We decided to a take a look to see if the combination of weight loss shakes and two different capsule supplements are a good way to aid weight loss.
- Glucomannan proven appetite suppressant
- Meal replacement shakes include lots of vitamins
- Expensive program
- Not enough shakes for a month’s use
- Short returns period
- Manufactured for ACN Wellness
- 21 shakes and 30 day’s worth of capsules per system
- Three part weight management system
Benevita is a complete weight management system that was launched in 2013 by ACN Wellness, a branch of larger company, ACN Europe.
The product is manufactured in Swiss facilities, and the company is based in the Netherlands, but Benevita can be shipped across Europe and even to the Canary Islands.
How to Take Benevita
“Replace one meal a day with ‘Shake-It!’. Take 2 ‘Go!’ capsules with a 250 ml glass of water once a day before you sit down to enjoy your breakfast or lunch. Take 2 ‘Recover!’ capsules with a 250 ml glass of water before your evening meal.”
Consumers are advised to enhance their weight loss further with three additional (and logical) steps: ‘Enjoy nutritious meals as suggested in our Healthy Living Regime. Boost your body with energetic exercise 20 -30 minutes each day. Hydrate, strengthen and regenerate your body with plenty of water each day.’
Customers who wish to contact the manufacturers can email email@example.com.
Many questions that customers may have are answered on the FAQ section on the website, and so customers should check out this page first, hopefully saving themselves time in waiting for a response from the company.
- Overpriced product
- Does not explain how product aids weight loss
- Not enough shakes for month supply
What Does Benevita Claim To Do?
The claims made by Benevita are quite vague in places:
Feel the difference after treating yourself everyday with Benevita’s chocolate or vanilla flavoured elixir Shake-It!, the natural energy boosting Go! and the tranquil and calming effects of Recover!
However, the website does state that the system is intended to aid weight loss, although it does not specify how this weight loss is going to be achieved.
The balancing program of the Benevita Weight Management System is specially designed and formulated by our Swiss lab and nutritionists to help shed those excess kilos or maintain your ideal weight.
So What Is Benevita and What Are The Ingredients For Benevita?
The Benevita Weight Management System consists of three elements; a morning supplement called Go!
Go! Ingredients per 2 capsules
- Vitamin C 80 mg (100% RDA)
- Vitamin B1 1.1mg(100% RDA)
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Pantothenic acid
- Glucomannan (1000mg): This fibre comes from the root of konjac. The powder absorbs water upon contact and becomes gel-like in consistency; it not only helps to fill the stomach, but slows down digestion, meaning that the dieter can go for longer before feeling hungry again. There are numerous studies that show glucomannan use leads to weight loss without making any other changes.
- Caffeine (40 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.
Recover! Ingredients per 2 capsules
- Magnesium (114 mg)
- Lemon Balm (200 mg): Lemon Balm is thought to have soothing properties, aiding sleep and helping t relieve anxiety. It is also used for digestive disorders, including settling an upset stomach, treating bloating and gas. It may therefore reduce any potential side effects caused by the consumption of glucomannan.
- Glucomannan (1000mg): As above.
Shake it! Ingredients and Nutritional information, per shake
Serving size: 1 packet (54.2 g)
Servings per box: 21
Amount Per Serving % NRV*
Energy 200 kcal
Total Fat 3.5 g
Of which Saturates 1.5 g
Carbohydrates 27 g
Of which Sugars 16 g
Protein 16 g
Salt 0.7 g
Vitamin A 240 µg 30 %
Vitamin D 1.5 µg 30 %
Vitamin E 3.0 mg 25 %
Vitamin C 24 mg 30 %
Vitamin B1 0.33 mg 30 %
Vitamin B2 0.48 mg 34 %
Niacin 5.4 mg 34 %
Vitamin B6 0.45 mg 32 %
Folic Acid 60 µg 30 %
Vitamin B12 0.42 µg 17 %
Biotin 4.5 µg 9 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.9 mg 15 %
Calcium 210 mg 26 %
Phosphorus 165 mg 24 %
Potassium 600 mg 30 %
Iron 4.8 mg 34 %
Zinc 2.85 mg 29 %
Copper 0.33 mg 33 %
Iodine 39 µg 26 %
Selenium 16.5 µg 30 %
Magnesium 45 mg 12 %
Manganese 0.3 mg 15 %
Glucomannan 1 g
Suitable for vegetarians
Below are the links to full nutritional information of each product in the Benevita Weight Management System:
So What Does All This Mean?
If the entire weight management system is consumed daily according to the recommended usage instructions, consumers will ingest 3 grams of glucomannan, spaced evenly throughout the day. This is a significant dosage that studies have shown will suppress the appetite, slow digestion and improve the regularity of bowel movements, as well as levelling out blood sugar levels. Slowing digestion, levelling out blood sugar levels and filling the stomach with added fibrous bulk can all help to prevent cravings for snacks between meals, and help the dieter to eat less at meals, which both contribute to weight loss.
The shake provides 200 calories, making it a lower calorie substitute for a lunch each day. This again can aid weight loss, provided the consumer does not add in extra calories to their diet in other meals.
Each element of the weight loss system contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, which contribute to general health. B vitamin deficiency may hinder weight loss, but there is little evidence that consuming an excess amounts of these vitamins will boost weight loss efforts.
Does Benevita Have Any Side Effects?
Caffeine can cause headaches, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, dizziness, jitteriness and insomnia.
Glucomannan should be consumed with plenty of water so that it can fully expand in the stomach. If it does not expand fully, this can lead to stomach pains and constipation. Glucomannan absorbs water and expands, and so the consumer should drink the shake drink as soon as it is mixed. Consumers should also ensure that the drink is fully mixed, with no lumps of unmixed shake powder. There have been reported of trouble swallowing glucomannan products, and so consumers should take the capsules with plenty of water.
Glucomannan is a type of fibre and so is likely to cause increased bowel movements. If taken with plenty of water it will improve regularity and help to treat constipation. It can also affect blood sugar levels, and so diabetics should consult their doctor before taking any glucomannan based supplements or shakes.
When taken by mouth, lemon balm can cause some side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, and wheezing. However, when used in small quantities it is generally considered safe and unlikely to cause these side effects.
Not recommended for children or pregnant women or for people sensitive to caffeine.
Consumers should drink plenty of water throughout the day to minimise side effects from the consumption of glucomannan.
Do not take this product in the two weeks before surgery. Diabetics should consult their doctor before use, as this product can affect blood sugar levels.
Any Benevita Reviews From Customers?
The company has a page dedicated to customer testimonials, which include before and after pictures, as well as weight loss stats and quotes from satisfied customers. It appears that the customers featured have lost significant amounts of weight. Providing weight loss statistics, including before and after weight, is helpful. But customers should remember that these testimonials have been selected for use because of the huge successes the customers have experienced, and that this may not be representative of all results.
Additional lifestyle changes further enhance weight loss, and these may not be mentioned in the testimonials. Additionally, consumers would have to make permanent lifestyle changes if they do not want to experience weight gain when no longer following the weight management program.
Not only did I lose weight I gained self confidence in myself and now believe that if I want to achieve my GOALS, I can and the only thing stopping me from achieving anything is my own self.
I have gained health, well-being, self-esteem, confidence, personal satisfaction, a healthier lifestyle and better eating habits…
Today I feel much better, not only for the weight I have lost, I have more self-esteem, more energy and I no longer feel embarrassed of my body. It helped me a lot to start healthy habits that I didn’t use to have.
So Does Benevita Work?
For dieters who have trouble with their appetite whilst dieting, it is likely that following the Benevita Weight management program will aid weight loss.
Consumers who have tried shake meal replacements in the past and have struggled to stick to the diet will also struggle to stick with this product. The shakes are low calorie, and some people do not find them adequate replacements for an actual solid meal.
Glucomannan does suppress the appetite, and slows digestion, helping to delay hunger between meals. However, customers who are unwilling to listen to their body’s needs and change their eating patterns are not going to see much success with this product.
Caffeine does boost the metabolism, but only mildly, and so this product is not a strong fat burner at all. Customers who want to take a fat burner to aid their weight loss should consider looking at other products instead of Benevita.
Where Can I Buy Benevita?
The Benevita Weight Management Program is available from the official Benevita website.
Customers can set up an automatic monthly order program to save themselves 10% off the list price, but as usual we recommend that customers avoid auto-ship programs such as these as they can be difficult to cancel, and are easy to forget about, costing the customer more in the long term. They are also pointless if the customer decides they do not like the product.
A box of the weight management system includes one bottle of Go!, one bottle of Recover!, and 21 sachets of Shake it!, in a choice of vanilla or chocolate flavour. The cost of each box is €120.00, plus VAT. Because VAT varies by country, there is a table available listing the total prices of each product, depending upon where in Europe the customer is located.
An example of how much the prices vary because of VAT is that customers in the UK would pay €129.60 (around £100 at the time of writing) for a weight management system, whilst customers in Hungary would pay €152.40, because of the country’s higher VAT rate. These prices do not include shipping costs.
What About A Guarantee
Goods that arrive damaged can be exchanged for a replacement product. There is a 14 day period after receipt of purchased items to withdraw from the agreement, called the ‘Withdrawal Period’. This is the company returns policy, although it is not referred to as such.
The customer must inform Benevita before the end of this 14 day period in writing that they wish to return the product. This can be done via the website or via email.
Meal replacement shakes are not an ideal weight loss aid for everyone. There are many people who do not feel satisfied and full after drinking a shake in place of a meal, and so are inclined to snack later. However, glucomannan is a proven appetite suppressant, and so those with the right mind-set might benefit from this weight loss program.
Certainly the testimonials show that people have lost significant amounts of weight using this program. However, there are no independent customer reviews for this product, and so it is impossible to assess how common this significant weight loss is, or to see if any customers have experienced side effects from using the products.
The product itself is expensive, and based upon the ingredients and potential benefits, we feel it is overpriced. Customers might be tempted to sign up for the monthly auto ship program to get a 10% discount on the product, but we advise customers not to use this service.
Auto ship programs are often difficult to cancel, and can cost the customer more in the long term, especially if they are unable to cancel before an unwanted shipment has been sent out for delivery. Customers are not even given enough shakes to last for a month, even though this is supposed to be a month’s supply of the product.
Overall, we do not recommend the Benevita Weight Management program as a viable weight loss aid.