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What’s the Best Tea Detox for Fast Weight Loss?

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There are no shortage of tea detox and cleanse companies on the internet. Some you may be very familiar with thanks to your favorite celebrities, like Nicki Minaj, Brittney Spears, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, others get a boost of visibility from social media influencers ranging from reality television stars to your local fitness instructor who has happened to amass a good amount of followers.

Here are just a few of the tea detox company names that you’ve probably heard of:

Flat Tummy Tea, SkinnyMint, Skinny Teatox, Fit Life Tea Detox, Skinny Bunny Tea Detox, Loseit Tea, BooTea, Teatox, Skinnyme, Slendertox Tea, and the list goes on and on.

So, given the dizzying number of choices out there, it’s no surprise you want to get the T on which one of these teas actually works best for quick weight loss?

And the answer is … (drumroll please)

None of them.

Not quite the answer you were looking for? Sorry to bust your bubble, but to be honest ‘what is the best tea detox for fast weight loss?’ was actually a trick question.

That’s because there really isn’t a best tea detox and cleanse brand – but not because the teas don’t workThe reason none of these teas can claim the number one spot is because they are pretty much all the same and all overpriced.

Teas that promise to leave you detoxified, skinnier, less bloated, lighter, cleansed, more energetic, with a boosted metabolism and less cravings, are all using the same main ingredient: senna leaf

What is senna? Senna glycoside, also known as sennoside or senna, is a medication used to treat constipation and empty the large intestine before surgery. Basically, it’s a mild laxative.

Tea detoxes also contain other natural laxatives (makes you poop a lot) and diuretics (makes you pee a lot) with the idea of making you lose waste matter and water from your body. Some of these ingredients include nettle (diuretic), liquorice (laxative), fennel (diuretic and laxative), psyllium seeds (laxative), cassia seeds (laxative), lotus leaves (laxative), and dandelion (diuretic), and hawthorn (diuretic)

Laxatives and diuretics are just two of the many tricks I discuss in my book, How to Lose Water Weight, to help you lose water weight / a few pounds and get a flatter tummy in time for your special event. However, laxatives and diuretics (like the other quick water weight loss methods I mention in the book) are not to be used long term.

Unfortunately, since the tea detox companies want you to continue buying their expensive products, they don’t really make the dangers of using their laxatives long term.

In fact most of their programs are for 28 days or more and the companies advocate drinking a cup in the morning and at night. Yet many people drink way more than that (I’m talking boatloads of this stuff daily because they think the more they drink the more they’ll lose).

Please be clear, these tea detox companies are not selling regular herbal teas (peppermint, green tea, black tea, etc.). Normal herbal teas don’t have any negative side effects when you drink multiple cups per day. Yes, they contain natural herbal ingredients, but that doesn’t make them completely safe and side effect free.

The best tea detox is the one that is upfront about what it is, a laxative and diuretic, that is priced affordably (loose leaves will be just as effective at a $90 program). You take it or drink it for a short period of time and stop. They will be sold for $5 or less in your local pharmacy or convenience store and work just as well.

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Demi Lovato Joins in on the Thin Shaming w/ Thigh Gap Hate

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thin shaming courtesy of demi lovato

thin shaming courtesy of demi lovato

After famously struggling and supposedly beating an eating disorder, Demi Lovato has jumped on the thin shaming bandwagon by posting an instagram picture of herself to all her fans with the classy caption “Ph_kkk yo thigh gap”.

 

That’s right – in an absurd move to push back against fat body shaming (who are all these people shaming and demanding that Demi Lovato get a thigh gap?), she has resorted to being a total hypocrite, and kind of a tool, by turning right around and shaming women with thigh gaps (including many of her very own fans i’m sure).

I just thought I’d point out that her logic is flawed because although it’s clear she meant to degrade skinny women with her comment, overweight and average sized women and men can have thigh gaps if they have wider hips.

Additionally, there are those who are able to obtain a thigh gap through healthy diet and exercise (e.g. a fitness model who eats whole unprocessed foods and exercises regularly is able to maintain a low body fat (get very lean) and thus might have a thigh gap with narrower hips, as I explain in my best selling book, “The Thigh Gap Hack”)

There is a way to uplift and be happy in your own body without tearing others down, Demi. And I have to think if you need to call people out for their thigh gaps in order to make yourself feel better you are not as secure and confident as you claim to be.

Final note – have you ever noticed how people who claim to hate or not care thigh gaps just can’t stop talking about it? It’s funny because the things I don’t care about rarely ever cross my mind.

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How to Get Legs Like Taylor Swift

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taylor-swift-at-2014-mtv-video-music-awards-4Long gone are the days of people only associating Taylor Swift with cheesy pop music about former lovers and that infamous incident involving Kanye West.

Now, all the talk about the 5’11” singer is more about her looks (specifically her lean, slim and shapely legs), closely followed by those less than stellar dance moves and finally, her music.

It’s quite obvious that in the last year or so Taylor has undergone a complete body transformation and in most people’s opinion, it’s for the better!

No, Swift has never been grossly obese or even overweight, but there is no denying that the star has dropped a few pounds and is looking more modelesque than ever.

Call it the breakup diet (when you’re so sad and depressed from a breakup that you lose your appetite, no longer have a boyfriend to constantly take you out or order food in with, or want to show your ex just what he’s missing by hitting the gym), single girl diet (where you suddenly get the surge or motivation to look your best so you can do better in the dating market or actually resemble your old pictures on tinder), or the model friends diet (where you learn all the weight loss tips from your skinny BFF’s Karlie Kloss and Cara Delavigne), whatever reason is responsible for Taylor’s new look has clearly raised her stock and women worldwide are wondering how to follow in Swift’s footsteps.victorias-secret-2013-19_115338715420

Clearly, no one will be privy to exactly what and how much Taylor Swift eats, works out, exactly what types of exercises she does, and how active she is on a day to day basis. However, we can assembles pieces of her diet that she has divulge to the media, get insight into the types of work outs that she prefers thanks to the stalkarazzi taking pictures of her everywhere she goes, and drawing from others who have managed to get similar bodies.

With that said, here are some tips to on how to get the Taylor Swift Body (and amazing legs)!

Taylor Swift’s Diet:

During weekdays, Taylor is said to eat only healthy foods, such as salads, yogurt, and sandwiches. Meanwhile, on weekends she allows herself to enjoy eating cookies, ice cream, burgers, and fries. This style of eating resembles the calorie cycling technique that I talk about in my books “Bye Bye Thunder Thighs” and “The Thigh Gap Hack”.

Raising your calories on the weekends or alternate days is great for keeping the metabolism boosted so that when you go back to lowered calories during the week, you burn more fat instead of your body adapting to a steady low calorie diet all week long by slowing the metabolism.

Another secret of Taylor’s is the fact that she eats less as the day progresses. She states, “I try to eat a lot in the beginning of the day and not so much at the end.” This strategy is akin to intermittent fasting where one has an eating widow of around 6 to 8 hours and fasting window of 18 to 16 hours.

Many people chose to skip breakfast on this protocol due to social reason (wanting to eat dinner with family and friends) but it’s just as fine to skip dinner instead. Doing so allows your body to turn to it’s fat stores for energy once all the glycogen has been used up as opposed to constantly eating lots of food throughout the day and never giving your digestive system a break, or a chance for the body to burn stored fat. Again, I talk all about this in both books.

Taylor Swift’s workout:

FFN_IMAGE_51297979|FFN_SET_60073753Some websites have reported that Taylor does an hour of cardio everyday either on her treadmill, on the elliptical or on the road. Besides cardio ensuring that her endurance is on point for her to be able to perform without being out of breath, it allows Taylor to burn a lot of calories and bring circulation to her legs.

But running/jogging is not the only way Swift keeps her heart rate up. The singer has been spotted going to dance classes, hiking and long walks (steady state cardio) to switch things up.

For toning and stretching Taylor opts out of lifting weights and doing any particular muscle building exercise – as I’ve preached for years to those wanting a more feminine, slender physique than hard and buff, fitness model finish.

Instead she swears by ballet (she has been spotted leaving the hip boutique ballet bodies), yoga and pilates. In other words, this girl switches things up and has been quoted as trying not to do things that “feel like working out” otherwise she would be less inclined to do it. (Read my last article about the power of switching up your routine and trying new workouts and/or activities  you find fun or intriguing to remain motivated. Swift is a testament to this strategy working extremely well).

To sum things up, if you want to get the Taylor Swift body and legs, find activities that you’ve always wanted to try or love, be consistent with your diet and exercise – making a little room for things you enjoy that won’t derail you (if you know you’ll eat the whole bag of popcorn, ball one single serving pack) so that you don’t feel deprived, ditch the heavy weights and muscle bulging exercises (unless you don’t want to look like Taylor) and rock on!

 

 

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Skinny Doesn’t Equal Weak – Ask Kacy Catanzaro (Ninja Warrior)

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10547491_10152173023625925_4326358908783838735_nWant proof that being skinny and having a thigh gap doesn’t equal being weak, anorexic or unhealthy? I give you Kacy Catanzaro.

Catanzaro is a five foot (5′) tall, 100 pound gymnast, leaving cross fitters, personal trainers, Navy SEALS, and the like in the dust by being one of the first women ever to qualify for the season finals of the obstacle course show, The American Nina.

 

The division 1 gymnast, who won division of the year, displays incredible qualities of strength, body control, stamina and power despite her small frame in the video below.

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Did Beyonce Photoshop her Thigh Gap? You Decide!

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Beyonce-InstagramBeyonce posted a picture of herself golfing while on vacation with her fabulous family and people are speculating that the singer/actress/everything else photoshopped her legs to reveal a thigh gap before making the photo public on social media.

Of course, people are up in arms!

I’m not sure why they would be though given Beyonce famously whittled her legs down to reveal a thigh gap during her grammy’s performance with Jay-Z.

SIDE NOTE: Want to know how she did it? I think she used water weight and dehydration tactics, which I will be covering in my next book: How to Lose Water Weight and Look Great in 2 weeks or less, but you can find out the other ways she could have gotten her thigh gap in this post.

Now, it should be noted that Mrs. Carter is bending her knees and leaning forward which will make anyone’s legs look slimmer and trimmer, so it’s possible there was no foul play involved. What do you think?

I think people need to stop trying to make Queen Bey the epitome of bootyliciousness since it’s obvious she doesn’t even want that physique or title anymore. She keeps dieting and trimming down for a reason: she clearly wants to look more mainstream, slender and feminine and loves to show off her body when she manages to drop a few pounds.

Beyonce won’t be your savior or poster child for women with thunder thighs anymore – and can you blame her? This is the same woman who strives for perfect in all that she does and wants to be anything but ordinary. This is also the same woman whose publicist tried to get unflattering images of her removed after her Super Bowl performance. In fact, those were the images that probably sparked her desire to get those thighs in check!

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NOT FAIR! 10 Celebrity Guys with Thigh Gaps (Man Gaps? Guy Gaps?)

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BiU96-OCYAAXUUMI can remember when I first told my boyfriend about the thigh gap and subsequently put him through the thigh gap test. My bemused beau obliged and to our surprise, he was indeed sporting a pretty sizable thigh gap!

You may be able to relate as you stretch, tone and do copious amounts of cardio in an attempt to winnow down those legs or keep your gap from closing and then catch a glimpse of your boyfriend of guy friend scarfing down pizza while his gap remains firmly in tact.

By the way, what should we call it? Man Gaps? Guy Gaps? Let me know your preferred or most creative terminology in the comments section.

As I cover in my book, it’s easier for some people to get thigh gaps than others (although anyone who is determined can get one in a healthy way). Men included possess thigh gaps if their hips are wider and legs are on the skinnier side. They also tend to hold their weight in their stomachs as opposed to their legs, which as it turns out is more dangerous for your health but easier to lose.

I’ve also had a lot of male customers who have used my protocols successfully (Hey, guys like skinny jeans too).

Here are a list of well known guys whose stems you can totally be envious of.

# 1 Adam Levine –

The Maroon 5 singer and The Voice Judge has a pretty lean frame and as can be seen here in slim fitting jeans, is sporting a thigh gap.


BgGC_pbIIAEBKcW# 2 Harry Styles – Member of the popular all boy band ‘One Direction’, Harry Styles, is seen here in a before picture with no thigh and after with slender legs.

His hips don’t look particularly wide to me! If he can do it, so can you!

jared-leto-gold-and-black-suit-oscars-nominees-luncheon-beverly-hills__oPt3. Jared leto –

Fresh off of his Oscar win, Jared Leto has always been a pretty slender guy. Here’s gorgeous, rich and successful – and yup, has a thigh gap to boot. Some guys get all the luck!


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If You were Stuck on Island with Celebrity Trainer – Who’d it be?

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Now for something fun! If you got shipwrecked on your way to a fitness bootcamp and were stranded on a deserted Island with a celebrity fitness trainer, who would it be and WHY?

a. Chris Powell
b. Jessie Pavelka
c. Dolvett Quince
d. Bob Harper
e. Shaun T

(I promise I didn’t make Shaun T’s pic bigger on purpose… but look at those abs!)

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THE TRUTH: Anyone can get a thigh gap! Dr. Oz confirms my findings

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#1 and #2! Thank you for forming your own educated opinions!

This post will be short and to the point because ultimately people will still believe what they want to believe as an excuse to be lazy and not try to do anything about changing their bodies.

It’s far easier to say I will always have fat/big/thick thighs the way I used to lament being stuck with my ‘grandmother’s legs’ (I don’t have granny’s legs anymore, by the way). That way, you don’t have to make an effort and then you don’t feel so bad about having the body you actually really dislike or are uncomfortable with.

Dr. Oz confirmed everything that I wrote about in my book about anyone being able to get a thigh gap. In fact, I thought he broke it down beautifully – those with wider hips will have an easier time achieving a thigh gap due to their bone structure. My hacks will teach you how to get leaner faster and smarter. (e.g. – to lose fat you need a calorie deficit.
** Hunger training(™) enables you to stop the uphill battle of ALWAYS being hungry and makes it much easier for you to create the deficit you need to burn the fat.
** Intermittent fasting (which Dr. Oz extols on his own show) allows you burn more calories for example, by delaying breakfast. Not eating 12 – 16 hours could mean not eating from 8pm to 10am. Should you eat because it’s 7am and you’ve just rolled out of bed? I don’t think so.
** I also have loads of other methods in my book that you are free to pick and choose from. You don’t have to do them all!

He also showed those with narrow hips (like me) will need to lose overdeveloped / bulky muscle in order to get a thigh gap. Now, I will admit he didn’t recommend you do so – because he’s a conventional doctor who has to appeal to a large group of women who need an excuse to remain comfortable and fat.These women don’t like the thought of the thigh gap because they’re against anyone being slim/thin as it makes them look bad. I get it.

However, unlike Dr. Oz alluded to – losing a little bit of muscle on your thighs is not going to bring your metabolism to a screeching halt. In fact, all of us lose muscle from our entire body all the time! 

To also say that having narrow hips precludes you from joining the thigh gap club with me sitting right there is disingenuous. I mean, I did it and so have countless of my clients/readers!

My book teaches you how to lose and tone down the overdeveloped bulky / muscle that prevent women from having a thigh gap in, again, a smart and healthy way. No starving required. You do this by training strategically: I tell you which exercises to NEVER do and what types of training to do instead, how long to do it, when to do it, etc..

I also reveal how to eat to avoid feeding the muscles you’re trying to get rid of (you should NOT be drinking protein shakes after your workout like body builders do. Realize your body goals are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum).

And that is all. So, while they edited me in order to cast my book as being a potential scapegoat for people who suffer from a true mental illness, which I don’t think every woman is easily susceptible to, I’m still very thankful for the exposure and opportunity to get my message out there to the thousands of people I have since the show has aired, and re-aired. And I’ll be happy when it re-airs again because I’m confident there are a lot more women out there with this problem who are independent thinkers!

If you believe in taking advice from an expert who has actually accomplished what you hope to do rather than accept advice from experts who’ve read textbooks, resist anything foreign/new, and in many cases taken the bare minimum on nutrition/exercise, get my book today!

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Beyonce’s Thigh Gap at the Grammys (2014) *I was Right*

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Remember when I wrote a post a little while back about how Beyonce didn’t have a thigh gap but she probably wanted one?

I was raked over the coals for saying so. You see, everyone was going around saying you don’t need a thigh gap because Beyonce didn’t have one and she was being held up as the hottest woman on the planet.

Well, then the 2014 grammy’s happened and lo and behold, Bey came out sporting much thinner legs and something like a thigh gap. *Gasp*

Does this now mean that you DO need a thigh gap, because well, Beyonce felt like she needed one?

To answer my own question, of course not – but as we can clearly see even Beyonce is of the opinion that being thin/slim is desirable… apparently more desirable than having ‘thick’ or ‘full’ thighs or she wouldn’t have touched hers. Can you deny that Beyonce doesn’t look her absolute best (better than she has ever looked even) with a straight face?

And before the trolls come in here and say most men would prefer Beyonce when she was ‘curvier’, please stop deluding yourself. No straight man would throw the svelte version of Beyonce out of their bed because she looks smoking hot with a thigh gap!

Now, let me get to the question you all want to know…

How did Beyonce get her thigh gap?

Well, there could be a few reasons and no one but Beyonce can say for sure.

* Wider Hips after Childbirth – Many women have been known to have wider hips after giving birth to their children. As you know by now if you’ve read any of my other articles on how to get a thigh gap, wider hips will make it easier for you to achieve the thigh gap.

* Liposuction / plastic surgery – Ok, it’s pretty darn obvious to everyone but diehard stans in denial, that Beyonce has had a lot of work done over the years. Professional surgeons have speculated that she’s had a nose job, boob job, work done to her face (fillers,etc) and I am in agreement. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to consider that Beyonce may have gotten liposuction or body contouring to her inner and outer thighs to achieve her grammy night thigh gap.

* Diet – Some people are saying that Beyonce’s 22 day Vegan challenge is responsible for her thigh gap. I’ll have a post coming on whether begin vegan will guarantee you will lose weight, but it could be that Beyonce’s altered diet caused her to lose enough fat/body weight to reveal the thigh gap that was hidden under her extra pounds.

* Exercise – Beyonce has been on tour for the past year and dances/works out for about 3 hours for every performance. We can all probably agree that she goes hard and burns a ton of calories every night she’s on stage. Additionally, her workout involves a ton of cardio, and as described in my book cardio is great for fat burning – particularly, cardio that lasts at least 45 minutes.

Any one or a combination of these reasons could be the secret beyond Beyonce’s thigh gap during her ‘Drunk in Love’ 2014 grammy’s performance. Which do you think is the most plausible reason?

 

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New ‘Bikini Bridge Gap’ Cardio Dance Workout – Choreography

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bikini-bridge-gap-workoutIt’s your favorite time of the week – the moment when I post a killer cario dance workout for you to sweat and have fun to.

This week, I’ve chosen to do the cardio dance workout choreography to Katy Perry and Juicy J’s song, ‘Dark Horse’ from Katy’s album PRISM.

The song is pretty short (approximately 4 minutes), however you will hate me at the end of this.

I mean, I think I even went a bit overboard. Your heart rate is going to be elevated THE ENTIRE TIME, and your body will have no choice but to burn through the stored body fat from all of those end of the year/new year parties you’ve been attending.

SIDE BAR: I’ve been to 3 birthday parties already for the new year. If you celebrated your birthday, consider this my present to you!

Also, have you been sticking to your new year’s goals so far? Tell me your top three goals for the year in the comments section below and I’ll pick one lucky commenter to give a surprise free gift to.

The entire workout video is after the jump, so click the read more button to watch it

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How did Christina Aguilera Lose the Weight (2013) for Real?

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Have you seen Christina Aguilera lately?
She’s back to her ‘genie in a bottle’ form and looking great as compared to where she was just a short year ago.

The powerful singer reportedly dropped a ton of weight – but as to how she did it? She credits some yoga, smiling, time off, etc. and a bunch of other bogus things.

Look, you don’t just drop as much weight as Christina has by laughing, smiling and doing some yoga! That’s total B.S. and everyone knows it.

Noone will know exactly how she’s done it, even if she does give some more details into her regimen. Remember Tori Spelling’s revelation a few weeks back about how she totally fibbed about dropping the weight through diet and exercise, when really she just stopped eating everything in sight.

Did Christina Aguilera have surgery? Did she starve herself or overexercise for hours on end to whittle down her waist? It’s probably a combination of all three!

However, if you want to lose weight like Christina did you can do the same.

It’s as simple as increasing your energy expenditure (moving more when not exercising), exercising (doing at least one hour of exercise a minimum of 4 times per week, and watching what you eat (cutting out sugar, carbs, lots of salt, unprocessed foods).

Of course, there are some other tricks that celebrities have up their sleeves when it comes to shedding weight fast and furiously. I cover a lot of these things in my book, “The Thigh Gap Hack”. So if you want to speed up your weight loss and get back into your fighting form, make sure you buy the book and make following the tips in it your new year resolution.

Happy 2014 ladies!

P.S. – My next cardio dance workout video routine will be to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse’ so make sure you check back in 2014.

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Tori Spelling Reveals Truth about Diet vs. Exercise

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In a new tell all book, Tori Spelling has come clean about the way she lost the baby weight for child number 4. She was previously quoted as telling a popular magazine that she did it through swimming, otherwise known as exercise or physical activity.

However, she has now revealed that she lied back then, and the actual way she lost the weight was through dieting. The reason she fibbed the truth? She plain and simple doesn’t like doing exercise and knew that women would not be happy to hear she lost it the good old fashioned way, by refusing to stuff her face.

Now, I’m a huge exercise advocate! I think looking toned and slim is more appealing than just looking slim – and to be clear, when I say toned I mean taught and tight with no flabbiness, not bulging muscles! I realize that some of you may feel differently.

However, it’s an ‘evil’ truth that when it comes to dieting vs. exercise to lose weight/fat, dieting will win every single time. You can’t outwork a bad diet by doing some crunches or going for a run. Just think about the fact that a rigorous hour long workout may burn 400 calories, if you’re lucky. Whereas, you can consume a medium sized bag of popcorn for the same amount of calories and ‘feel’ hungry a mere two hours later.

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