Is SkinnyMe Tea (weightloss tea) safe?

by 45 · June 28, 2014 at 02:44 PM

A friend emailed me a link to this SkinnyMe Tea (Melbourne, Australia based) website asking if it would be a good idea to give it a try. These were my thoughts and I want to know if they are correct or not.

It utilises a shrub called a Senna plant (natural and organic, ok who cares). The Senna plant irritates the bowel so that the body releases itself to protect you (This is the same effect that gluten has on celiacs). There is no real difference between taking this tea and taking laxatives. It is usually used as a remedy for constipation (which is ok because constipation is bad). The 'weight loss' occurs by evacuating the food from the digestive system so that it can't be absorbed (the other option is to throw it up). They use 'naturpathy terms' such as 'colon cleanse' to avoid what they are actually promoting which is using laxatives for weight loss. This not only starves the body of calories but also nutrients.

I don't think it drives the right behaviour in how to lose weight.

The rest of it (the actual drinking normal tea) is no different to drinking black coffee or green tea, it just boosts your metabolism. So effectively, in combination, they are evacuating the food from your body and then increasing your metabolism so that you go into a ketogenic state (burning fat for energy).

As you can read, I am not real happy with this product as effective marketing has essentially rebranded a really dangerous behaviour.

Are my thoughts in the right direction or am I completely off track?

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779 · October 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Hell yes! Laxative abuse is contiguous with purging and anorexia. People die from this behaviour.

20 · March 04, 2013 at 10:49 AM

When you are a 15 yrs old girl your colon is not full of toxins. This product promote bulimia.

281 · March 06, 2013 at 08:39 AM

So...it's like having bulimia. You're on track with your friend. It makes me sad (and angry) that people want a quick fix so bad that they'd be willing to buy a product like this. There are no quick fixes for years of bad health, that's all there is to it. Maybe you could show your friend the Whole30 website if you think she'd be interested.

10 · December 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM

Gosh this is shocking! I heard about SkinnyTea me from its Instagram and a personal trainer who promotes "cleaneating" . I was dubious to buy the tea so thought I'd find out what's in it first. It's practically poisoning your body to make it try and protect you and reject the tea. This is so unnatural and I'm glad I found this site! SkinnyTea Me's instagram is marketed so strongly towards young 20-something healthy girls such as me who are toning and eating healthier, it's hard to read between the lines. Thanks so much! Saved me from making a big mistake. Natural eating and swimming is the way for me!

2012 · October 16, 2012 at 01:37 AM

senna is a laxative. laxatives are bad mkay? (unless treating an active problem)

0 · June 28, 2014 at 02:44 PM

U can buy the same crap (which is basically senna leaves mixed with other teas) from Asian groceries for 5 bux, my mother use to buy it when I was young, so it's been around for quite a while now.

But now with the correct marketing and advertising, people are being fooled and spending ridiculous amounts of money on this tea which is nothing special!

I wouldn't encourage anyone to try this diet tea, but if you do, I'd say hit the Asian grocery stores and you'll save a shit load of money! It's called 3 Ballerina tea, which is packaged in a green box!

0 · April 23, 2014 at 07:33 AM

Senna is very strong diuretic and some people can be badly affected with severe cramps and pains in stomach. There are other teatox products on the market which don't contain senna and they do the same job. I have bought one weight loss tea called MegaTea from company in Australia. It did a great job suppressing my appetite. The taste was OK. I have lost only 2.5kg in two weeks which is not a lot, but it's a good start. The only problem they are out of stock until May, so I have to wait to buy some more.

0 · April 23, 2014 at 07:32 AM

Senna is very strong diuretic and some people can be badly affected with severe cramps and pains in stomach. There are other teatox products on the market which don't contain senna and they do the same job. I have bought one weight loss tea called MegaTea from company in Australia. It did a great job suppressing my appetite. The taste was OK. I have lost only 2.5kg in two weeks which is not a lot, but it's a good start. The only problem they are out of stock until May, so I have to wait to buy some more.

0 · March 02, 2014 at 12:55 PM

wow so many fake accounts posting for this bullshit tea in here lol

0 · March 02, 2014 at 09:44 AM

if you use with responsibility it will help you clean your body from inside. laxative effect is not have to be bad thing. Doing it 3-4 times monthly will help your body get rid of toxic and support weight loss

Read more about those weight loss tea's via www.teamiblends.com www.skinnymeteadetox.com www.colontea.com

0 · March 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM

if you use with responsibility it will help you clean your body from inside. laxative effect is not have to be bad thing. Doing it 3-4 times monthly will help your body get rid of toxic and support weight loss

Read more about those weight loss tea's via www.teamiblends.com www.skinnymeteadetox.com www.colontea.com

0 · March 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Clearly no one here has done their research very well. You recieve TWO kinds of tea, one does contain senna and is a mild laxative. It is to be taken every SECOND day, ONE cup before bed.

They're not encouraging people to do this long term, and it's not a 'laxative diet', it's part of the detox. Whether or not people need the detox, or how they abuse it is another discussion all together.

10 · March 22, 2013 at 01:31 PM

On the other hand, plain old tea is great... more or less completely acceptable in any diet. Just don't take caffeine in the evening or it may interfere with sleep.

0 · March 22, 2013 at 01:18 PM

Ill admit I was sucked into this scam. I even had the colon cleanse tea tonight. I've been having trouble with heart palpitations and minor chest pains for a couple of weeks. Been to docs and had blood tests, ECG etc and they can't find anything wrong with me.. While I was laying in bed I thought hmmm I wonder if its the tea. So I googled it and come across this.. Does anyone know the side affects to these herbs? I won't be drinking it anymore. There's also a new one out called slim bliss..

0 · March 18, 2013 at 04:50 AM

I am SO glad i stumbled upon this. I found skinnymetea on instagram and was intrigued by it. Not going to lie i'm like most young women and when you find a quick fix for weightloss you get excited. Lucky for me though I am also sceptical and am starting to learn that there isnt a quick fix (damn! haha). Ah well guess i'll just go back to my unappetising lunch of tuna and fruit, yayy... :l

0 · March 15, 2013 at 09:10 AM

Well, i'm 14 and insercoure about my body. Yeah i'm young... But that doesn't change the fact that i'm on the heavy side.. So i just don't know What to do, i tried so much thing's i tried California's tea, Didn't work a bit... I've been constantly working out i jog almost everyday and watch what i eat, and work out all day.. I've been doing it for quiet sometime now, it isn't easy and it feel's like it's not working. So i'm just looking for a Way to loose weight, ain't asking for much.. I'm just asking for a little advise i'd really appreciate it, i really need this. It's so Hard for me to do this at such a young age.. Excuse my language but, i feel like it's all bullsh*t full of cr*p what i'm doing

77322 · March 06, 2013 at 04:49 AM

I have tried SMT but i did not think it worked at all, did nothing to change my weight or body. I have however just tried the SkinnyYou Tea and am on my 5th day and already have seen a massive difference and lost some weight and am considerably less bloated and feel great, www.skinnyyoutea.com.au is where I purchased it from hope that helps for everyone else

20 · March 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Thank you for your feedback. I am appalled at the body image the owner of this product is promoting! None of the women in the before and after pictures needed to go on a heavy detox diet loosing 5kgd in 5 days for some is so dangerous for the system. It put the body in shock. Thanks for putting reason on the screen.

0 · March 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM

I am 15 and I have tried so hard to lose weight, but to no avail. I've tried swimming twice a week with a strict diet plan, I lasted 2 weeks. I cut out all sugar, lasted 2 weeks. Ate 2 meals a day with no sugar, not even a week. I tried to go bulimic, but it was disgusting. Every time I just feel horrible about myself and I end up stuffing my face when I give up with anything I can find. It doesn't help when my mum tells me that I need to lose weight all the time, but then offers me junk food every chance she gets. Then I saw skinny me tea, and I looked at the feedback, all the girls that lost so much weight in so little time. It made me think to myself I could actually look decent for once and being on the detox knowing that it is only for a specific time would give me the motivation to go the 2 or 4 weeks depending on which one I would do. Everyone is saying it is bad for your body, but I honestly couldn't care less if it would make me thinner I would do it. My mum would never agree to it though, she would just say that it is really bad for your body and that "if you are that upset about your weight why don't I just get you a trainer" I'm sure doing one detox every 4 months is better than being the weight I am now. She tried a trainer last time but I still ate bad food and it makes me feel horrible. The looks the guys give you at the swimming carnival crushes me. I used to be a really confident person, not anymore and it is so frustrating. If I could eliminate all sugar in the whole world in an instant I would, but I can't and it is everywhere, I honestly don't know what to do ;(

77322 · February 09, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Hi, while I am no dietician, or naturopath, I am currently on the Skinnyme tea detox, and have actually found it to only have positive results. While I am using it as a detox, not a normal way of life, I have found just being on it has encouraged me to pay attention to what I eat, plan meals, and drink more green tea/herbal tea/healthy home made smoothies, rather than bought drinks full of calories or sodas etc. Skinny me tea is one of the only detox programs I have seen that promotes healthy eating the through out the detox, as far as I can see, when used as a detox, it helps to flush your body of toxins (as most detox's do) but as I am eating a normal diet through out, I don't feel the need to 'break the detox' with unhealthy food as soon as its over, I feel encouraged to keep on eating well and cooking at home (as opposed to eating out) as a lifestyle choice afterwards. I do understand that if the skinny me tea was used long term it may not have the same results, but can't the same be said for most detox's?

77322 · February 08, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Hi Jay,

I am a naturopath who has actually tried, loved and referred many clients to Skinny Me Tea (Australia).

I believe Kelly would have been referring to mucoid plaque - this is built up food residue that coats the gastrointestinal tract.

As a healthcare professional I endorse the fact that many diseases (not excluding obesity by any means) begin in the colon and gut.

Not only does this mucoid plaque (which can be thought of as decaying food) produce toxic substances and provide a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, but it also blocks the intestine from absorbing good nutrients. This all leads to weight loss.

A colon cleanse is the premise of most detoxes for this reason so if you are implying this particular detox is not safe I would look into some others for reference too...

As a DETOX (which is how they identify themselves) Skinny Me tea IS SAFE.



0 · February 07, 2013 at 09:37 AM

I have seen "skinnymetea" brainwashing young girls on Instagram for a few months now.

This is a total scam and false hope to young women.

Firstly, it is no miracle product and no long term soloution for looking beautiful.

Long term use is not only a waste of money but also unhealthy and dangerous.

The owner of this company is only concerned about making money. It's a business, she doesn't really want to help people, hence the ridiculous price.

Want to look beautiful like the girls you see in the swimsuit inspiration photos.

Exersize, 30 minutes cardio a day (running etc), jump rope/skipping, swim and eat reasonable portions at the right times, don't go YOYo dieting.

Adriana Lima works very hard to keep her body runway ready, she doesn't just drink some bulls**t gimmic tea by some blonde bimbo Australian.

0 · February 05, 2013 at 03:55 AM

I just finished a 14 day stint with Skinny me tea, I understand that danger with the addictive nature of young girls so yes the detox could be abused.... the same way they could abuse alcohol on the weekends or take recreational drugs. The only thing you might have a problem here is marketing, they have a pretty website and use social media, albeit to mostly promote clean eating and exercise.

I chose not to cut out meat during my detox as I am not vegetarian and am already on a lactose free diet so I was not consuming dairy. Besides the obvious and expected effects to bowel movement the biggest change I found the biggest and best effect the 'detox' had on me was the change to my ongoing eating habits. Not unhealthy to begin with I do have a sweet tooth (large sweet tooth) and being a student the regular cheap pub meal or pasta dinner creaps in occasionally but after being relatively strict during the two weeks I have been able to all but kick my sugar habit and have continued my clean eating as much as possible only letting go for the odd wine with friends or dinners out.

The results have seen me not only drop a couple of kilos which were needed (I am 160cm and went from 63 to 58kg in one month) but I am less bloated, my sleep patterns and skin have improved tremendously... I cant see how it is so bad as you all say, especially when you seemed to have become addicted to chocolate and gross stodgy food.

0 · February 04, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Lol at the answer from dietician 2 answers above aka skinny me tea representative.

0 · February 04, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Skinny me tea is a complete scam ppl don't waste ur money! My dietician claims its dangerous and more further investigation will be conducted to this company!

0 · January 09, 2013 at 11:10 AM

If you used the product for 14 days, would that be dangerous to the body's health?

7362 · October 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM

The thing with a laxative, I find, is that if I use it too long, it will stop letting pooping be a choice. After awhile, NOT going becomes the problem. I recently used Senna laxative to counter some meds that gave me constipation (the meds were for an injury), and yeah, it was a weird time in my life.

I think skinny but covered in poop=not healthy or sexy.

77322 · February 02, 2013 at 05:28 AM


My opinion may not be welcome here but I am a dietitian and have had many clients who have had really positive (health and weight loss results) with SkinnyMe Tea so I am going to have to intervene here.

From my PROFESSIONAL opinion it is NOT UNSAFE at all to use this product for 14 or even up to 28 days at a time. You are only required to have the laxative tea bags every second night which actually gives your body adequate

I think we are overlooking the fact that this is a DETOX product and all successful detoxes contain an 'Elimination' stage whereby you speed up the removal of toxins from the body.

Here is the premise behind the elimination notion:

"When your colon is clogged or unclean, your body may not properly digest and absorb nutrients or rid your body of waste effectively (Toxicity and deficiency are the only two causes of disease and cleaning your House/Body is the most precious health activity you can perform).

This lack of nutrient absorption and waste build up can put extra strain on your detoxifying organs and make you gain weight! Not to mention also impairing digestion and stressing all of the body’s systems.

One major benefit of a colon cleanse is the fact that you are flushing out your insides without adding anything extra to your digestive system. Your intestines are full of waste matter that is causing extra weight and making your belly look bigger. In order to lose weight, you will find that giving your intestines a good scrub can make your tummy look flatter and reduce the amount of weight in your intestines.

The second benefit of cleansing your colon is the fact that all of the toxins that are stored in your body are being flushed out. These toxins are causing your body to retain water, which in turn causes it to retain fat. In order to keep your body functioning properly, it is vital to flush out these toxins that retain water. These same toxins also hinder your efforts to lose fat as they cause your body to run at less than optimum level."

  • Don Tolman International

Please reconsider some of your comments as they are VERY out of context.

SkinnyMe Tea also offer a free clean eating plan approved by a nutritionist and promote EATING throughout the 'teatox' so are not promoting unhealthy habits.

In conclusion from my perspective as a healthcare practitioner SkinnyMe Tea (if used correctly, in collaboration with the eating plan) is MORE THAN SAFE.

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