We take an in-depth look at ChiroThin to find out more.
We are not very impressed with ChiroThin. As with all diet drop programs, any weight loss will come from you sticking to a dangerously low-calorie diet, with the supplement providing a minimal placebo effect if you are lucky.
Even worse, ChiroThin is only available via your chiropractor, which in our opinion gives this supplement credibility it does not deserve.
People tend to trust their chiropractors and consider the profession in a similar way to dentistry or osteopathy. It seems surprising that a trained so-called professional would sign up to selling such a dodgy looking weight loss program, but at $550 for what is essentially 60ml of unknown “special” liquid, we can all see the cash motivation at work here.
Even if the chiropractor believes in the program, is he or she the best person to ask for dietary advice? After all, you would not expect a dietician to cure your back pain, so why should the reverse be true?
It is highly unlikely that ChiroThin drops will cause side effects, but very low-calorie diets can have side effects. These include fatigue, dizziness, irritability, mood swings, lack of concentration, constipation, irregular menstrual periods, intolerance to cold, swelling of extremities such as fingers and, and risk of gallstones.
Prices will vary depending on your practitioner but you can expect to pay around $550 for the six weeks program.
ChiroThin comes in the form of liquid diet drops designed to help you lose weight while following a weight loss programme that comes with the supplement.
ChiroThin is only for use under the guidance of a trained chiropractor so if you want to try it yourself, you will have to find a local chiropractor who subscribes to the program, can sell you the supplement and can supervise you on your weight loss journey. According to the product information, you can lose up to 40lbs over 6 weeks.
There are three phases to the diet.
The role of the diet drops is to support your health and your metabolism while you lose weight. However, there is no ingredients list and no details about what this supplement contains.
Eating just 500 calories a day is extreme and will not be easy to stick to for nearly 6 weeks but you will get regular check-ins with your chiropractor who will monitor your general health and progress. There is a diet plan with menu suggestions too. These extra features may help you stick to the diet.
We were surprised to see this supplement and plan associated with Chiropractic.
This branch of alternative medicine specialises in sorting out neck and spinal issues such as strain injuries, sports injuries or back and neck problems that result from ageing, accidents, car crashes or similar.
We hadn’t heard of chiropractic being associated with weight loss but this discipline does have a holistic approach to back problems so for people who are obese achieving weight loss would probably reduce back pain.
Unlike other chiropractic treatments, ChiroThin does not require any musculoskeletal manipulation.
There are no details provided about how to take the supplement.
ChiroThin is made by an American company called Chiro Nutraceutical who provide supplements solely to chiropractors. Other products include BP Control a herbal supplement to reduce blood pressure, Natural Ease, a probiotic constipation cure, and more.
To access the website and find out about the supplements you have to register and provide your professional details. Chiro Nutraceutical supplements are not available to private individuals and if you are not a chiropractor yourself, you cannot access this vital information.
All supplements are manufactured in the USA and Chiro Nutraceutical provide full contact details including a customer services phone line and an address. The company is based in Chesterfield MO.
The diet drops are just the window dressing on what looks like an extremely difficult diet to follow. Any weight loss will come from the fact that you are only consuming 500 calories a day, so if you stick to this for 6 weeks, you cannot really fail.
You could lose the same amount of weight if you just did the diet and ignored the diet drops altogether.
Whether or not your weight loss will be permanent afterwards is debatable. In most cases, people soon pile the weight back on once they have finished the diet. Crash dieting like this is known for causing YoYo weight gain.
Although the fact that this supplement and diet plan is obtainable from some chiropractors, so sounds reassuringly medical, it is important to remember that chiropractic is an alternative treatment. Chiropractors are not trained doctors or nutritionists. Chiropractic is not universally accepted and scientific opinion is divided as to the efficacy and safety of some of its holistic beliefs and treatments.
According to the product information, “With Over 25.000 Programs Sold.”, “ChiroThin is the #1 Weight Loss Program, ”and is “Exclusively for chiropractors.”
Chiropractors are encouraged to sell the programs in order to help their patients.
When following the Doctor Supervised ChiroThin Weight Loss Program your patients will lose a significant amount of weight. However, the best thing is that the patient is provided with a way to break all of the bad habits that got them to where they are… overweight and needing your help!
The supplement contains:
a host of nutritional ingredients that are well known to aid in fatty acid transportation, fatty acid metabolism, blood sugar stabilization, increase in metabolism and detoxification.
When combined with a healthy and specific amounts and blends of low glycemic index, anti-inflammatory foods, your body will be more efficient at converting stored fat into energy.
However, the ingredients of the supplement are not disclosed and there are no details about the weight loss plan.
Taking the 6 weeks ChiroThin weight loss plan may help you lose weight initially but it is unlikely to be sustainable. Dieticians consider that low-calorie diets do not teach eating behaviour that can be maintained which means you cannot learn the skills for effective weight loss long term.
The supplement itself is unlikely to do anything other than a placebo effect. There is zero information about the ingredients and there is no evidence that it will support weight loss or do anything at all.
Perhaps the worst and most troubling feature about ChiroThin is that chiropractors are promoting this supplement and using their professional standing to encourage their patients to sign up.
Is this really the role of the chiropractor? Are they really qualified to prescribe supplements and weight loss plans?
Some health experts have concerns. Dietician Lisa Cimperman, the spokesperson from the Chicago based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has criticised the chiropractors in a newspaper report saying:
Patients may be more willing to accept a very low-calorie diet from a chiropractor than reading about the diet on their own. Chiropractors do carry credibility. I think it’s a misuse of their professional position.
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ChiroThin is a diet drop supplement that you take in combination with a very low-calorie diet. It is available only via participating chiropractors and the crucial part of the plan is the very low-calorie diet plan rather than the supplement.
There are no details about the contents of the diet drops or how and when to take it.
According to the product information, it contains a “host of nutritional ingredients,” but these are not disclosed.
This is not unusual with diet drop diets. All diet drop diet plans are based on Dr Simeon’s Protocol as devised by British endocrinologist (hormone specialist) Albert T Simeons in the 1950s.
He believed that taking diet drops composed of a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) found in the urine of pregnant women would cure obesity when combined with a very low-calorie diet.
A key point to Dr Simeons is that the very low-calorie diet is supported with HCG hormone. However, according to the minimal product information, ChiroThin does not contain this hormone. According to all scientific advice, this will not make any difference to the final outcome.
The whole concept of diet drops and HCG hormone has been disproven by science and does not provide any so-called “support” to health or weight loss.
The only way you will lose weight by following ChiroThin or any other diet drop plan is by sticking to a very low-calorie diet and starving yourself on just 500 calories for lengthy periods of time.
It is highly unlikely that ChiroThin drops will cause side effects, but very low-calorie diets can have side effects.
Caution: Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant breast feeding or trying to conceive. Consult your own doctor before starting this treatment, rather than just taking advice from your chiropractor. Your doctor will know your medical history better than your chiropractor and will be able to say whether a very low calorie diet is suitable for you.
We did some online digging and found some newspaper articles and blogs about the ChiroThin experience.
A Springfield publication, the State Journal Register, published a feature about ChiroThin and talked with one satisfied customer.
This man, a 51 real estate developer called Trey Furling, had attended a Springfield chiropractor for years following back pain and took the ChiroThin programme on his chiropractor’s recommendation for the full 6 weeks.
The results you get on this diet are pretty phenomenal, I felt really good and surprisingly not that hungry. I quit snacking altogether
He lost 45 lbs using the plan.
Elsewhere feedback for ChiroThin is mainly provided by chiropractors looking to sell the treatment. There do not appear to be many truly independent reviews.
ChiroThin does not come with a money-back guarantee.
You can only sign up for the 6 weeks ChiroThin program via a registered chiropractor. You cannot simply buy the supplement online and follow the directions yourself. You will need to find a local chiropractic clinic selling the program. It does not seem to be available outside the USA.
Prices will vary depending on your practitioner but you can expect to pay around $550 for the six weeks program.
This will include
Presumably, this price also includes supervision and support from your chiropractor throughout the weight loss plan.
Don’t expect the diet drops to actually do anything. They won’t. They are simply there for the placebo effect and whether you choose ChiroThin or any others on the market, this is all you can expect.
It is a very easy decision. In our opinion, ChiroThin looks little better than an expensive scam and although you may lose weight short term thanks to the extreme diet, your success will have nothing to do with this supplement.
We do not recommend ChiroThin.
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