If you’re on social media, I’m sure you know Flat Tummy Tea is a huge craze at the moment. But I wanted to find out if it truly lives up to all its hype…
I researched what other customers are saying—spoiler warning: it ain’t good—but I also got my hands on the wildly popular tea so I could see for myself.
I tested to see if it actually delivered results, obviously, but I also researched the science behind it, studied the ingredients to see how safe it was, how convenient it is, and whether or not it would be a worthwhile purchase for you.
And my verdict… is definitely controversial.
The Activate tea will help you: Reduce your bloating, Support your metabolism, Help maintain a healthy immune system, Boost your energy.
1. What Is It: A Closer Look at Flat Tummy Tea
Flat Tummy Tea is an herbal detox supplement with ingredients designed to help you:
Reduce your bloating
Boost your energy
Support your metabolism
Cleanse your system & improve your digestion
The company offers a 2 week or 4 week program, both of which come with an Activate Tea intended to reduce bloating and boost your energy, and a Cleanse Tea used to detoxify your system before bed.
After you’ve gone through a 2 to 4 week program, they’ve even got a Maintain Tea, alleged to help you keep your results, bloat-free, year round.
2. History of the Brand: How Did Flat Tummy Tea Start?
According to their site, FlatTummy.Co was started by a group of girls who simply got tired of feeling “gross and sluggish”.
“After cutting out wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, fructose, soy and anything with any real flavor…
So, we set out to create a range of products that were super easy, super healthy and designed to help our babes get back on track, and stay on track.”
Sounds like a nice enough story.
But I’m not sure that this group of girls exist. See section 5 for a little more detail on the company’s history.
3. Types of products
In addition to their tea, the company has Flat Tummy meal replacement shakes to help you lose weight, and Flat Tummy lollipops—grape, watermelon, yellow apple, and berry—designed to suppress your appetite.
The lollipops contain an ingredient call Satiereal, a plant extract, which is claimed to maximize satiety. Translation: they make you not hungry.
The Flat Tummy Shakes supposedly contain the equivalent of 50 fruits & veggies, 22 vitamins & minerals, 20 grams of plant protein, and Super Citrimax (a.k.a. Hydroxycritic acid), which is rumored—not proven—to aid weight loss.
All that being said, none of these products or their claims are FDA approved, which means they should be consumed at your own risk, and with caution.
4. Flat Tummy Tea Ingredients
The Cleanse tea contains a natural, gentle herb that has a mild cleansing effect.
The ingredients in the Activate Tea are:
Lemon Balm (leaf)
Green Tea (Leaf)
While the Cleanse Tea ingredients consist of:
Cassia Chamaecrista (pods)
The Maintain Tea ingredients include:
Cassia Chamaecrista (pods)
5. Where is it manufactured
Since being founded in 2013 by an Austrailian company called Nomad Choice PTY LTD, Flat Tummy Tea has grown rapidly, and has built a targeted social media following of over 1,270,000. Flat Tummy Tea was bought in 2015 by Synergy CHC Corp, a publically traded company who owns numerous other health & beauty products.
The company is still based in Perth Australia, but they manufacture and distribute their products out of New York.
6. Who’s Flat Tummy Tea For?
According to the umbrella company, Flat Tummy Tea is intended for 20-30 year old female, predominantly American market.
The company says they’ve designed their tea for anyone who wants to cleanse or de-bloat their system, drop some stubborn pounds, improve digestion, and increase their energy.
Or as they put it on their website, “anyone who wants to kick that bloated, bluggish, blaaaah feeling.”
7. Claims: Here’s What Flat Tummy Tea Claims
According to the company, after the first few days on the tea users will feel a boost of energy, and should also notice a decrease in bloating.
Over the course of the program users are supposed to experience:
Further reduction in bloating (a.k.a. flat tummy)
A strengthened immune system
A cleansed and improved digestive system
And of course, weight loss
After the initial 2 – 4 week program, they claim that the Maintain Tea will sustain the user’s flat stomach they’re ready to do the next 4 week to cleanse package.
8. How the ingredients are designed to work? (the science)
Flat Tummy Tea’s main function is getting rid of any excess water.
It contains dandelion which supposedly helps to cut down on fat absorption, there were suggestions that dandelions can also act as a diuretic and laxative.
It also has cleaver’s leaf, which makes you pee more, and while that does result in less fluid retention, it’s not necessarily fat that you’re getting rid of.
9. How Do Use: Special Instruction, The Regimen, etc
The Flat Tummy Tea program has two stages.
First you do the Activate Stage, essentially you’re conditioning your digestive system to absorb more nutrients while speeding up your metabolism in order to make digestion quicker.
You’ll take the Activate Packet, and roughly 8oz of hot water in a cup. You mix 1 teaspoon of the packet in a tea strainer, let it sit and infuse for 5 – 7 minutes’ish, then remove the strainer and drink.
You only need to infuse the leaves between 3 – 5 minutes, however, and there were also instructions to
Now that your system is prepped, next comes the Cleansing Stage where you’re detoxifying the toxins from your digestive tract eliminating any bloating by reducing your water weight.
Essentially you prepare the cleanse packet the same as the Activate Packet, but you’ll only drink this mix every other night the first week and drink, then once every 3 days during the second week (and the same for weeks 3 & 4 if you’re doing the four week program).
To get the best results, you’ll want to partner the Flat Tummy Tea with a low-carb, low-fat, diet.
10. How Easy Is It to Follow and Use Within Your Lifestyle
The Activate Tea is your morning (AM) tea that you’ll drink once a day either before or during your breakfast.
11. Does it Work: Does Flat Tummy Tea Work?
With over 3,000 positive reviews on their official website, and no shortage of celebrities endorsing this product, they’ve got quite a bit of hype behind them.
But that’s where the hype train ends.
This tea certainly can cause you to lose weight, but to be clear, it’s not because it’s melting fat off your body. The weight loss is due to a lack of fluids in your system.
The tea probably shouldn’t be used as your only source of weight loss.
It’s still important to eat healthy, and of course exercise, in order to keep your body fat low. Otherwise the negligible results you get from draining excess fluids will be barely noticeable, and definitely short-lived.
I know. I know. But it had to be said…because it’s true.
12. Our Testing and Results: Flat Tummy Tea Benefits, Testing and Results
If I’m keeping it real…Flat Tummy Tea doesn’t perform as well as it suggests.
I’ve got to point out, the vast majority of the ingredients have very little research into the effects they might have on weight loss. It’s simply too soon to know.
Some of the ingredients have had a small amount of clinical support to back up their efficacy. But not much, and none of it’s extensive.
For instance, according to some research, peppermint is said to improve your exercising performance, causing you to expend more calories during a workout. And some reports show that lemon balm speeds up the body’s ability to digest fats.
Examples like these could speed up your metabolism during workouts, but that’s not going to be as noticeable—if at all—as the decreased fluid retention results.
The company’s shakes are used as meal replacements, the lollipops are used as appetite suppressants, and it appears that their tea is just used as an additional supplement to help get overall results.
I should also point out that on the company site they do, rightfully so, point out that to get any real and long-lasting results, customers should eat better, eat less, and exercise more.
But don’t get me wrong!
For a detoxifying tea, this product does help with fluid retention, which is a very real part of weight loss. But it isn’t a fat burner, or a carb blocker, and it’s certainly not a magic solution.
As far as taste goes…
I thought it had a natural, sweet taste, sort of similar to green tea. I even added a slice of lemon to spruce it up. Some customers said they added a little honey to further enhance the sweetness.
13. Customer Reviews on the Web: What Users Are Saying
“Not only is this stomach getting back to flat – I feel SO good! Like, I’m waking up in the morning with energy and my stomach bloat isn’t fluctuating like it usually does.”
While their website has mainly positive customer feedback, a lot of online reviews have indicated that the product simply does not work and will result in frequent toilet trips without losing much weight.
This product helped curb my appetite with the daily activate tea.
The cleanse kept my me very regular.
As a matter of fact the very first time cleansing
I was in the bathroom more times than I could count.
Flat Tummy Tea did not work at all for me.
It just did nothing for me.
— Alishia Garrett
It’s working for me! With proper diet, I am down 6lbs.
— Katrina E.
What I take away from the plethora of varying reviews is that it probably can work…with proper diet and exercise.
Or more likely, proper diet and exercise work…and the tea helps suck out any additional fluids.
14. Health Expert Endorsements, BBB Rating, Law Suits and Other Reviews
Nope. Not as of this writing, anyway.
15. Potential Flat Tummy Tea Side Effects
On the company’s website they warn that users might feel dehydrated, and recommend that you drink more water to make up for any fluids lost.
Also, go ahead and plan on frequent trips to the bathroom. This is due to the senna leaf, which as mentioned before acts as a laxative. A pretty good one.
16. Is It Safe
Since the tea mainly contains natural ingredients, you aren’t too likely to experience many issues, as you might by using other synthetic products.
17. Flat Tummy Tea Product Warnings
The disclaimer on the Flat Tummy Tea website they mention that: “This product is not meant to diagnose, treat or prevent any diseases.” And they also throw in that: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as not evaluated the product, and therefore it should be taken with caution.”
A note to contraceptive pill users: because of the detoxifying nature, you could experience some issues, according to the company, however they don’t go into any detail about what those issues might be.
They also recommend against using the product if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. I’m not exactly sure why, after all it’s 100% natural. But I’d take their word for it.
And as is always the rule with supplements, anyone under 18 should consult their parents before using the product.
18. What Diets Is It Friendly With
Since the ingredients are all natural, it shouldn’t have any problem going with any of the following diets:
19. Product Competitors
Fit Tea Detox
20. Verdict: Would I Recommend Flat Tummy Tea?
As much as I want to help you find the solution you’re looking for, for a flatter tummy, I don’t think I can give this one a solid endorsement.
Because I feel that using diuretics, and especially laxatives, as a weight loss method, can have some weird side effects, and potentially cause issues.
If you’re absolutely adamant about giving it a try, I get it. To be fair, there are tons of positive reviews on their site, and there’ve been countless celebrities swearing by this tea. And while they don’t offer a free trial that I’m aware of, or a money back guarantee, there is a 20% sale on their site.
Just don’t set your hopes unrealistically high, is all I’m saying.
You can pick it up on Amazon, or at their Official Site.
If you’re ready to shed a few, and you’re looking for a supplement to help, it’s always a good idea to seek one that has clinical research backing it up. And, in my opinion, one with less intense side effects.
One of the products I’ve given the best endorsement to is (product). (followed by a brief description of said product). I’ve seen zero reports of unwanted side effects and amazing results are being reported by users all over the web.
So that’s what I’d suggest, at least for now.
But whatever you decide to try, be safe, be smart, and let me know what kind of results you get.