Updated: Sep 18
I'll cut right to the chase.
Yes, they do.
But it's not that simple.
Back when I was in high school and still struggling with many health problems, I was super desperate to be skinny. I had recently said no more to being an intensive athlete, but I still had a binge eating problem, so some of my bulk muscle started to be replaced with fat.
I also had an Instagram account at the time, and my feed was bombarded with fitness influencers advertising fit teas.
If you have an Instagram, I'm sure you've seen them; the strong yet skinny women posing with Fit Tea, Skinny Tea, Thin Tea, Teami...whatever the company. Even the Kardashians have posed with Fit Tea on multiple occasions.
Upon doing my research and being super impressed with all the weight loss photos, I begged my mom to let me buy it. And after some long and hard negotiation, I finally got the green light, so I ordered the 28 Day Detox package from Fit Tea. I couldn't wait to begin using it.
Here's how it went:
I did not change my diet, sleep schedule, or exercise routine, and I drank the suggested amount of tea every day, as instructed.
The taste was neither good nor bad, but I didn't expect much else from a detox tea.
After a couple of days, I already started to notice the cleansing feeling bubbling up in my stomach, and the intensity of this feeling, including the trips to the washroom, increased as time went on.
I also endured a fair share of bloating, but since I had so many issues at the time (frequent bloating included) I can't know if the tea ever exacerbated it or not.
Near the end of my tea-tox (I'm trying to be punny) multiple classmates commented that I had lost weight. I didn't ask, and their comments were out of the blue, so clearly the results were noticeable.
However, once I stopped drinking the tea, the weight lost quickly reappeared like a magician, which is one of many reasons I do not recommend wasting your money on weight loss teas.
Here's the problem with weight loss teas:
For starters, I'm quite upset with all the false advertising surrounding these teas, and I'm disappointed at how many influencers will take a picture with something just for the money, without even researching it first.
If you dig a little deeper to get the real scoop on these weight loss teas, you'll quickly notice how sketchy the whole thing is. My commentary will focus on Fit Tea, but don't fool yourself and think it's the only deceptively attractive brand.
Red Flag #1:
The very first thing I noticed is that if you go to the actual Fit Tea website, in the footer, it is written that Fit Tea is not FDA approved. This is a big no no because if you check the USA's requirements, you will see that teas indeed do require FDA approval.
Red Flag #2:
The second red flag is the utterly false impression created by their FAQ page. If you go the FAQs and click on Health, Effects, and Medical Information, then read What are the Side Effects? all that's written is, "Fit Tea is made from natural ingredients, however everybody is different and therefore can react differently to these ingredients. Please check the ingredients if you have allergies. If you experience any side effects, please consult your medical professional."
However, if you actually read through the short clinical study they've shared on their website, you'll see that 12 of 50 participants complained of side effects, 2 of which were categorized as "other," so we have no idea what they were.
Thus, despite having noticed side effects in 12 people in their own study of just 50 people, it didn't occur to them to mention that on the FAQ page? Yeah right.
The deceptive catch here is that they never said "there are no side effects," rather they casually forgot to mention them.
The owner should be ashamed for being so delusive, knowing very well that most people will quickly read through the FAQs and trust them to be accurate and provide all significant information.
Red Flag #3:
Fit Tea's website states that "there are no preservatives or laxatives," but if you read Dr. Bill Sukala's article on Fit Tea, he wrote the exact opposite; "Fit Tea is essentially a combination of laxatives, diuretics, and mild stimulants."
Given that there is so much other distorted information so kindly provided by Fit Tea, I'm on Dr. Bill's side on this one.
If you'd like to learn more about what an actual medical doctor has to say about Fit Tea, including a thorough review of marketing claims, you can click here: Fit Tea Review | Does It Work for Weight Loss? Is It Safe? (drbillsukala.com)
Red Flag #4:
Last but not least, the only source I found with a doctor wholeheartedly supporting Fit Tea, or any weight loss tea at all, is yet again, deceptive.
You can watch the short video here: Doctor's Review of Fit Tea - YouTube.
The video is named Doctor's Review of Fit Tea, and there is an interviewer posing questions about the tea and the doctor is giving nothing but praise. The interviewer also never bothered to ask if there are any precautions to take or possible negative effects users should be aware of. Since when does anyone inquiring about a health product forget to question possible risks??
So my immediate hunch is that they are both being paid to say what they're saying and they "forgot" about consumer well-being.
Either that, or the dumbest doctor and interviewer happened to be in a room together on that day, but my guess is that the former is true.
But wait, there's more.
Remember how I said the title of the video is Doctor's Review of Fit Tea?
I took the liberty of researching the doctor, and it turns out she's a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse, not a medical doctor.
That being said, in some situations I've been helped far more by naturopaths than actual MDs, so I'm not trying to shun naturopathy. But, we should not treat them as the same because they require very different paths. Notably, becoming an MD requires far more money, work, and knowledge of pharmacology than becoming an ND. Thus, naturopaths are not in any way the equivalent of physicians.
It's important to be inquisitive when people present themselves as doctors, because that could mean a variety of things, even though we often assume it means that someone is a medical doctor.
After finishing graduate studies in law school, you're a juris doctor, yet no lawyers present themselves as Dr. If you get a PhD in history, geography, or whatever subject, you're also a doctor.
Someone could have a PhD in English literature and make a YouTube video named A Doctor Gives Her Opinion on Diabetes and no one would know that they're not qualified to give a valid opinion (unless they researched the person providing the information.)
That's why it's crucial to check someone's credentials, no matter how they present themselves.
And given the nature of fit Tea's antics, I refuse to believe they were unaware that they were misleading people about Holly Lucille's credentials.
That, and the fact that if you look through the YouTube channel of the person who posted the video, Michael Gonzalez, you'll discover that he is the owner of Fit Tea. Additionally, he only has 26 videos posted to date, 12 of which promote Fit Tea. That's almost half.
I personally wouldn't suggest wasting your money on weight loss teas.
I can't even guess how it'll make you feel, and I can't guarantee it will work. But even if it does work, you'll gain all the weight back right away.
It's also pretty clear that Fit Tea is sleezy, and not to be trusted. I wouldn't suggest rewarding such behaviour with financial gain.
On a side note, it's noteworthy that Dr. Bill Sukala wrote, "For the most part, it probably won’t do you any harm unless you abuse it in large doses (please don’t do this)."
As mentioned on my home page, I am not a medical doctor and I cannot provide anything other than my own stories and opinions about health products. However, it seems clear as day that weight loss teas are not the way to go, and you're best off maintaining healthy habits if you wish to lose some weight.
I also hope this post serves as a good reminder to always do your own research before ingesting a new product.