Plexus Slim Reviews: The Truth Exposed

Lara Darlington
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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, and the results surprised us! Here’s what we found…

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(personalized report)

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 product, 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 been reformulated; 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 powder 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 company’s ‘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 misinformation 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.

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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 that users have submitted for 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

I started on just the drink. No results, then told to add accelerator, pro bio, bio cleanse. Till i quit it was costin 150-170 per month. I was on months. I just cant see spendin that money w no results. They claim i didnt give enough time, excuse me??? They need to make it cheaper if u need to be on longer for results instead of sending their ambassadors to hawaii & florida!! Disgusted, my FB page is loaded w them trying to push it.

Deanna Chupp
December 24, 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 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 the 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 an 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, the 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 back up 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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  • 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.

    • Nate

      I am a Plexus ambassador and let me tell you that it was banned from Australia only because there was a mix up between the difference of GeranaX (which is derived from Geranium) and DMAA(which is a synthetic that was used as a decongestant.) Plexus never had DMAA in any of their products. But do to the misunderstanding of these two ingredients Plexus went above board and voluntarily removed GeranaX from their product.

      This is a company that wants there to be no confusion about the fact that they are an all natural and mostly plant based products. I say mostly plant based because there are two lines that use animal products. One is a gel tab which uses animal products and the other is a powder that has Green Lip Mussels in it.

  • Sam

    As an ambassador for Plexus we are TOLD to ALWAYS let people know that plexus supplements are a tool in your weight loss journey, they will NOT do it all for you. The supplements help you to want to eat better and have energy to exercise and live a healthier life in general. They help you cut your sugar cravings but they don’t take the sugar off your plate you have to do that on your own. Every supplement will work different for every person and Plexus is not the answer for every person but for a lot of people it has been a life changer, but that is a decision you will have to make on your own!

    • http://www.timetocleanse.com/ Lara Darlington

      Sam, thanks for your comment – its good to hear from an ambassador who promotes the products responsibly.

  • Diana Plexus Journey

    With Slim just as with any new journey you have to really make an effort. I started and drank my Dt Pepsi’s in the morning as my caffeine kick. Taking the Slim & Accelerator + for the first month. By week 3 I decided to stop my soda drinking and fully engage in my water intake. That folks is the key to success — drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day! I was making better eating choices and walked on my 10 min breaks and lunchtime…all I did for exercise. I had heard about Candida/Leaky gut and knew I had all the ailments to prove my gut was in bad shape. I struggled with IBS and stomach issues, headaches, pms issues….So my 2nd month I added the Probio5 & Bio Cleanse and the stomach issues were relieved. Our probiotic is very unique than any other probiotic in the market today why…because ours has an anti-fungal enzyme that kills off the bad bacteria (fungus) in my gut but replenishes the good flora to fight off viruses that way my body was meant to do.

    I have been taking Plexus products for almost 2 years and the cost does not compare to the plethora of dr visits I used to go to. I no longer have had to go to the dr for anything other than to check my numbers, which are all normal. I am off Metformin for Pre-Diabetes, Simvastin for cholesterol and Lexapro for depression. My eye sight just this past November is improving by 25%. My daughter had psoriasis all over her body and Plexus has cleared it all up…using Slim, Probio5 (probiotic) and X Factor.

    As far as the ban to other countries this was what our Plexus compliance had to share about that information; as I have been asked by skeptics about our products. Here is there say:
    The information posted on the TGA site is quite old but likely it will never be removed. It is, as you mentioned, regarding a product we no longer carry and an ingredient we no longer use (or will ever use again). Before DMAA became banned by the FDA, Plexus proactively reformulated our Accelerator product to Accelerator +. We never sold that ingredient after it became banned. At no time were we ever contacted by any government agency to do so – we did that on our own after learning about the FDA opinion.

    We extend this type of caution to new ingredients in the market place as well. You may have heard of AMP Citrate (DMBA) which is supposed to be a DMAA alternative. This ingredient is already under FDA scrutiny and we expect it to become banned as well. When reformulating, we did as much research as possible to ensure the ingredients we use are allowable by the FDA. While we cannot predict or know how the FDA may change its regulations or opinions of ingredients, we ensure we are always following FDA guidance.

    FYI: Plexus is not for everyone. If you truly don’t put your health as a top priority, Plexus probably isn’t for you. For those who expect to lose 25-50 lbs in 3-6 weeks, your expectations are unrealistic so Plexus probably isn’t for you. Anyone who would rather blow $100 on pedicures, purses, or dining out, but complains that Plexus is too pricey, good chance your priorities don’t line up with vibrant health. As for those who want a “quick fix” and you refuse to be consistent or patient, Plexus is not for you. Who is Plexus for? Those who want real results and will commit to Plexus. For individuals who are serious about changing their health from the inside out. For people who care about their wellness and will actively become the CEO of their health.

    Please get back with me if you are serious about your health I would love to share my story and that of my daughter’s. Thank you all for your time.

    • skkq

      Diana, fungus is not bacteria. Fungus and bacteria are two very different organisms. It’s neglect of simple facts like this that make me seriously suspicious of products that people like you promote all over the internet, including the comments section of this site.

  • Eva_D

    I have the Plexus ambassadors all over my Facebook. I am athletic with relatively low body fat (16%, female). I don’t need to lose weight. But when I was diagnosed with an overlap disorder (RA and SLE), I took low level steroids to reduce the effects of the flare. I mentioned on FB how much better I felt and the Plexus people jumped all over me pushing the products as an alternative to the very low dose steroids and short term steroids that my rheumatologist prescribed. I don’t have a problem with people using a natural healthy product to lose and maintain weight loss. But my physical fitness has been a top priority my whole life. I only took the steroids to avoid permanent damage. I’ve experienced no weight gain. Most of all, I am no longer in a flare. So my energy levels are good again without the steroid. I just wish the ambassadors would leave medical advice regarding potentially deadly disorders (as in diabetes or SLE) to medical professionals. I worried enough about putting steroids in my body and that was something I discussed at length with my rheumatologist. I respect the Plexus advocates individual journeys toward good health; I do wish they would likewise respect mine.

  • kimber

    The supplements make you want to eat better??? Bull..there is no supplement that is going to make me want to eat a salad or broccoli..come on..I would have given it a chance but Sam you changed my mind!

  • Emily Soto

    The main reason I’m turned off about it is the ambassadors are over whelming! I have never seen anything like it. It makes me think they are brain washed because they all say the same exact thing! And why would I want to buy something this expensive and serious frim a company that lets every Tom, Dave and Harry sell! STOP THE ADS CONSTANTLY OR TEACH THEM TO SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM EVERY ONE ELSE! Robot!

    • velveteenRabbit

      I’ve had to block people because I was so sick of “that crazy wrap thing” filling up my feed

      So far only one person on my feed is pushing plexus. SO FAR, hahahaha

    • jroyse

      Did you consider that they say similar things BC they have had very similar results? There are only so many ways to say I feel better , i eat healthier, I am off prescriptions, I have less pain. And if you took your car to have the brakes fixed and they fixed them and everyone else that went there no one would say anything. But ppl who take Plexus are brainwashed BC they have similar results and are not capable of thinking for themselves. And like with everything , there are people who will abuse it and take advantage of people . but that is why we have friends and ppl we trust and we don’t believe everything strangers say.

      • Cynthia Moore

        I agree with youJroyse I watched and did my research for a year I am not an ambassador just a consumer and I have been on it for three weeks, lost 11 lbs and have a lot more energy and sleeping at night the thing is I voluntarily gave up drinking soft drinks and drink water and tea every now and then. It was not shoved down my throat by anyone I made the choice after following the progress of someone I have known for a very long time.

  • Nat

    It’s another pyramid scheme like Herbalife. The ambassadors (who won’t shut up about it on my Facebook because they only know how to market to stay-at-home moms and people who want an easy fix) claim it does everything from blocking the fat from a 900 calorie Chipotle burrito to curing migraines and common health diseases (all claims I’ve seen from an ambassador). Then, after incessantly bullish Facebook posts and videos talking about how the product changed their lives, they convince their Facebook friends and family to try it and surprise! Their new “clients” are shocked they lost 7 pounds and are crediting Plexus, not their new healthy diet and exercise regimen. People, all you need to do to lose weight is eat a wholesome, healthy diet that excludes processed food, sugar-free and fat-free products, artificial sweeteners — including Stevia, a better alternative than Splenda and such, but still not good for you (Plexus uses this) — and add in a little exercise. It’s a no-brainer. Do not fall for the ambassadors promises, they’re just trying to make money. Don’t believe me? Just add an ambassador on Facebook for both Plexus and Herbalife and enjoy the show.

  • Tina mays

    Hi. I ahve lost some weight and it has helped me..but I am very mad….thye send an auto ship when it was not due.they took 140.00 out of my chek ing account and lied.said it was their fault and woudl refund immediately….thye have not and it’s been a week. . I refused the autos hip when it came. Thye have the tracking that it’s on the way back as soon as I recieved…thye still have not begun a refund…so they have their product and my money both. This was my bill money……they have been very dishonest with me……..I am an ambassador. And I want a refund on eveyrhtign and wNt out,,,,,thye ripped me off.lied over and over………….

  • Sonrisa20

    Hi. Late to the party here, but after a particularly poor experience (again) with Plexus customer service this morning I happened across this post. This product and program is a (ridiculously expensive) joke. I have been an ambassador (ashamed to say I decided to try it out) and
    after my own terrible experience I refuse to promote or use this
    product. It’s pretty amazing how many medical issues it claims to “help”, “heal”, or “cure”. I didn’t really see anything about these wild medical claims until after I’d joined a team. I was alarmed when I started seeing these claims other ambassadors were making without any real research or medical advice. I’ve been trying to end my “ambassadorship” for a month now, and I’m so frustrated with the lack of response and service. However, they have no trouble responding to you if you need more help selling, or if you say anything other than glowing recommendations of their product. It’s a marketing scam like any other MLM scheme, with an added bonus of terrible customer service and an equally terrible website that is not at all user friendly. I tried as a way to jump start my diet again when I plateaued after a 70 lb weight loss. It did nothing except cause me to have to use the restroom all. the. time. I don’t usually have reactions like that. Even with my continued healthy eating and exercise (which no ambassador promotes, I’ve noticed) I lost no weight, felt no added energy, and otherwise had no reaction. All that happened was they charged my credit card after I’d already canceled the auto-ship. Now I’m dealing with that madness. Stay away. Just stay away.

  • Rhonda

    Hi Sarah! I would love to share with you a wonderful system. A super food cleanse system that goes right along with what you’ve been doing for yourself and your family already. How may I send you some information?