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The Ultimate Tea Diet
Burn Fat and Lose Pounds Fast and Forever
What's Tea Got to Do with It?
Dear Dr. Tea,
I have been heavy my entire life. I have a very supportive family and friendly coworkers, but when you don't like the way you look, nothing anyone says or does to make you feel better works. I was negative about myself and everyone around me.
Here's where you come in. Driving home from work I passed dr. tea's daily and always wondered what it was like. I stopped my car a couple of times, but the patio was full of "beautiful people" and I felt terribly inadequate, so I would slink away. One day on the drive home I was listening to a call-in show on the radio, and found myself listening to a woman with the same complaints and woes as I had—and she sounded truly pathetic.
I pulled over and cried for half an hour. Then I turned my car around and headed straight back to your store, walked past the people on the patio and found an empty seat at your tea bar. I started to ask you questions about the health benefits of your teas. You stopped me dead in my tracks when you started to talk about the amazing weight-loss benefits associated with tea. Then you began to tell me about your Lifestyle Diet, and I started to take notes.
I did just what you said. I drank my tea all day, ate what I knew was right for me to eat, meditated at least one minute a day, and started to do something in the form of exercise. I had not moved around much for years. I began by walking around the house and Dr. Tea, I have now made it around the block.
I am happy to tell you, I have lost 17pounds in the last month. I feel healthier and happier than I have ever before. Thinking positively has changed everything about me. I owe you so much Dr. Tea. You treated me like I was somebody and now I am. May all of life's blessings visit you often.
Edith P., Los Angeles, CA
Edith P. is, like millions of Americans, concerned about her health, unhappy with her appearance, and insecure about her ability to change her life. When she came to me for advice, I told her to do the very thing that had worked for me: start slowly, stop the insanity of endless diet plans that do not work, and start your journey towards good health, one cup of tea at a time.
That's right, tea.
I am not a physician, a dietician, a nutritionist or a psychiatrist. I am just a regular guy, like you, who figured things out for himself fifteen years ago. I am an expert on and aficionado of tea. My family has been in the tea business for over 200 years. I have studied everything there is to study on the subject, and I have traveled the world to learn tea firsthand. I have tasted and tested nearly every kind of tea there is, from tea bags to prized tea cakes that have been aged for decades, from teas mixed with yak butter to teas served in the finest china.
And here's what I know: It's tea's time! According to the Tea Association of America, the tea industry topped $6.2 billion in 2005 (and is expected to exceed $10 billion by 2010) with Americans drinking 2.2 billion gallons of tea each year. Americans are wising up to the fact that they don't need a "grande" beverage from the local coffee establishment to get the extra boost they need to make it through their day. The health benefits of tea can provide the stimulation and kick without all the side effects of a highly caffeinated beverage. It's simply a cup of good health a day.
Do you know which beverage is the most consumed in the world? No, it's not coffee, or beer, or wine. It's water. And what comes next on the list? Still not coffee. Nor wine nor beer. It's tea. In the most populated countries in the world, the drink they consume most often after water is tea.
It's time for tea to be recognized in this country, not only for the health benefits most of the world have known about for centuries, but for its incredible ability to help stop one of the world's biggest health crises to date: obesity. Americans, and American children and teenagers, are getting larger and larger every year and are paying the consequences in diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Millions of Americans go on and off diets every day. If you're reading this book, you are probably one of those millions, and you are probably tired of your own yo-yo dieting experiences. We try to eat right, to make healthy choices, and to get off our addictions to sugar and caffeine, but it's just too hard.
So we turn to drugs; we buy supplements made from obscure plants found only in African deserts; we cut out entire food groups; and we get totally confused by what the latest diet guru is telling us to eat (which is just the opposite of what the previous guru espoused). What we don't know is that we don't need drugs, supplements, or slide rules to help us figure out how to shed the pounds. What we do need to know is very simple: Drinking tea will help us lose weight. Yes, tea. Inexpensive. Good tasting. And available to everyone everywhere. Tea, with natural ingredients that will not only help us lose weight, but will reduce our cravings for sweets, suppress our appetite, increase our insulin's effectiveness, lower our cholesterol, and stimulate thermogenesis, which helps the body burn fat for energy. All this from a cup of tea!
This is not theory, guessing, or wishful thinking. This is hard science, proven in study after study conducted over the past ten years by some of the most respected scientists around the world who have all come to the same conclusion: tea helps you lose weight.
Simple, and true.The Ultimate Tea Diet
Burn Fat and Lose Pounds Fast and Forever. Copyright � by Mark Ukra. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.