If you are active on social media, especially Instagram, you've likely seen a lot of references and buzz around different types of weight loss or skinny teas. These teas tout that you'll lose weight by drinking them - but is this really true? We called our Registered Dietitian, Sharon Richter, to find out if these skinny teas actually work.
Sharon explains that she doesn't believe these teas actually work, and she has not yet seen any research in the field that supports that they do. Many of these so called skinny teas, whether they are green teas, white teas, or other types of tea, make claims that they will help lose belly fat, but they actually aren't contributing to loss of belly fat in any way. Sharon does explain that green teas do contain antioxidants which are healthy for you, but antioxidants do not promote weight loss.
So are there any risks if a consumer does decide to purchase and drink these skinny teas? Sharon warns that a potential risk may be if the teas are caffeinated. If you end up drinking too many of them in a day, they may disturb your sleep and snowball in the wrong direction. This is because if you are not getting enough sleep, you may then not release the proper hormones, and could even end up craving more food than you normally would in a day and end up overeating.
So teas aside, is there a miracle drink out there that will help you lose weight? Unfortunately, no. Sharon does explain that being hydrated and drinking lots of water is important for everyone. Teas that are decaffeinated can help encourage more water intake, which will also help keep you hydrated.
The bottom line: don't waste your money buying and using weight loss or skinny teas, as they are not shown to be effective in producing weight loss.