We take a look to see if the product is a good weight loss aid, or just an expensive powder.
AdvoCare Slim Pros
- A few clinically proven ingredients
AdvoCare Slim Cons
- Appears to be weak product
- No independent customer reviews
- Money back guarantee unknown?
AdvoCare Slim Review
AdvoCare Slim Facts
- Manufactured by Advocare International
- 14 sachets per box- 7 day supply
- Powder stick form- mix with water
Advocare Slim is a weight loss aid that comes in the form of powder sachets, which need to be mixed with water. This could be a good option for people who struggle to take tablets or capsules, but in general is likely to be more inconvenient for people who are always on the move throughout the day.
Advocare is a direct selling company that operates through numerous distributors who earn commission through sales they set up, and through growing their own team of distributors. The official website is heavily geared towards signing people up to join the company, offering a ‘proven vehicle for success’, and stating ‘you can earn income quickly and take advantage of a business opportunity that can last a lifetime’.
We generally discourage customers from purchasing from Direct Selling companies and Multi-level marketing companies, as they make obtaining refunds difficult by making it unclear who is responsible for handling the refund. Customers are also encouraged to become distributors themselves, having to invest in the products themselves to start their own business. Surveys and income disclosure reports show that the majority of people who join Multi-level marketing companies either make very little money, or fail to make back their initial investment, losing money overall.
Even the about Advocare page discusses the reasons to join the company more than the products they offer/the service/ research behind the products.
How to Take AdvoCare Slim
Combine contents of stick pack with 8 oz of water.
For maximum effect, consume the contents of two stick packs daily.
Consume one serving 30-45 minutes before breakfast.
Consume the second serving approximately 2 hours after lunch, preferably mid-afternoon.
Customers who want to contact the company can use the customer service line: (800) 542-4800 which is open: 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. CT Monday to Friday. Customers can also go to http://www.advocare.com/company/contact.aspx and fill out a form with their questions. Customers who have urgent questions are urged to call the phone number rather than fill in the contact form, as this is obviously the slower option of the two.
AdvoCare Slim Concerns:
- No returns policy detailed
- No independent customer reviews
What Does AdvoCare Slim Claim To Do?
According to the official website, Advocare Slim has the following qualities:
- A portable weight-management aid
- Supports appetite management
- Provides support for long-lasting energy
- Helps fight occasional drowsiness
- Works in conjunction with MNS® or as a stand-alone product
Combining appetite suppression, energy and metabolic enhancers, Slim is a convenient, easy-to-take supplement for weight loss and weight management. Altogether, Slim has a synergistic effect, helping you manage your diet and maintain energy while changing your body from within.
So What Is AdvoCare Slim and What Are The Ingredients?
No ingredient quantities are clearly listed for Advocare Slim on the main website, and the ingredients list provided is described as being the ‘key ingredients’, making it unclear whether there are other active ingredients used in the weight loss supplement or not. For customers who are willing to search around the site, a full ingredients list, including ingredient quantities, is located on the print supplement information link.
We have provided it here for easy access: http://www.advocare.com/products/images/pdf/T1055.pdf
The ingredient quantities listed below are per single serving of one stick pack. Customers are advised to take two per day for maximum effect.
- Thiamine (1.5mg- 100% RDA): The NHS states that thiamine is important for helping to break down and release energy from food. This may be relevant for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate, but in the majority of cases people can obtain all the thiamine they require from their daily diet.
- Biotin (600mcg- 200% RDA): Helps the body to process energy. Deficiency is incredibly rare, as often bacteria in the gut makes more than the body needs each day.
- Chromium (200mcg- 167% RDA): This is used primarily to lower fasting blood sugar levels and to lower insulin levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. In terms of its potential effect upon weight loss, it is possible that taking chromium picolinate by mouth for 2 to 3 months might produce a small weight loss of about 1.1 kg. Obviously this is an incredibly small amount of weight loss, but studies are still inconclusive.
- Green coffee extract (fruit – Coffea canephora robusta P.) (200 mg): An extract from unroasted coffee beans which may aid with weight loss. Several trials have found that overweight subjects lost significant amounts of weight whilst consuming green coffee bean extract, especially when compared to a placebo. Weight loss results were not seen in patients that were of a normal healthy weight already. The active compounds in green coffee extract appear to be caffeine and chlorogenic acid.
- Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract (2400 mg): Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit, also known as the Malabar Tamarind. Test tube and animal research suggests that HCA, the active compound in Garcinia Cambogia, may be helpful in weight loss because of its effects on metabolism. However, studies in humans have found mixed results. Some studies have found it has no effect upon either appetite or metabolic rate, whilst others showed increased weight loss compared to the use of a placebo.
- Taurine (500 mg): Used often in energy drinks, some studies suggest that this amino acid may play a role in athletic performance, meaning that it is only useful for dieters who exercise. There is no link between Taurine and weight loss known at this time.
- Caffeine (120 mg): Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism, causing a small increase in the number of calories used by the body. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Inositol (30 mg): This is found naturally in some plants and animals, but can also be synthesised in laboratories. It may help to treat panic disorder and OCD, but the evidence is still preliminary. It does not seem to play any role in weight loss.
So What Does All This Mean?
Caffeine and green coffee extracts can aid weight loss, although the effects can be relatively small, and green coffee does not seem to aid weight loss in those who are already a healthy weight. Chromium can also aid weight loss, but again, the effects are incredibly small over a long period of use.
Inositol, Biotin and Thiamine are unlikely to aid weight loss, and generally do not need to be supplemented for health, as they are present in a balanced diet. Garcinia Cambogia is described as one of the two ingredients widely associated with weight loss and weight management in this weight loss aid, but the clinical evidence is incredibly varied, with some studies finding no effects upon the metabolism or appetite, and no weight loss associated with the ingredient. One study that showed weight loss from the ingredient actually had greater weight loss in the placebo using group.
The company is also keen to point out that the statements made on the site about the product, its ingredients or its properties have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and that ‘this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease’.
Does AdvoCare Slim Have Any Side Effects?
Some of the ingredients used in Advocare Slim can cause side effects. There are no customer reviews of this product, and so it is unknown if customers have experienced any of the following side effects.
Caffeine can cause headaches, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness and insomnia. Garcinia Cambogia can cause nausea, stomach aches and headaches. Chromium can lower blood sugar levels, making it unsuitable for diabetics, unless they have consulted their doctor and been given approval to use this product. In consumers who have not eaten recently, chromium can cause low blood sugar levels, which can cause light-headedness and fainting.
Pregnant or nursing women should consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.
Not for use by persons who are sensitive to caffeine.
For ages 18 and older.
‘In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control centre immediately.’
Keep out of reach of children.
Any AdvoCare Slim Reviews From Customers?
The testimonials offered on the website are videos from Advocare Independent distributors, who recommend essentially the entire Advocare range of supplements. Each testimonial page has links to the distributer’s favourite products, with some distributors listing 13 or more products. Each written testimonial that accompanies each video is written in the third person, and followed by this statement:
Personal testimonials reflect individual experiences of AdvoCare Independent Distributors and are not necessarily typical of the results you may obtain. Weight loss varies with individual effort, body composition, eating patterns and exercise. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant or nursing, AdvoCare recommends that you consult your healthcare professional before starting an AdvoCare product regimen.
We were unable to find any independent customer reviews of Advocare Slim, and in general the testimonials talk about the product range in general, and do not mention Advocare Slim explicitly.
So Does AdvoCare Slim Work?
Based upon the ingredients list, it is possible that Advocare Slim does aid weight loss, but it is unlikely to make a significant difference to weight loss; the main ingredients are not the strongest weight loss aids. Garcinia Cambogia is present in a large quantity, but the evidence from clinical studies of this ingredient is incredibly mixed, with many studies suggesting that it has no effect upon weight loss at all.
The main problem with this product is that each box only contains a 7 day supply of the weight loss aid. Even if customers did like this product, they may have to stop taking it whilst waiting for more to be delivered, which could slow their weight loss progress.
Where Can I Buy AdvoCare Slim?
Advocare Slim can be purchased from any Advocare distributer, or through the official Advocare website. Each box costs $29.95, and contains 14 servings. This makes the product expensive to use in the long term, especially if customers are using two servings per day as recommended. It would take four boxes to provide a month’s supply of the product, costing the customer $119.80 per month.
Discounts are available for distributors, and it may be this incentive that sways many people to sign up to be an Advocare distributer. We would say that joining the company just for a discount on products is definitely not worth it.
What About A Guarantee
There is no information on the website about a money back guarantee or even any information about the company’s returns policy.
Overall, Advocare Slim appears to be a very expensive and only mildly effective weight loss aid. Whilst it promotes itself as a convenient weight loss aid, it may be more awkward to use than capsules, as it has to be mixed with water to be consumed. The box only comes with a week’s supply, making it inconvenient to keep re-ordering the product.
Customers might be tempted to bulk order this product, but we would advise against this, at least until the customer is sure that they like the product and want to continue to use it. The product itself does not appear to be very strong, and there are no independent customer reviews to suggest how effective the product can be in practice.
The manufacturer, Advocare, has its own issues. We discourage our readers from purchasing from Multi-level management companies or Direct selling companies, which are staffed by people who get paid on commission only, and who are often almost forceful in trying to increase their sales. We also advise our readers to not join any companies such as this, as the majority of people make little money, or fail to even make back the money they “invest” to join the company.
We reject AdvoCare Slim.