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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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What’s Her Secret (to that body?) – *New VIDEO!

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Hey Everyone

Have you ever seen someone on the street who looked amazing (body goals in the flesh) and wondered what it takes to look like that, but of course couldn’t go up to a perfect stranger and start digging into their personal life. Who hasn’t, right?

In this series, Camille Hugh, best selling author and fitness blogger, asks random New Yorker’s to go in depth and reveal exactly what they do, eat, and their philosophy to have their enviable figures – and they answer. From their weight, height, how often they eat out, and whether they count calories, no question is off limits.

There’s more than one way to look amazing; get ready for the T from real people on getting and staying slim and fit.

 

Transcript:

Camille: Hi everyone, I’m camille and today i’m doing another one of our series of what’s your secret. Today I’m in Prospect Park in brooklyn and I found someone hanging out on the grass. What’s your name?

Dana: My name is Dana

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How to Swim For Exercise without getting Broad Shoulders

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If you know me, then you know I’m all about feminine proportions. That means not having one are of the body much bigger than others (unless it’s butt and boobs) or having a physique that look masculine.

By masculine I mean broad shoulders, large muscular thighs, back, and calves, and thick necks. These are all very masculine; if you don’t believe me stop a random man on the street, ask him to describe his ideal body, and you’ll hear all of the above.

So when my partner surprised me with 3 months worth of swimming lessons – I know swimming basics but cannot tread water and don’t feel comfortable in the deep end – I was conflicted.

Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. It’s great for cardio and resistance training, low impact, fun, and is a head to toe activity (works a lot of different parts of the body at one time), so I was looking forward to having two days a week in which to switch up my workout routine. Variety is not only the spice of life, but a surefire way to stick to your fitness plans.

However, I am well aware of the physique of female swimmers: see my definition of masculine above. They are typically shaped like inverted triangles (chiseled shoulders that taper down to the hips), which is great if that’s the look you’re going for – many are not. Additionally, once you get broad shoulders it’s hard to get rid of.

Being the life hacker I am, I decided to do some research to see if there are any strokes or ways to train that would put less emphasis on the developing the shoulders and biceps. Some people say it can’t be done but I know if there’s a will, there’s a way. Here’s how to add swimming to your workout regimen without getting broad shoulders:

  1. Stick to swimming styles that don’t require much use of your upper body – fin style, eel style, back stroke, and  are in. Butterfly, front crawl, breast stroke and freestyle are out.
  2. Use a kick board and just work on different kicking styles across the water.
  3. If you do use strokes that require use of your shoulder, slow down. The harder and faster you swim, the more burn you’ll get. Burn = build.
  4. Limit swimming to 30 – 40 mins, once or twice a week. If you train like a competitive swimmer, don’t expect not to look like one. Be aware that the more advanced you get at swimming the more efficient you become and the less calories you burn doing the same workout.

Before anyone gets offended that everyone doesn’t want huge shoulders, note that I acknowledge hopping in the water once or twice won’t make your shoulders and back blow up. However, any training that you do will alter your shape. Even a little growth in these areas might not be desirable to some, and that’s okay!

Follow the above tips and you’ll be able to get the best of both worlds – a new way to work out and burn calories, and a physique that makes you happy.

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Can #GNO Dancing at the club count as your workout for the day?

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Everyone is always trying to make working out more fun and less like a mandatory chore of the worst kind – a la cleaning the bathroom.

So, it’s understandable to want to skip the bikini body guide in lieu of a girl’s night out dancing at the club; but are you just kidding yourself when you log your night of hip shaking and booty popping as your cardio for the day or can you do real damage when it comes to calorie-burning simply by tearing up the dance floor?

The answer is, the ubiquitous and very vague, it depends –

If you dance pretty much non stop for a minimum of one hour, really move your arms, legs, hips and waist, elevate your heart beat and keep it high, then yes. Working up a good sweat because you are working your muscles as opposed to the fact that you are in a packed cramped space lacking in proper ventilation can definitely count as cardio. This is pretty much why people can lose weight doing zumba or just taking dance classes (hip hop, ballet, etc.)

However, if you are doing the two step, your towering heels have relegated you to shimmying every now and then while you sway from side to side, or you dance for one song before sitting out the next three and repeat, then yes, you are in fact kidding yourself by trying to kill the #gno and #cardio workout birds with one stone.

Now, if you have in fact danced the night away but you’ve also been shooting back sugary alcoholic drinks from the bar, just know that all your hard effort will be for naught. Those drinks are full of sugar/carbs and therefore calories! So, do your wallet and your waistline a favor by skipping it, and if you’re one of those people that needs a drink in your hand opt for water or seltzer water with lemon instead.

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How to Stay Motivated When you’ve Lost Weight, but Have More to Go

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stop-giving-upPART II

This question came to me yesterday and I wanted to make sure I shared it, along with my response, here because I thought it could be beneficial to anyone who is currently facing the same problem. The first part deals with how to stay motivated and stop making excuses to work out when you formerly had the zeal and zest to do so.

It’s a very common problem people face, especially after they’ve lost a lot of weight and the weight loss has slowed or they’ve hit a plateau. Thankfully, the answers are not so complicated and difficult to turning things around – in fact there are pretty simple and effective solutions. My answer to this aspect of the question can be found here.

The second part of the question deals with how to prevent backsliding on your diet/exercise regimen and tap back into the motivation you once had specifically after you’ve lost a lot of weight but still have more to go.

Here’s the question and my answer to part II follows.

QUESTION:

Ok. I’ve lost 127 lbs. I hurt my knee pretty bad and needed surgery. I am fully recovered but I’m having suck a hard time with being motivated this time around and I don’t know why. I loved working out before and looked forward to it. Now I find myself making excuses not to. My surgery was 15 months ago. I gained 4 lbs right after surgery because I couldnt move much. I have not gained anything else, just the 4. I also find myself eating stuff I know I shouldn’t because I’m no longer trying to maintain my weight I’m trying to lose some weight. Do you have any advice?

MY ANSWER – Part II:

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How to Stop Making Excuses to Work Out (Reader Question)

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No-workout-excuses-292x300This question came to me today and I wanted to make sure I shared it, along with my response, here because I thought it could be beneficial to anyone who is currently facing the same problem. It deals with how to stay motivated and stop making excuses to work out when you formerly had the zeal and zest to do so.

It’s a very common problem people face, especially after they’ve lost a lot of weight and the weight loss has slowed or they’ve hit a plateau. Thankfully, the answers are not so complicated and difficult to turning things around – in fact there are pretty simple and effective solutions.

I’ll tackle the question in two parts – the first part will deal with how to stop making excuses when it comes to working out and the second part on how to quit backsliding on your diet/exercise regimen specifically after you’ve lost a lot of weight but still have more to go.

Here’s the question and my answer follows.

QUESTION:

Ok. I’ve lost 127 lbs. I hurt my knee pretty bad and needed surgery. I am fully recovered but I’m having suck a hard time with being motivated this time around and I don’t know why. I loved working out before and looked forward to it. Now I find myself making excuses not to. My surgery was 15 months ago. I gained 4 lbs right after surgery because I couldnt move much. I have not gained anything else, just the 4. I also find myself eating stuff I know I shouldn’t because I’m no longer trying to maintain my weight I’m trying to lose some weight. Do you have any advice?

 

MY ANSWER – Part I:

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Blessing in Disguise: Will Sugar Alcohols Make you Gain or Lose Weight?

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You see them next to the checkout counter at your natural health food supermarket or whole foods – think thin bars with zero sugars. You mean I can have fudge with 0 grams of sugar? you ask yourself, while curiously examining the back of the label to see if it’s too good to be true.

Indeed, zero sugars… but what do those kazillion grams of sugar alcohols mean? You whip out the smart phone and do a little google glossing before determining you’re good to go and toss a variety of delicious sounding flavors into your basket of unprocessed foods. Sold!

But the question is, are sugar alcohols actually any better than sugar, which is bad for you because it causes huge insulin spikes that prevent fat loss? Will it slow down your weight loss and be stored in the body just like carbohydrates and regular sugar is? Does it count towards your carb consumption? And of course, the number one question on your mind: “Does sugar alcohols make you fat?”

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What are Sugar Alcohols?

Is it sugar? it it alcohol? Try neither. The definition of Sugar alcohols is: one type of reduced-calorie sweetener. You can find them in ice creams, cookies, puddings, candies and chewing gum that is labeled as “sugar-free” or “no sugar added.

So, to me it sounds like they are the latest and ‘greatest’ sugar substitutes or sweeteners. We all know how well other synthetic sweeteners touted as low calorie worked out. If you’re not aware, this article from HOW STUFF WORKS  will give you some insight.

Are Sugar Alcohols healthy or bad for you? Just say yes or no!

I know, you want the truth and nothing but the truth. No wishy washy, well… maybe, stuff. Ok, I’ll give it to you straight. A huge disadvantage is that you will have a harder time kicking your penchant for sweet foods if you continue to stoke your sugar cravings fire within with sugar alcohol filled foods. So, that’s one strike right there.

Sugar alcohols are indeed a carbohydrate and they do raise blood sugar. You don’t get free carbs here, so if you’re keeping your carbs low like you should be on my ‘thigh gap diet’, you’re cutting into your real meals that’ll keep you full a heck of a lot longer than some candy bar, big time! So, that’s strike two.

The fact of the matter is, sugar alcohols are not good for you and just like other artificial sweeteners, will make you gain weight. But I have to say, overall they are a blessing in disguise!

Sugar Alcohols are a Blessing in Disguise

So why do I call sugar alcohols a blessing in disguise after saying they are not good for your health,  and make you gain weight? Did I leave out some redeeming quality that trumps all the bad stuff? Not quite.

However, there is one thing that I haven’t mentioned about sugar alcohol (strike three if you will) and it’s that they stimulate diarrhea and make any irritable bowel syndrome you may have a lot worse. Be prepared for abdominal pain, bloating, gas and a lot of embarrassing tummy sounds if you’re out in public.

Hence, my opinion that they are a blessing in disguise.

TRUE STORY that’ll make you Kick Sugar Alcohols to the Curb

You see, a friend of mine found out the hard way when she shoveled down a few think thin protein bars touting zero sugar (but a lot of sugar alcohol) and ended up with a seriously upset stomach, crazy abdominal pain and vicious gas.

She couldn’t sleep for the entire night and vowed off the stuff for good. “Never again!” She exclaimed when I called the following day to find out if she was feeling any better. If you’ve ever experienced gorging one food so much that it starts to taste gross or it gives you ill consequences, you’ll understand perfectly why I say this!

There’s almost no faster way to kick your habit than being met with undesirable side effects like the ones sugar alcohol causes.

Have you ever experienced painful tummy aches from sugar alcohol or any other food that helped you swear off that food forever? Are you an anomaly who eats sugar alcohol and still manage to stay in shape? Tell me about it in the comments

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Heat VS Cold Temperatures for Fat or Weight Loss

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heatvscold_forfatlossCheck out the first episode of my youtube show, “Fitness Hacks with Camille”

The topic is…

HEAT VS COLD TEMPERATURES FOR LOSING WEIGHT / FAT
Which one comes out the winner?

Please share on your Facebook pages, tumblr, twitter, instagram, pinterest, etc. if you learned something new!

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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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How Many Calories Does it Take to Enter Starvation Mode! (Myth or Fact?)

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starvationmodeI doubt there is a term strewn around more loosely on the internet as the cause of stalled weight loss than entering “starvation mode”. Everyone claims that once you eat at a calorie deficit around or below 1200 you will suddenly push your body into the dreaded “starvation mode” where you supposedly hold on to every single calorie that enters your mouth. The commonly given solution then is to eat more food and the weight will start to come off. But is this REALLY the case? What exactly does it take for our bodies to enter starvation mode?

Of course this is not the case! You only enter starvation mode once most of your body’s fat has been oxidized, which happens at a very low body fat percentage; This begins the catabolization of lean muscle tissue. 1200 is not a magic number where you stop losing fat.  Most women hover around 20% body fat, so if you eat below 1200 calories for the day or two or three, your body will still have fuel as well as a lot of fat preserves to draw from to create energy and keep your organs functioning.

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Reader Question: How do I Lose Weight Without Losing My Breast Size?

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losing weight without losing breast sizeI got my first blog reader mail this morning! The question is a good one, so I thought I would share my answer here for others with the same question/struggle to benefit.

Before we delve into the question of the week, if you have a question you would like answered, please head over to our facebook page and post it. I will only be fielding questions from there from now and I hope to knock one of these things out a week!

Reader Question: (Edited to address the main issues)

…My main concern is losing weight off my bust and still not being able to achieve a thigh gap (I tend to carry weight in my lower body). The only area I want to reduce fat is my inner thighs. This is why I was interested in liposuction. I know you cannot spot reduce and when losing body fat you lose it everywhere. My question is can I achieve an inner thigh gap naturally without losing too much off my breasts? Your help is very much appreciated! Plus you’ve got a great blog!

My ANSWER:

Hello! (Waving frantically!) Thanks for reading and great question!

When it comes to losing stubborn body fat, there are some sacrifices that need to be made. For one, you have to give up unhealthy, albeit tasty, foods that contain lots of sugar, salt and carbs. This can suck when you go out to eat with friends and everyone is looking at you and your salad with judgment while they enjoy the yummy foods you used to eat on the regular, or when you have to pass on a cocktail and settle for water because everything at the bar is super sweet or super high in carbs.

You have to sacrifice your time; allocating blocks of time for working out, logging meals, reading labels instead of just throwing any old thing in your cart, etc.

And another big thing you may have to sacrifice in your quest for sleek thighs, especially if you are pear shaped, apple shaped or hourglass shaped, is your breast size. You see, they don’t call it stubborn fat for nothing. The hips, waist and thighs want to hold on to fat for child rearing purposes – blame it on the oestregen and so when you start losing weight you will typically find that the fat from the upper body will disappear while the fat on the lower body stays put!

Targeting only the hips/thighs in exercise routines won’t work to reduce the fat! If you don’t believe me, do your floor mat routine where you knock out leg lifts, circles, etc. and feel how fast your heart is beating. You will probably find that it won’t be beating too hard – which means that you aren’t expending enough energy for the workout to be considered cardio and to be burning massive calories. Don’t get me wrong, those exercises still have their place is firming up the muscle  – but the FAT LOSS is the most important component for thin thighs.

So, if you continue to attempt to lose that stubborn thigh fat by engaging in cardio/resistance training, the good news is you will eventually achieve the legs of your dreams. The bad news is you will probably continue to lose fat in other parts of the body. Unfortunately, since breasts are just fatty tissue, there may be some decrease in your bust size DEPENDING upon the pattern which your body loses weight. In other words, you MAY or MAY NOT have a significant decrease in your breasts.

Generally, you can tell the pattern your body has for losing weight in your body type.

female-body-shapes-01If you naturally have a bigger bust and smaller lower body, as you lose weight your body will generally retain that proportion. The same is true if you have a smaller bust and bigger lower body. Thus, the chances of losing weight without losing breast size are lower if you are pear shaped and banana/rectangular shaped, and higher if you are hourglass or apple shaped.

Thus another sacrifice for sexy, thin legs is that you may have to give up your full, glorious rack!

Thanks for reading!

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Does Running Make Your Legs Bigger?

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The effects of Running on Legs

The effects of Running on Legs

My first attempt at working out to lose weight had me jogging in the park for about an hour. After some time, I wasn’t feeling as challenged so I began running faster and longer.

However, I soon grew dismayed that while I was losing some weight, my thighs appeared to be getting bigger! At 5’1 inches, my goal was to reduce fat in my legs as opposed to building muscles/mass. Since my legs weren’t trimming down, I started to look into whether running caused legs to get bigger.

But do any research on the web and you will be confused for days. What you’ll find is that there are a lot of people who swear that running is the only thing that will actually make their legs smaller, while another set will have exactly the opposite effect, like me. So what exactly is going on here?

Cardio exercise will burn calories for sure, so one would think running, which is a great form of cardio, would melt the fat off your body. And this is actually true. Even ectomorphs will find their upper bodies responding quickly to this form of cardio, but the magic question is will running effectively target and get rid of the stubborn fat most women hold on to in their legs? Unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and dry.

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