About Flat Tummy Tea
Flat Tummy Tea is an herbal detox brew that claims to help you kick that bloated and sluggish feeling and get back on track. To be clear, by “track,” they’re inferring digestive—not the kind you run on. Although, that’s not to say that Flat Tummy Tea promises that you’ll lose pounds without sweating. In fact, “Work It” is one of the brands nine steps to achieve—you guessed it—a flat tummy.
Beyond smoothing your stomach, Flat Tummy Tea claims to help increase your metabolism, improve digestion, and may boost your energy levels.
Tea detoxes that claim to help you lose water weight and possibly shed a few extra pounds of fat aren’t anything new—we’ve reviewed several at HighYa, including Green Tea CR, SkinnyMint Teatox, and Bootea.
But, while each of these products claim to clear out toxins, improve digestion, and boost energy, Flat Tummy Tea takes a different approach. Instead of focusing their branding hype on the hope of losing big inches, the Australian-based Flat Tummy Tea targets the 20-30-year-old female market with uber-hip marketing that sounds like you’re talking to a sassy best friend.
And, it’s working: The company, which was founded in 2013, has already accumulated a social media following of over 600,000 by promising to “help babes get back on track by kicking bloat's ass.”
How Does Flat Tummy Tea Claim To Work?
Flat Tummy tea is marketed as a two-step herbal tea detox that comes in two or four-week packs. The two steps include separate teas for morning and night, both of which are made with 100% natural, earth grown herbs.:
Step 1: Activate
Blended from 10 natural ingredients that have been traditionally used to help support your metabolism, the Activate tea claims to help you increase your metabolism, give you an energy boost, and get your digestion ready to start the day, supposedly leading to a flat stomach.
Drink one cup of Flat Tummy Activate Tea every morning with breakfast. To do so, steep the loose leaf blend in hot water for five to seven minutes, then remove your tea strainer and drink.
According to the FAQ on their website, Flat Tummy Tea’s Activate contains the following ingredients:
- Peppermint (leaf)
- Lemon Balm (leaf)
- Liquorice (root)
- Dandelion (leaf and root)
- Cleavers (leaf)
- Fennel (seed)
- Green Tea (leaf)
- Caraway (seed)
- Cardamom (pods)
Step 2: Cleanse
Step two is the Cleanse tea, which the brand claims will detoxify your intestinal tract and reduce your water weight. This step supposedly keeps your flat stomach, which Flat Tummy Tea claims will start to become more svelte within the first few days.
Because the Cleanse tea contains a natural, gentle herb that has a mild cleansing effect, it’s used differently than Activate tea. First, start with a shorter infusion time (3-5 minutes) and work out what’s best for your body. Drink Cleanse tea every other night for the first week, and then every three nights thereafter.
Compared to their Activate blend, Flat Tummy Tea’s Cleanse includes the following ingredients:
- Senna (leaf)
- Peppermint (leaf)
- Cassia Chamaecrista (pods)
- Liquorice (root)
- Caraway (seed)
- Dandelion (root)
- Rhubarb (root)
Using Flat Tummy Tea can be as simple as sipping away morning and night. However, the brand provides nine additional tips, from diet to motivation, to help their tea drinkers achieve an even flatter tummy:
Cut back on the veggies: Cut back on vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and cauliflower, since they have sugars and starches that can cause gas, aka bloating.
Continue working out. Sweating helps reduce water retention by shedding salts while helping you to maintain (or even shed) weight.
Add fiber to your diet: If you have anything built up in your intestines, fiber can help flush it out and reduce bloating.
Track your progress: Staying motivated is difficult. Flat Tummy Tea encourages you to take before pictures and pics of your progress along the way. They claim it helps keep you accountable and encourage you to share on social media for extra motivation.
Whoops moments: You’re encouraged to stay away from carbs and high-sugar foods by keeping an extra pack of Flat Tummy Tea in your purse (whether morning or night wasn’t mentioned.)
Eat less: Flat Tummy Tea encourages you to dish out smaller portions and wait twenty minutes to see if you’re still hungry.
Keep drinking to a minimum: They encourage Flat Tummy Tea drinkers to sip water instead, at least while working to get their tummy back to flat.
Chill: Flat Tummy Tea encourages relaxing at the end of the week, allowing your body to adjust to the changes.
New gear: To keep your motivation high, Flat Tummy Tea suggests users treat themselves to some cool, new workout gear.
According to Flat Tummy Tea’s official website, their tea is delicious and naturally sweet. However, you can add lemon or honey to taste.
Are Flat Tummy Tea’s Ingredients Effective?
There’s insufficient clinical evidence showing that taraxacum leaf (dandelion), galium aparine, camellia sinensis (green tea), scrophularia, carum carvi disambiguation (caraway), melissa officinalis (lemon balm), or rhubarb can provide any of the benefits claimed by Flat Tummy Tea’s manufacturer. (Some of these ingredients may have been included for flavor, not effect.)
On the other hand, several studies have shown that glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) and mentha piperita (peppermint) can lead to a reduction of body fat. Additionally, senna leaves and foeniculum vulgare (fennel) are listed as possibly effective for reducing constipation.
The thing is, according to WebMD, your liver and bacteria in your colon are completely capable of detoxifying your body, in conjunction with natural processes associated with your colon. Basically, the whole idea of “detoxing” or removing years of built-up waste is a total myth.
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What isn’t a myth? Water weight.
While there’s no evidence to support Flat Tummy Tea “cleansing” your body, the senna leaves, fennel, and peppermint contained in their blends might provide a mild laxative effect, temporarily slimming your tummy due to lost water weight.
Just know that this effect will return as soon as you replenish your fluids, and it’s healthy for water weight to fluctuate ¼ pound each day.
Other Effects of Flat Tummy Tea’s Ingredients
Although Flat Tummy Tea includes ingredients that appear to be generally safe, keep in mind that their Activate contains a small amount of caffeine (about two milligrams per cup), so shouldn’t be ingested in the evening. The manufacturer also suggests not to drink their tea if you are pregnant or under 18.
On top of this, Flat Tummy Tea claims that the ingredients in Activate tea may also cause dehydration, so it’s important that you remember to drink plenty of water.
Finally, according to the Flat Tummy Tea website, their cleanses may affect contraceptive pills. Because of this, the company recommends using extra protection while on their program.
Flat Tummy Tea Pricing & Refund Policy
Flat Tummy Tea is available in two different purchasing options (taken directly from the company’s website):
FT FOUR (four-week pack) $46.00 USD
- 1 x Activate tea (four weeks worth)
- 1 x Cleanse tea (four weeks worth
- 1 x Flat Tummy Tea zipper bag
- 1 x Flyer
FT TWO (two-week pack) $32.00 USD
- 1 x Activate tea (two weeks worth)
- 1 x Cleanse tea (two weeks worth)
- 1 x Flat Tummy Tea zipper bag
- 1 x Flyer
Note that Flat Tummy Tea doesn’t come with a strainer. However, these are available at every grocery store and can be purchased for under five dollars.
Shipping to the United States is free, or $5.95 if you choose priority mail. There’s also free shipping throughout Australia. The rest of the world can purchase Flat Tummy Tea for delivery at $7.95.
Flat Tummy Tea offers no refunds unless you receive a faulty product, in which case you must notify the manufacturer within seven days. Again, the manufacturer doesn’t offer refunds for lost shipments or dissatisfaction—once it leaves their warehouse, you’re out of luck.
Is Flat Tummy Tea Worth Purchasing?
That depends on what you’re hoping Flat Tummy Tea will help you achieve.
The manufacturers are fairly clear that they do not promise drastic weight loss, but instead, only helping reduce water weight and bloat. So, if you’re looking for a something to help you drop ten pounds or more, you’ll likely be disappointed by anything other than a healthy diet and exercise.
On the other hand, if you enjoy hot tea in the morning and at night, and are looking to increase your regularlarity, you might find Flat Tummy Tea worthwhile. Even still, their prices are slightly steep for tea.
With expectations in mind, the complete lack of refund offered by Flat Tummy Tea’s manufacturer makes us hesitant to recommend a purchase, since it doesn’t appear that the company stands behind their products after they’ve gotten your money.
9 out 9 people found this review helpful
Not what I expected
I'm on week three of this tea, and I'm sick of it. It's a nuisance to brew and strain this every single day. Instead of enjoying my regular tea or coffee in the morning I HAVE to drink this sickeningly sweet tea.
I've seen absolutely no difference in my body. I was hoping to see something along the lines of losing some water weight or flattening out my tummy, but nothing. My bowels have always been regular, so this did nothing for me in that department. I normally work out during the week, but when I started this tea, I upped the ante. I've yet to see any results.
I don't know why this has so many good reviews. This was a waste of $44.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
6 out 54 people found this review helpful
The packaging is too "pinky" and I was hesitated to buy it at first, but the product is not bad.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend