Most of us would like to lose a few pounds, right? But when it comes down to it, I just can’t be arsed to put the effort in. I try and cut down on the sugar every now and then and pull the rowing machine in front of the telly for my ‘workout’ but I never really see any results.
When I read Carrie Brighton‘s post on Your Tea’s Tiny Tea Teatox, I was initially skeptical. Could a cup of tea really help you lose weight? And being a ‘proper tea’ drinker (I can’t be dealing with any of this herbal crap), would I even like it? At £20 a box (for a fortnight’s supply), was it worth giving it a go?
I checked out Your Tea’s website to see exactly what the deal was. Apparently drinking three cups a day for two weeks can help you lose weight, clear your skin and make you feel less bloated. A fortnight didn’t seem like a massive commitment so I went ahead with fingers crossed.*
When it arrived I was immediately impressed. The packaging was beautiful and the teabags were individually wrapped so you could take them out and about with you. I took my lunchtime teabags to work with me and also on my summer day trips. You’d be surprised how many people will let you have a cup of hot water for your own teabag!
As for the taste, I’m not going to lie. For the first day, I thought it tasted a little bit like soil! But a couple of days in, it was just like drinking ‘normal’ tea. They do say that if you find it bitter you can add a spoonful of honey but to me that kind of defeats the object.
I follow Your Tea on Instagram and other drinkers have been sharing their before and after pics. I’m not one for getting my belly out but I did make an effort not to wear any loose-fitting clothes. Here’s me at the start. I’m 5 foot 4 and a size 14. On the first day of weighing (I bought some Weight Watchers scales) I was 89.5kg (but 82.7kg the next and 85.6kg the next, so I’m not sure how reliable the scales were on a daily basis, even though I was weighing first thing every day).
This (below) is me after one week. I would put me at approximately 86kg at the start (fair average?) and after one week had dropped to 83.1kg – a loss of seven pounds. I hadn’t made a conscious effort to diet, merely quit snacking between meals, generally eat more sensibly and do some form of exercise every day – half an hour of rowing one day and crunches the next, alternating every other day.
At the end of the second week (below), I weighed 82.9kg. Not much of a difference on the week before but it was good to know that I could maintain that. I had completely ditched caffeine, drinking only the tea and glasses of water, and I could feel the difference. Early mornings were still a bit of a struggle but I found that I had more energy throughout the day and was more productive in the evenings. I had also stopped eating biscuits with each cup of tea, which surely helped!
The question now is can I keep the weight off? Or even continue to lose weight? The Tiny Tea isn’t something you should be drinking every day but you can have regular teatoxes. I’m going to continue to exercise every day, keep off the caffeine and try and control my sugar intake. Life isn’t fun if you don’t treat yourself now and again, so don’t think that you need to go on a ‘proper’ diet. I’ll be switching my usual tea and coffee to green tea for now and will carry on weighing myself every day. I’ll include a weekly weigh-in with my ‘highlights of the week’ posts so you can see how I’m doing.
What do you think? Are you convinced to give it a go? If, like me, you’re not one for going to the gym and dieting, what do you do to try and get/keep in shape? Let me know.
*Disclaimer: I requested a free box to review but have not received any payment for this review.