We investigate whether the claim that this all-natural product is the way to lose weight by burning fat and not muscle.
Plexus Slim Pros
- Contains no caffeine
- 60-day guarantee
- Company and contact details given
- Customer testimonials
Plexus Slim Cons
- Fairly expensive
- Proprietary blend, ingredient profile not fully disclosed
- Lack of proven ingredients
- Lacks references to study to support claims
Plexus Slim Review
Plexus Slim Facts
- Manufactured by Plexus Worldwide Inc. based in Arizona
- Distributors use Multi Level Marketing (MLM) scheme
- Also known as the “Pink Drink”
The product is manufactured by Plexus Worldwide Inc who are based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The official website differs from most sites in that it’s more of a company brochure site promoting products to both consumers and network marketers.
That’s right you can earn money from home by starting your own Plexus home-based business. Basically you can sign up to become, what Plexus call “Ambassadors” (essentially distributors), whereby you promote the products and then sell directly to consumers. If you’re not familiar with this business model it’s called multi level marketing (MLM).
Although some dubious marketers in the past (a few are probably still going) have promoted MLM programmes, Plexus appear to be a genuine company dedicated to providing a good distributor base. This explains why when researching this product we came across a number of sites promoting Plexus supplements.
There are a number of other products by Plexus Worldwide too, some of which can be combined with Plexus Slim for apparently faster effects. These include Plexus Slim/Accelerator Combo, Plexus Bio Cleanse, ProBio5 and the FAST RELIEF range of creams or capsules.
Plexus Slim is straightforward to take you simply poor the contents of a sachet into 12oz of water 30 minutes before one of your mail meals. Although only one sachet is suggested, consumers with a lot of weight to lose or have particularly struggle with excess weight can recommended to take 2 sachets per day.
According to the manufacturer most people experience the benefits of the supplement after 2 weeks of taking it, although this period and magnitude of weight loss varies from person to person.
Plexus Slim Concerns:
- Fairly expensive supplement
- Too few proven weight loss ingredients and quantities not revealed
- One clinical trial with just 8 subjects with Type 2 diabetes
What Does Plexus Slim Claim To Do?
This “simple” weight loss solution claims to be….
the all-natural way to lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle
Plexus Slim claims to do this and more by:
- Safely and effectively managing weight
- Regulating blood sugar levels
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Promote beneficial cholesterol levels
What sets Plexus Slim apart from many other supplements, according to the manufacturer contains:
- No caffeine
- No stimulants
- No meal replacements
- No shakes
So how does this supplement reduce binge eating and improve will power?
So What Is Plexus Slim and What Are The Ingredients For Plexus Slim?
This supplement is not a meal replacement shake but a powder that is dissolved in 12 ounces of water and taken before one of your main meals each day.
No supplement fact label is available and here is little information on the proprietary formula used in Plexus Slim. Apart from Chromium, most of the remaining ingredients won’t be too familiar, even to consumers who have a keen interest in reading supplement labels.
- Polydextrose: An indigestible glucose that is classified as a soluble fiber and often used in foods to increase the “non-dietary fiber content of food”.
- Citric Acid: Often used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and soft drinks and known as the addictive E330 in the European Union (EU).
- Natural Flavors: No idea what and why these are used.
- Beet Root & Grape Skin Extract: Good source of fiber if consumed in sufficient amounts could help you feel fuller by adding bulk in the stomach.
- Stevia Extract: An herb from the Chrysanthemum family that grows in parts of Brazil and Paraquay. Often used as a sweetener and sugar substitute and benefits from having minimal impact on blood glucose levels.
- Lo Han Extract: The scientific name “Siraitia grosvenori” is frequently used in Southern China as a longevity aid. It’s said to have a number of benefits, such as alleviating constipation, chronic enteritis and respiratory ailments. Lo Han is also used as a sweetener in food and drinks.
- Chlorogenic Acid (Plant Extract): Found in green coffee beans, Chlorogenic acid prevents the release of glucose to the blood stream and is suggested to promote increased fat burning. Received lots of media attention recently attributing the rise of green coffee bean extract supplements on the market.
- Citrin K (Garcinia Cambogia): A patented form of hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that includes potassium, manufactured by Sabinsa Corporation. Evidence to suggest may help weight loss by suppressing appetite, stimulating the metabolic rate and suppressing lipogenesis. Weight loss results have been shown in certain amounts (at least 500mg) but no indication how much is included here.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: An antioxidant that is said to attack free radicals in the body produced by toxins and waste in the body. Some studies have shown alpha-lipoic acid to help lower blood sugar levels and so suggested to help diabetic type conditions. Although there aren’t established dosages its been suggested to be beneficial for diabetic conditions when taking 800mg daily.
- Oxypregnane Steroidal Glycoside (Plant Extract): There is no mention other than this ingredient helps to suppress appetite. After a little digging we found it’s simply a fancy and somewhat sounding name for Hoodia Gordonii (P57), the ingredient used in hundreds of supplements promoted as an appetite suppressant. Serious doubt has been raised at to the effectiveness of this ingredient. Again no idea of the type and amount used here.
- Chromium: Often seen in dietary supplements as it’s said to help regulate blood glucose levels. Although popular there is conflicting evidence from studies, some suggesting it works whilst others refute the claims. It’s the only ingredient here that is linked to and is suggested to promote weight loss.
So What Does All This Mean?
The lack of stimulants and caffeine will appeal to consumers who are sensitive to these ingredients.
There is little information about the ingredients used in Plexus Slim. A greater look into the science behind the ingredients suggests few (actually just two) have any significant weight loss benefits, and a marginal one at that!
Does Plexus Slim Have Any Side Effects?
According to Plexus Worldwide the answer is simply NO.
They claim that “extensive clinical research” has shown no side effects with any medications or supplements. That’s a fairly big claim and clearly they can’t have tested their supplement with EVERY medication out there. So we would urge caution if you’re taking any prescription medication and suggest you speak to your medical professional first before taking!
Caution: As is common with most diet pills we would refrain from taking Plexus Slim if breast feeding, have a body mass index (BMI) under 18.5 and are under 18 years of age.
Any Plexus Slim Reviews From Customers?
There are some great looking customer testimonials on the official Plexus website. Some of them are “Ambassadors” themselves and so could be a little biased towards the product considering they are marketing them as well.
Otherwise though there are, in most cases, before and after pictures for most testimonials, along with how much weight they have lost. There is no indication how recent the testimonials are though and of course we couldn’t verify if they are genuine or not.
So Does Plexus Slim Work?
When asked how effective Plexus Slim is, the manufacturers claim the effects are “subtle yet effective” and that most people see the benefits after 2 weeks of taking it. We didn’t think this was particularly encouraging but at least they aren’t overselling the weight loss claims like many other products.
So what are the chances of the “pink drink” working?
There is one clinical study undertaken in 2008 that supports Plexus Slim can work to reduce glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics. A secondary outcome from the study showed that subjects lost weight too.
The 8 subjects in the study experienced weight loss between 7 and an impressive 50 pounds. Whilst the study lasted 18 weeks it’s unclear if dietary intake or exercise patterns were monitored. With 3 of the subjects losing less than 0.6 pound per week, weight loss results for some weren’t exactly mind blowing!
Whilst the study looks promising there are way too many variables to draw conclusions from. It’s also worth noting that the sample of 8 subjects is incredibly small and all suffered from Type 2 diabetics.
There is no clinical reference for this study or any indication if it’s been published in any journal, so it’s not possible to evaluate the study in any depth.
What is more concerning though, is that apart from Chromium and Citrin K, none of the other ingredients appear to be linked to or to promote weight loss!
There is also scant information about the ingredients in the proprietary blend used in this supplement. With no details of the amounts used it’s impossible to judge how effective they will be and if sufficient quantities exist to have any weight loss benefits.
Where Can I Buy Plexus Slim?
The range of Plexus products are available directly from the official website or from one of the many distributors (Ambassadors).
Making an online “retail purchase” on the official website is only possible if you have an Ambassador ID. Otherwise you need to place your order by calling customer services.
Once you get through to an order page (either the official site or an Ambassadors site) you’re presented with two options to purchase, a “retail” or “preferred” purchase. The “Retail purchase” is for a one-off order whereas the “Preferred Purchase” is for enrolment in an auto-shipping programme where you’re automatically billed monthly for the new products sent each month. Although you can save a little, but not too much, money with the “Preferred” option you can only cancel after 15 days of your initial purchase.
The cost for one-month of Plexus Slim is $84.95 for one-off payments or $79.95 if you use the preferred auto-shipping payment option.
The Plexus Slim/Accelerator combo costs a staggering $114.95 per month or slightly cheaper at $99.95 for the auto-shipped payment option.
What About a Guarantee?
The manufacturer is so confident that their products work they give a 60-day money-back guarantee. Any unused product and the original packaging needs to be returned either directly to the company or to the Ambassador you made the purchase from.
Retail consumers have up to 60 days we which to get a refund with Preferred consumers from 15 to 16 days. A shipping and handling fee is taken from the product refund.
At first glance Plexus Slim looks to be an attractive product that could give you the answer to your weight loss. Backed by a company that reveals their contact information and offers what looks to be a great guarantee.
What more could you want? Well, for one weight loss ingredients in the right amounts to work and that don’t cost the earth!
This supplement is fairly expensive especially for a proprietary blend that we weren’t 100% convinced offers sufficient weight loss ingredients to actually work.
At these prices, in such a competitive field, we would recommend looking at other more cost effective supplements. We reject Plexus Slim.