faqs - begu healthy lifestyle teas and plans

FAQ - begu tea general

Is begu a detox diet?

We find the term ‘detox’ a bit misleading which is why we do not mention it. Technically your body contains all the tools it needs to ‘detox’ in the form of kidneys, liver, skin etc. Therefore diets claiming to detox the body may not do quite what you expect. It is however important not to overload the body with toxins, which is why beguteas and begunutrition are perfect for letting your body get in control.

How much weight will I lose with begu?

That’s entirely up to you. Generally the more effort you put in the more you will get out. Typically people on our program lose 4-5 pounds a month over 12 weeks, so up to a stone, but this can be more if one of our intermediate or advanced programs are followed due to the increased calorie burn and greater understanding of energy intake control.

What do I do if I have paid for my products but change my mind?

If you return the product, unopened, within 14 days of telling us you no longer want it, you’ll receive a full refund. 

Do you have a phone number I can contact you on?

Not yet sorry. We are currently looking at ways of providing a phone service that lives up to our expectations. We will let all our customers know once we have something sorted out.

Can I buy the teas and plans separately?

Our recipes and fitness videos are completely FREE for anyone to look at and are designed to work hand in hand with our teas. Customers of our 12 week plans receive an advice, eating and workout guide when they receive their tea - these are our 'begu lifestyle manuals' and they contain a huge amount of really valuable information, tips, tricks and how-to's which you can also purchase separately from our store if you wish to.

How long will it take to see results?

Unfortunately that depends a bit on you! According to the UK National Health Service (NHS), 1-2 pounds per week is a healthy and sustainable weight loss, however everyone is individual and thus the amount of weight lost is also dependent on the individual. Most people will see results quickly as switching from bad eating habits to good ones will shock your body into shedding that weight.

How much do the teas and plans cost?

The prices of our teas and plans are displayed on the site, within the Store pages.
We think they are excellently priced and great value, especially the 12 week begulife plans, where you get large discounts for subscribing, not to mention the benefits of the targeted teas and access to our extensive recipe and fitness video databases, plus personalised meal plans and workouts.

If you wish to purchase the teas individually, the teas are priced as follows:

  • Crave, Calm, Appetite are £14.99 each (for 28 tea bags) and £9.99 (for 14 teabags)
  • Morning Buzz and Nightea Night are £14.99 each (for 28 tea bags) and £9.99 (for 14 teabags)
  • System Cleanse is £9.99 each (for 14 tea bags)
  • 12 week begulife plans are £74.99 (which provides 3 months of tea)
  • begu lifestyle manuals are £4.99 each

What do I get for my money?

You get our wonderful teas along with FREE access to expert-led fitness videos and nutritionally-balanced recipes that are designed to help you live a healthier, happier life. Additionally, you can contact our nutrition and fitness experts directly. Our plans provide a structured 12 week schedule to get your lifestyle back on the correct track, with carefully designed meal plans and workouts and enough supporting tea to work against the daily dietary challenges you might face.

FAQs - begu healthy lifestyle teas

What's in the tea and how does it work?

Our ingredients are ethically sourced from the world’s premier tea plantations and herb gardens. They are then lovingly blended and bagged in biodegradable pyramid teabags. 

Each blend is designed to help you in a different way, you can see the full range [here] and you can find our which tea would benefit you most by completing our DIET CHECKER [here]. 

Are the teas natural?

Yes they are. And they’re ethically sourced and bagged with love in biodegradable teabags. 

Are the teas caffeine free?

Most of our blends are caffeine free. However, there are some times when a caffeine kick can be helpful – so we only use caffeine as and when necessary. For example, our Morning Buzz blend delivers a soft and well-timed caffeine boost. 

Are the teas gluten free?

Yes they are.

Do the teas contain laxatives?

Our system cleanse blends contain light laxatives to help your digestive system do what it does best. We recommend that this blend is used for a short period at the beginning of your plan, mainly if up till now you have had quite a poor diet heavy in processed or highly refined foods. All of our other teas are laxative free. 

Is there an age limit?

We believe that you should be over 16 to follow our tea plans. 

How is begu healthy tea different to other so-called teatox brands?

We believe our tea is the tastiest on the market – but we would say that wouldn’t we 😉

In reality, we don’t make outlandish claims about weight loss. But we do promote a healthy, manageable lifestyle that can be sustained indefinitely and our teas help you achieve that. A regular, specially personalized tea coupled with our fitness and nutition plans will help you lose weight. But it does require a bit of effort from you.

Can I drink coffee as well?

Yes you can. We would suggest you avoid the high calorie flavoured coffee’s from popular coffee houses as these can be surprisingly calorie rich once you add the syrup, whole milk and whipped cream. They may taste great but can contain well in excess of 600 calories in some cases. Therefore if you fancy a coffee stick to black or with a little skimmed or soya milk. Also bear in mind some coffee’s can be high in caffeine. Our body adapts quickly to high amounts of caffeine which can result in excess intake and thus increased heart rate and poor sleep quality. Therefore we would not recommend excessive consumption of strong coffee. Our tea has been specially blended to give you just the right amount of stimulation without any of the side effects.

FAQ - begu nutrition guidance

How do I use the recipe ideas and meal plans?

Simple really. Within the 12 week plans and the lifestyle manuals (eBooks), we provide recommendations in terms of number and types of meals depending on your current lifestyle. We have laid our the recipe ideas helpfully into categories for the main meal eaten during the day, plus snacks, healthy cheats and drinks. Don’t forget to take a look at the reference documents in the eBooks if you have time. Matched to the tea we recommended, they contain some really useful do’s and dont’s which may help keep you on track.

Can I cook or buy something that is not on the website?

Yes of course you can. Although we have put in a lot of effort to have foods in there that suit as many people as possible, we recognise that not everyone can find or has the time to find the right meal 100% of the time. We would just recommend that you stick to common sense. That means try to go for whole foods if you can…not processed. This means meats, vegetables and wholegrains, rather than pastries and white pastas and breads, or foods that have been blended with many other ingredients, which is very common in pre-prepared foods. We are adding to our library all the time so if you want to add something, see our FAQ about getting foods added (subject to us taking a look first of course).

Can I suggest my own recipe(s) to be added to the website?

Yes you can, but we would like to take a look first. All the entries on our database are carefully vetted for nutritional content and matched to our tea plans. If you come across a recipe or product in store that you would like to share then we would love to hear from you. You can send it to us via email or send us a picture of the information and once we take a look we can add it.

How do I contact you about a specific food-related question?

The best way is by sending us an email via nutrition@begu.co.uk as this goes to the right expert. Alternatively you can DM us via our Facebook or Instagram accounts.

What is worst for you: sugar, fat or carbs?

This is a very good question and if you look at the latest scientific evidence, it is somewhat conflicting. There is some suggestion that sugar can promote cravings of sweet things, which is obviously not a good thing. It would make sense as your body will quickly metabolise simple sugars, causing a drop in blood sugar and therefore cravings for more, however scientific evidence of this is not established yet. Fats have had a lot of bad press for many years, and still do, however there is again emerging evidence that not all fats are bad for you. Fish oils, and dairy fats for instance might actually be the good guys. Carbs have been the subject of all sorts of fad diets of late, mostly in terms of a ‘low carb’ diet. Again these can be misleading and not necessarily a good thing, as there are good and bad carbs. So cutting down on the cake…good…cutting down on all carbs, perhaps not so good. Essentially and quite simply we would recommend keeping sugars to a minimum (including artificial ones), stick to fish oils and a little dairy (plus a bit for cooking of course), and go for whole grain carbs (wild or wholegrain rice, quinoa etc…) Take a look at our recipes, as we have done a lot of the hard work for you.

FAQ - begu fitness guidance

Can I use the fitness videos and workouts if I've never exercised before, or very little?

Yes, our videos and routines have been carefully devised by our Personal Trainers, however you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program and you follow such programs at your own risk.

Whilst we give guidance as to how to perform any exercises, it is your responsibility to warm up properly and ultimately to decide whether or not you are capable of performing the exercise/workout without sustaining injury. (Please see our disclaimer on the website).

Are there any more advanced videos or workouts?

Yes, we are working on bringing you even more great instructional videos and full-length workout routines for all fitness levels. Watch this space!

In the meantime, if it’s just too easy, you can increase your workout volume to accelerate weight loss by:

  • add more reps (but keep intensity high and use resistance that challenges you)
  • add more sets
  • use a stronger band
  • complete more total exercises per workouts

Do you provide 1:1 personal training?

Not yet, but do watch this space!

Our PTs, Ross and Annette, are very keen to engage with you personally for any fitness-related questions or advice that you might have, so feel free to contact them at fitness@begu.co.uk.

Also, we are working hard to provide you with completely personalised training plans through our begulife plan subscriptions. We are really excited about this great feature, and it will be available very soon via our website.

We strive to provide you with a fully tailored lifestyle solution in terms of our specially created teas, nutrition and also fitness, so you can reach your goals, with ease and complete confidence.

What is the best exercise for losing weight?

This is up for debate. Endurance-type and resistance training both have positive effects on your body and wellbeing generally.

Endurance training is performed with moderate intensity but resistance training has effects on basal metabolic rate (BMR).

The benefit of resistance exercise is that a single session can provide a sustained increase in BMR for up to 48 hours post workout (and even longer has been observed) which can help with weight control. The reason being that this sort of training develops muscles, which compared to fat tissue, requires more calories to fuel. Therefore, the more muscle mass you have, the greater your BMR.

Another popular exercise type is high-intensity interval training or HIIT, whereby low or moderate intensity exercise is interspersed with short periods of high-intensity exercise. Particularly good for those with limited time, this has been shown to provide quick and beneficial changes in metabolic function and even lower body fat. This is not for everyone, it is gruelling and hard to sustain.

Ultimately, everyone is different, so the best exercise for losing weight is one that you will regularly do. It’s hard to keep doing something which you get no enjoyment from, so if HIIT is just no fun, or if lifting weights fills you with fear, go for what suits you and your lifestyle. The important thing is to keep at it (and eat and drink well of course).

We do recommend that you vary your routines using our online video database. By combining different types of exercise together in routines or varying what type of training you do from one session to the next, means you should get the optimum and sustained benefits.

It is important to remember that it is very difficult to impact body fat in a meaningful way through exercise alone.

Weight loss through exercise solely differs also between individuals. Many other factors are at play including your genes, biological and behavioural considerations.

For exercising, rather than thinking of what is the absolute best out there, we suggest trying our workouts and finding what works for you, where you are satisfied with the results, and also most importantly something you actually enjoy doing and will keep up!

Exercising, in whatever way, has a huge range of benefits, not just on losing weight, you will reduce the risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, feel good, sleep better, reduce stress. So many positives!

FAQ - while using begu healthy teas

How long should I use the teas or plans for?

You can stay on the begulife plan for as long as you like, and stop whenever you want to. We recommend you try to stick to 12 weeks to see the excellent results however.

Can I use the recipe suggestions and fitness videos without the teas?

Yes it's all free for anyone to browse, but only customers of the plans or eBooks Manuals will receive an eating and workout guide with their purchase.

Can I just drink the tea without the plans?

You can, of course, just drink our teas. They are naturally healthy and delicious and they have been specially formulated with key ingredients that are matched to you, if you have taken our DIET CHECKER.

However, you will benefit most by following the nutrition and fitness plans as well.

Will the benefits reverse as soon as I stop?

Leading a fitter, healthier life is about lifestyle change. If you go back to your old ways once you have stopped our plans, you will eventually go back to where you began. 

Once I reach my goal can I stop?

You can stop any time you like. Our hope is that we make lifestyle change easier and that you’d like to maintain the new you. 

Can I still drink alcohol?

Alcohol is very calorific and pretty toxic. Long term also its a depressant.

Actually, gram for gram, alcohol contains almost the same amount of calories as pure fat, so cutting this down or out completely could help your weight, assuming you don’t compensate for the lost calories by eating more.

However, we’re all human, and if you fancy a little cheat now and then, we’d not say no. Just be mindful of keeping this as low as possible!

Can I take meal replacement shakes?

Protein shakes after a great workout are fine, to replace lost fluids and salts and to help build that great looking body, but we don’t recommend using shakes instead of meals, as they can be high in sugar or other carbohydrates, or artificial sweetener and don’t give your body the healthy foods it needs.

What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should always seek professional advice before using. We recommend you take a copy of our ingredients for that product from our Store and discuss any concerns you might have with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about whether Begu healthy tea is suitable for you. Likewise with the fitness and nutrition, you should speak with a professional before making any significant changes.

What if I am taking contraceptives?

If you are taking contraceptives, we would recommend that you talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using begu tea if you have any concerns, and provide the list of our ingredients for that product from our Store. A full list of ingredients is shown for each tea in this section.

Are there any side effects?

As long as you’re not allergic to any of the listed ingredients, there are no side effects to our teas. 

Do I have to eat healthily and exercise?

We recommend that for the tea to work to its full potential, you should stick to a healthy, calorie controlled diet. It’s best to try to stick to whole foods rather than anything processed, as processed foods are more likely to contain a high calorie content (known as calorie dense). Check out our diet tips, or if you want to make the best progress possible for you, we recommend trying our personalised diet program (12 week plans) to get the foods, drink and exercise that is right for you.

How do you help me maximise my weight loss?

At begu, our core belief is that anyone can reach their lifestyle goals with the right plan and the right level of commitment (and right mindset of course). We all know that we’re individuals, and so it doesn’t really make sense that a one-size-fits-all approach would be the best or most effective way of achieving our goals. This is why we developed our personalised plan which uses our unique 4 step approach.

Step 1 is to take our DIET CHECKER, this helps both us and you understand the sort or person you are.

Step 2 is to start with our personalised 12 week tea plans which are specially formulated to match your current lifestyle and habits.

Step 3 is to utilise the specially designed nutrition library together with the suitable guidance for your eating type, to find the foods that will work best for you.

Step 4 is our easy to use fitness online studio, which can flex with your ability and time.

We firmly believe that to change your life for the better and in the healthiest and most sustained way possible you need our begulife plan. All we ask is that you put some effort in too.

What is a weight plateau and how to avoid it?

Hitting a weight plateau can be very frustrating when you are trying to reach your goal. Our first advice would be not to panic, or feel that your efforts are wasted, or that your plan is failing. Hitting a plateau is actually your bodies natural response to losing weight. It may seem odd, but we are genetically engineered for times when food can be scarce (feast or famine), and so your body will naturally counteract any weight loss after a while to retain some fat reserves, which results in a drop off in weight loss also known as a plateau. Avoiding it is partly down to individual make up, and also avoiding prolonged static food and exercise plans. If you are following a begulife plan and have any questions, then contact us for help on info@begu.co.uk or via twitter. We have a team of experts on hand to help deal with these challenges.

FAQ - begu healthy lifestyle teas & plans payments

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept payments by all major credit and debit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa). We also accept payment by PayPal, ApplePay and ShopifyPay

Can I buy begu healthy tea or begulife plans from overseas?

Yes, if you use the accepted payment methods of PayPal, American Express, Mastercard, or Visa, you can buy our tea or begulife plans. You will be charged in your local currency, and this will shown on your statement. Shipping will be slightly more expensive and this will be shown at checkout.

 

FAQ - begu healthy teas shipping and returns

Where is my order?

We make every effort to get your product delivered to you in a timely fashion. Sometimes things may be beyond our control as we have to rely on couriers getting your package to you like every other Company. If your package is delayed for any reason then please contact us on customerservices@begu.co.uk.

If you place your order by 2pm, and select next day delivery, it will be with you the very next day, provided it is not a Saturday or Sunday of course, as everyone needs a weekend off, even our couriers.

How long does delivery take?

We normally recommend using our standard delivery service for UK deliveries which takes between 1-3 days. You can upgrade to next day delivery for a small additional charge. For next day deliveries, your order should be placed by 2pm GMT, and your begu tea will be with you by the very next working day. For EU and International deliveries, delivery time depends on destination and will be stated at checkout.

How much does delivery cost?

Delivery is free for all UK orders over £25.

Delivery in the UK is £3.99 (for standard delivery within 1-3 days) or upgrade to Express delivery for £5.99 to receive your begu tea the very next working day.

Delivery to Europe is £8 and will take 3-5 days.

Delivery to US/ Canada and for the rest of the world is £10 and will take 5-7 days on average. Please note that in some cases deliveries can take longer dependent on your location and circumstances.

Shipping costs are displayed when you check out.

Where do you ship to?

Anywhere in the world.

Do you ship to P.O. and military addresses?

We sure do.

What is your returns policy?

In the unlikely event of you wanting to return the Begu product (we hope you wont need to), you can only do this if the product has not been opened or used in any way. It must be posted back to us within 14 days of telling us you wish to return the product. You can tell us by email, using the online form or posting the form to us. Please see our Terms and Conditions here.

We cannot refund if the product has been opened. We use forensic science to check this! ;)

We cannot provide refunds if an incorrect address has been given to us.

There is a money back guarantee on the plans but we really don't think you will need it as  if you stick with the programme, you will see the results you desire.

How long will it take to get my refund?

In the unlikely event of you wanting a refund, we will be sure to do this within 14 days of receipt of the unopened and undamaged product or, if earlier, the day on which you provide us with evidence that you have sent the product back to us.