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I have suddenly gained weight in recent months and I really want to lose all this extra weight before summer starts. One of my friends recommended me to take yerba mate tea for quick weight loss. Is it safe? I am a healthy 30 year old woman with no health problems. – Cindy, Oregon.




Is Yerba Mate Tea Safe for Weight Loss?


Hi Cindy,

Yerba mate tea, also known as Paraguay tea, is widely consumed in some places in South America like Argentina and Paraguay for its health benefits and rejuvenation effects. It is also fast becoming popular in United States, especially among dieters, as an natural appetite suppressant and metabolism booster.

Many people also like yerba mate tea as it gives a quick energy boost without any of those unpleasant jitters/side affects associated with excessive coffee consumption. Drinkers also claim that the tea helps detoxify blood, boost immunity, protect against the common cold, and reduce stress levels.

But the question is, is yerba mate safe to use and what are the potential side effects?



Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects

Yerba Mate is considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when used properly. However, keep in mind that yerba mate is a strong brain stimulant, and according to the Mayo clinic, its high caffeine content may increase blood pressure and heart rate.

In addition, some studies have found that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over a long period of time may be putting themselves at a greater risk for several types of cancer, including mouth, esophageal and lung cancer, and liver disease.

If you smoke, heads up. Smoking in conjunction with heavy yerba mate consumption appears to greatly increase your risk of cancer.

If you choose to use yerba mate tea (or any herbal product, or diet pills, etc) to help you lose weight, make sure to check with your physician.



What Can You Do to Lose Weight Naturally Without Diet Pills or Slimming Teas?

Of course, the best approach to weight loss is good nutrition and an active lifestyle. That means eating a well balanced diet that is low in saturated fat, sodium and sugar along with generous amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, and controlled portions of lean protein every day.

Keeping yourself physical active through regular moderate-intensity exercise (3 times a week) not only helps promote weight loss, it will also give you more energy and make you feel better.  

Losing weight is not easy but it becomes much simpler if you know the reason(s) why you suddenly gained weight. For example,


1. Many women tend to retain fluid in the 2 weeks before menstruation, which may show up as show up as temporary weight gain of about 3-4 pounds on the scale. If this sounds like you, then use natural diuretics such as barley water, fresh watermelon juice, cranberry juice or carrot juice to help you get rid of fluid retention and shed those extra pounds.  

Salt encourages water retention so control your intake of highly salted foods such as canned soups, lunch meats and chips.



2. Another possible cause of your sudden weight gain could be constipation. There are various natural remedies that can help relieve constipation, and I suggest aloe vera and papaya. Mix 2 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel with apple or orange juice, or any fruit or vegetable juice that you like. Take it before bed or in the morning.

A small papaya taken on an empty stomach will also help you move your bowels without straining.



3. If you think skipping breakfast will help weight reduction because you are consuming fewer calories, think again. The truth is, you are more likely to overcompensate by nibbling on unhealthy calorie dense foods – French fries, donuts, cookies, chocolate – during the mid morning or have a huge meal at lunch.

A wholesome bowl of old fashioned oatmeal garnished with a dash of cinnamon will keep you full and satisfied right up until lunchtime. If you have no time for breakfast at home, consider hard boiled eggs. They can be cooked ahead of time and stay fresh (unshelled) for a week in the fridge.



4. If you are wondering why you are not losing weight despite eating a healthy diet and exercising frequently, then it is time to watch what you drink. Liquid calories – sodas, energy drinks, specialty coffees – add up quickly and can sabotage your best efforts to reduce weight.

Instead of downing sugar-laden carbonated soft drinks, have a glass of cold filtered water. If you dislike the bland taste of water, try enhancing it with slices of lemon or lime.

You also want to be mindful of the fruit juice you drink as some "juices" may contain added sugar (and therefore more calories) and only a small amount of real fruit juice. Look for "100 percent Fruit Juice" on the label, and also pick one made from a single fruit like grapefruit. Fruit juice blends created from high-sugar fruits like pineapple, nectarines, mangoes and white grapes, are usually higher in calories.


Having said that, feel free to look through our archives of weight loss articles and diet tips. I am sure you will find them extremely helpful in your weight loss journey.



By Diane Hanson


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