Fit Tea Review

Three words: Kylie. Jenner. Instagram. A year ago, the Kardashian-family celeb—famous for being famous—posted that Fit Tea detox is her “favorite.” Nearly 800,000 people liked that post. There were about 30,000 comments and, while I had no intention of scrolling through them all, a few leapt out:

  • “Kylie, does Fit Tea really work?”
  • “How much money did you get for this one (Fit Tea) post? I bet you’ve never even used it, lol.”

But a second cursory glance found there were plenty of posts—true or not, reliable or not, believable or not—where Kylie fans “swear by” Fit Tea.  The post was an ad of course, and after being called out, Jenner began tagging such posts as advertisements. Not sure if her 95 million followers know or care. [1]

To say Fit Tea is popular as a result would be a vast understatement; its own verified Instagram has 1.8 million followers. It’s quite the phenom. But what is it? And does it work?

Fit Tea has a Better Business Bureau profile, but what’s interesting is the mailing address is “c/o Domains By Proxy, LLC.” And the company name is not listed anywhere in the Terms and Conditions on the website—it’s a generic legal document. The BBB profile has an F rating for failure to respond to 14 complaints filed against Fit Tea. Not particularly inspiring.

Fit Tea Claims

Fit Tea is a detoxifying tea blend of certified organic herbs which are formulated to enhance your weight management program as part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen. [2]

It’s all about the Fit Tea detox. Choosing either the Fit Tea 14-day detox or the Fit Tea 28-day detox, consumed once a day for the duration (14 or 28 days) Fit Tea guarantees results, though not surprisingly, Fit Tea says its product must be combined with the tried-and-true method of weight loss: eat only healthy, well-balanced meals, drink plenty of water, and exercise several times a week:

Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. results vary depending upon starting point, goals, time and effort. [3]

I say this literally all the time; the above is the best method for weight loss, especially when it becomes your lifestyle as opposed to a diet. That said, Fit Tea is a detox blend designed to boost and jump-start weight loss. You drink this tea every day, get rid of all the crap food, work out five times a week, and you will get results—it claims.

Fit Tea says its “powerful detoxifying tea blend” is an energy, metabolism and immune system-booster. Fit Tea so swears by its products that it offers a “110% money back guarantee.” Yes, you read that right: 110%. “We believe in our products and the incredible results they create, that we offer a 110% no hassle, no questions asked, satisfaction guarantee.” [4]

With some exceptions and rules: you must purchase it from their website, not a store online or brick-and-mortar, and the unused portion with receipt from Fit Tea.com must be made within 30 days of purchase. Once received, full purchase price plus 10% is credited. Seems fair.

Note that Fit Tea, in its FAQs, does not answer the perhaps most frequent question people have: “Will I lose weight?”

Fit Tea answers this way: “Weight loss results may vary from person to person.” [2]

And, it admits that there may be side effects, though it does not list them and admits that one should not rely on its statements at all:

You must not rely on the information on http://www.Fittea.com as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. [2]

Still, Fit Tea is pretty confident in its product: claiming its “famous 14 day detox” may be used “as your daily tea to get you going!” We’ll re-visit that statement shortly.

You can buy Fit Tea in stores—even unlikely places like Bed, Bath & Beyond. But on its official website, Fit Tea sells seventeen different products, from its detox teas to body wraps and shakes. The 14-day detox package of tea bags is $25. The 28-day costs $45. [5]

Fit Tea Ingredients

Organic green tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Pomegranate, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Stevia, Honey, Guarana, Citric Acid, Sea Salt (electrolytes), Lemon Juice, Matcha Green Tea. [2]

Fit Tea says green tea’s metabolism-boosting effect is achieved by the inhibiting action of its most active ingredient—epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)—on the activity of the enzymes that break down the neurotransmitter known as norepinephrine, making it last longer. The effect of norepinephrine increases the process of thermogenesis—the generation of immense heat in the body—to increase the body’s energy expenditure, as well as having a significant effect on body fat oxidation. The latter may or may not be true.

There’s virtually no doubt that green tea is amazing—it improves blood flow, lowers cholesterol, helps to prevent myriad heart-related conditions from high blood pressure to heart failure. And it’s good for your brain, too.

All this is proven. What is not proven is that you will lose weight just by drinking green tea. You will, however, lose weight if you drink green tea instead of, say, soda. But that’s hardly rocket science, folks. [6]

But Fit Tea says—since green teas speed up the body’s metabolic rate—“just drinking 2 to 4 cups daily (will) help to burn stored body fats and reduce fat storage” and can over time “substantially increase an individual’s overall fat burning capability.” [7]

There’s little evidence to back this up.

Oolong Wu Yi tea is a pretty specific oolong, from the Mount Wu-Yi region of China, made from buds, leaves and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. Fit Tea claims its oolong “burns fat faster and increases your metabolism resulting in natural and safe weight loss.” [7]

WebMD, in contrast, says it’s possibly effective for increased mental alertness in part because of the caffeine properties and is possibly effective in preventing ovarian cancer. But as a weight loss aid, there’s “insufficient evidence.” [8]

Garcinia cambogia is one of a number of tropical plants that contain hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA, a citric acid derivative, is a complicated chemical compound that might possibly modulate lipid metabolism, meaning it may tweak fat absorption and banish fat, and some science suggests this. A study on G. cambogia published in the 2011 Journal of Obesity corrals all the current evidence into a short statement:

It is concluded that the [randomized clinical trials] suggest that Garcinia extracts/HCA can cause short-term weight loss. The magnitude of the effect is small, and the clinical relevance is uncertain. Future trials should be more rigorous and better reported. [9]

Matcha Green Tea is a finely ground green tea powder.

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Fit Tea

There’s no proof that drinking tea blends—“teatoxing”—detoxes or helps you lose weight. Especially not alone. There is evidence that some teas, including ones used in this blend, may help as a preventative for some medical conditions. [6]

The other issue is that Fit Tea says you can drink it every day, not just during a 14 or 28-day cleanse. Some research advises against daily tea-toxes, especially a tea containing the ingredients found in this blend. People prone to digestive problems should expect side effects, and even those who have great guts may experience uncomfortable and potentially dicey digestive issues from the benign bloating to worse, like frequent diarrhea or constipation. [10]

Word on the Street about Fit Tea

Fit Tea shares 857 reviews, and tons of before-and-after photos on its site—but all are (naturally) five-star, so not to be trusted. Not saying they’re not true, but you really cannot count on a home retail site to be objective. [11]

On Amazon.com, both the 14- and 28-day blends, each with around 300 reviews and each averaging 3 stars, lean toward a thumbs-up. [12]

Very recent reviewer “Becky” (2017, 5 stars) says she’s glad she tried it. And, interestingly, uses Kylie Jenner as both a reason to buy and not to buy.

I was convinced that buying a product just because Kylie Jenner endorsed it would leave me full of regret, but I did it anyway and I’m so glad I did! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now. Literally the first day I drank the tea, I noticed I was a lot less hungry than normal and this has kept up. This is super significant, because I am literally always hungry, always eat way more than a normal person does, and am always very irritable when hungry. This tea makes me eat normal portion sizes, got rid of my irritability when hungry and greatly reduced my between-meal snacking.

It also made my bloat go away within the first day of drinking it. I have mild IBS and got my bloating fairly under control with diet changes, but didn’t realize how bloated I still was. It was nice to immediately see my stomach as flat as it should be, and I’ve already lost a couple of pounds on this tea while not increasing my normal exercise intensity at all. However, it doesn’t really matter how much I end up losing—it’s worth it just for the bloat and appetite reduction!” [13]

But Izzy N. says stay away or at the very least, “proceed with caution.”

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t work. I increased my exercise as well as ate lean meals for a month, and noticed little to no change other than excruciating stomach aches and bowel issues. Maybe it works for some people but certainly not me. I would proceed with caution. [14]

After reading over all of the lack of evidence and feedback from customers that have tried FitTea themselves , we can confidently answer the question all want to know.

Fit Tea; Does it work?

The answer is no. Fit Tea does not work when it comes to making you lose weight. As with drinking a large amount of any liquid (sub water for tea), you can fill yourself up which in turn curbs your appetite, flushes out majority of bloating, and reduces water weight. Spending the extra money on Fit Tea is not necessary for achieving these results.

The Bottom Line: Is Fit Tea Worth a Try?

Definitely Not. I’m with Izzy: Steer clear. For the simple fact it’s a waste of money. Spend $2 or $3 on a good quality green tea, kick that soda habit, eat well, and exercise regularly. Use the $45 for new workout pants.

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