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Tea is a magical beverage. It can cure practically everything: Bad moods, bad hair days, and even bloating don’t stand a chance against it. But what about that “skinny tea” you see celebrities advertising on Instagram? The Earn Spend Live team decided to put it to the test. Okuma Nutritionals sells Wu-Long Slimming Tea that claims to help you lose weight simply by drinking it twice a day sans creamer and sugar. Here’s what we each thought.
I love tea and usually drink it without adding sugar, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the Wu-Long Slimming Tea flavor. It was a little too boring for me and frankly I had a hard time drinking it. In fact, I couldn’t drink it for more than a few days because I’m like a toddler when it comes to food and drink. Suffice it to say, I didn’t experience any slimming effects.
Wu-Long Slimming Tea sounds great because who doesn’t want an easy fix to feel slimmer? However, this isn’t exactly an easy fix because the taste is barely tolerable. It’s not spit-out-of-your-mouth bad, but it is by no means enjoyable. Upon drinking it I often had stomach pains. I’m still not sure if the time of day or how recently I had eaten affected this. I also felt super bloated after I drank it. However, I did feel slimmer — as in my stomach seemed flatter — at nights and I looked thinner than normal when I woke up. But that can happen to me depending on the week, so overall, I’m not sure the tea did much.
I was skeptical when I started drinking the slimming tea, and I’m not really un-skeptical now. It seemed to reduce bloat, but it did not touch my chocolate cravings. I didn’t try the tea long enough to speak for any weight-loss benefits. The tea was energizing, but in the morning I still needed coffee afterwards. In the afternoon, it was a good pick-me-up!
Unlike everyone else, I thought it tasted fine. Would it have been better with a packet of Splenda? Sure, but really, it was fine. That said, I have long held that “slimming” or “cleansing” is always a synonym for “laxative” and after trying Wu-Long tea, I’m even more convinced. I’m not going to give more details, but just be warned.
At first I was really excited to try the Wu-Long Slimming Tea — I mean who doesn’t want to slim down a few pounds? I thought it was going to be a breeze. But about halfway through my first cup I started getting very warm and the aftertaste started to settle into my mouth. However, the warmness could be from the fact that I don’t normally drink anything but water, so I’m not used to hot drinks. Regardless, I slowly finished the cup and decided that I could get through seven days of it if I just blocked out the subtle dirt taste. It’s not sweet like the herbal teas I’m used to drinking, so it was a bit of a shock to the system.
About half an hour later my stomach started rumbling and churning, and let’s just say ya girl had to slip off the bathroom for a while. I have a theory that the way this tea gets you to lose weight is by giving you diarrhea — but that’s an unproven and untested hypothesis (other than my own personal experience). I think someone who’s used to typing dieting teas and products of that nature would have a far greater experience with the Wu-Long Slimming Tea. If I had a big event like a wedding to prepare for I could probably stomach this for a week, but I definitely wouldn’t just drink it for fun in the mornings.