bitty.and.bunny: #FitTeaDetox

Saturday, February 21, 2015

#FitTeaDetox



I don't know about you, but whenever I get back from a vacation, I seem to have mysteriously gained 5 or 6 pounds.  I'm just so busy eating whatever I want, whenever I want, that I'm lucky if I bother to fit one or two workouts in during my time away.  Plus, you know, I'm quite busy lying on the beach, or sitting at the beach, or eating at the beach...you know, lots of varied activities.   Ok, so I do a whole not of nothing on vacation.  Mysterious vacation weight solved.

So naturally I was stoked when FitTea approached me to try their 14 day detox.  It came at the perfect time; right after I got back from vacation and had a few of those I had lots of fun! pounds to shed.  Plus, their tag line is "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline."  They were speaking my language.  Here's the low down.  FitTea is an all natural tea comprised of organic green tea, oolong wu yi, rooibos, ginger, pomegranate, guarana, birch, stevia, corn (there's actual kernels in there!), and honey powder.  It promises to boost the immune system, promote fat burning, aide in digestion, give you energy, and suppress appetite; plus it even has antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.  I decided I could use all of the above, and thus began my two week #FitTeaDetox.


Here's what I did:

The instructions say to drink a cup of tea each morning or before a workout.  It didn't clarify if the tea should be drunk with breakfast or alone, and since I am not one for whom a cup of tea constitutes a meal, I had the tea with my breakfast each morning. After eating whatever I wanted and not bothering to work it off for a couple weeks, I slowly got back into the habit of incorporating produce into my diet, and exercising most days.


Here are the results:  

When I had the tea alongside a simple breakfast of Grape Nuts with raisins and almond milk, I didn't get hungry again for over 3 hours.  (Normally if I eat just one bowl of cereal I'm hungry after about 30 minutes).  So, I would say it certainly worked as an appetite suppressant.  My waistline, however, is inconclusive.  By day four I was down 3 pounds and 1% body fat, which is the lowest it's been in years.  But a few days later, I was back to my normal weight.  Some days I weighed a pound more, some days less.  But my body fat percentage went right back to what it normally is, and stayed around that number for the rest of the time.


Here are my thoughts:

As an appetite suppressant, this tea works.  But as far as weight loss, my results are inconclusive.  I can't say with certainty that the tea helped me to lose weight, or any inches off my waistline.  The tea has a slight lemony flavor that I personally didn't love - I just have a strange association between hot lemon anything and lemon flavored Theraflu, but my boyfriend tried some and he looooved it.


If I enjoyed the flavor of the tea, I would certainly continue drinking it every single morning, for the simple fact that it helps me to feel fuller longer, and also, this stuff is healthy.  I can only imagine that with continued use, I'd lose a few pounds in the long run, and I don't doubt that all of the antioxidants would strengthen my immune system. But sadly, Theraflu really did a number on my psyche, and now all things warm and lemony make me be like.  If it didn't kick my colds' butts on a regular basis, I'd be pretty upset with its creators for giving it such an icky flavor*.  



*Just for clarification. FitTea doesn't taste like Theraflu...it's so much better and much less intense.  It's just that I've had Theraflu so many times, it just makes me want to stick my tongue out whenever something that even reminds me of it is in my presence. But I'm sure you're a much more mature person than I.


Disclosure: I received compensation for my review of FitTea.  All opinions are 100% my own.  You know how I roll.



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