The Skinny on Fei Yan Diet Tea: Lorraine Tells The Hole Truth

By | January 4 2012 | 47 Comments

fridge horror

A few summers ago, I was bemoaning the inches of excess back-side that had crept up on me (maybe when I was distracted by the handfuls of chocolate in front of my gob) to a friend. Knowing that I have zero tolerance for dieting, she recommended slimming teas. She said she had tried them and the weight dropped off, despite no changes to her diet. The prospect of weight-loss with no effort appealed greatly to my inner (and outer) couch potato.

On my day off, I went to one of those Chinese Herb shops and spent €30 on a month’s supply of herbal tea. Expensive, but I believed this tea would melt off my extra padding, revealing a Middleton-esque frame in just a few weeks. I couldn’t find the specific brand she had recommended that had a “lady with the body of a child and a massively disproportionate head” on the front so went for the prettiest option, Fei Yan.


Different type of seamen

I had my first cup when I got home, only slightly displeased with the odd taste. Three quarters of the way through my first dose, I started reading the ingredients list. It’s not a good sign when the only word you recognise is “semen“. Not willing to admit that I’d parted with a third of my wages for a cup of, er, that, I put it down to poor translation and continued chugging away.

All was well until much later that evening, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom but was finishing off an essay so decided to wait. One more flip of my stomach and I realised that waiting wasn’t an option – unless I wanted to spend the rest of my wages on a new sofa for d’mother. I sprinted to the bathroom, clutching my stomach and mentally begging for the help of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, all the saints and even some of the ones that hadn’t been canonised yet.

I won’t recount the following, oh, half hour or so that I spent in the loo. Suffice to say, I began making deals with whatever omnipotent being that I thought oversaw affairs of the toilet. “Oh, please, I’ll never take another tea again, let me live!”.

Unfortunately, I persevered. Don’t judge me! I was younger and my best friend has a body that could look good in those light blue cotton jeggings, the ones with no seams or pockets. I stopped eating after a few days. Every morsel of food equated to a minute of crippling cramps, so I went without. Surprisingly, I wasn’t spitting feathers for some grub. I was oddly calm, maybe because I didn’t have enough energy to be anything but. I remember sitting on my friends bed, watching her demolish a Moro bar while I contentedly sniffed the wrapper.

The results were noticeable; the scales showed that I’d dropped more than a few pounds and my clothes were much looser. I think I lasted two weeks of the recommended month before I cracked, blame it on the regard that I have for my colon and my lifestyle – spending more time on the toilet isn’t a luxury I can afford. After I stopped, I gained what weight I had lost back quite quickly.

When I was back to consuming and absorbing enough calories to think, I really regretted trying the tea. After I stopped, I gained what weight I had lost back quite quickly. All the pain, time and money had been a waste. What had been billed as a miracle slimming tea was really just a box of laxatives.

While it would be nice to think that a few cups of tea will transform your body into that of a seasoned gym bunny, it’s just not the case. The old “eat less, move more” method really is your only man.

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47 Replies to "The Skinny on Fei Yan Diet Tea: Lorraine Tells The Hole Truth"

  • Aisling says:

    “I began making deals with whatever omnipotent being that I thought oversaw affairs of the toilet”

    Hahah! Deadly. And thanks for trying this so we don’t have to!

  • Kirstie says:

    I work with girls who drink this shizz AWL THE TIME!

  • LauraLou says:

    “hole truth” heh heh

  • Corrina says:

    Oh Lord!! Soooo glad I read this as I was going to buy some this week. Trying everything I can to lose a few lbs before my sons christening at the end of the month. lol the pics are great :)

  • Oh this sounds horrendous Lorraine, no wonder you lost weight…you weren’t eating.

    Am currently trialling a box of Shou Shen Tea for my blog, thankfully I’ve had no ill effects. Though to be honest I’ve seen no good effects either, at this point I’m just looking at it as a way of upping my fluid intake for the day.

    This is one of those ‘it works along side diet and exercise teas’ but it really hasn’t made an impact at all.

  • Aoife says:

    This is hilarious!!

    @Corrina-It ain’t cheap but I’ve been going to Motivation Weight Loss for 5 weeks and I’ve over a stone lost.

  • Hazie says:

    So funny!! :)

  • sweetie1 says:

    o such a funny story, but feeling sorry for you too! Turn anyone off those things!

    Corrina – fair play to you, a stone lost over the last month when most of us gained it, well done.

    Operation transformation back tonight to show us how to do it the old fashioned way; love that show.

  • Brilliant post Lorrrrraine! Laxatives in tea form, shall avoid at all costs now :)

  • Lorrrrrraine says:

    YAY! I’m afraid to look at the post too long in case I spot typos, but yay!

    Kirstie – Are they mad? How are the holding down a job?

    Funnily enough, I got a few press releases for Diet Teas this month, if only they knew.

  • Helz says:

    Whenever I need to shed a few pounds quickly I drink cups and cups of green tea – up to 8 a day. It does slightly quicken the metabolism but nothing like above. Along with cutting down on the drink I reckon its a miracle boost to weightloss – and it doesnt break the bank!

  • Bahaha! Great post Lorraine, love the sailors. You poor thing though, it sounds bloody traumatic!

  • Corrina says:

    @sweetie1, I wish it was me that lost a stone it was Aoife another poster!! You are right though, congrats Aoife well done on losing a stone :)

    I actually gained weight as I was pregnant. My surname is Stone & I had a baby so you could safely say I gained a Stone :)

    I’ve had 4 babies in the last 5 years so I’ve gained lots of baby weight. I’m willing to try anything to lose it. But as I live in the sticks & up to my eyes with the little ones it’s impossible to go to any slimming classes/gym. :(

  • Claireyfairy says:

    Corrina – would you try the weight watchers at home programme? Or as somebody else said follow one of the leaders on Operation Transformation? With OT you could fit in the exercises when the kids are sleeping because they design the programme so you don’t use a gym + can fit it in around your life!

  • Sooz says:

    Corrina, congrats on your new son!

    Would an exercise DVD be an option, something like the 30 day shred? This is what im thinking. Am due in a few weeks and I know I wont be able to get out to classes or gym too easy.

    I have lost the run of myself completely over the last few weeks, I was pretty good diet wise but now everyday is one long gorging session – am fit to burst!

  • Gracie says:

    Corrina, I hear ya! Ive only one baba but shifting the weight is very hard. I kinda hoped it would drop and id be back to my normal weight as I eat as before. But sadly not…. :( Would you try WW online? I did that during the summer after the birth and shifted a stone. Ive another to go but will do that with healthy eating and walking now that Im back to work (cant waste my precious time in the gym when I could be with my lil one).

    Ive tried pu-erh tea in the past and found it frickin useless. This tea described sounds very dangerous. There are some very vulnerable girls and boys out there who’d try anything to be thin :(

  • Gracie says:

    Sooz – you are due in a few weeks though arent you? Best of luck :) Dont worry about weight until at least your 6 week check up!

  • Sooz says:

    Thanks Gracie – I think I will need lots of luck, feel very unprepared :-)

    But i’m sure it will be fine ;-)

  • Gracie says:

    Is it your first? You’ll be fine – you’re never really fully prepared! I remember that heavy feeling well! I put on 4 stone (im 5ft 1!!!) So was like a roly poly and could barely walk with the weight. Once she finally arrived I felt so light on my feet, was wonderful.

  • Cat says:

    Loads of my work colleagues have been trying this as well, one of them is literally RUNNING for the loo every hour or so.
    And yet she was still recommending it? No thanks!

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