have to come up with a meal plan.

More concerning, there are physiologic complaints of nausea, headache, and irregular bowel movements due to the lack of roughage.  There have also been complaints of hair loss.  Some participants complain of feeling cold.  Rashes and leg cramps have also been reported.  The leg cramps could be due to low potassium or calcium levels.  The rashes could come from an allergy to one of the ingredients in the meals.  Bad breath is also a common finding as a result of burning fat.

If you are a woman, remember that losing weight quickly can result in menstrual cycle abnormalities due to changes in the levels of estrogen.  Rapid weight loss can also mean sagging skin which could, theoretically, lead to cosmetic/plastic surgery.

All in all, the main complaint centers around the cost of the meal plan.  The side effects seem to be those common in a low calorie diet.  Anyone who is considering starting a diet should consult their physician prior to starting the diet especially if you have a medical condition.  Remember that any low calorie diet will cause quick weight loss initially, but the speed of the weight loss will diminish soon as the body tries to hold on to calories in the starvation state in which it finds itself.

I still recommend eating healthy and exercising as these are the only time proven methods of weight loss and maintenance.  Severe caloric restriction and fad diets are unsustainable in the long run, and you are doomed to fail.  To me, it doesn’t make sense to pay for a diet which will give you side effects and will cost you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Wishing you continued success in your quest for weight loss and maintenance, Pablo.

Lemonade Diet Side Effects

The Master Cleanse or lemonade diet restricts your caloric intake to 650 calories a day.  The diet is followed for ten days.  I think you can see how everyone would lose weight if they only consumed 650 calories a day.  The problem is that the diet is not sustainable long term, and like I’ve said previously, the best diet is the diet that you can maintain long term.

The diet participant foregoes solid food and drinks a beverage composed of lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water.  They also drink saltwater and an herbal laxative tea.

Stanley Burroughs, the originator of this diet, advises mixing two teaspoonfuls of sea salt in a quart of lukewarm water.  He does not recommend using iodized salt, since he feels that this will take away from the “cleanse”.  The quart of water is ingested first thing in the morning, and the laxative tea is taken at bedtime.  Mr. Burroughs recommends staying close to a bathroom as this is an elimination diet.

Other drinks like coffee and alcohol are frowned upon.  Vitamins and mineral supplements are avoided.  Smoking is also avoided.  Mr. Burroughs emphasizes that this is a detoxifying diet.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches and feeling faint are symptoms that can accompany the diet.  It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that lack of energy is also a side effect.  There is no ingestion of protein, and the high carbohydrate ingestion will cause the dieter’s glucose to spike.  Thus, this diet is not recommended for diabetics.  And, honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this diet to anyone.  Bad breath (ketotic breath), and a white film on the tongue are also common side effects.

There is an extreme loss of muscle mass which often makes the dieter look flabbier than they did prior to starting the diet.  The dieter will lose weight, but the body will look worse than what it did originally.

I have spoken against starvation diets repeatedly, and this is definitely a starvation diet.

The allure of losing weight sometimes blinds us to common sense.  This diet does not make sense.

I cannot emphasize enough that the ultimate answer to weight loss and maintenance is proper eating and regular exercise.  Any drastic diet like the lemonade diet is doomed to failure.

Wishing you success in your weight loss and maintenance, Pablo.

Paleo Diet Side Effects

One of the more recent popular diets is the Paleo diet named for our Paleolithic caveman ancestors.  The goal is to eat like a caveman as opposed to a modern man.  The diet avoids carbohydrates, sugars, dairy, and processed foods which are abundant in our modern society.  It emphasizes eating organic meat, nuts, eggs, vegetables, and seafood which is what Paleolithic man ate.  I agree with the part of the diet which avoids sugars and processed foods as these items are not good for our health.

Avoiding carbohydrates altogether has a tendency to produce what is known as a low carbohydrate flu.  The symptoms consist of fatigue, shakiness, diarrhea, and difficulty sleeping and can last for 3-4 weeks.  These symptoms, incidentally, are also found in people afflicted with hypothyroidism.  One of the ways to minimize the carbohydrate flu symptoms is to slowly eliminate carbohydrates from the diet over the span of two weeks instead of eliminating the carbohydrates abruptly.  The thinking is that eliminating the carbohydrates should cause the body to burn fats as opposed to carbohydrates, thus resulting in weight loss.

One of the side effects of the diet is ketotic breath.  This is a result of the fat being consumed by the body.  Ketosis produces acetone in the breath which has a distinctive smell.  This may be bothersome to some people, and I have seen recommendations to chew on mint or cilantro to minimize the smell.  Obviously, this is something that will go away after the diet is discontinued.

People can expect to lose about six pounds in a two week period.

The paleo diet is high in protein, and can increase the bad LDL cholesterol and lower the good HDL cholesterol.  This alteration in cholesterol can increase the possibility of heart disease.  The increased protein can also be hard on the kidneys.  People should always consult their physician prior to starting a diet, but this is especially true for people with renal conditions who are considering this diet.

With the exception of the “bad breath” and the shift in cholesterol, the diet appears safe.  I would recommend not being on the diet long term, but a period of two or three weeks should be acceptable.  I don’t know that putting up with the side effects of the diet, however, would be worth going on the diet in the first place.  Again, I am not a big fan of diets, but the paleo diet appears to be safer than most of the other diets out there.

One common complaint of people participating in this diet is the inability to exercise due to the extreme fatigue which is initially experienced.  I am a firm believer in the benefits of exercise, and not being able to exercise while on the diet is a negative in my opinion.

I would still recommend eating wisely, and exercising regularly to achieve your weight loss and maintenance goals.  I would recommend this exercise and eating wisely regimen to anyone before I would recommend a diet.  Again, if you feel you must diet, this diet does not appear harmful in the short run.

Wishing you continued success in your weight loss and maintenance, Pablo.


Lipozene Ripoff

Many of you have probably seen or heard the lipozene commercials on television promising easy and painless weight loss.  I want you, however, to read this post before running to your phone and placing an order.

Lipozene comes in capsule form and the manufacturer recommends taking two capsules three times a day with eight ounces of water approximately 30 minutes prior to each meal.  Lipozene is distributed by a company in Reno, Nevada.  Despite the wonderful claims of weight loss made by the manufacturer on television and other media sites, the weight loss is questionable at best.  The FDA has not approved the main ingredient, glucomannan which is made from the root of the Konjac plant, for weight loss.  Therefore, the weight loss claims are solely those of the manufacturer.

The person taking the lipozene supposedly does not need to alter their lifestyle, and does not need to exercise.  Lipozene should produce weight loss by having the fiber in the pills swell in your stomach thereby giving you a feeling of fullness.  The end result is you are supposed to eat less because it will take less food to fill you up.  When you take a look at the claims this way, it sort of makes sense.

Unfortunately, lipozene does not work.  There are not only numerous testimonials where the person taking the lipozene did not lose weight, but there are some instances where the participant actually gained weight while on the supplement.  You might say that the people taking the lipozene were probably not taking the supplement like they should, and this is probably why the lipozene didn’t work.  This would be a possibility, but medical centers like Rush University Medical Center found that the subjects they studied did not lose weight.  Therefore, the possibility of the participant taking the supplement erroneously is eliminated.

In addition, there are potential side effects from taking the lipozene.  Diarrhea and bloating are the more common benign symptoms even though, according to users, the stomach discomfort can be quite severe.  And since the supplement is relying on fiber swelling with fluid to eliminate your hunger, there is the more dangerous possibility of intestinal and esophageal blockage.

In 2005, the manufacturer settled a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) due to false claims about weight loss.  There was a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, Obesity Research Institute,  in 2011 as well after it was determined that the weight loss claims were false.  There have also been complaints made by consumers that they did not receive a refund from the manufacturer after returning the supplement.  This complaint stems from the money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product.  Other customers have complained of being automatically billed every month after they have cancelled their orders.  There are numerous complaints on about the business practices of the lipozene manufacturer.

Lipozene is another supplement, in the long list of weight loss supplements, which fails to live up to its claims.  Exercise and eating wisely still remain the cornerstones of weight loss and maintenance.  Wishing you success in your weight control endeavors, Pablo.


Side Effects HCG Diet

Recently, the HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) diet has received a lot of publicity including the Dr. Oz show.  The HCG diet has been around since the 1950s.  The diet is given good reviews by its enthusiasts for suppressing hunger, and also for burning fat while sparing muscle.  There are several forms of the HCG diet, but the two major forms include HCG injections and HCG drops under the tongue. Critics of the diet point out that the weight loss is not due to the HCG, but rather the 500 calories that are ingested per day.  This sounds like another starvation diet to me.  As a comparison, the usual caloric intake is about 2000 calories per day.

With the injectable HCG, the participant is given an injection every day.  You need to consult a physician for this form of HCG as you need a prescription for the injectable HCG and for the needles and syringes.  The dose of the HCG will be determined by your weight loss physician.  Usually, the total amount of HCG given on a daily basis is 125 I.U.  I.U. is a form of measurement for the amount of a substance (in this case HCG) and this varies depending on the substance being measured.

You can buy the HCG drops to be placed under the tongue from the internet, but it is important to know that buying or selling HCG weight loss products in the US is illegal.  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) instituted the ban after determining that HCG weight loss products have not been proven to work.  The advantage of using this form of the HCG from the internet is not having to pay a physician for a consultation and prescription.  The participant is advised to use 36 to 45 drops per day.  A total daily dose of 1.5cc of HCG will be used with this regimen.

One of the confusing issues in this diet is that a method for converting I.U. measurements into drops does not exist so that the amount of HCG administered by injection is probably different than the amount of HCG given in drops.

As I mentioned previously, there are several forms of the HCG diet.  One of the most common regimens will be discussed here although all the variations have the same principle of using HCG and restricting caloric intake.

Phase 1 involves carbohydrate loading for two days.  You can eat all you want and as often as you want.  The rationale is you are storing fat to help you through the diet.

Phase 2 involves following a 500 calorie daily diet for two weeks.  It is during this time that you will drop your weight.  Remember, however, that the more you restrict your calories, the more your body will want to conserve the calories.  This will result in a dramatic initial weight loss for the first few days, but the weight loss will be at a slower rate the longer you are on the diet.

Phase 3 involves eating 1200 calories per day to maintain the new weight.  Working out is not recommended while on the HCG diet.

Part of the reason for not recommending exercise may be the extreme fatigue that you experience while on the diet.  Moodiness has a tendency to follow the fatigue.  These are the minor side effects that accompany the diet.

More serious side effects that can occur include swelling of the legs (edema), blood clots (thromboembolism), and gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in males).  Electrolyte imbalances (abnormal levels of sodium, potassium, calcium among others), and irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) are also possibilities.

More than one person who has followed this diet has expressed disappointment with the final results of the diet.  If the participant manages to continue with the diet for the recommended time, they will lose weight but they will start to gain weight again once the diet is over.

HCG is normally produced by pregnant women, and is one of the hormones believed to cause the nausea and emesis of pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum).  HCG injections are also used to induce ovulation in infertility patients.  Again, the extreme caloric restriction is the reason why this diet works.

Like I have discussed in other posts, a diet that cannot be followed for any length of time is doomed to failure.  The HCG diet is one of these diets.  And also remember that the effectiveness of this diet has been questioned by the FDA to say nothing of the legality of using the product.

The time proven method to lose and maintain weight remains eating wisely and exercising.  Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and management.  Pablo

Side Effects Cabbage Soup Diet

One popular diet which has been around since the 1990s is the cabbage soup diet.  The diet was originally developed by hospitals for cardiac patients who needed surgery in the near future, but were overweight.  This severe diet would cause the patient to lose 10-20 pounds in one week, thus making them better surgical candidates.  The diet then became popular in the general population.

The ingredients in the cabbage soup diet include celery, onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, chicken broth and, of course, cabbage.  You can substitute or add spinach and zucchini to the soup if you wish.  Regardless, the final soup is extremely low in calories and carbohydrates.  One cup of cabbage soup has about 66 calories.  You are allowed to drink tea and/or coffee with this diet as long as the beverage is unsweetened.

You are allowed to eat fruit and vegetables during the first three days of the diet.  Bananas are to be avoided as they have a high glycemic index.

It is acceptable, however, to add bananas and skimmed milk to the diet on day four.

Proteins are added on days five and six.

Day seven allows the introduction of some carbohydrates like rice.

Certain foods like desserts, pasta, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and bread are prohibited.

The diet should only be followed for a week, and no more than two weeks.  It is important to note that this diet is a starvation diet.  The cabbage soup allows you to have a full stomach so that you don’t feel hungry, but you are drastically restricting your calories.  Most of the weight that is lost on this diet comes from water and muscle.  Some fat is also lost, but you are mostly losing muscle mass.

Not surprisingly, moodiness is a common symptom on this diet.  It’s hard to feel happy when you are starving.

Fatigue is a big problem as you are not getting the necessary nutrition.  Your body is shutting down, and trying to conserve calories.  Another bothersome side effect is fainting.

Gas disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract are quite common as is frequent urination.

As I have discussed on previous posts, the best diet is the diet that you can maintain for a long period of time if not for the rest of your life.  As I have mentioned above, this diet cannot be followed for more than two weeks at the most.  Like most calorie restrictive diets, you are likely to experience rebound weight gain at the end of the diet.  Rebound weight gain is the phenomenon where the person gains the weight back and then some.  We all know people who have experienced this situation, and perhaps it may even have been us.

The consequence of being heavier after stopping the diet for a time goes beyond the physical.  It also exerts an emotional toll where the recent dieter feels that nothing seems to work, and depression/disappointment now sets in.  The dieter feels like a failure and there is a tendency to eat all of the previously prohibited foods.  The general attitude seems to become, “What do I have to lose?  Nothing seems to work anyway”.

I am not a big fan of starvation diets, and the cabbage soup diet is another of these diets.  I urge you not to waste your time, and possibly endanger your health by following this starvation diet.  This diet is not the answer.  You will lose the weight quickly with this diet, but you will gain it back just as fast.

The cornerstone of weight loss and maintenance remains exercise, and eating wisely.  Severe diets like the cabbage soup diet will fail in the end.  Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and management.  Pablo

Safety of Muscle Milk

In the continuing quest for weight loss, we are sometimes tempted to use supplements or products that promise quick results.  Muscle Milk is a product made by GNC.  The very name conjures visions of a lean, muscular body.  How can a product named Muscle Milk hurt us?

Muscle Milk comes in a powder form and also a ready to drink form.  One serving of Muscle Milk has about 330 calories.  The supplement is ingested prior and after workouts.  This product is popular with some athletes due to the high protein concentration.  The calorie amount is not concerning to the professional athlete since he burns calories at an accelerated rate.  For most of us, our metabolisms are far slower than the professional athlete.  As a consequence, Muscle Milk may actually promote weight gain.

The supplement has high concentrations of vitamins D and A.  Since these vitamins are fat soluble, the vitamins have a tendency to stay in our bodies for a long time.  High concentrations of vitamin A can lead to visual problems.  This vitamin A toxicity, or hypervitaminosis A, gained notoriety when Arctic explorers ate polar bear liver, and then became temporarily blind.  High vitamin A concentrations can also cause dry skin, diarrhea, and death.  High levels of vitamin D can cause muscle weakness, thirst, abdominal and bone pain among other symptoms.

The vanilla flavored Muscle Milk has lead while the chocolate version has cadmium, lead, arsenic, and mercury.  All of these agents can produce neurological symptoms and death.  Cadmium has been associated with cancer.

Two ingredients which are present in Muscle Milk are acesulfame potassium and sucralose which are known to produce weight gain, and insulin resistance.  Since most of us are interested in losing and maintaining weight, these two ingredients are counterproductive.  Maltodextrin, another ingredient found in Muscle Milk, has a high glycemic index which leads to a high insulin spike again resulting in weight gain and insulin resistance.

A class action lawsuit was filed in 2013 alleging that Muscle Milk contained as many total and saturated fats as a Krispy Kreme doughnut.  The manufacturer paid 5.3 million dollars.

In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration took the manufacturer to task telling them to inform the public that Muscle Milk did not have milk as one of the ingredients like the name implied.

Due to the high concentration of protein, potassium, sodium and phosporus, people with kidney compromise or illness should be careful when ingesting Muscle Milk.

Muscle Milk has high concentrations of homocystiene which can increase the risk of blood clots, cardiac disease, and hypothyroidism among other medical conditions.

If you read the Muscle Milk label, you will find some of the above ingredients mentioned and not others such as the heavy metal concentrations.  You will find, however, an ingredient called vitamin mineral blend which is a mystery ingredient.  Personally, I don’t like to ingest things that are unknown to me.

To summarize, the more common potential side effects of Muscle Milk involve weight gain, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.  The more worrisome side effects involve vitamin toxicity, ailments produced by kidney disease, heavy metal toxicity, hypothyroidism, cardiac disease, and blood clots.

I would recommend not using Muscle Milk for weight loss or as a muscle building supplement.  Remember that diet and exercise are still the best options we have when it comes to losing and maintaining weight.  Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.  Wishing you success, Pablo.

Weight Loss With Wine

Some things never change.  There is always a latest and greatest diet which promises weight loss the easy way without having to worry about what you eat or how active you are.  The most recent weight loss regimen touted by celebrities is the wine diet.  But before you reach for that wine opener, let’s take a look at the weight loss claims.

A weight loss study done at Washington State University in 2015 certainly suggests that wine can help with weight loss.  The study found that white fat is converted to brown fat by a substance found in wine called resveratrol.  Brown fat is easier to burn off than white fat.  Brown fat turns food into body heat.  Human newborns and hibernating animals like the bear have high levels of brown fat.  And we’ve all noticed how quickly “baby fat” seems to disappear.   At this point, you’re thinking that the weight loss study certainly sounds promising.  What the celebrities neglect to tell you is that the study was done on BEES!  I don’t think there is anyone who will argue that the metabolism with bees is different than the metabolism with humans.

Not too surprisingly, other ways to boost brown fat include exercise (what a shocker), and not starving or overeating.  These sound like the traditional and logical ways to lose weight that I’ve been talking about for some time.

What is known about wine is that the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories.  As a general rule, mixed drinks and beer have more calories than wine.  A glass of red wine has about 120 calories while a glass of white wine has 85 calories.

The sugar content in wine also influences the caloric content.  The less sugar, the fewer the calories.  The two types of wine with the least sugar are Italian Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine does not produce fat.  Wine will, however, cause a drop in glucose.  The drop in glucose then makes you hungry, and you start eating.  The more alcohol you ingest, the more your glucose will drop, and the hungrier you will get.  Since the wine and food ingestion will make you tired, the next thing that happens is you go to sleep.  It’s not surprising that the extra calories now turn to fat.  This brings up the old adage about moderation in everything.

There is one specific type of red wine which helps with weight loss due to its content of ellagic acid.  This red wine is made from the red muscadine grape which is grown in Georgia and the the southeastern United States.  Don’t rush out to your local store, however, and look for this specific varietal.  There are 5000 acres or less that are planted with this grape.

There are alternatives to drinking this type of varietal.  Ellagic acid is increased when any wine is aged in oak barrels.  The longer the aging process, the more ellagic acid in the wine.

Wine, however, is not the only substance with ellagic acid.  Raspberries, green tea, and oolong tea have respectable levels of allegic acid.  There are other foods as well that contain this acid which you can google.  Interestingly, green tea and oolong tea have long been known to help with weight loss and maintenance.

As I mentioned on the page on weight loss and diet, drinking a glass or two of wine is not a bad thing.  Drinking excessive amounts of wine can damage your liver and your overall health.  The wine diet does not appear to offer any information that has not been known for some time.  So feel free to enjoy your wine, but remember that using wine to lose weight may not be the best decision.

Remember that the ultimate answer to weight loss and maintenance includes eating wisely and exercising.  Please do not hesitate to leave a comment or question regarding this post. Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and maintenance.  Pablo

Tongue Patch Diet

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, along comes something new and bizarre.  This fad is called the tongue patch diet.  The only place you can get this procedure in the United States is in Beverly Hills, California.  Dr. Chugay, the innovator of this strange weight loss procedure, is the main surgeon.

A piece of marlex (prolene), a synthetic material used in hernia repair, is sutured to the tongue with six sutures.  The marlex is left in place for one month.  The rationale for the one month period is the tongue tissue will begin to grow into the marlex pores if the mesh is allowed to stay on the tongue any longer.

During this one month period, the patient survives by drinking 800 calories a day in the form of a liquid diet which supposedly has all the minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that you need to survive.  The patient will not eat solid food since eating solid food is too painful.  Therefore, the patch works by causing pain every time that the patient attempts to eat solid food.  Typical weight loss with this diet is 15 to 30 pounds in one month.  The patch can be as small as a postage stamp or large enough to cover most of the tongue.

Dr. Nikolas Chugay charges $2000 for this ten minute procedure.  Dr. Chugay defends performing this unusual procedure, which he first started doing in 2009, although other physicians are more critical of the technique.  Dr. Chugay argues that his procedure is considerably less invasive than any weight loss surgery including the lap band.  He has not had any known complications with this procedure.

There is always the possibility of an infection due to the foreign material, but there have not been any reported cases.

The big question is what happens with the weight after the mesh is removed.  As far as I know, Dr. Chugay has not provided any long term data as to the permanence of the weight loss with this procedure.  I can only guess that the patient starts eating poorly again, and regains his or her weight and then some.  I suppose the patient could have the procedure done again.

The procedure seems to be gaining popularity.  At least one clinic in Venezuela has started offering this controversial procedure.

Of course, I would not recommend having this procedure.  It makes more sense to eat wisely and exercise than it does to suture a piece of mesh to your tongue.  Local anesthetic is used for this procedure, and there is always a danger of an adverse reaction to any medication.  Therefore, you don’t want to expose yourself needlessly to medication.

Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and maintenance.


Green Tea for Weight Loss

Green tea has been around for a long time.  This type of tea has been credited with various physical benefits.  Among these benefits, green tea has been shown to help with weight loss.  If you are thinking of losing 20 pounds by next week, the green tea is not going to work.  If, however, you are interested in losing weight steadily and for the long term, then green tea may be for you.

Green tea helps burn calories and fat.  This is why some over the counter diet pills have some green tea in them.  When you eat fat and sugars, the level of triglycerides in your body increases.  Excess triglycerides turn into fat.  By stimulating a specific enzyme in your body, the green tea will help dissolve the extra triglycerides thus avoiding conversion to fat.

In addition, green tea has plenty of antioxidants.  These antioxidants help to increase your metabolism helping with weight loss.  A person’s metabolism will increase by 4% from the green tea on the average.  This means that you will burn about 100 calories per cup of green tea.  100 calories is not a huge number, but you can see how this number adds up over time.

There are other teas which also help with weight loss and maintenance like oolong tea, but this discussion is centered around green tea.

Other benefits that green tea promotes are an increase in heart health and liver health.  There is even some speculation that the green tea will help ward off cancer, and could even stimulate healthy cells to fight the malignant cells.  I should point out that the issue of helping with cancer is speculative, and more research needs to be conducted in this area.

Green tea also helps with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

The tea helps with glucose control, and may be of some benefit to people with Type I diabetes mellitus.  Another perceived medical benefit is improvement with arthritis.

The immune system also seems to improve with green tea.

Remember that some of the above benefits of drinking green tea are theoretical and not proven at this time such as helping to prevent or fight cancer.  What is known, however, is that green tea will help to increase your metabolism, burn fat, and suppress your appetite so that weight loss and maintenance are real benefits.

Drinking green tea should become a habit as the above benefits are maximized only if you drink the tea on a regular basis.  Avoid tea which has additives like sugar.  Don’t add any other substances to  your tea unless it’s something like lemon.

Substitute the tea for the soft drink or cocktail that you normally drink.  A tip that will  help you always have ready made tea to drink is preparing the tea ahead of time, and placing the brewed tea in the refrigerator so that it is ready to drink whenever you are ready.  Drink the tea three times a day.  Drink a cup in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one before bedtime.  You can substitute a decaffeinated tea for bedtime if caffeine keeps you awake.

As always, consult your physician before you embark on new regimen of exercise or diet.  Wishing you continued success in your weight loss and maintenance.