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China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea


China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea


I’m coming at cha from Tokyo, Japan.

Currently: in an airport lounge, eating Japanese noodles, drinking roasted green tea, & listening to elevator music, BUT HEY I HAVE FUCKING WIFI SO LIFE IS GOOD. For me, life without wifi is like life without sun.

When I went to China I knew the wifi sitch would be kind of annoying BUT I didn’t know I’d be locked out of American sites.

Ya. That happened.

It was so weird. We were accessing normal American sites & then BAM!! One day they just didn’t work.

So. I actually COULDN’T work. It was a total first for me. I’m used to returning about 400 emails a day, engaging on social media, blogging, & researching so it was an odd feeling to just disconnect.

I know I said I wasn’t going to work too much in Asia, but I lied. Ha! I did work throughout the Hong Kong/Thailand part. But maybe ending our trip with literally no Internet was good for me?

Who knows.

I’m back though!

Ok so I know, I know another post about tea? How much tea can one drink? I mean? I fully understand that you’re tea-ed out but THIS TEA I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT IS UNREAL, so bear with me, mkay?


I wouldn’t have done a full dedicated blog post to this specific tea unless it was THAT good. And it is.

So here’s the story: Michael & I went tea tasting.

You know, like wine tasting? But tea tasting. Apparently, this is very common in China.

( If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw a peek inside the experience ).

Anyway, at the tea tasting we sampled TONS of Chinese teas. I’ve tried Herbal tea, Ferment tea, Oolong tea, Green tea, Black tea, & other types I never heard before.  It comes in different types like the usual tea bags, tea powder, & loose leaf tea.

Tea is very rich source of antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals.  The Chinese also uses traditional Chinese medicine by combining different herbs, mixed them with tea leaves, and brew them like tea.

The Chinese freaking know their tea. Tea is a full blown HUGE deal & I was loving it.


How about tea cake anyone?! Haha!

The girl who helped us told us about Pu’erh tea. Her eyes lit up when she talked about this particular tea.

The benefits of Pu’erh Tea

She told me all her girlfriends drank the tea twice a day, after meals to stay slim. The girl went on & on about this tea and how everyone in China drinks it for it’s weight loss properties.

I was excited to share because obviously it’s an all-natural way to keep weight off. AND the tea tastes phenomenal ( I like weird tastes though ).

So what’d I do? Became a lab rat for the rest of the trip, der.

I drank the tea, twice a day.

Just taking one for the team, guys.

AND LET’S JUST SAY: it keep things VERY regular. I would describe Pu’erh tea as chia seeds on steroids/crack. AKA don’t drink the tea before a hot date night. And since I finally got a damn Internet connection, I was able to research. Here are the details:

According to this source, “Pu-erh tea ( also spelled Pu’er or Pu er tea ) is a kind of healthy beverage, which not only has a long history of Chinese tea health benefits but can help us reduce fat and lose weight. The cooked tea can keep the stomach fit and warm it, while the fresh tea has a better effect on fat burning than the cooked tea, on account of its strong taste.

Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat. If you drink Pu-erh at the wrong times, it is said that it will actually cause you to gain weight instead. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss & fat burning goals is one hour after a meal, so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats. However if you drink Pu-erh half an hour or so before you eat a meal, it will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead because when you drink Pu-erh tea before a meal it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.

Ideally, to lose the most weight using Pu-erh tea, you should drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other Chinese tea or drinks to your diet besides Pu-erh tea. If you do this the weight loss effects will be the most noticeable.”

Read all about how to brew it & check out all the tea health benefits here.

The best part? I found REAL Pu-erh tea online. So that’s how I’ll be buying my Pu’erh in the States.

By the way, I love the idea of someone calling me & being like “what are you doing?” And me casually being all “oh nothing, just drinking my Pu’erh” with a fully erect pinky. It’s kind of chic, right?

Ok, now it’s time to conquer my email inbox (FML)…talk soon, Lauryn xx


  1. Pu-erh tea is accually very easy to find in the netherlands, I still have two packs in my teacabinet. The only thing that I dislike about it, is the taste. It just does not taste right. I do like the idea of a natural weightloss aid but I wished the taste was better.

  2. Ahhhhh you’ve discovered the magic of this tea too! Srsly I’m in love with the weird, earthy flavor as well, it’s strangely intoxicating 🙂

    1. The above is super true I think. It has been true for me and my wife at least.

      I find this so important as quality is everything. Don’t just trust us though, seriously try it for yourself. If you drink it BEFORE a meal, you will get super hungry, so drink it after… Also, know that quality is key. Not just any Puer tea will be great for your health or have the beenfits, it must be quality. I get mine from Misty Peak, which is and they specialize in just high-end teas, but you can still get some for $10-20 or so from them and its super good.

      Just give it a try, you will be happy.

  3. There can never be too many tea posts!! I love tea and it’s my dream to go tea tasting in China some day! Can you share that experience on the blog? I don’t have snapchat

  4. Haha, so basically it make you poop? Well, I’m used to doing that, so this sounds like a tea for me.

    By the way, I love Japanese roasted green tea. It tastes amazing, that almost seaweed-y taste.


    1. It actualy makes me urinate a lot. I’ve been drinking the tea for 1 and a half months now and I lost 3 pounds. Everybody has noticed the changes in my body, but as I do excercises like 3 or 4 times a week (I’m a dancer) my body doesnt look too thin, but tonified

  5. Seriously loving all the tea posts! Also, I don’t know your stance on teavana, but they also have a pu-erh tea for those who would rather try a brewed cup and then invest in new teas.

  6. OMG no joke I am buying this tea today! This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing! Did you feel like it kept you in good shape on vacation? xoxo

  7. I have been buying that Numi Chocolate Pu’erh for awhile and love it! Hope you are having an amazing vacation. I have loved all of your snaps 🙂 Thanks for including your followers in all your fun adventures. xo.

  8. can anyone explain which of the teas she bookmarked as the “fresh tea?” for weight loss? would be a big help! thank you so much! & i live for this blog <3

  9. okay that’s it.. it is on my shopping list. You know since reading your posts I have become obsessed with tea (it’s great) Every time I go shopping I select new ones to try, last week it was ginger with lemon, ginger solo & peppermint. I have noticed the Pu -erh tea here in Ireland, they sell it everywhere so will give it a try:) xx

    1. Hi, sheng is the dried raw leaves used for weight loss while shou means ripe, which is the fermented one for stomach health/digestion. When buying, specify if you want sheng/raw or shou/ripe.

  10. Love this! Also look into the Rishi tea brand. The taste is more balanced (earthy and malty) and it’s also organic and fair trade!

  11. Love this!! Definitely going to pick up some of this tea for myself and give it a go. Sounds like you had a great trip! <3

    1. First you have to clean the tea by pouring boiling water on it and letting it sit for 10 seconds and the drain that water off. Pour more hot water and steep for 2 min and then drink. I have lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks and that stomach bloat I had is gone. The tea is amazing.

  12. It sounds amazing!! I’m always quite a skeptic when it comes to there “miracle” teas that say to help people loose weight, but it seems that it worked for you! Would love to know more about it as you continue taking it though, sounds like it has potential! X

  13. Hi Lauryn! So I ordered this tea from amazon, using the link above. I just got it in the mail, at work, and opened it to find a GIANT patty of hard tea leaves. My entire team is cracking up – What do I do with this patty of tea? Did you buy a strainer, did you break it into little pieces, or do you just put it directly in hot water? Any tips would be greatly appreciated, currently i have this “tea patty” sitting sadly on my desk! Thank you!

    1. OMG I was about to ask the exact same question!! I was so thrown off when I opened the package thinking I was going to pull out a few tea bags to bring to work with me today. So please, spill how you did it! THanks <3

  14. David’s tea has a pu’erh ginger ginseng teas blend called “the skinny”. Been drinking it for years! So yummy!!

    xx B
    Insta: thechromaddict

  15. Finally found some at the bulk barn of all places. Not sure if those are in the states or just Canada. Anyways I am already obsessed the flavour is so good and it’s been the perfect addition to spring cleaning my diet and life and detoxing EVERYTHING. It definetely keeps things moving and as someone with ibs consistency is a beautiful thing. Thanks so much for the recommendation! Now to style my coffee table.

  16. Very interesting article! I myself have tried quite a few now, many of them disappointing, especially the bagged versions. I’m starting to think loose leaf is the way to go to get the most out of them. My favourite so far is from a brand called Nude Tea Australia ( they only sell organic loose leaf and each one also comes with a bag of powdered herb concentrate so the tea is super gutsy after it’s brewed.

  17. Great article! I also posted something on weight loss tea recently:

    I`d appreciate any feedback guys!

  18. I ordered some of this tea just the other day, and I am looking forward to receiving it. If it is at least half as good as everything that I’ve heard, then I will be pleased.

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    1. Chioma i am also in nigeria and i drink the tea, well a version of it. Fffohow products..

  21. Wow!! great post..@ Lauryn!! Pu-erh tea seems me so cool for weight loss..actually my cousin suffering from weight loss..I will definitely share this post with her..she will get to know so many things from this post I think..Thanks @ Lauryn for sharing it..

    1. I need pu-erh tea i am living in Dar es Salaam Tanzania how can get

  22. There are also 5 other Chinese teas that are great for weight loss:

  23. I come from Colombia, a country that drinks coffee without all pretentiousness you find it in another countries. Is a normal beverage with nothing fancy about it. Then I move to China for 4 years. I became a Cha fan. I ask, I research, went to many places and try different qualities, prices and types. (Important to mention price, specially in China, where is a synonym of high quality in the urban areas).

    Pu er cha must be pre washed with hot water before drinking it. Also the water need to be a certain Tempeture, so you can avoid burning the leaves! Need to be leave under water a couple of minutes, but not too much to avoid this intense earthy flavor. On a personal note, I do prefer the super intense earthy flavor that Pu er cha has, is kind of a espresso flavor. In Colombia is super normal to drink coffee without milk or another additionals, so for me strong flavors are a more natural thing.

    Also my Chinese and Korean female friends told me, that I should only drink Pu er cha one hour after a meal! Cause you drink it before it would give you more hunger and you will possible end eating way more than expected. I follow their advice, they are the skinny ones!

    Now I live in Austria, and you can get it in most super Chinese markets! just ask for the PU ERH TEE!

  24. I just found your blog and am so excited at the possibilities! You definitely seem to be one step ahead in beauty trends. I just picked up some puerh tea AND pearl powder to try from It was only 20 bucks and I can’t wait to start using both of them!

  25. THANK YOU for the “no mixing” with pu-erh advice. Also, to reduce the “on crack” effect, steep the first pot for tens seconds then pour out, and refill. That takes care of caffeine overdose and impurities! Hope anyone interested in holistic detox with pu-erh will find some value in this complete guide…

  26. Puerh tea definitely is wonderful but be careful about the purported health benefits. A lot of what you see out there is just marketing without a lot of science to back it up. All tea is a healthy beverage choice and many people will find that they loose weight while drinking it, especially if they are swapping it for sugary drinks like soda.

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  28. I´m so glad I get to reed this because I am about to try a red tea that I would love to hear your oppinion about beacuse my friends say it´s good so please check this out

  29. Red tea is my fountain of youth!
    I no longer drink coffee, and that means no more sugar & milk so I have lost(11lbs) in just over 4 months.
    I have more energy than ever and I have never felt so clear headed.

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  32. Oh My God Lauryn. I want to try soooo bad. My belly fat makes me feel so depressed. However, I read about a Red Tea that it supposed to give you amazing results in a short period of time. What Do you think about this?

  33. Very good & much Great. You are successful because you share all the knowledge you know with others. That’s a great sign! Good Luck to the future & thanks.

  34. Wow, really interesting article! I really enjoyed reading about this secret weight loss tea from China, I always love trying new teas that have specific properties. I am of course a bit wary of certain weight loss or detox teas on the market, but I may give this one a try!

  35. I found online 3 herbs that says it will help you loose weight & I was wondering if you knew if these 3 come together or do you have to buy separate . It’s Ginsing, Pu-Reg,Kelp Seaweed, it says liquid form . Can you help ? I just read what you said about pu-erh tea

  36. Great blog,i really enjoyed it, learning about the tea and especially your cool way of *voicing your view of it.👌🏽

  37. I really need the tea,I want to trim down seriously.But my problem is that am having unclear.

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