After a couple of visitors asked us about this supplement we decided to take a look at Slimlite Skinny to find out more.
SlimLite Skinni Pros
- Full Ingredients profile with ingredients quantities specified
- Company appear reputable
SlimLite Skinni Cons
- Can’t work out what it is supposed to do
- Contains ingredients which may cause side effects
- Website not easy to read because written in pale grey text on white background
SlimLite Skinni Review
SlimLite Skinni Facts
- Marketed by Eken Sports Ltd in New Zealand
- Slimlite Skinny + 2 pack contains 120 capsules
- Costs $79.95 NZD
When you are looking to spend hard-earned cash on a weight loss supplement, you need to be sure that it is safe and that it works. Slimlite Skinny has featured on TV in New Zealand in an informational video and looks good but there is very little information about what it actually will do for you. A lack of customer feedback is also a matter for concern.
The Slimlite brand is part of a range of products from Eken Sports Ltd, a New Zealand company with branches across the Southern Hemisphere and according to the company information, branches in the UK too, although we had never heard of it.
The company head office address is:
41 Totara Street,
Bay Of Plenty
Eken produce a range of sports, nutrition and fitness equipment, including body builder supplements and general weight loss supplements.
There are several products in the Slimlite range including Slimlite Skinny Chews – weight loss gum containing Glucomannan, Slimlite Multi Cal Women’s Vitamin Capsules and Slimlite Reflux Free Fish Oil Capsules which deliver the benefits of fish oil without the gastro intestinal side effects.
There is also Slimlite Libido – a product designed to get your sex drive back!
Slimlite Skinny capsules are available in a twin pack, which gives you 120 capsules. It is designed to support your weight loss and promises to boost your health and immune system as well as your weight loss efforts. You are advised to take the supplement in combination with a controlled diet and exercise regime.
If you weigh between 50 -70kg you are advised to simply take one capsule daily with a meal. If you weigh over 70kgs, you take two capsules daily. Slimlite Skinny + Twin Pack contains up to two months supply.
According to the advertising, one of the key ingredients is Selenium, which is supposed to support healthy thyroid function, and Chromium said to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
It would have been great if the website had explained how these and the other ingredients worked and whether there was clinical evidence that any of the ingredients would help you lose weight. However these facts are missing so the supplement loses some credibility.
Despite the lack of clinical information, the website looks slick and professional. Unfortunately it is not easy to read. The site has washed out look with light grey text on a white background. It looks quite stylish but is almost impossible to see the text.
According to the website, the Slimlite range contains only 100% natural ingredients and you are encouraged to try any Slimlite product risk free according to the 30-day money back guarantee.
SlimLite Skinni Concerns:
- Some of the ingredients may cause side effects
- 30-day money back guarantee may not allow for international shipping returns
- No customer feedback available
What Does SlimLite Skinni Claim To Do?
It is not very clear how this supplement helps you lose weight and the advertising features a restrained slogan free description style. This makes it hard to understand the key features and the pale grey text on a white background, makes even looking at this website hard work.
According to the advertising Slimlite Skinny;
Supports the management of body fat, normal fat metabolism and weight management when combined with a calorie controlled diet and healthy exercise program.
The supplement contains selenium, which “supports healthy thyroid balance” According to the hard to read text Slimlite Skinny;
contains active ingredients such as selenium and green tea extract that have antioxidant activity help protect against free radical damage.
According to the product website, Slimlite Skinny in manufactured in the USA but the company does not provide any further details about this point.
So What Is SlimLite Skinni and What Are The Ingredients For SlimLite Skinni?
Slimlite Skinny is a dietary supplement that you take to help with weight loss. It does not have an appetite suppressing effect and is not marketed as a fat burner. Instead, it is supposed to help you lose weight safely and support you in a general way by boosting your health and supporting your thyroid function.
Ingredients amounts per capsule:
- Green Tea Extract (400mg): Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has been researched for its positive benefits for a wide range of health conditions including prostate cancer. Green tea works best for health when drunk as a beverage. Contains caffeine.
- Garcinia Cambogia (1050mg): South Asian fruit Garcinia Cambogia sometimes called Gambooge. This extract has been investigated for its role in weight loss and although it appears to have some short-term effects, it has not been thoroughly tested. There have been problems with side effects including headaches, skin rash and gastrointestinal problems and further research is necessary. A trial in 1998 proved that Garcinia Cambogia worked no better than a placebo. Source: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobes/2011/509038/
- Yerba Mate extract (875mg): Stimulant similar to caffeine with high levels of antioxidants. Yerba mate is derived from a Brazilian plant and its mineral rich leaf with stimulating properties is used in a drink similar to coffee
- Guarana 60mg: Natural South American berry, which contains natural caffeine, which also helps to reduce appetite.
- Chromium Polynicotinate (0.492 mcg): Trace amounts of chromium Polynicotinate. . It is believed to inhibit the production of fat and studies have shown that chromium supplements help the management of diabetes.
There have been concerns about chromium’s link with cancer and the UK Food agency is aiming to review chromium supplements. The recommended UK safe dose is set at around 25mcg per day although the USA sets this higher at between 50mcg – 200mcg. Here is an extremely low dose which is good for safety reasons but possibly in ineffective quantities. Source: Environment Agency PDF
- Selenium Amino Acid Chelate. (0.037mcg): Trace amounts of selenium (selenium is toxic in high doses) the amino acid Chelate is derived from natural minerals. ) Selenium is reported to lower cholesterol and stabilise blood sugar levels. It is believed to prevent food cravings but requires further evidence. Present in natural foodstuffs including Brazil nuts, fish and poultry. Source: Cancer.org Article
- Ginger extract (25mg): Culinary ingredient and spice which is often taken to cure mild stomach upsets. It is safe unless taken in large quantities but can interfere with Warfarin – blood thinning medication used to treat high blood pressure.
- Cayenne extract (10.2mg): Commonplace spice found in most kitchens. When taken in sufficient quantities, some research has indicated that high levels of capsaicoinds increases the metabolism.
- Black pepper Extract (125mg): Black pepper extract may block fat cell formation. Piperine – the active component of black pepper has been found to lower fat levels in the blood. Although black pepper requires further testing, research is optimistic however, scientists still do not fully understand how it works to help weight loss. Source: Nutra Ingredients article
- Niacinamide -vitamin B3. (12.5mg): When taken at high levels Niacinamide or vitamin B3 can lower cholesterol levels and promote heart health. The RDA is set at 14mg daily for women so this supplement seems set at the correct amount. Vitamin b3 is present in many foods including green veg and eggs. It can cause stomach upsets, flushing and facial redness if you have too much of it. Source: WebMD Niacin article
- Bitter orange extract (150mg): This natural substance contains synephrine, which is a stimulant. According to the US Dept of Health and Human Services, there is not enough evidence to support the use of bitter orange for health purposes. Bitter orange AKA synephrine raises the heart rate and blood pressure and may be linked to heart attacks and strokes. Source: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/bitterorange. See our earlier Bitter Orange extract investigation
So What Does All This Mean?
Slimlite Skinny is surprisingly high in stimulants with a high yerba mate content, which you will probably notice. Lowering the cholesterol is good for health but the ingredients lack evidence that this will actually work and many food products make the same claim.
We are not exactly sure how Slimlite Skinny will help you lose weight and principle ingredient Garcinia Cambogia – here in a high dose, may cause side effects such as a headache or stomach upset. In addition, the effects of Garcinia Cambogia remain largely unproven.
Many of the ingredients such as vitamin B3, ginger, black pepper and selenium can be found in a normal diet. Slimlite Skinny does not look too bad but there again; it does not look that good either.
Does SlimLite Skinni Have Any Side Effects?
The lack of customer feedback for this supplement makes it impossible to find any true-life stories and experiences.
Looking at the ingredients you may find you experience itching or flushing due to the vitamin B3 (niacin) content especially if you are getting this vital vitamin already from your diet. Some people have reported side effects from Garcinia Cambogia including headaches, stomach upsets and skin rashes. Bitter orange can increase the heart rate and blood pressure and can be potentially dangerous for some people.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take Slimlite Skinny if you are taking blood-thinning medication such as Warfarin or have a heart or blood pressure condition.
Any SlimLite Skinni Reviews From Customers?
We can’t find any customer reviews for Slimlite Skinny.
So Does SlimLite Skinni Work?
We can’t see that it will do that much to help you lose weight. Of course, if you start using it at the same time as you start exercising and making dietary changes, you probably will lose weight because of your own efforts.
You may notice the stimulant effect of the yerba mate, but overall the effects of this supplement do not seem that well defined.
Where Can I Buy SlimLite Skinni?
You can buy Slimlite Skinny direct from the product website. It comes in a twin pack and contains 120 capsules so is enough to last up to two months. (You take one or two capsules per day.)
According to the website the recommended retail price is $219.95 New Zealand Dollars but has been reduced to just $79.95 NZD. For customers outside New Zealand this equates to around $66.USD or £41.00 GPB.
Shipping within New Zealand is free to urban address but $5.00 to rural areas and PO Boxes.
Shipping to Australia costs $10.00 and the Rest of the World $15.00. Expect 10 – 15 days delivery time for international shipping.
What About A Guarantee
There is a 30-day money back guarantee advertised if you are unsatisfied. The website information states;
To apply for a 30-Day Trial of any Slimlite products, we require you to purchase the product initially. Within the first 30 days, you can return the unused portion of a particular product along with the receipt of purchase for a refund. Refunds do not include shipping costs
This guarantee seems ok but you will have to contact the company if you are an international customer in order to allow enough time for international shipping back to NZ at your own expense.
If you require a further information about the guarantee and obtaining a refund try contacting the Slimlite customer service department.
Slimlite Skinny is certainly not the worst diet supplement on the market and the company behind it seem reputable and trustworthy.
The major problem with Slimlite Skinny is that it is hard to see exactly what it does and why you should go to the bother of buying it. The principle ingredient is Garcinia Cambogia, which has been proven to have nothing more than a placebo effect and Yerba Mate is not much more than a stimulant.
If you have concerns about the function of your thyroid gland, you should probably see a doctor rather than take an OTC supplement.
The lack of customer feedback is of major concern, as are some of the ingredients too. There maybe side effects and this combined with a lack of clinical evidence that it works leads us to only one conclusion and that is to reject this supplement.