Green tea might be the only diet product worth buying

A leading obesity researcher has compared the most popular diet products on Australian shelves. According to his results, green tea is

A leading obesity researcher has compared the most popular diet products on Australian shelves. According to his results, green tea is the only item worth buying.

Dr Nick Fuller from the University of Sydney examined scientific evidence available for acai berries, aloe vera, caffeine, cayenne pepper, green tea and other popular diet products.

“The evidence does suggest that maybe green tea in its natural form is something that’s a simple, easy and hopefully safer method that may aid with weight management”, Dr Fuller said.

“It was estimated that people having green tea achieved a 1.3kg greater weight loss when compared to those taking placebo”, Dr Fuller explained.

Out of eleven products that Dr Fuller also reviewed, most did not demonstrate “any strong evidence” to support their weight loss claims. Despite this, demand for diet products is “exponentially growing” within Australia.

Dr Fuller believes the government needs to step in and provide clearer guidelines, when it comes to diet products, supplements and their labels.

“There’s a lot more work that needs to be done in this area, particularly around good quality research”, he said. “We need to make sure that the products we’re taking are safe and they’re effective”.

This news comes just as Health Minister Sussan Ley pledged to discuss herbal supplements (and their health claims) with the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

“If there are ingredients in herbal remedies that are doing harm (let it) be recognised and addressed at the earliest possible opportunity”, Minister Ley said.

You can read more about Dr Fuller’s analysis HERE.

Have you ever tried diet products? Do you believe that green tea can aid weight loss? Are you worried about outlandish health claims?

  1. Brian Lee  

    There is really only one way to diet, in my opinion. That is to eat smaller portions of most of the things you like, while taking a little bit more exercise every day. Cut down a bit on the bread, rice and potatoes and don’t drink too much alcohol – I’ve lost twelve kilos by this simple method in the last four months, and I feel good and not cheated out of most of the things I enjoy, I just eat a bit less of all of them!

    • Helen D  

      It is so good to see that you have got it right. People drinking those shakes go ok , but is it a healthy way to lose weight. I agree with you exercise in some form should be included in everyone’s daily life.

  2. Brian Lee’s comment makes perfect sense. Our plate sizes have increased substantially in the past couple of decades. If we eat smaller portions, it figures that we will consume less calories.

  3. Tris  

    So very true Brian, think folks have forgotten moderation…..

  4. Helen  

    I agree with the above comments. Having changed to green tea about 10 years ago, skim milk about 20 years ago, and minimal bread, alcohol etc, nothing makes any difference unless I reduce portion sizes. I try to do 30 – 60 min exercise every day to keep my joints and muscles in trim but it makes no difference to weight loss.

  5. Sally Ronaldson  

    Too right Brian Lee, there is no “quick fix” unless it’s surgery, no wonder the diet industry is a billion dollar one!

    • Kris  

      I am also diabetic, have been for over 20 years lost over 30 kgs, gradually, by watching portion sizes, moderate exercise and having a little bit of anything I like, just not huge amounts, in other words everything in moderation. Have been and continue to be a well controlled diabetic.

  6. I have tried many diets and the only diet that worked was Jenny Craig, I lost 8 KGS with them in 4 months…..I am diabetic and have had to cut out bread, potatoes, cereal as that’s got loads of sugar in it, and I am exercising more like going for walks etc…The online diets are too expensive and most of them do not work, they are a rip off and some are dangerous. But I do drink herbal tea now ESP green tea, and drink lots of water, and have cut right back on tea and coffee, I feel better for that…

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