Fit Tea is an herbal supplement in loose-leaf tea form that they promise promotes weight loss and will give you tons of energy. They add Fit Tea boosts the immune system, promotes fat burning and is found to have anti-microbial properties. They insist it tastes great and if you drink Fit Tea daily it will reduce cravings and you’ll feel great.
The Fit Tea Pitch
Fit Tea uses a lot of testimonials to sell you on their products. In big letters it says 5445 Reviews on the home page, but clicking to the Testimonials page only shows 4 written reviews, a few intstagrams, and one YouTube video.
In addition, as you shop, a notification appears every few seconds saying “Someone in [location] purchased [name of Fit Tea product].” You should realize that there is no way to know whether or not these purchases are actually happening in real time and they are likely showing this to you as a way to convince you that you are missing out on something.
The most impressive testimonial for Fit Tea appears on the home page, where a series of photos appear to show a young woman with unique tattoos on her pelvis slowly go from (slightly) chubby to rock-hard abs. It should be noted that according to these photos, this process took over a year (5/20/12 – 6/1/13).
What’s In Fit Tea?
Fit Tea lists its ingredients, although they don’t specifically say how much of each. They are:
Organic Green Tea: They state it contains epigallocatechin gallate (aka EGCG) which they claim has been shown to increase energy expenditure and speed the body’s metabolic rate up by 4%. However, an article in the New York Times noted that “evidence [of weight loss] comes largely from test tube studies, research on animals and large population studies, none of it very rigorous, and researchers could not rule out the contribution of other healthy behaviors that tend to cluster together.”
Oolong Wu Yi: Another Chinese tea, which they claim has been shown to increase alertness and prevent cancer and heart disease. WebMD says Oolong Wu Yi is likely effective for alertness because it contains caffeine and possibly effective for preventing ovarian cancer, but insufficient evidence for any other claims.
Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”): They state it’s an anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory. We did find a study that seemed to show it had anti-inflammatory effects, but this was done on rats.
Ginger: The ginger root has been used medicinally for thousands of years. A study in Japan done on rats showed it seemed to boost metabolism. However, Livestrong notes that while there is anecdotal evidence of the effects of ginger on weight loss, “scientific studies on the subject remain unpublished.”
Pomegranate: They claim pomegranates are a “super fruit” and prevents the hardening of the arteries. While the University of Maryland Medical Center says studies show it may prevent plaque from building up in arteries but so far this has been mostly done in test tubes or on mice and further research is needed.
Guarana: They claim this seed from a South American tree promotes weight loss. Indeed guarana also has a high level of caffeine. However, WebMD notes that experts have not studied guarana extensively and its connection to weight loss is unknown.
Birch: This bark is said to contain betulinic acid, which is a diuretic. We found a study that seemed to show betulin has metabolic effects, but, again this was done on mice and the conclusion was further tests are needed. The loss of water from taking birch may make a person appear thinner but this is only temporary.
Stevia: This is touted as a natural sweetener with no calories. An article in Livescience concludes stevia may be safe in low doses, but can possibly lead to overeating and may cause low blood pressure.
Corn: It’s used for “added flavor” and “enhanced aroma”– this sounds a little corny to us.
Honey Powder: They claim it’s a natural healthy alternative to sugar and contains vitamins and minerals. But an article in the Daily Mail concluded that honey is still a sugar and has no nutritional value.
Fit Tea Cost:
The 14-Day Tea Detox is listed as $25 and the 28-Day as $45. There are also Starter Packs, Super Packs, Pro Packs, and more, each with their own price (starting at $25 and going up to $120). Each comes with free shipping.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL ON ALL FIT TEA PRODUCTS.
Bottom Line: Is Fit Tea a Scam?
If you believe their website testimonials, Fit Tea is an amazing product that really works. Even on Amazon.com it averages 3.8 stars. However one Amazon 1-star reviewer noted that the 5-star reviews were not verified purchases and seemed fake.
Over at our sister publication Highya, actual customers paint a very different picture. These people complain it’s “disgusting”, uses “false advertising”, and several use the word “scam”.
You should remember:
- There is only an email listed for customer service.
- Your purchase is not refundable.
- Even the website recommends exercising 3-5 times a week and eating healthy, balanced meals.
- This product contains caffeine, which can have side effects like nausea, anxiety, or jitters.
- The other ingredients also have potential side effects.
- Detoxing your body is a myth (that’s what your liver is for!)
In other words, you are likely to get the same effects from diet and exercise, with or without Fit Tea. And going for a run around the block is free!
Let us know your experience with Fit Tea below.