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2 Weight Loss Myths

Hi guys!

It’s just me, trying to save the world from misinformation.a52879e2a5587c67f910bac41a19f327

And today, I will be smashing these 2 common weight loss myths.


Myth 1: Eating small frequent meals will boost your metabolism

We are often encouraged to eat 6 small meals a day (instead of 3 big meals) to boost our metabolism and keep it firing.

But there are 3 possible problems with this claim.

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Problem 1:

When we eat, our metabolism does increase as we need to process the food. But there is no evidence that this is of any significance when it comes to weight loss [1].

Problem 2:

By constantly eating around the clock, we are potentially preventing our bodies from burning fat. When we eat, the body releases insulin. In short, this can prevent the breakdown and release of glucose and fats.

Problem 3:

Snacking can potentially be a window to overeat. Eating just a little bit could leave you feeling unsatisfied and wanting MORE!

This study found that a decrease in eating frequency could help manage appetite [2].

Then again, some people find that they can manage their hunger better by eating frequently. That is, if they make the right snack choices.

The bottom line is that there is no one-size-fits-alls method. Choose what works BEST for YOU!

Just keep in mind that there are no metabolic advantages with eating more frequently.


Myth 2: Detox and juice cleanses help to remove toxins and promote weight loss

Juice and detox cleases, ranging from 3 to 7 days (or X days), are pretty popular especially among celebs and influencers.juice-cleanse-bottles

Do they work?

You’ll probably lose some weight but it’s most likely just water. You’ll immediately gain it back when you start eating again. Plus, you might end up feeling HANGRY from all the food that you’re depriving your body of (and potentially eating a whole lot more!).

The thing is that we have our very own super powerful and effective detox systemliver and kidneys. There is no evidence that going on a juice cleanse will make it work any better. Reports of people feeling “better” just after 3 days is probably because they’ve stopped eating all the processed food.JuiceCleanse2

Essentially, it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick for juice companies to sell their juice.

The bottom line is that there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss and health. If there were, everyone would be looking fit and healthy.

If you do plan on going on juice cleanses as a way to kickstart new lifestyle habits, just keep in mind that it does not help with weight loss or removing toxins from your body.


Want to lose weight?

Cultivate good LIFELONG habits! Gradual, small and sustainable changes are the key to long term results.

  • A little MORE fresh nutrient rich foods
  • A little LESS ultra processed foods
  • A little MORE movement

#simple

Let me know if you have any questions!

Would You Like a CuppaTea?

I have to admit, I am a sucker for TEA.

Before the insane Chatime price hike, I drank up to 9 cups a week. Crazy, I know. I still drink Chatime but I have to cut my intake down by more than half. It has not been easy. We’ll address my addiction in another post.

I drink tea because I like the taste of it. The health benefits that come with it are a BONUS! There are many different types of teas out there, almost one for every hour/occasion. English/earl grey tea during breakfast, green tea in the afternoon and chamomile tea before bed.

Research has found that teas are rich in antioxidants – flavonoids. The most potent antioxidant, known as ECGC, helps to prevent heart disease, cancer and diabetes [1].

Tea has less caffeine, which serves as a good alternative to coffee. You can have a cuppa without needing to sacrifice on getting that caffeine kick in the morning!


Cuppatea?

Cuppatea is a new brand from the UK. Thanks to them, I got a chance to try their 14-day teatox sample.

Before drinking the tea, I did a little research. The company promotes healthy eating and exercise to maximise weight loss. The teatox cleanse is designed to compliment the weight loss process and help with detoxification.

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What’s in it?

Cuppatea is basically a herbal tea containing a mixture of tea, fruits, seeds, roots and herbs. Thankfully, the ingredients in the teabag are all 100% natural. I wouldn’t have taken it if it contained any artificial chemicals/ingredients!

There are 2 different types of Cuppatea – the Morning Time Detox and the Bedtime Cleanse. They both contain different ingredients.

Ingredients (taken from their website):

Morning Time detox:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMate leaves, Chinese oolong tea, Ginger root, Lotus leaves, Lemongrass, Ginseng root, Dandelion leaf, Gotu kola leaves, Nettle leaves.

Note: The Morningtime detox does not produce a laxative effect but contains a small amount of caffeine.

Bedtime Cleanse:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSenna leaves, Burdock root, Liquorice root, Hawthorn leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Peppermint leaves, Chamomile, Psyllium seeds.

Note: The Bedtime Cleanse produces a laxative effect to naturally cleanse and detoxify your body, approximately 8 hours after usage


I am a big fan of tea but I am not a big fan of the idea of “detox for weight loss”. The word “detox” has been abused and misused for a very long time. The truth is, we have our very own detoxification system – our liver and kidneys. Our liver is able to break down harmful substances/toxins and our kidneys are able to filter and remove them from our body. We detoxify every day. It is a normal process that the body goes through to clear our system.

I can assure you that our system is better than any teas out there.


So, why drink Cuppatea?

When You’ve Eaten TOO MUCH

The Bedtime Cleanse contains senna leaves which are a mild laxative. If you’ve had a big meal over the weekend and are feeling a bit stuffed and congested, then this tea will make you feel better.

Don’t get me wrong, the tea will NOT help you lose weight (you will lose water weight) or help you “move” the food faster through your system so that your body doesn’t absorb it.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI know how you feel when you’ve had a big cheat meal – BLAH! When I’ve had too much over the weekend, I tend to feel a bit guilty, stuffed, tired and demotivated.

So, what do I do? I try to be active. I will go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air and drink some tea! It may not help you physiologically, but psychologically, it does! Our minds are powerful. Sometimes, all we need is to just FEEL better. You cannot neglect this simple feeling.

IMG_4434When you feel better, your mind is in the right place, you make better choices and you’re motivated to press on! That on its own has positive effects on your mental health and well-being.

SLEEP!

I’ve always had insomnia. My brain is VERY active at night. That is when all the thinking and reading takes place.

FullSizeRenderIt can be frustrating, especially when I have a long day ahead of me. When that happens, I drink chamomile tea with a hint of lemon.

Chamomile contains flavonoids that have sedative effects [2]. They are used traditionally to help with skin conditions and inflammation. Also, it aids digestion, has anti-cancer properties, helps with diabetes and it is used as a treatment for anxiety disorders. For the girls, it helps with menstrual cramps too! We all know how much of a PAIN that can be.

Chamomile has a mouthful of proven benefits. I love a steaming a hot cup of Bedtime Cleanse (it has Chamomile!) with lemon before bed. Ahhhhhhhh perfect!

Emptying the tubes before RACE DAY

Ok, I don’t know how you guys do it but I don’t have the habit of “emptying the tubes” on the morning of a race. I just can’t seem to get my body to do that!

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Some of my friends have shared that they take coffee a few hours before for the mental boost and also to help clear their system. Somehow, it has never worked for me. I don’t take coffee before a race.

What do I do?

I usually drink tea (ANY type of TEA) on the evening before race day. It works (for me)! And Cuppatea’s Morning Time Detox has proven itself worthy. It gets my bowels moving and clears it before race day!

You don’t have to drink the Morning Time Detox in the morning. You can take it whenever you feel like it.


I drink tea for functional purposes and also because I really like it. If you are thinking about weight loss, there are no QUICK FIXES. You cannot lose weight by drinking tea. You can achieve that by exercising and eating well-balanced meals.

However, you CAN drink tea to help you FEEL better. And when you feel better, you’ll be pumped to smash some goals and take on the day!


DISCOUNT!

If you’re thinking about trying Cuppatea, feel free to use the code “adelerun15off” at the checkout to enjoy 15% off!

You can check out their official website www.cuppatea.uk.com for more information!