Diet Tea for Weight Loss? Pass!

by - July 22, 2018

Full disclosure here: I am overweight. I have been overweight since I had my thyroid issues. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time. I am now seeing a different doctor to treat me for my thyroid problems (among other things) and for the first time in a long time I have been losing weight. I’m hoping that this time around it will be more consistent, and I can go back to the ideal weight for my height and body type. Fingers crossed on that one. 

I’ve tried various methods to lose weight. I think I’ve tried every diet imaginable, but the weight loss just didn’t happen for me. It got to the point where I used a lot of laxatives, particularly diet tea, to lose weight. It was probably one of the biggest mistakes that I have done for weight loss.

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I remember being on vacation when I started having stomach issues. I didn’t pay much attention to it until months after I got back when I felt that it was getting worse. I sought the opinion of a gastroenterologist, who did a few tests to see what was wrong with me. As a precaution I also had a colonoscopy, since my cousin had just recently passed away from colon cancer at the time. 

My doctor told me that the result of my stomach issues was a bad diet and my use of laxatives. I was told that it was one thing to use them when you are constipated, but it is not advisable to make it into a regular habit. He explained something about how laxatives force bowl movement and if used too often, it will get to the point that you will have the stomach issues that I have. This is because the bowel is no longer used to doing its job without the push from laxatives. 

If I needed something to move things along, my doctor advised me not to take laxatives. He recommended that I eat food that had more fiber (whole grain cereal, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, vegetables) and to drink more water. He also told me to stay away from food that could cause constipation such as dairy products, fast food and processed food.

In this age of social media where more and more people feel the pressure to look good, I can understand the urge to try a faster route where you do not have to diet or exercise as much as you should to lose weight. But one thing to remember is that you can’t lose weight if you don’t put in the work. Even those people who get weight loss treatments still need a great amount of discipline in terms of diet and exercise to attain their goals and maintain them. Besides, I’ve been told that most of the weight you lose from laxatives is water weight anyway.

I’ve known people who have passed away from and are currently suffering from colon cancer .It's been said that it is a disease that is one of the worst forms since most people do not know that they have it until it's too late. The best thing that we can do is to eat right and to make sure that we see the doctor when we feel or notice something different about our digestion.

My advice to the young ones out there: it is better to eat right, exercise and work with your doctor on what is the right plan for you to lose weight. Don't try to treat yourself and depending on what is advertised for weight loss. Do things the right way. It may be slower, but the healthy/way is still your best option in the long run.


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