If you're one of the millions of people who follow the Kardashians on social media, you've *PROBABLY* seen one of their Instagram posts where they're clutching a bag of Fit Tea in one of their assorted Calabasas mansions:
They usually caption their picture with something about how they couldn't survive without the beverage, but — SURPRISE — they're getting paid to sponsor the product!
OK, so the Kardashians LOVE shilling for Fit Tea. But how trustworthy is a fitness tea endorsed by Kris Jenner's spawn — could it possibly work, or is it 21st-century snake oil?
Naturally, there was only one way to answer that question — actually TRY Fit Tea. But before I did that, I needed to check that the stuff was safe to drink (the last way I want to go is death by fitness tea), so I turned to registered dietician LeeAnn Smith Weintraub.
The ingredients listed on Fit Tea's packaging are rooibos, green tea, ginger, oolong, pomegranate, stevia, guarana, citric acid, sea salt, lemon juice, honey, matcha green tea, and garcinia cambogia extract. A full explanation of what each of these ingredients does according to Fit Tea can be found here. On its packaging, Fit Tea also advertises as a "blend of all natural ingredients" that "promotes fat burning & weight loss," while it also "improves your immune system" and "soothes & cleans your digestive system." So there's a lot going on here.
OK, so it sounded like Fit Tea was safe to drink — so I ordered it and got ready to guzzle some Kardashian Juice. Full disclosure, this is me and my body:
1. Getting started is the hardest part.
Some of my co-workers were supportive of the journey I was about to undertake:
And some definitely had some "interesting" ways of showing they had my back through the process:
2. It pretty much tastes like normal tea.
3. Yes, you will be regular. 💩💩💩
4. The first few days are the rockiest.
5. But things changed about a week into drinking the tea.
A few days in, my stomach had settled down, and I felt pretty similar to my pre-Fit Tea days. I still was "regular," but I felt pretty normal otherwise. I finally had adjusted to drinking the Kardashian's reali-TEA. Sorry for the bad pun.
6. It definitely affects your appetite.
I had a big dinner scheduled with friends during the first week of my cleanse. Right before dinner, I felt full even though I hadn't had much to eat that day, and I chalked it up to the tea. Even though I FELT full, I still ate a lot at dinner, because I knew I was technically hungry. (I'm a competitive swimmer, and I have a huge appetite.) This was probably the weirdest side effect of the tea: feeling full, but knowing your body is actually really hungry.
7. I kind of stopped craving caffeine.
8. Finally, I didn't really feel *that* different at the end of the experience.
Sure, I had gone to the bathroom more, and maybe my tummy felt a little less bloated than usual. Because of this, I felt a little skinnier — the type of skinny you feel after waking up in the morning when you haven't had anything to eat yet (and I didn't really have that much excess weight to lose to begin with). But I didn't really feel fitter OR like I was worthy of joining the Kardashian/Jenner family. That being said, I had EXTREMELY low expectations for Fit Tea. At best, I figured it would do nothing to me, but I was genuinely nervous it might screw up my stomach. And it didn't!