Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What is the 'chai' diet? Is chai tea good for weight loss?

I have heard that chai tea is good for weight loss, is it? My friend is on the Chai diet, where she drinks chai tea and mixes it with l carnitine. Would this be good for you?

Answer on What is the 'chai' diet? Is chai tea good for weight loss?

This sounds to me like a gimmick and I'd be cautious about it.

While tea is quite healthy, and the spices used in chai (masala chai) or spiced tea blends are also quite healthy, there is no solid scientific evidence that tea helps weight loss. The only way to lose weight in a healthy way is to have a healthy, diverse diet, and get regular exercise.

I also recommend against nutritional supplements like carnitine. A lot of supplements have not been proven to help in any way, and some can actually be damaging. Naturally, carnitine is found in a wide variety of foods. It is not naturally found in tea. It's always best to obtain essential nutrients from natural sources, rather than taking them as supplements, as supplements often aren't absorbed properly, and sometimes they can send too much of one substance to your body, which can throw your body out of balance. I've attached a page to a list of natural sources of carnitine.