Detoxifying has become incredibly popular in recent years, but it takes many forms, from detoxifying food pads to teatoxes, and from juice cleanses to colonics.
An increasingly touted opinion, despite a complete lack of clinical support, is that the excess of toxins in your body plays a role in preventing weight loss, and that all you have to do to unlock your body’s full fat burning potential is to buy access to the “secret” ingredient (and accompanying diet and exercise plan).
This is all unfortunately too good to be true, and it is one of the many sale tactics employed by affiliate sellers of Red Tea Detox.
The Red Tea Detox is an eBook detailing the secret recipe to the weight loss inducing, appetite suppressing, and detoxifying red tea referred to in the title, as well as providing information on diet and exercise. The Red Tea Detox is intended to be undergone for a two week period.
The claims made about Red Tea Detox are dramatic and varied. One of the claims made time and time again across the hundreds of affiliate sales websites is that you can lose 14lb in 14 days on this detox. It is also claimed that the red tea that is the main part of the detox is both delicious and proven to stop hunger cravings in their tracks.
You have to drink 6 cups of the red tea per day. The 14-day detox is divided into three phases; a detoxifying and cleansing stage where it is expected that you will lose the most weight, a fasting stage (the shortest stage), and then a third stage that focuses upon healing your liver; the diet is low carb and features intermittent fasting.
The Red Tea Detox is written by Liz Miller, who is also known as Elizabeth Swann Miller. She is a Naturopath who claims to have been practising for over 10 years. She is also the author of six books that are sold on Amazon, all of which are about juicing, smoothies, and detoxing. Some of the reviews of The Red Tea Detox on Trustpilot refer to Brian Platt being the author of the book, bringing into question the origin story of the Red Tea Detox.
According to the incredibly lengthy product description on the sales page, Liz Miller travelled to Kenya in East Africa (not West Africa, as claimed) to search for a red tea that she had heard about that suppressed the appetite, and had been used for hundreds of years by tribesmen to suppress their hunger whilst on long hunts. Eventually finding the tea and losing 41 lbs by drinking it, Miller brought it back to America, supposedly the first person to ever do this. She also states that all of the ingredients for the tea are easy to find in the USA, and that a few are probably already in your kitchen cupboards.
The advice given in the book can be divided into several sections. First off is the detoxification concept, or the idea that there are toxins in your body that need to be flushed out. This is essentially unprovable nonsense, as our bodies are more than capable of dealing with toxins themselves on a day to day basis. The fasting section of the diet is next; there are various studies that show that intermittent fasting does have some benefits, and that when used properly it can aid weight loss.
The low carb aspect of the diet does have some merit as well, and essentially, like all other diets that provide fewer calories than you burn per day, it should aid weight loss. The claims about the amount of weight loss you can expect during the 14 day Red Tea Detox, however, need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt. Whilst, in theory, you could lose 14lbs in 14 days, it is very unlikely. It is even more unlikely that those 14lbs won’t be regained following the 14 day detox; the body dislikes being put under short-term strenuous and overly restrictive diets that are borderline starvation, and much if not all of the weight that is lost will be regained quickly, unless the consumer continues to follow a calorie restricted diet and regular exercise regimen.
The biggest issue we have with the Red Tea Detox is that its trustworthiness is doubtable at best. The entire premise of the program is using a tea to detoxify the body; a healthy body needs no additional help detoxifying, and in cases where help is needed (such as in kidney failure or other serious medical scenarios), a tea is not going to help, and real medical intervention is needed. The idea of detoxing to remove toxins from the body has been denounced time and again by medical professionals and medical bodies (Source). Essentially, the entire Red Tea Detox program is based upon a made-up concept with no scientific backing at all.
Following on from a lack of scientific support, it is just downhill from there. Promotional materials for the book use poorly photoshopped images as the “before” images of the author and her husband, as well as a number of Shutterstock images to represent some of the people who have supposedly benefitted from the program (Liz Miller and husband included).
Some of the promotional images of the product show bags of tea, but the product is only available as a digital download, and customers are merely given the recipe to make their own tea. There are numerous customer reviews that we located that expressed disappointment that they didn’t actually receive any tea.
The product is sold through affiliate websites and sellers, who are given a commission for each sale they make. With hundreds of affiliate sellers all trying to get you to purchase from them, they have become creative with where they advertise; the Trustpilot review page has been highjacked by fake reviews posted by sellers, hyping the product and encouraging you to click on their affiliate link. Needless to say, but reviews written by people who are trying to sell the product, and who have a vested interest in the reader buying the product are not objective or reliable reviewers.
Oddly, a large number of the reviews dated 2017 refer to the author of the Red Tea Detox being a man called Brain Flatt, with no mention of Liz Miller. The product’s changing author brings into question the entire “origin” story of the Red Tea Detox, and further brings doubt over the trustworthiness of the entire program.
Depending upon where you look, the price of the Red Tea Detox varies a lot. The cheapest place to purchase it from is Amazon, where the Kindle Edition costs $9.99 or £7.55 for UK customers. The paperback version costs $24.29 from Amazon, plus delivery charges. There is at least one version of the product for sale on Amazon costing £3.52 or $4.99, which is called “Ultimate Guide to Detoxing”, with the same cover as the actual product. However, customer reviews reveal that this book is a scam, as it does not contain the full contents of the book, and just offers a sample of the book, along with instructions to go to the Red Tea Detox website to purchase the full program.
Affiliate websites charge significantly more for the same guide. This is because 75% of the price goes to the affiliate seller as commission. Through affiliate websites, the Red Tea Detox program costs $44.40 (£36.71). Customers can pay in a range of currencies, and prices may change as exchange rates vary. The sales page also tries to get you to add on additional items, such as other books, and paid access to a private Facebook group. Customers who opt to join the private Facebook group will be charged an initial fee of $1, and will then be charged $9 a month until cancelled. This is absurd, and definitely not a good deal. Red Tea Detox is apparently covered by a 60-day money back guarantee.
Some affiliate websites sometimes offer a $20 off coupon, but this is not guaranteed to show up.
Overall we advise you to stay away from Red Tea Detox, as there are just too many red flags for comfort. Some of the before and after pictures used to advertise the detox are stock images, whilst the “before” pictures are very poorly photoshopped. It is the general consensus of the medical bodies and most medical professionals that detoxing is unnecessary and is usually useless. Depending upon the method of “detoxing” undertaken, it could actually do far more harm than good.
The base of the red tea recipe that is the cornerstone of this program is rooibos tea, a caffeine-free red tea that is widely available in health stores, online, and in some supermarkets. It has been associated with a range of benefits, including being a source of antioxidants, but it is not going to perform weight loss miracles. We advise skipping the book altogether and picking up some rooibos tea for a caffeine-free and calorie-free tea that is a fraction of the price of this scam detox program.
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