The past few days have been crazy! I’ve never been so stressed out in my life. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d know that I was preparing for an exam for most of April. I’m over and done with the exam now, and I can’t wait to embrace this freedom!
Studying for exams really takes a toll on me physically and mentally. I tend to “stress eat” when I study. And when I say eat, I mean a full feast of junk food, instant ramen, cookies and coffee. Every exam week, it would easy for me to lose weight but difficult to shed it off.
The reason why I’m so fixated on watching my weight is that I suffer from really bad scoliosis. Every day I struggle with lower back pain. My doctor once advised me not to gain so much because the added weight will put a lot of tension on my spine, hence causing discomfort. It’s not so much about mindlessly losing weight for me or doing it for the heck of it. It’s more about maintaining an ideal weight for my back condition.
I’m not naturally slim, so staying in shape requires a lot of effort on my part. While I do exercise occasionally, I also seek an added boost from weight loss products.
I know, there’s no quick fix to losing weight, but I find that drinking weight loss products helps put me in a better headspace when it comes to working out and eating healthy. It sort of tells me to get up and workout, otherwise all that expensive tea will be put to waste.
I’ve tried a bunch of different weight loss products over time, and some of them work while others do not. I’ve listed down 6 weight loss products and weight loss trends that I’ve tried in the past, and I’m going to be very honest with my reviews. This isn’t a sponsored post, so trust that everything here is really based on experience.
Caveat: I didn’t use any of these products at once, and I also didn’t use them succeedingly. Also, consult your doctor before attempting to try any of these.
I tried using Herbalife products early this year. Two kids in school swear by this product simply because it worked for them. They lost weight and maintained their figures. Somehow, this just didn’t work for me. I liked how the shake made me feel full until lunchtime even though it was the only thing I had for breakfast. I don’t think it worked for me as a weight loss product, that’s why I discontinued it. I also heard that some doctors advise against using Herbalife products because of potential health concerns.
Triple Leaf Tea Dieter’s Green
This tea has a laxative effect, so it made me go in the morning. When the laxative kicked in, it made my stomach turn, but it wasn’t particularly painful. I don’t usually go for anything with a laxative effect because I’m afraid of its possible side effects, but I got this one at a reputable health store at the mall so I thought I’d give it a try.
I didn’t notice any significant weight loss when I was drinking this product. But I did feel lighter on a daily basis because I had regular bowel movement.
It’s actually one of the few weight loss products that worked for me. When I was using this, I felt less bloated. I also felt more energized during the day. What’s also interesting was that this tea smelled really fabulously and was packaged rather nicely. Unlike other weight teas or detox teas that you see on Instagram, Your Tea doesn’t have a laxative effect.
Orihiro Night Diet Tea
I’m a huge fan of Japanese and Korean beauty products, and this one popped up while I was browsing for skincare products online. When I was using this, one of my friends commented that looked slimmer. The downside to this product though is that sometimes I got headaches (not sure though if the tea is the direct cause) and it made me really sleepy, which was a bad thing especially because I often have to stay up late at night to study.
I noticed that there weren’t any significant changes in my weight and body. Aside from that, I stopped using it simply because if I can’t read it, I probably shouldn’t eat it. The entire packaging was in Japanese so I had no way of knowing what the ingredients were as well as other information about it.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
Okay, so ACV isn’t a weight loss product per se, but there have been numerous claims that it aids in weight loss. ACV helped me maintain my weight and not gain so much even when I wasn’t exercising or eating healthy. It’s also very healthy and can be used as an all-natural treatment for various illnesses like cough and runny nose. I also use this as a facial toner. I swear I’ve lost count of the number of times ACV has helped me survive life! Interestingly, Megan Fox and Miranda Kerr reportedly swear by the Apple Cider Vinegar diet trick.
What I do is mix two teaspoons of ACV with a glass of water. You can add honey if you want it to taste sweeter. I take it early in the morning during breakfast and before I go to sleep. I still use ACV to this day for various purposes aside from weight loss.
I’m currently using Thin Tea and I’m loving it so far. The tea itself tastes and smells so good. It kind of reminds of Your Tea. It doesn’t have any laxative effect, so it wouldn’t upset your stomach. One pack comes with two tea variants: detox (morning tea) and fat-burn blend (night tea). It also claims to be gluten, dairy, preservative, additive and caffeine-free.
It’s still too early to say if there are changes yo my body or not. I’ll give a brief update once I’ve completed the Thin Tea 14-day pack.
The thing you should remember about weight loss products is that they aren’t magical potions that will make you lose weight and achieve the perfect summer body in a snap. I also noticed that once you stop using the products and don’t exercise or eat healthy, you will gain back the weight you lost and sometimes even twice as much. These products are probably not something you would use in the long run, so you’ll have to think of a plans for your body to recover after trying these products.
Some of these products make you parched during the day, so make sure you stay dehydrated all the time. I try to stay away from anything that comes with a laxative effect because I’m afraid it might leave me dehydrated or might mess up my body’s natural ability to eliminate waste and toxins.
Sure, the girls that use or promote some of these on Instagram look really fit, but trust me when I say they didn’t achieve that by simply drinking these products. It’s very important to consult your doctor. Health should always be your primary concern, not your physical appearance.
Have you tried any weight loss trends lately? Share your thoughts on the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!