We’re finally welcoming summer in a few and while we are ready to take a plunge, can we say the same about our bodies? For most of us who are still stuck on binge-eating as if it’s still the holidays, we must face the hard truth that it’s bikini season.
Now that you realize that, you’re probably thinking of ways to get back in shape, pronto. Before you run to the store to get the latest detox tea or shake promoted by popular celebrities, you may want to read on.
Spilling the Tea
Khloe Kardashian, who has a noticeably slim figure, is one who has been using social media to promote brands she worked with.
However, her recent post, with the new mom showing off her flat, toned stomach in partnership with Flat Tummy Co., earned outrage.
One of those who slammed the reality star was Jameela Jamil, which was quite a precedented move if you’ve been following the drama between the Kardashian-Jenner clan and “The Good Place” star.
The actress left a very savage comment on the sponsored post, unapologetically lashing out at the Good American Jeans founder for not being honest that she has a trainer, chef, nutritionist, and probably even a surgeon to achieve her body and that there were no disclaimers stating that the product wasn’t FDA-approved and no mention of its side effects.
After the lashing words from Jameela, it was time not just for Khloe but for her sister Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner to clap back, which they aired in an interview with the New York Times.
The 34-year-old seemed to have particularly targeted the claim that she has a trainer, explaining that she bares her workouts in social media.
The momager, meanwhile, said she was not having any negativity, while the KKW Beauty founder seemed to have earned more tirades after focusing on the financial side of the matter, defending their move by saying everything that gets posted online receives backlash.
After this, Jameela criticized the family through a series of tweets. Essentially, the gist of this whole tea was that, Khloe eventually deleted the post, with the actress, seemingly keeping a tab, rejoicing over it.
Because it stirred controversy, a lot of people started weighing in on the science behind detox teas and shakes, but as is best, let’s hear from the experts.
Experts’ Opinions on the Matter
Dorset Healthcare University NHS foundation trust dietician Chloe Hall said that these products tend to work very little for those who are lucky enough, but unfortunately for others, this means several trips to the bathroom.
Furthermore, she explained that the ingredients of these products are usually questionable as most of these contain herbs that have no science to back the claim that they could really help in weight loss.
Some of these products even have caffeine and taking too much of that can leave you with anxiety and palpitations.
As for the case of the Flat Tummy Co.’s product, it has the plant extract senna, which Association for Nutrition nutritionist Laura Thomas said is a laxative.
Ideally, it should only be used for one week max to relieve constipation. Prolonged use than the recommended means long-term diarrhea, which means a person can be dehydrated.
On Taking Actions
While most experts know that detox teas and shakes aren’t effective, why are they still sold? Jamil has done quite more than the Food and Drug Administration, Harvard professor S. Bryn Austin believes.
Furthermore, the expert said these were just designed to lure millions of people into thinking that abusing laxatives in order to lose weight is OK.
The FDA had already issued a warning for those who want to shed pounds, oftentimes resorting to “fast-acting” and miraculous supplements and weightloss products whose claims are just good to be true.
The products not living up to their promises is just the tip of the problem iceberg. Worse, the consumer may experience serious health problems.