It’s strange how we often take the best, unbiased advice with a pinch of salt.
That’s because we don’t like to hear what we don’t want to hear.
Two years ago, when Javier (my husband) joked to me that ‘all the tea in China’ couldn’t help me shed my weight, I got offended.
If only I’d pondered a little, I could have saved myself some of my hard earned money and days of perpetual agony.
My name is Angelina and I am a Mexican American born and bought up in Oklahoma.
Just in case you were unaware, Hispanic woman rank 1st in being overweight and second in obesity in America.
That’s been the case with my family. My mom just bloated after my younger brother was born. Ditto with my aunts.
Me though was always the blessed one. Never crossed 130 lbs. in my life.
Even after I gave birth to Tomas, eight years ago, I lost all of my pregnancy weight in a span of three months. I was 26 then.
My fallacy was that I believed that I’d always be like that.
But five years ago, my body started to change in ways that I’d least expected.
- 1 The Weight Gain Phase
- 2 My Quest For Weight Loss
- 3 The Flat Tummy Tea Gimmick
- 4 My Flat Tummy Tea Review
- 5 The Bikini Body Guide Happens
- 6 The Bikini Body Workout
- 7 The Red Detox Tea Review
- 8 Are the Bikini Body Workout and Red Detox Tea for me?
- 9 Why the Bikini Body Guide and Red Detox Tea may not work for you
- 10 Closing Thoughts & Results
The Weight Gain Phase
One day, out of the blue, my husband teased me about a bit of tummy peeping out of the dress.
I’d never noticed it until then and to be honest, I didn’t think that there was any tummy even then.
I thought that Javier was just being an ass, which he does every now and then.
I shrugged it off.
A month later, one of my favorite shirts wouldn’t fit. It was too tight near the abdomen.
I reluctantly stepped on the weighing scale and was shocked at what I saw. I was 142 lbs.
12 lbs. heavier than I’d ever been all my life.
How had I not noticed it earlier?
I stripped down and saw that I had gained a lot of fat in the belly and the buttocks. My biggest folly is that I didn’t take any action back then. I thought that it’d be temporary and just let things be.
Later that year, I met my family and my mom complimented me that I was finally looking like a Mexican woman. She probably meant that my buttocks were looking bigger for the first time in my life.
Well, that didn’t go down with me too well. The last thing that I wanted was to look like Kim K. A massive tush on a petite frame.
But I wasn’t petite anymore, was I? I had gone from 142 to 148 lbs. by then.
The dreaded jelly belly was a reality! Sob!
My Quest For Weight Loss
I knew that I had to lose weight. But I didn’t know how.
I had just managed to secure funding for my startup. I was working 18 hours a day, give or take.
I knew that I couldn’t find time to go to a gym on a schedule every day.
All the suggestions that I was getting were just impossible to imply. A friend suggested that I replace my desk with a walking desk.
But I was spending 8-10 hours listening to presentations or attending meetings. Good luck walking to and fro in a meeting.
There had to be something easier.
Then, out of nowhere, Fiorella, my schoolmate pinged me on Facebook. And after some casual talk and some juicy gossip, the conversation veered towards fitness.
That’s when she recommended ‘The flat tummy tea’
My first reaction was, ‘What? Flat tummy tea?’
That sounded like those stupid products that one sees in late night infomercials on TVC with fake testimonials and before and after pictures.
But Fiorella said that she’d managed to lose a whopping 30 lbs. with the tea.
Most importantly, she said that she’d lost the weight with the tea alone and nothing else. No exercise. Not even walking.
That was tempting and as dumb as it makes me sound right now, I was sold.
The Flat Tummy Tea Gimmick
So, after some research on their official website, I signed up for the flat tummy tea 4-week program.
It was $49 for four weeks, which was kind of steep.
But hey, at that time I would have agreed to spend a thousand dollars if someone could help me shed weight without exercising.
The package was delivered three days later.
There were two different sachets in it.
The first one was the Flat Tummy Activate and the second one was the Flat Tummy Cleanse.
You need to use the Activate Tea in the morning before or during breakfast. And you just need to add one teaspoon of the tea to a cup of hot water and let it steep for a while before using.
The second sachet or the tummy cleanse is to be used at night thrice a week on alternate days in the first week and twice a week from week 2-4.
It’s pretty easy to use. But that’s the best thing about it.
My Flat Tummy Tea Review
First things first, flat tummy tea tastes nothing like tea.
I mean, I have tasted green tea, white tea, oolong tea, flavored teas, Poleo, damania tea as well as many other Hierba Buena teas from back home.
This is unlike anything that I have ever tasted.
More importantly, it’s not a good taste.
It has a very pungent herbal odor with a hint of peppermint. But it isn’t pleasant like peppermint either. There’s a mild bitter aftertaste. I don’t know how to best describe it.
I know that taste is subjective. But I can bet on it that you are not going to gulp it down with a smile.
Nevertheless, I managed to stick to the ordeal.
Week 1: The first day wasn’t the best one. After drinking the activate tea before breakfast, I started to feel the urge to poop. But I wasn’t pooping.
It was just like an incessant sensation that didn’t cease the whole day. I did notice that I was peeing more than normal though.
But after I drank the tummy cleanse at night, all hell broke loose. I visited the restroom 6 times all night. And felt drained by morning.
Javier asked me to stop using the tea. But I felt that it was just the body getting used to the new product, which does take time.
By day four, the body had apparently got adjusted to the teas. And the constant urge to poop had disappeared. But the peeing continued. I was peeing like I was diabetic.
Start of the week: 148 lbs.
End of the week: 147 lbs.
Week 2: The peeing continued and I noticed that the tummy looked a little less bloated.
But there was no inch loss or significant difference in the weight.
And the hunger pangs were killing me. I wanted to just hog on anything that I could get my hands on.
On day three, I had a big mac. I hadn’t had a big mac in four years. Nothing against a humble beef burger. But this was just not me.
Instead, by day four of the second week, the diarrhea returned. And this time, it stuck for two days.
I logged on to a weight loss community online and spoke to a few users who were also on Flat Tummy Tea.
They said that it’s common to experience some diarrhea because the teas have laxative herbs. But they asked me to stop using it if the diarrhea continued for more than three days.
Again, after the second day, the diarrhea stopped.
Start of the week: 147 lbs.
End of the week: 145 lbs.
Week 3: By week 3, I started to feel a little weak during the day.
So, I spoke to the customer care reps at Flattummyco.
To my surprise, they suggested that I try their ‘Ultimate bundle’, which contains their meal replacement shakes and some stupid hunger control lollipop along with the teas.
This, according to them would help me curb my hunger cravings.
I mean, here I was, speaking to them because their teas weren’t working for me.
And I was hearing one of their upsell sales talks. That too for a bundle that cost $149.60 USD after a 20% discount.
I told the guy to take a hike.
And I finally decided that I had to stop using the Flat Tummy Teas.
Start of the week: 145 lbs.
End of the week: 146 lbs.
End of the week: 149 lbs. Yes. I regained all the weight that I’d lost after three miserable weeks.
What’s wrong with the Flat Tummy Teas
After using the teas for three weeks of the stipulated four-week time, here’s what I feel is wrong with the Flat Tummy Tea.
It’s a laxative herbal tea: Flat Tummy Tea is a laxative tea. It will take you to poop hell more times than one. And if that’s your idea of weight loss, then I think even psyllium husk will help you achieve it. For a busy working woman like me, it’s been a torrid experience. Imagine the constant urge to poop while you in the midst of a business presentation.
It’s overpriced: $50 for four weeks of tea is not cheap by a long shot. And to add insult to injury, it does nothing to help you lose weight.
Suspicious testimonials: Log on to their website and all you see is positive testimonials. Forget negative testimonials there are not even neutral ones. How can there not be even one disgruntled customer? How did I not see this earlier?
Does nothing to curb hunger: When you suddenly lose a lot of water from your body, your body starts to crave for food. And there’s no ingredient in the tea that helps curb the hunger pangs. By week two, you will have pangs so intense, that there’s every possibility that you might make poor dietary choices like I did.
The ingredient list: The ingredients in both the teas are as follows:
Activate Tea – Peppermint (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Liquorice (root), Dandelion (leaf and root), Cleavers (leaf), Fennel (seed), Green Tea (leaf), Caraway (seed), Cardamom (pods).
Cleanse Tea – Senna (leaf), Peppermint (leaf), Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Liquorice (root), Caraway (seed), Dandelion (root), Rhubarb (root).
Apart from Green Tea, none of those ingredients have any weight loss benefits in small doses. They don’t have any proven detox properties either.
Senna is a proven laxative used to treat constipation and to empty the bowel before surgery. That explains the laxative effect that the tea has.
Dandelion root is a diuretic that helps shed water retained in the body. That explains the excessive urination.
Claims to detoxify your body: That’s a farce! Reminds me of those fake colon cleanse videos that were doing the rounds of the internet a few years ago.
To sum it up
For $50, all that you get is a diuretic, laxative green tea. It does reduce the bloat around the tummy a little. But that’s about it.
You will not lose weight. Period. And you will be spending more time in the bathroom than ever before.
Save yourself the money and the trouble.
There are cheaper ways to get a fat loss tea as I later discovered.
The Bikini Body Guide Happens
Three weeks later, I was poorer by $50, back to my original weight, a little disappointed, but a lot wiser than I was.
I had realized two things:
If I had to lose weight, I had to exercise. There’s no two ways around it.
Herbal teas have their place in weight loss. But you need to find a good quality product that’s cheaper, not merely a laxative and doesn’t try to fleece you with fake testimonials and upsell.
As if luck had it in store for me, I happened to read about this HIIT ‘Group-a-thon’ (fancy word for a group of people exercising together) at the Bricktown River Walk Park later that week.
And instinctively, I signed up for it. Just had to break out of the melancholy.
Little did I know that a bunch of ladies with a penchant for outdoor workouts were about to change my life forever.
At the meet, I met a group of five women with bodies that would put 18-year old Bikini models to shame.
They had washboard abs, toned legs, muscular arms and most importantly, drop dead gorgeous skin.
They could do 30-35 pushups and up to 20 pull ups. I couldn’t even do one unassisted pull up yet.
They looked straight out of bikini magazines. But they were all above 40.
Jen Ferrugia Bikini Body Workout, an HIIT-based boot camp styled drill clubbed with ‘Red Tea Detox’, a homemade detox tea that anybody can make easily at any time.
I shrugged off the tea (had enough tea for a while) and enquired further about the Jen Ferrugia Bikini Body Workout routine.
Susan, the eldest of them all, had a story very similar to mine. Unexpected weight loss, demotivation, lack of confidence. And then the Bikini Body Workout had transformed her life. She was equally enthusiastic about the detox tea. But I wouldn’t listen to any of it.
Remember what I told you about taking the best advice with a pinch of salt? I was doing it again.
Then she told asked me something that still rings in my ears.
‘Angelina, do you have 45-minutes to spare in a day and $30 to spend? Then your life will change forever.’
So, I went ahead and bought the guide. Also, managed to get an extra discount using the coupon code I found on some forum. I have mentioned it here
The Bikini Body Workout
Before I got started with the Bikini Body Workout, I did some background research on Jen Ferrugia, the founder behind the program.
She’s an absolute beast.
Lifts tons of weights, posts healthy food recipes and motivates the shit out of her followers on Instagram and Facebook. She has a healthy body. Not super lean. Not super muscular either.
But she’s the kind of woman that you don’t want to mess around with. A complete bad ass.
I was happy that there was a face behind the fitness program as opposed to a corporation that uses sleazy sales techniques to fleece their customers.
For the first timers like me, the Bikini Body Workout looks like this.
Monday: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
Tuesday: Quads and Glutes
Wednesday: Ab workouts with HIIT (Optional)
Thursday: Back and Biceps
Friday: Hams and Calves
Saturday: 10 minute Intense HIIT and Abs
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull that off. Never lifted weights my whole life.
But Susan’s pep talk had gotten me stoked. There was no looking back now.
Week 1: Pain. That’s one word that I can use to describe the first week on Bikini Body Workout. I used resistance bands instead of dumbbells and the constant, back to back movements made my entire body sore.
I was sweating like a pig.
But, I was loving it for a change. Pleasurable pain! No pun intended folks.
The Chest workouts in particular, were amazing.
On Wednesday, I hit abs and did the optional HIIT routine as well.
That was the first time that I realized the importance of hardcore cardio. I swear that I could hear my heart pump out loud, as if I had connected amplifiers.
But this was a lot more than plan cardio.
It was full body synergistic workout clubbed with cardiovascular strength.
Start of the week: 148 lbs.
End of the week: 144 lbs.
4 lbs. in a week and I was over the moon.
Week 2: I was more confident now than I had ever been and I started to increase the intensity of the workouts.
Following Jen’s philosophy, I was doing more reps with lower resistance. And I also started to increase the reps every set.
High intensity and higher reps. The results were beginning to show.
Tuesday and Friday became my favorite workout days and I was looking forward to hitting those legs.
Javier was the first to mention that my arms were looking toned and the small pouch on my belly had almost disappeared.
I couldn’t stop smiling.
Start of the week: 144 lbs.
End of the week: 141 lbs.
It was all going as planned. All I had in mind when I was in office was to reach home and start the Bikini Body Workout.
Then the cravings began. And as hard as I tried, I couldn’t control myself.
I swayed on one day. Then on another day. And then again.
I was still working out mind you. But my diet had gone for a toss. And it showed instantly.
Start of the week: 141 lbs.
End of the week: 142 lbs.
In simple terms, I had eaten more than I was burning.
And I knew that if this continued, my effort with the Bikini Body Guide would be wasted.
Getting out the plateau
I reached out to Susan who wasn’t too surprised to hear my predicament.
‘Hon, you’ve just hit your first bodybuilding plateau’, she said.
And she once again emphasized the importance of good nutrition clubbed with some supplemental support.
Along with a multi vitamin, fish oil and L-glutamine, she asked me to try out the Red Tea Detox to help curb my hunger pangs.
Reluctantly, I agreed, expecting, almost hoping that it would fail and I would be able to prove Susan wrong for once.
The Red Detox Tea Review
I got the shock of my life when I realized that the Red Tea Detox is an eBook with a secret recipe that allow anybody to make their own herbal tea at home with ingredients that can be found in any grocery store.
So, no recurrent billing to buy expensive teas each month.
It’s written by Liz Swann Miller, a naturopath and bestselling author with over 10 years of practice.
She chance discovered this amazing red tea recipe during one of her tours to Africa and claims to have shed 41 pounds using the tea alone. That sounded shady as f!
I wasn’t expecting anything nearly dramatic as that.
But even if it could help me curb my hunger pangs, I knew that the Bikini Body Workout could do the rest.
Brewing my own secret red tea
I know what most of you are thinking. Secret red tea recipe from Africa?
But the hype is for real.
I paid $17 for it. And to my surprise again, I got a boatload of freebies with it.
There were a bunch of ebooks with smoothie recipes, exercises and whatnot.
And there was the recipe.
When I first read it, I almost chuckled. I mean, these are ingredients that you walk past every single day in the supermarket.
How could these help you lose fat?
The concentration of the ingredients was written with astute detail.
All five ingredients cost me $18.80. And according to the recipe, this would last for three months. So, that was complete value for money.
At home, it took me fifteen minutes to mix up the ingredients in the recommended ratios.
And I brewed my first cup of red detox tea expecting nothing from it. And let it steep overnight.
Almost out of habit, I had the tea first thing in the morning and went about doing my chores.
30 minutes later, I noticed that I wasn’t hungry at all.
I mean, I usually have bouts of ‘hanger’ (Anger due to hunger). But it was replaced by a sense of calm and an invigorating energy.
I decided to test out how far this would go. And I didn’t have breakfast that day.
To my surprise, I managed to stay without a morsel of food until lunch.
That’s without any hunger pangs, irritability or lack of concentration. I was stunned.
And that’s when I decided to tailor my timing for red detox tea according to my bikini body workouts and also according to my dietary habits.
The Science behind the hype of red detox tea
On the very next day, I dug up a lot of information about the ingredients and how it works to help one lose fat.
It has a five-pronged approach towards fat loss. But due to the secretive nature of the business, I won’t spell out all the ingredients here.
Aspalathin: A bioflavonoid that helps balance blood sugar levels, reduces the secretion of cortisol and helps reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Ingredient #2: Blocks the absorption of dietary fat, is a potent antioxidant and increases the metabolism of fat. So, you don’t absorb fat from your diet while it starts to utilize the stored stubborn fat deposits for energy.
Ingredient #3: Boosts your metabolism. So, you burn more fat even when your body is at rest.
Ingredient #4: Boosts digestion, improves the functioning of your kidneys and the liver. Gives you an overall sense of wellbeing.
Ingredient #5: Finally, the ingredient that eliminates hunger pangs. Reduces bloating, flatulence and reduces insulin resistance.
To sum it up: You have an incessant supply of energy while your body burns fat and you don’t feel hungry. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? That’s red detox tea for you. Thank you Susan for proving me wrong. You can check out here
Clubbing The Two
I restarted the Bikini Body workout with renewed energy and armed with the red detox tea.
And I was unstoppable.
I was on a 300 calorie deficit now. And I had breakfast followed by a cup of red detox tea.
Lunch, followed by red detox tea again.
Late evening pre-workout snack.
Post workout recovery meal and then a light dinner.
I increased my water intake, was eating a lot of healthy greens, fish oil, multi vitamins and whey protein.
The most important difference was in the way I felt even when I was performing those grueling workout routines.
Never, for once did I feel that I was on the verge of a burnout. And I attribute that to red detox tea.
The HIIT sessions were starting to look easier now with the increased energy and the mental clarity.
There were no hunger pangs! Yay!
Start of the week: 143 lbs.
End of the week: 137 lbs.
Bang! 6 lbs. down straight away.
A month later
After a month of clubbing Jen Ferrugia’s Bikini Body Diet and the Red Detox Tea, I have lost 20 lbs. of weight.
Yes, I am 122 lbs. now and I love the compliments that I am receiving from everyone.
Javier feels that I look like a teenager again.
But, I am healthier. My arms look super toned. My thigh muscles look chiseled.
My abs have started to reveal themselves and I have started to increase my calorie intake slightly while keeping the macros in check.
I can race up three flights of stairs. I played football with Tomas the other day and he couldn’t believe his eyes when I was racing him.
Overall, it’s been an incredibly journey and I cannot thank Susan enough for introducing me to these two amazing products.
Are the Bikini Body Workout and Red Detox Tea for me?
If you are still wondering whether these are worth it, or whether it will work for you, then here are some probable situations where you might consider using these.
You struggling to lose weight: Irrespective of your age, ethnicity, fitness background, if you are struggling to lose weight, then here’s the most ultimate combo that can help you shed those extra pounds.
You fell for gimmicks before: I know where you come from. You have lost your hard earned money, you fell for the drastic ‘before and after’ transformation pics and you were gullible enough to fall for sleazy sales tactics. There’s none of that with the bikini body workout and the red detox tea. It’s pure bodybuilding and botanical research at work here.
You are a busy woman: If you are a multitasking busy woman who juggles a thousand different things, then the Bikini Body Workout is perfect for you. All it takes is 45-minutes a day at your convenience. You can do it any time, night, day, mid-afternoon, whatever works for you. And you don’t need to make expensive modifications or changes to your home. You just need a set of resistance bands (You’ll start to crave dumbbells soon though)
You don’t have deep pockets: If you are like me, you have don’t have pockets so deep that you can donate hundreds of dollars for an annual membership (that you never use) in a swanky gym or can spend hundreds of dollars each month for expensive supplements. Here’s the cheapest way in which you can get healthy and reduce that waist line.
You have uncontrollable hunger pangs: I know how it feels to have those insane cravings. Hunger pangs that lead you to make poor dietary choices and the guilt that follows afterwards. Red detox tea will help you curb it without wreaking havoc with your hormonal system or causing you jitters or palpitations. It’s the safest weight loss method that you can have.
You want to look fit and strong: The Bikini Body Guide is not for women who want to look anorexic. It is designed to help you look strong. You will be healthier, more confident and better equipped to tackle everyday life. After Tomas was born (C-Section), ordinary things like bending down to pick something or reaching those upper shelves at home had become difficult. But Bikini Body Guide helped strengthen my core muscles and today I can do all that and much more. I go for outdoor group-a-thons and motivate other women like me, who are struggling to lose weight. It would have been impossible if I didn’t find the Bikini Body Workout and the red detox tea.
Why the Bikini Body Guide and Red Detox Tea may not work for you
All said and done, these will not work for you if:
You are looking for a magic pill that will shed those pounds: I learnt it the hard way. There’s no magical way to lose weight except exercise and good nutrition. Bikini Body Guide grabs your hand and takes you one step at a time towards a healthy body while the Red detox tea keeps you energized.
You are not willing to invest 45 minutes for a better version of yourself: 45-minutes is the least that you can invest in a better body. If you don’t have that much time either, then this is not for you.
You believe that ignoring your diet will lead to weight loss: Your entire fitness journey rests on two pillars. Diet and Exercise. If you ignore one of the two, you will have mediocre results. With the red detox tea and the Bikini Body Guide, you will still lose weight mind you. But why settle for mediocrity when you can get much better results by watching what you eat? It’s not as difficult as it sounds and Jen is always there to help you one-on-one with her nutritional guidance.
Closing Thoughts & Results
Did I rant more than I should have? Ah, I just cannot control my happiness and I believe that every woman who’s going through what I did, deserves to be happy.
Here’s my result:
Do yourself a favor and subscribe for the Bikini Body Guide and the Red Detox Tea now. Both of these are backed by 60-day money back guarantees!
Here are the coupon link:
Bikini Body Workout: https://coupon-panda.com/bikini-body-workouts-discount-coupon-code/
Red Tea Detox: https://www.redteadetox.com/