One of the things I love most about being a wellness writer is exposing and removing the lies and harmful stories that the industry is trying to sell us. (PSA:.)
One of my favorite lies for bulldos is the one that says you have to go through a series of ridiculous activities to get a “beach body.” It has its origins in a much deeper lie about what bodies should look like – but that’s a different story for another day.
Here I cover everything you should not do to get a beach body this summer (or, as always) no matter how hard you havetrying to sell you on these harmful trends.
1. Wear a waist trainer
Waist trainers are so harmful in more ways than one. Anyone who consciously decides to wear a waist trainer for reasons that are not explicitly cultural or spiritual, almost undoubtedly handles the emotional consequences of the wellness culture.
Above: Kim Kardashian has popularized waist training on Instagram.
Waist trainers promise to help you achieve the “perfect body” and eliminate all the shame you feel for not already having that body. But they really change your insecurities in order not to meet the impossibly specific and small standards of society.
Aside from the emotional turbulence that comes with a waist trainer, these things can actually hurt you physically. When you wear a waist trainer, your waist is cinched to a diameter that is, if I had to guess, unnatural to your body and most others. When you push yourself into a waist trainer, your organs can shift and become too tight to function properly.
It has been reported that waist trainers can lead to breathing difficulties, acid reflux and stomach cramps, as well as neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling, as waist trainers can squeeze the nerves in the upper body. If you wear a waist trainer too often and for too long, you expose yourself to weakened abdominal muscles.
Is it all worth it for a temporarily smaller waist?
2. Drink lean tea
If you want to lose weight mainly by emptying the intestines, reach for a box of lean tea. If you prefer to keep your intestines intact, you may just need to stick to eating nutritious food and exercising.
Many lean teas, “pussy teas” or “flat stomach teas” are actually combinations of soft laxatives that, well, do what laxatives do. Other lean teas that do not contain laxative ingredients are still just infusions of herbs that are unlikely to speed up your metabolism or meet other label requirements – at least not significantly enough to help you lose weight in the long run.
If lean tea can do something, they can help reduce bloating temporarily. Some herbs and spices, such as ginger, have been reported to help with bloating and other indigestion.
3. Drink detox water
While we are the subject of liquids, you should not drink in an attempt to lose weight, add detox water to your list as well. I promise you do not need detox water – you have plenty of organs that detoxify the body just fine.
Detox water is the water-based beverage that is assigned flavors of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Water with lemon, cucumber and mint can, for example, be considered as detox water.
While detox water does not necessarily harm you, it is just a little useless if you do not like the taste. There is no reason to force yourself to drink something you do not like in the name of a smaller body. In addition, most of the alleged health benefits of detox water – clearer skin, increased energy, reduced bloating – can be attributed to the water itself.
If you do not like detox water, just drink plain water and your body will do its job. If you want to add some lemon juice, fine.
4. Eat appetite suppressant sticks
Our bodies have this cool thing called intuition. As in, your body knows when it’s hungry and when it’s not. Your body does not need a club to tell it to stop eating: Your body needs food to tell it to stop eating.
Appetite suppressants – especially Flat Tummy Co-clubs – were popularized by Kim Kardashian in 2018, when she posted a photo on Instagram with the headline “You … are literally unreal.”
According to the website of Flat Tummy Co. The clubs contain an ingredient called Satiereal, a “clinically proven safe active ingredient extracted from natural plants.” The Satiereal website clarifies that the plant source is saffron.
Flat Tummy Co. says that the ingredient maximizes the feeling of fullness, “So with one to two pops a day, you have your hunger under control and cravings in control. Just have one when you start to feel hungry and it helps keep you going until your next meal!”
Kardashian got enough backlash for this in 2018, so I leave it alone. But here’s the story of the story: Eat food when you need food.
5. Carry garbage while running outside
First side effect of carrying a garbage bag while running: Neighbors serve side eyes.
Secondary side effect of carrying a garbage bag while running: Possible.
If you were not aware, this is something that people actually do, usually in an attempt to lose weight. Carrying a garbage bag over your clothes while exercising prevents your body’s cooling circuit from doing its thing. Your sweat does not evaporate, so your body temperature does not decrease, and your body continues to produce more sweat in an attempt to cool down.
Thus, carrying a garbage bag carries weight loss from water weight. You can expect to regain this weight as soon as you slip a little, and you should not expect it to work for .
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified healthcare provider if you have questions about a medical condition or health goal.