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I Tried a Tea Cleanse for 7 Days and This is What Happened

Shortly after I was born, my mother developed diabetes. It runs in our family; I lost an uncle to the disease, and I have other relatives who struggle with it. I remember the day I sat with her, after doctors had told her the limitations of Western medicine when it came to diabetes. I asked her about her time as a nurse in Korea, and what she knew of Eastern medicine. And the same word kept coming up time and again: Tea.

It had been a common drink in our house when I was young. And during a short stint back in Korea, I had rediscovered tea for myself. Now, with my mother’s life at stake, I knew I had to act. I threw myself into the research, using my parents’ medical background and my own skills as a journalist and dedicated foodie.

And what I discovered—and what’s shared in my plan The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—is a mountain of stunning evidence that tea can not only help strip away unwanted pounds and bring blood sugar under control but can ward off most of the worst diseases of our time, while helping to strip away stress and give us back control of our lives. Click ahead to see what happened during my first week.

I LOST WEIGHT IMMEDIATELY

I tried this cleanse myself, and within 48 hours my waist was measurably smaller, and I felt lighter, more alert, and yet more calm. I shared it with my mother, and her 7-day journey brought her blood sugar under control, and her weight down by a shocking 9 pounds. And then she and I shared it with our friends, and the results were the same across the board. In just 48 to 72 hours, our friends reported noticeable changes in their body shapes, as though the tea were flattening their bellies from the inside.

I FOCUSED ON GREEN TEA

Every tea has its own special weight-loss powers, but if your boat is sinking and you can only grab one package of tea before swimming to the deserted island, make it green tea. Green tea—a core component of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—is the bandit that picks the lock on your fat cells and drains them away, even when we’re not making the smartest dietary choices. Chinese researchers found that green tea significantly lowers triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in subjects who eat fatty diets.

I ATE DELICIOUS MEALS

You’ll start your morning with tea, enjoy a smoothie for lunch and then have a delicious dinner made with lean proteins, healthy fats and filling fibers for dinner. Throughout the day you’ll enjoy at least 4 cups of delicious teas—the book is filled with 40 selections, and recipes for every taste and budget.

I BURNED FAT FASTER

Brazilian scientists found that participants who consumed three cups of the beverage every day for a week had fewer markers of the cell damage caused by resistance to exercise. That means that green tea can also help you recover faster after an intense workout. In another study—this one on people—participants who combined a daily habit of four to five cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute workout for 12 weeks lost an average of two more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.

I BOOSTED MY METABOLISM

The concentration of EGCG—the superpotent nutrient found in green tea—may be as much as 137 times greater in powdered matcha tea. EGCG can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of new fat cells). One study found that men who drank green tea containing 136 milligrams of EGCG—what you’d find in a single 4-gram serving of matcha—lost twice as much weight than a placebo group and four times as much belly fat over the course of three months

I REDUCED MY CRAVINGS

Before you head out to dinner, pour yourself a cup of green tea. The active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, boosts levels of cholecystokinin, or CCK, a hunger-quelling hormone. In a Swedish study that looked at green tea’s effect on hunger, researchers divided up participants into two groups: One group sipped water with their meal and the other group drank green tea. Not only did tea-sippers report less of a desire to eat their favorite foods (even two hours after sipping the brew), they found those foods to be less satisfying.

Strip away belly fat quickly, cheaply, and easily, with the 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse.