We take a look at Skinny Fiber to find out the truth behind this supplement and whether it is safe.
Skinny Fiber Pros
- Does not contain caffeine
- Some positive customer feedback
- Money back guarantee on offer
Skinny Fiber Cons
- Product website very confusing
- Lack of advice and clinical proof
- May not be sufficient amounts of Glucomannan
- Includes auto-shipping option
- Sold as a Multi-Level-Marketing / Pyramid scheme
Skinny Fiber Review
Skinny Fiber Facts
- Manufactured by Skinny Body Care, USA
- Bottles contain 120 capsules or one month’s supply
- Main ingredient is Glucomannan
Skinny Fiber contains natural ingredients all delivered with large helping of psychobabble that attempts to explain your failure to lose weight in the past. Apparently it all comes down to toxins and a weak immune system caused by eating too much of the wrong food. This function is never fully explained by the advertising.
This diet pill contains key ingredients that are high in fiber and have an appetite suppressing effect by filling your stomach so you do not suffer hunger pangs while you lose weight.
Skinny Fiber is an American diet pill manufactured by Skinny Body Care in the US who are owned by Iconz Global Network, LLC. and is advertised as being the answer to weight loss. Unlike many other supplements on the market this is not a fat burner but an appetite suppressant so will suit consumers who do not like the effects of caffeine. Be warned though, this diet pill does contain stimulant cha de bugre but this is not the principle ingredient. The way that this pill works for weight loss is by filling your stomach thus minimising the effects of hunger. According to the advertising, the ingredients are also rich in enzymes and will help regulate your hormones and reduce the feelings of hunger in your brain.
To use Skinny Body you take two capsules 30 minutes before lunch and again 30 minutes before your evening meal. You are advised to take with a glass of water and the appetite suppressant effect will kick in and prevent you from over eating at mealtimes.
The product information is not very clear about how this diet pill actually works and there is some rather confusing information that goes on about toxins and nutrients, without actually saying anything. We feel that the product information is very incomplete and the result is that it is hard to figure out what it is, that this diet pill actually does.
There is no medical information or scientific proof that Skinny Fiber actually works but the ingredients are natural which is a point in its favour. There have been some medical issues associated with Glucomannan (see our in-depth Glucomannan ingredient article) but the product information does not mention these or any side effects.
The most prominent information given on the Skinny Fiber website seems more concerned with finding new distributors to sell this diet pill, rather than any sound advice about how to use it and what it actually contains.
Because of this sales policy, Skinny Fiber is available for sale from various sellers on Amazon.com and eBay.com. So far, it is not easily available to customers from outside the USA and although some of these third party sellers may ship internationally it will all depend on their own policies.
We are concerned about the lack of health information too. There are no FAQs or information about potential side effects yet some of the ingredients may have potential side effects.
The Skinny Fiber website is confusing, does not appear to work correctly and is extremely difficult to navigate.
For example, although you are invited to join the skinny 90-day challenge and sign up to an auto ship programme where you can receive three free bottles of Skinny Fiber – and we advise you not to do this because diet supplement contracts can be notoriously difficult to cancel.
When you attempt to buy Skinny Fiber direct from the product site, the website requires you to enter the name of “the distributor who referred you”. Even attempting to register with the site and become a site member takes you back to entering the name of your distributor. It is very confusing. If you want to try Skinny Fiber, you will probably be better off going through a third party seller.
Skinny Fiber Concerns
- May cause side effects
- Inadequate product information
- Company appear focused on selling not weight loss using a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) / Pyramid scheme
What Does Skinny Fiber Claim To Do?
The advertising on the Skinny Body website claims that the diet pills provide the following benefits
- Proprietary Formula
- Provide Antioxidant Properties
- May Help Promote Weight Management
- Support Healthy Digestion
- Helps Supports Detoxification
- Much More!
There is no information given about how this works and the process is not clearly explained.
The advertising goes on to say.
How many times have you tried a diet or weight loss program, followed all the directions, and didn’t get results? It’s not your fault!
This is the major selling point of Skinny Fiber and it is just not that convincing. How do the advertisers know it is not your fault? This is just an attempt to get you onside and into victim mode where you are passively waiting to lose weight with not doing anything to make this happen.
Another big statement is that,
While diet and exercise are always important to your health, moving more and eating less doesn’t always get results…which is the biggest reason why most weight loss programs flat out DON’T WORK!
However, eating less and moving more cannot fail to get results – if you stick at it.
The advertising states that;
until your body is confident enough that it is going to survive without that extra fat, losing weight is almost impossible!
It really does not make sense although we like the notion of the body having emotions. Confident arms perhaps or legs lacking in self esteem? It does not really work like that.
So What Is Skinny Fiber and What Are The Ingredients For Skinny Fiber?
Skinny Fiber contains three key ingredients that act together as an appetite suppressant. The high fibre content of the capsules expand in the stomach and cause the feeling of fullness and the cha de bugre may have some effect as a mild stimulant.
- Glucomannan: This is a soluble fiber derived from the konjac root, also known as the elephant yam. According to research, it can promote feelings of fullness and bowel movements. It has also been tested and widely found to help reduce cholesterol levels and maintain the metabolism in a healthy way. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16320857
The major problem with this ingredient is that it has not yet been tested for safety and long-term use. Although there is some clinical support for potential health benefits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any product containing Glucomannan for the treatment of medical conditions.
Risks of taking Glucomannan include choking and/or blockage of the throat, oesophagus or intestine, according to international adverse reaction case reports. It is also important to note that these products should NOT be taken immediately before going to bed. According to Health Canada, you should ensure you take plenty of water. Source: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/88/4/1167.full
Lastly and most importantly, ALL clinical research showing significant weight loss is based on 3000mg per day. This supplement contains just over 2000mg in the recommended serving per day.
- Caralluma: Is a cactus plant that is found wild in India and is often used in times of food shortages because it is said to minimise the feelings of hunger. According to a two-month clinical test carried out by the University of Bangalore on 50 people with a BMI over of over 25, Caralluma had a beneficial effect upon weight loss and waist size and does help reduce appetite. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17097761
- Cha de Bugre: Is a native Brazilian tree that produces a red fruit similar to a coffee bean and these berries are often used as a coffee substitute. It is a stimulant and is popular in Brazil as an energy drink. Also known as Cordia Salifocia , this fruit may have health benefits but remains unproven for promoting weight loss.
A big problem with Cha de bugre is that in its native form, this ingredient may be beneficial but the Brazilian government has controlled export. This means it is unlikely that you will find genuine cha de bugre in uncontrolled third party supplements such as Skinny Fiber. Source: http://www.chadebugre.com/index-1.html
So What Does All This Mean?
The ingredients contained in Skinny Fiber have not undergone enough clinical evaluation to prove efficacy or safety. The FDA has not approved Glucomannan as a treatment for medical obesity and there are concerns about a potential health risk with regards the side effect of choking.
Caralluma is equally unproven and although it may be approved in the future, so far results are inconclusive. Cha de Bugre may have health benefits but the fact that export from Brazil is restricted it is unlikely that Skinny Fiber contains much of the stimulant effect. Although it may work in its home country when prepared fresh from the tree, it will probably do little here in supplement form.
Does Skinny Fiber Have Any Side Effects?
According to the product information, Skinny Fiber is safe to use. However the ingredients may cause side effects.
Most worrying is the choking hazard posed by the Glucomannan but you can also expect increased bowel movements and possibly diarrhoea as well. Some customers have experienced nausea and stomach pains.
Caution No particular known side effects. Ensure you take these with plenty of water to minimise choking risks.
Any Skinny Fiber Reviews From Customers?
There are some customer reviews about Skinny Fiber. A few people have reported side effects and many have not lost any weight,
One customer reported;
I take the pills every day 30 minutes before every meal. However, they do not seem to work. No weight loss.
Others have reported;
No I didn’t want to eat, but I didn’t lose not 1 pound…. (and I worked out and changed my everyday workout) I haven’t been so active til now trying hard to lose weight!!!! It upsets me that I couldn’t lose not 1 pound
GARBAGE!!! Does not fill me up, in the least bit. The water I drink to swallow them, does, but not these pills!! I wasted my money! Please save yourself from ordering this junk
However, there are some more positive reviews.
I lost 12 pounds in my first month and then 2 pounds after. I noticed that it does control my appetite if I take 6 pills a day (2 for breakfast, 2 for lunch, 2 for dinner). I did not take them this past weekend and ate like a hog, so I KNOW they work. You need to drink a lot of water to swell the Glucomannan
Please note that this customer has exceeded the recommended daily dose, which we would never recommend with ANY supplement.
So Does Skinny Fiber Work?
It may help you a bit. You could use these pills in an attempt to fill your stomach with fiber to resist the urge to over eat.
Alternatively, you could simply include more fiber into your diet and that way you could save money and avoid potential side effects. Some consumers have found that although their appetite has been decreased they still have not lost much weight.
Where Can I Buy Skinny Fiber?
Skinny Fiber is not available in the shops and if you attempt to buy from the product website, you may be unable to. However, you can find it on Amazon and eBay as well as a few third party websites.
Prices vary. One US seller is offering a bottle of 120 capsules for $58.99, which is a month’s supply and seems to be a standard price.
There is a 90-day challenge that is advertised from the product website and this offers you three free bottles of Skinny Fiber You have to join the site and sign up to an auto ship programme in order to qualify for this offer but it is currently not available direct from the product website. We advise against entering into any auto ship programme because you may find it hard to later cancel.
What About Money Back Guarantee?
Our first look at this supplement it appeared that the money-back guarantee was lacking. After given information from a number of distributors we have managed to find information that indicates a 30-day money back guarantee is on offer. Upon returning the bottle (empty or otherwise) to the distributor you can receive your money-back minus postage costs.
There are too many unanswered questions surrounding Skinny Fiber. The product website is chaotic, hard to navigate and even to buy. The ingredients contained in the capsules require further testing and Glucomannan has the potential risk of choking.
There does appear to be a money-back guarantee and many of the positive feedback found have gone on to become distributors of the product. Even still when compared to other cheaper alternatives on the market in our opinion this supplement doesn’t quite make the grade.