Plexus Slim Reviews: The Truth Exposed

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pink drinkThe makers of Plexus Slim (& many of their ‘independent’ distributors) claim this ‘Pink Drink’ can…

help you lose weight, burn fat and balance blood sugar / cholesterol levels (without exercising)

…sounds impressive, but can this popular product live up to the hype?

We put it to the test (& the results surprised us!), here’s what we found…

This is an independent review: We are NOT distributors for Plexus Slim (most reviews are written by their brand ‘ambassadors’).

plexus slim reviewsDoes it Work or is it a Scam?

At TimetoCleanse we see new weight loss products come and go all the time: most of them are poorly formulated and simply don’t work.

Plexus Slim seems to be everywhere we look at the moment, and we’ve been inundated with questions about the products, the ingredients, and whether we recommended it (or not).

Whilst this product definitely isn’t an outright scam, it also isn’t everything it claims to be: We’ll let you decide if this is the right product for you (or not)….

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WARNING: BANNED IN AUSTRALIA!

A banned substance called “dimethylamylamine” was found in the Natural Accelerator product, and the Australian Department of Health issued a warning to consumers that the product posed serious health risks.

We believe the product has recently be re-formulated, however it is still a cause for concern.

dangerous claimsWhat is Plexus Slim?

Plexus Slim, often referred to as the “Pink Drink”, is a powdered drink mix that’s been around since 2008. Simply mix the power with water and take 30 minutes before a meal, usually with a pill called ‘Accelerator+’.

Sounds easy right? Perhaps a bit too easy…

ALERT: Most Plexus Slim Reviews are written by the companies ‘Ambassadors’!

Finding independent Plexus Slim reviews can be a challenge, as most of them are written by people who sell the products and are trying to make a buck….

These people often make outrageous claims, with little or no supporting evidence to back them up (we even found someone who was told this product is a diabetes medication!).

This mis-information can be dangerous. Please be ‘on alert’ when doing your research.

How Does it Work?

plexus slim packagingThe product contains a number of natural ingredients which the makers claim cover “all areas of weight loss” and help to reduce cravings, decrease appetite, increase metabolism and speed up fat burning.

These are BIG claims especially when the company also claims exercise isn’t required.

Whilst our reviews show the product does contain a few ingredients (see below) with ‘some’ evidence that they can be useful in aiding weight loss, we haven’t found any evidence that this product can live up to its ‘hype’ and outrageous claims.

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Customer Reviews

Below you’ll find a selection of reviews users have submitted about this product…

I've used this product for about 2 months now and I'm not sure its really doing anything (except costing me money!)

Missy Boothe
December 1, 2014

I did lose some weight when I first started using this product and its quick / easy to use, but the results have tapered off, not sure if there is something I am missing?

Lynette Demello
December 1, 2014

What a load of rubbish! I friend kept recommending this to me (didnt know she was a rep at the time!) so I decided to give it a try - but it didnt work for me (no results, same weight) so I am going to contact her to see if I can get a refund.

Brenda Vega
December 12, 2014

Key Ingredients

Chlorogenic Acid

  • This is a substance derived from green coffee beans.
  • A 2010 study did find that it helped with weight loss and increased fat burning in rats that were fed a high fat diet. A very small study involving 16 overweight people was also conducted in 2012, and found that participants saw significant reductions in body weight, body mass and percent body fat compared to those taking a placebo.
  • Chlorogenic acid may also have a laxative effect.

Chromium

  • Chromium is an important nutrient known to help regulate blood sugar levels which may also reduce cravings for simple carbs.
  • It’s known as an “essential trace element” because only a very small amount is necessary for health.
  • Some studies have shown that it may have a small amount effect on weight loss, but many others have found it has no effect.

Garcina Cambogia Extract

  • This fruit native to Indonesia may be effective in making meals more filling
  • It’s also believed to help curb the appetite
  • There have been some studies that have shown that it is effective for weight loss; however, these studies were conducted on mice. Human studies have found no real difference between people taking a placebo and those who took Garcina Cambogia.
  • While it’s safe for most people, it could interact with diabetes treatments and it may be a problem for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A quick look at a FAQs on a distributor website states that “extensive clinical research has demonstrated no ill side effects with any medications or other supplements,” which reiterates the issue discussed above in regard to false claims by unqualified “ambassadors.”

Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant known to help prevent cell damage in the body.
  • It is also used to help break down carbohydrates and increase energy levels.
  • One study found that it may increase the metabolic rate which can boost weight loss; however, this study also involved mice and not humans.
  • While it isn’t known to be harmful, it may interfere with diabetes treatment.

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Other Product Information

Guarantee

drawing of product We like the 60-day guarantee, which allows you to return the product, and get a full refund if you don’t see a difference, or get the results you hoped for within 60 days. This is a generous guarantee, and shows the company must be confident about their product.

Costs

The product is available to purchase as a retail customer, or alternatively you can sign-up as a preferred customer to get slightly discounted prices (however you will have to join to auto-shipment program).

Current pricing (updated December 2014):

  • Plexus Slim Only:  $79.99/ $84.95 (30 day supply)
  • Combo Pack with Natural Accelerator:  $99.85  / $114.95 (30 day supply)

Reported Side Effects

We have been through Plexus Slim reviews on other websites, such as Amazon and eBay and have read reports of:

  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach Upsets
  • Headaches

However these side-effects appear uncommon and most people do not experience any issues taking the product.

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The Pros

  • Natural Ingredients
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee

The Cons

  • Concerns about safety (see warning note above)
  • Outrageous Claims (mostly from ‘independent’ Ambassadors)
  • Quick Fix: Lack of focus on long-term results
  • Not Clinically Proven
  • Tells people exercise not required
  • No focus on making changes to diet and exercise

Other Negatives

The use of two natural sweeteners: Stevia and Luo Han Guo.

  • Although stevia is added to many low-calorie foods and beverages and is not necessarily harmful in itself, there has been some research that shows it may actually hinder weight loss because the brain doesn’t receive a signal that the stomach is full.
  • The sweet flavor can actually trick the body into thinking it’s going to be receiving calories – and when it doesn’t, metabolism is lowered.
  • Keep in mind, that there are lots of low and no-cal products on the shelves and Americans are certainly no slimmer than they were back in the ‘70s or ‘80s. In-fact, obesity is more rampant than ever.

Stimulant: Higenamine

  • This plant-derived chemical is an ingredient in the Accelerator product. It works like a stimulant, causing tissues to contract. It speeds the heart rate and increases heart contractions. This is likely at least part of the reason for the warning issued by the Australian government.

Was there ever any “extensive clinical research?”

  • Although Plexus has made claims of extensive clinical research on its products, we can only find a summary of one study which doesn’t appear to have been published or peer-reviewed
  • Whilst the study did reveal that eight people with type 2 diabetes who were given the product saw some improvement in blood sugar and body weight, there is no information as to how it was conducted, which means it can’t be duplicated by other scientists – or used to seriously backup the claims.

Plexus Slim: Our Verdict?

the verdictThis is not a product we’ll be using ourselves, and we can’t recommend it to you.

We know some people have seen positive results & have lost weight using Plexus Slim, however there’s a good chance these results will be short-term and as soon as they stop using the product the weight will come right back.

There’s a lack of clinical research and to be honest this feels like another ‘quick fix’ product. We are particularly concerned about the messages (or lack of) from the makers about the importance of exercise, and eating a clean, healthy diet.

If you are trying to lose weight and need a boost, then it might be worth a closer look. However you’ll get better, longer-term results by making a few simple (& free tweaks) to your diet and daily lifestyle.

Find out how to lose weight and keep it off, increase energy levels and enjoy optimum health without any supplements, pills, potions or products (and in just a few minutes a day!).

Do You Agree? Have you Used Plexus Slim?

That’s our view, but what do you think? Have you used Plexus Slim? Let us know your experiences in the comments below or leave a review & share your experiences…

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lara darlingtonWritten By Lara Darlington
Lara is an author, qualified Kinesiologist & experienced natural health professional. She has created a relaxed, simple, natural and healthy lifestyle, and loves helping others do the same. Read More...

  • Sarah

    Hmmm…interesting…I personally have never heard of this until now. I’m always open to trying new things. But honestly, I use a lot of logic in life, especially when it comes being healthy. Me and my family have been eating all organic since 2007. Since then I don’t have asthma any more. I used to have it, but not anymore and I honestly think it’s because my body is healing itself by putting (real) food into it, exercising and practicing a positive attitude. I’m not at all saying that I have it all figured out, but what I’ve been doing has been working for me…so far. But I’m also very open-minded and wouldn’t say no to trying something like this =)

  • Katie Mary

    Would definitely need more information but the fact that it’s banned in other country raises a red flag so I don’t think I’d try it. There’s so many different types of weight loss and meal supplements you really do have to do some research to see what is really in these products.

  • Rhonda

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