Flat Tummy Tea Review: Is It Legit or Hype?

By Autumn Yates
HighYa Staff
Published on: Mar 6, 2016

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.

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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:

  1. 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.

  2. Continue working out. Sweating helps reduce water retention by shedding salts while helping you to maintain (or even shed) weight.

  3. Add fiber to your diet: If you have anything built up in your intestines, fiber can help flush it out and reduce bloating.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. Eat less: Flat Tummy Tea encourages you to dish out smaller portions and wait twenty minutes to see if you’re still hungry.

  7. 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.

  8. Chill: Flat Tummy Tea encourages relaxing at the end of the week, allowing your body to adjust to the changes.

  9. 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.

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 and 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.

Our Bottom Line: 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 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 regularity, 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.

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Average Customer Rating: 1.9
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Bottom Line: 27% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Racing heart

    • By Michelle L.,
    • Long Island, NY,
    • Apr 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am a naturally fit and healthy person. I was looking for a little something extra to get rid of any extra bloat before a big vacation! I turned to this product because of the advertisements and celebrity endorsements.

    Well, I started the tea on a Sunday and by Thursday quit. My body suffered horribly side effects, from extreme lightheadedness to chest pain and stomach cramps. I was going to the bathroom non-stop and felt as if everything was being drained from me. By the end of the week, I took myself to the local emergency room to get my vitals checked, I knew something was not right. My heart rate was 130 and that was 24 hours after stopping the tea. The doctors said these teas are packed with stimulates and caffeine to send your body soaring even if it is advertised as all natural. Needless to say, my heart rhythm was normal, but I have to follow up with a stress test and more check-ins to make sure my heart rate returns to normal. Throw out this tea! I thought it was actually going to kill me!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Not worth it!

    • By Whitney O.,
    • Canada,
    • Dec 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this back in September for a cleanse. I never finished it. The protein powder isn't very good. I had the vanilla. I don't know how I can leave a review on the website now. I paid $120 USD for this plus customs and shipping, around 200 CAD total. I was wondering around getting groves and they sell this at Superstore in Canada...80 for the 4-week protein powder packs and 40 for the 4-week tea. I feel ripped off. I wouldn't buy again though. Definitely better protein powders out there!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Works well for me

    • By Destiny W.,
    • Valley, NE,
    • Dec 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I exercise a normal amount. I eat very decently but by no means perfect, simply above average. This product works well for me. I prefer the lollipops. I have terribly bad sugar cravings. I've used their stuff since about 2015.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 32 people found this review helpful

    For people who don’t want to waste money on scam

    • By Melissa M.,
    • Oregon,
    • Oct 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I got this tea a while ago. If you have an allergic reaction to it and want to return it, they won’t return your money, they don’t care how you feel about it, and if it worked for you. So if you want to go for something like pay for something that doesn’t work and waste your money, sure, go ahead.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 37 out 41 people found this review helpful

    Pure crap!

    • By Isadora F.,
    • Arlington, TX,
    • Jul 30, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is the worst tasting overpriced shake I have ever had. I tried almond milk. I could barely get it down. After all that I was hungry after two hours.

    When I first purchased this shaker, I was thinking I could buy something that I could quickly mix in my blender bottle with water or almond and go with my morning. Oh, yeah right! The stuff was horrible.

    I wrote Flat Tummy Tea and they said to try mixing in a blender with fruit and all sorts of crap. Why didn't you all put that in the instructions on the website before I purchased? If that was the case I wouldn't I have bought it!

    With that being said, people, don’t waste your money! I bought over a month worth of product and they wouldn't even give me a partial refund! At least when I have tried stuff on Amazon they give refunds! Flat Tummy Tea acts as if they are here to help and they care, but they are full of BS! Just pure greed and selfishness!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 42 out 44 people found this review helpful

    Flat Tummy Tea is a fraud

    • By Rachel W.,
    • Jersey City, NJ,
    • Jul 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just received my Flat Tummy shakes, and I ordered four-weeks worth. They tell you it is best to do the shakes twice a day to get the optimum results. Well, they only send you 20 packets for four weeks, which only gives you the ability to only take one a day. I spent $71 bucks on this. To me, this is scamming the customer and price gouging.

    I have taken it twice, and the shakes are supposed to suppress your appetite and what is happening to me is it is making me have gas, and I am still feeling hungry. I would think if it is supposed to help flatten your stomach, it definitely shouldn’t give you gas.

    One last thing, the company only answers by email, they don’t have a customer service number to call. So if you have a complaint or a question, you have to wait for someone to decide whether they want to respond or not. Very unprofessional and I definitely will never order from them again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Pleasantly surprised

    • By KiKi M.,
    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Jun 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    So, I gave in to the Instagram marketing and purchased the complete 4-week Flat Tummy Tea program. I work out and eat regularly healthy, but I was still semi bloated and needed to prep for a beach vacation happening in a few weeks. So, I purchased the tea set (came with the AM/PM tea, shakes, and appetite suppressant lollipops).


    I first had the shake with coconut milk (FAIL). I didn't read the instructions, and the shake ended up being way too thick. The next few times I tried it with just water and the flavor is fine, but the texture is really the gross part. I did notice I was full for longer and it was a good meal replacement instead of a heavy lunch or dinner.


    I love the AM "Activate" tea - Its peppermint and cardamom flavors are incredible. Steep for a few minutes and enjoy with breakfast. I am a big fan of tea so was happy this one had a great flavor without having to add honey, stevia, or lemon.

    PM "cleanse" tea - Very light, I didn't find any discomfort, there is a disclaimer that says that this has a gentle cleansing effect that may make you go to the bathroom, but I didn't find anything to be irregular from my normal movements.


    These are a little too sweet for me, but I can say that they did help me reduce snacking in between meals. Not a huge fan of suppressing my appetite but I would say these are better than having the go-to chips I normally reach for.


    I am pleasantly surprised by the program.

    After about a week of use, I can honestly say that I REALLY see a difference in my waistline! My little 'pooch' that I couldn't get flat is visibly minimized and that motivates me to work out and target my 'problem zones' even more. One thing I did notice while drinking this tea is that I have been waking up in the middle of the night to pee. Maybe that's what has been helping reduce the bloat? Either way, very happy with the results and will continue to use the Flat Tummy Tea to help me get to my body goals!

    If it's not the tea working and just the focused working out, I still will give some credit to this tea for motivating me. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 51 out 57 people found this review helpful

    Beware! It's a scam!

    • By Ashley,
    • Tupelo, MS,
    • Mar 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This company is a scam! They basically send you whatever they want you to have, and customer service is terrible! Then without your permission, they withdraw money from your account whenever they want! Do not order from this company. They have built their brand strictly on scamming hard working customers. Before you know it, your account balance will be zero messing with this company, and they don't want to refund you, and it's nothing your bank can do about it! It's a scam!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 44 out 46 people found this review helpful

    Ok product, poor customer service

    • By Jen,
    • Alberta, Canada,
    • Jan 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Considering all the natural supplements, protein powders, meal replacements, healthy teas, etc. on the market, these products are extremely overpriced for what they are, and the customer service is truly low end. Products are consistently "lost in the mail," which is conveniently "out of their hands." Not worth the money and frustration, and also not worth supporting a company who doesn't make their customers their first priority. The reviews on their website all seem super fake, which makes sense now that I've tried to write a real review on there and wasn't able to send it to anyone or post it anywhere. Avoid.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 45 out 48 people found this review helpful

    Its been 4 months and I never received my Flat Tummy Tea!

    • By Gabriela,
    • Mexico,
    • Oct 7, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Seriously, don't buy it if you are outside of the US. Their international shipping is crap, they don't take care of the shipping, they use the United States Postal Services, and then they supposedly manage the package with your local post office.

    Well, guess what? I went to my local post office with the tracking number, and they are not able to trace it. They don't have any information, and USPS also does not have info. NOBODY has information about where the package is! I honestly think they didn't even send it.

    THEN, they would not give me a refund, and they tried to send another package that obviously didn't arrive.

    Don't waste your money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 68 out 76 people found this review helpful


    • By Cherie Hanson,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Aug 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was excited to start this tea cleanse until I received my tea with a warning sticker on the pouch saying "The ingredients are known in the state of CA to cause cancer." I will continue to drink organic chia seed, which does the same with bloat. Waste of $54!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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