Detoxify your body. Boost your metabolism. Lose weight. Clean out your system. And all of this just by drinking weight loss tea. All the cool kids on Instagram are either doing it, or getting paid to promote it. But guess what? Most experts think it’s a total scam.

Weight loss tea has little to no benefits

Jessica Cording, a registered dietitian, told SELF that, “At best, they’re a waste of your money, and at worst, they’re dangerous.” Cording said that the teas are a waste of money because they have very little positive effects. Cording says, “Tea does contain compounds such as polyphenols and caffeine, which [may slightly increase] metabolism, but this boost isn’t enough to have a meaningful impact on body weight.” So, basically, you’re paying for something that will have close to zero effect, besides giving you the feeling that you’re being healthy (which is a dangerous feeling that we talked about last week in the context of Fitbits).

weight loss tea is a scam

But worse than that, the teas may actually cause you harm, according to Cording, because they contain ingredients, like stimulants, that aren’t found in normal teas. These ingredients are very unnatural, and can have a negative effect on your body.

Weight loss tea doesn’t detoxify your body

One reason people feel these teas are having a cleansing effect is that it can make people poop more, which often gets mistaken for a cleanse. In reality, you’ll be running back and forth to the bathroom not because of any sort of ongoing cleansing, but rather because these teas just have a lot of caffeine, as well as other laxatives. You wouldn’t think going to the bathroom 10 times a day because you drink too much coffee is cleansing, right? The same logic should apply here, except that the added chemicals in these teas are even worse.

More importantly, your body already has the best detox system possible, thanks to thousands of years of evolution. Cording says, “Your body has its own built-in detoxification system that works 24/7—your liver, which dismantles toxins, and your kidneys, which flush out these waste products.”

Now, this doesn’t mean you should stop drinking normal tea. It’s a healthy alternative to high sugar and fat coffee based drinks, and some teas can have positive anti-oxidant qualities, like green tea. But, you should avoid spending your hard-earned money on any of these “super teas.”

One thing we’ve tried to repeat again and again on our blog is that there is no shortcut to losing weight. It takes hard work, a good diet, exercise, and persistence. If you do want to speed things up though, don’t fall for scam products like this. Instead, get in touch with us to hear about our range of scientifically proven methods to help you on your weight loss journey.