You know how it goes — we work hard to exercise, work hard to eat right, and still, for many of us, we suffer from major bloat and tummy fat that just feels impossible to get rid of. Beyond just how we look, we want to feel good, too, and with constant bloat and digestion troubles, we can’t really feel our very best. Sometimes, diet and exercise alone just will not cut it, so you need a little bit of extra help.
Enter: Flat Tummy’s 30 Day Detox programs. You hear a lot of buzz about detox teas and skinny smoothies, which sounds pretty doable. I mean — have a shake for breakfast, drink some tea, and your bloat is gone!? Sounds too good to be true, right? To see if it was or not, three of our editors tried Flat Tummy’s Shake it Baby Meal Replacement Shakes and Flat Tummy Tea.
Flat Tummy Co. is famous for its detox teas that get rid of bloat so you can feel comfortable in your summer bod. The meal replacement shakes are filled with good-for-you ingredients (like 20 grams of plant-based protein, 50 fruits and veggies, and 22 vitamins and minerals in one serving). The program doesn’t have to substitute for anything — it’s merely a healthy addition to your lifestyle that will give you an extra boost. The detox tea works as an easy complement to the shakes, with the morning tea jumpstarting your metabolism and the night tea working to cleanse.
Three of our editors tested out the program to see whether or not it’s too good to be true. For four weeks (Monday through Friday each week), we drank a shake for breakfast with the morning tea, and then the night tea every 2-3 nights. Here’s what happened:
It’s a tale as old as time — I was young and active, with the stomach muscles of a Greek goddess (they had great abs, I assume?). I took my tight stomach for granted — not really realizing that it was a blessing of youth, volleyball practice, and a body that had never yet consumed alcohol. Fast forward to now — I’m still quite active (I work out six days a week, and you’ll rarely find me NOT hitting my 12k step goal), and I sincerely appreciate my body and how hard we work together. But alas — the super flat stomach of my youth is now a distant memory (which probably has a little to do with age and a LOT to do with my love for food and alcohol — I can admit it!).
Why You Wanted to Try the 30 Day Flat Tummy Program
I’m on a pretty constant mission to figure out how to best beat my bloat and fight to regain the tone (and energy!) I had when I was younger. And while there is, of course, no substitute for healthy eating and exercise, I was really excited to try something that would help supplement both of those things.
I had previously tried the two-week Flat Tummy shake program, and I was a big fan. I was super excited to go the extra mile (the extra two weeks of shakes) AND add in the tea. Here’s how it went down.
30 Day Program
First of all, the shakes are DELICIOUS. I drank the Vanilla flavor, and I mixed it with unsweetened almond milk to start. As the weeks went on, I began to experiment, adding in some fruit, nut butter, collagen, and chia seeds. It’s great that you have the flexibility to add ingredients to your shakes — I never got tired of them, as I tried not to drink the exact same recipe too many times in a row.
Not only do the shakes taste good, but they also do the trick — I drank them each morning after my workout and before work, and they were the perfect on-the-go breakfast to keep me full until lunch (or at least until my 11am almonds). If you’re worried that a shake wouldn’t satisfy your appetite, let me tell you — I’m not a light eater, and these kept me full.
The tea, of course, is great too — I don’t think of myself as much of a tea drinker, but I found myself getting very accustomed to the ritual of the tea (once every morning, then every 2-3 nights as well). It’s a yummy mint flavor — I definitely didn’t have to struggle to drink it.
What I will say is that this program is not necessarily for the faint of heart — as you can imagine, a full detox of your body comes with it some side effects. I found myself using the bathroom far more than normal, especially on the days after the nighttime tea. It took a bit of getting used to, but I honestly didn’t mind — increased time in the bathroom simply meant the program was doing its job. I never felt sick or unmanageably uncomfortable — I simply had to prepare for the fact that I’d use the bathroom more than normal.
All that being said, a more-active-than-usual stomach was a small price to pay to feel the effects of the detox program. I found myself with increased energy, decreased bloat, and a strong desire to supplement the shakes and tea with healthy lifestyle choices. I spent a lot of time in the gym and I made extra nutritious meal choices — if I was going to commit to a month of detoxing, I wanted to really COMMIT.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone looking for a detox. The beauty of it? If you’re not sold on the full program, you can just do pieces at a time. Looking for increased energy and a delish start to your day? Shakes are for you. Looking for a calming ritual that will fight bloat? Tea’s for you. Ready to do the damn thing Becca-style and go all in? I’d go with the full program — you won’t regret it.
P.S. I had my period at both the start and end of the month-long program, so taking these pics was really intimidating. I can honestly say that I felt more confident taking the second round — the program even helped with that dreaded monthly hormonal bloating!
Honestly, I loved the routine of this program — it feels SO good to know you’re doing something good for your body every single day. The shakes are so filling and delicious that it was a really happy start to the day for this self-proclaimed creature of habit.
As a recent college graduate who also happens to be obsessed with all things health and wellness (I’ll do just about anything Gwyneth Paltrow tells me to do), I’m all about the balance. I love tossing a teaspoon of maca into my smoothie and chopping up a super greens salad for lunch as much as the next health nut, but I’m also not afraid to sneak in a piece of cheese in the afternoon (and by “piece of cheese,” I mean an entire wheel of brie with jam and a baguette). As a retired dancer (except for in karaoke bars and my bedroom), I also love working out (I know, that’s the most annoying thing someone could say, I’m sorry), and alternate between yoga, Orange Theory, and Barre as often as I can, which means about five times a week.
Why You Wanted to Try the 30 Day Flat Tummy Program
Let’s be real — college isn’t just literature classes and theme parties (though that’s pretty much most of it). I learned (the hard way) that it’s also a consistent beer belly that’s hard to get rid of — a beer belly that was mad at me for years of cheap beer and soda mixed with whatever liquor was available, late-night Domino’s pizzas, and greasy dining hall food. Let’s just say, the minute I graduated this May (we’re talking like — as I received my diploma on stage and posed for the photographer), I knew it was time for a detox.
I’ve always loved health and fitness (with that occasional Domino’s pizza here and there/4 times a week) and make the effort to eat as fresh and clean as I possibly can. But for the past few years, I’ve always had stomach bloat that I just cannot seem to get rid of, no matter how many salads I eat! (thats how it works, right?) So when I heard about Flat Tummy’s detox program, I was ready to go all in.
30 Day Program
Call me a loser, but I absolutely love and crave routine. Give me 30 days to do anything and I’ll do it! So I loved how easy it was to just every morning drink a tea, a smoothie, and every couple nights drink the nighttime tea before bed. It was extra exciting that adding in this program did not change my life that much or require too much extra effort. I will almost always have a smoothie for breakfast Monday through Friday (and if I don’t, it would only be because work is miraculously cancelled and someone lured me to brunch — I don’t say no to brunch), so I loved that this “meal replacement” really just acted in place of my typical protein powder.
I made smoothies with the Flat Tummy powder, some greens, and frozen blueberries to get in some extra nutrients, and, because it takes a lot to fill me up until lunch, I started adding in some almond butter as well, which, shockingly, kept me full through the morning. It was just like my usual smoothie, but with extra good stuff since this powder is so packed with nutrients. I chose the matcha flavor (read: obsessed with health trends), which actually tasted really delicious, and was a nice switch up to my usual non-flavored protein powders I’d been using previously. I drank these shakes *religiously* every day on my way to work or after my morning workout.
Let’s also just get this out there — the teas are actually delicious. I truly did look forward to them, and I’m a picky tea drinker. Many of the previous detox teas I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot), tasted too fruity or sweet or just plain gross, and I could not bring myself to finish through the detox. These teas, however, taste delicious and almost minty and refreshing. I would drink them just for the taste, if nothing else (honestly!). I could immediately recognize results the day after the nighttime teas, which made me actually feel and experience the detox (if you know what I mean).
Guess what popped out of hiding after I finished the detox — abs! Yes, really, the abs I thought would never develop were now eviden— tiny little abs that I haven’t had since I was a teen with a metabolism quicker than all the grilled cheeses and bags of Dorrito’s could keep up with. All in all, I would absolutely do the cleanse again, because it really did work, and sometimes we all just need a little extra push to get to the body we know is under all that bloat.
I also really had a lot less stomach issues overall, and this is coming from a girl who has constant stomach aches, digestion issues, and — ahem — certain things not moving regularly enough. But a lot of my digestion issues completely eased up and for once, I was consistently regular (TMI? No such thing).
The fact that the cleanse was so easy to do. It was not the kind of cleanse that tells you to eat like a rabbit for three days or digest pills you know cannot be good for you. It was a cleanse that I truly felt detoxed me from the inside out, gave my stomach and digestion issues a break, erased my chronic bloat, and consisted of simply adding in a couple delicious teas during times that I already want a warm drink anyways, and switching out one smoothie powder for another. Oh, and, did I already mention the abs?
A year and a half ago, I decided to become someone who works out. I have never been an athletic kid or young adult. Active – yes. Athletic – hell no. I would have rather hiked or gone on a walk with my dogs than go to a workout class or *gasp* be forced into a group sport. But all that changed when I looked in the mirror and realized I had gained 20lbs of happy relationship weight… which is no big deal (because you’re so happy) until none of your clothes button anymore. What may have started as a weight loss journey has since turned into a love for working out and an excitement at seeing strength and change in my body. I try to hit the gym at least every other day – not for weightloss – but because it helps me manage stress, sleep better, and because I enjoy setting aside an hour for my health.
Last month I ran my first 10 minute mile (of my 28 year life) and I just started crying when I saw the numbers on the treadmill. I never thought I would be a “runner” but slowly and steadily I have seen changes in my body and learned not to categorize myself. If you keep trying, anything is possible. This is coming from the girl who would get side cramps going up the stairs, so you can believe me when I say it.
And let me tell you — that 10 minute mile felt better than any number I have ever seen on a scale.
Why You Wanted to Try the 30 Day Flat Tummy Program
I started the program 30 days before my bachelorette weekend. Despite being someone who has never been comfortable in a bathing suit, I insisted on a vacation that was essentially a weekend spent poolside. Yes, it’s just my closest friends and I know they don’t care about my bikini body (newsflash: no one cares about your bikini body as much as you do) but I wanted to feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. I already don’t like being the center of attention, so I thought doing the 30 day detox would give me the extra oomph I needed. Since ditching my scale and focusing on more tangible NSV’s (non scale victories), I just wanted my clothes (and swimsuits) to fit a little bit better.
30 Day Program
I’ve tried the Meal Replacement shakes before and had actually ordered them again before starting this challenge – so once my 30 day supply showed up, my pantry looked like a millennial pink bonanza. It was amazing.
My favorite flavor for shakes is the vanilla and I realized the best way for me to incorporate them into my routine is to blend one before my 6 am workout. My go-to combination is unsweetened almond milk + the powder + a scoop of peanut butter. I take them to class in an insulated holder and sip on them afterward on my drive home. I found that it keeps me from crashing post-workout, saves me time in the morning, and is great because I am getting that dose of protein you need within 30 minutes of an intense workout. It also helps curb my expensive addiction to Whole Foods because my breakfast is already waiting on me.
I truly love these shakes because they set my day off on the right start and when I drink them, I notice a significant change in my sugar cravings. And coming from a certified candy addict, this is major. It’s such an easy change and incredibly convenient to my lifestyle.
I swapped out my morning coffee for the tea with half a lemon squeezed in. I thought ditching my morning iced coffee would make me an angry monster, but in fact I felt better and avoided the 1 pm crash where I usually head to my pantry and devour anything I see. The bedtime tea wasn’t as easy to remember (since you don’t do it every night), but when I did remember to drink it — I noticed a significant difference in my stomach the next day. It’s also a very satisfying *ahem* cleanse — if you know what I mean. After two weeks, I ended up setting a reminder on my phone so I wouldn’t forget.
You can see above that I was so insecure about this swimsuit because of my lower belly pooch. After the 30 day program I felt light and noticed that my clothes fit differently. My eye wasn’t immediately drawn to my lower stomach. I spent my entire bachelorette comfortable in all my tight fitting dresses and even *SERIOUS SHOCKER* wanted to take photos in my bathing suits. Such a drastic change from the girl who wanted to put on a bathing suit and immediately hide her lower body under water.
An added benefit was even after the 30 days, when we landed in Palm Springs my friends were complaining about being bloated and constipated after flying for so long… without getting too graphic — flat tummy kept me from being either of those things the entire trip. I can’t wait to do it again leading up to my wedding!
The seriously-satisfying cleanse of the nighttime tea.
This post was in partnership with Flat Tummy Co., but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.