Unless you have been living under a rock for that last couple of years, then you will know doubt have heard of the QuickTrim range of products. With a massive well-oiled promotional machine, it appears on TV, on the Internet and in many of our favourite magazines.
With celebrity endorsements from the Kardashian sisters, it can be easy to be tempted to give the products a go. We take a closer look at QuickTrim and see if the products themselves live up to the hype, or is it a matter of style over substance?
- Huge publicity machine means virtually everyone has heard of it
- No proper indication of ingredient quantities
- No proper details for company on the main website
- Questionable testimonials, possibly paid people?
- Involved in Class Action Lawsuit
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There are 7 products currently in the QuickTrim range, lets take a quick look at each of them in turn and see what they are claiming to do:
QuickTrim Burn and Cleanse
Burn and cleanse is a two part diet supplement that claims to burn fat during the day and then rid the body of excess water weight and toxins during the night. The daytime supplement is called Iso-Burn and is said to stimulate the metabolism and turn your body in to a “thermogenic powerhouse.” Blood sugars are said to be maintained in a healthy range, and not only that but your mood will be elevated too.
The night-time formula is called Iso-Cleanse and claims to remove toxins whilst you sleep. It seems to contain a diuretic formula to expel extra water from the body. Caution should be taken to avoid becoming dehydrated though.
Both supplements come with a 24-page manual with exercise and eating plans.
Apart from that no other information is given on the website about the product itself. There are no indications as to the exact ingredients.
After further digging around it seems that the daytime supplement, Iso-Burn contains large amounts of caffeine, in fact the equivalent of four cups of coffee per serving. It also contains piperine (black pepper) and white willow bark extract, which can intensify the effects of the caffeine. For this reason care should be taken by those who are not tolerant to high doses of caffeine.
The Iso-Cleanse is a combination of stimulant laxatives senna, cascara and rhubarb) and also bulk laxatives (oat fiber, prunes, dates and fig extracts). It is likely a person with a normal diet and bowel habits could experience diarrhoea, which would be the cause of rapid water loss.
Some customer reviews seemed to agree with this,
After my colleague/friend tried it out for one (1) evening, it resulted in diarrhoea & vomit – Needless to say, she’s not going to continue with the “system” anymore.
Would not recommend this product to anyone. Every time i took the pills I either felt sick, threw up,couldn’t sleep, or felt like I was going to have an anxiety attack. This product has high doses of caffine and laxitives. There are other ways to lose weight without feeling sick all the time.
QuickTrim Fast Cleanse
This is claimed to be a “48-hour Super Diet Detox” which will help you drop a dress size for special occasions. Maybe you have a wedding to go to and need to drop some weight fast, then this is exactly who this product is targeted at.
Fast cleanse is designed to be taken four times per day along with a special diet consisting of clear soups, fruit and vegetables. In effect this is a serious detox diet. You also need to avoid grains and proteins, as well as sugars, fried and processed foods.
Once again no exact ingredient profiles are shown for Fast Cleanse but from our research it appears to offer 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving as well as some sort of herbal complex. The bulk of the product is a 100mg serving of various extracts, as well as a number of vitamins and minerals.
They helpfully advise to only ever do one 48-hour detox every 30 days. This would seem to suggest it is not an effective long-term strategy and any weight loss seen would be immediately put back on after the 48-hours is up.
Customer reviews are very poor with most of those giving it a very low rating. A sample of some of the comments on amazon include:
This product caused extreme dehydration, dizziness, headache and increased heart rate which brought on a pnick attack by the end of the day. Whatever is in this product is not healthy at all. Just becuase it is advertised as natural does not mean that it doesn’t have side effects!
Was very excited when I bought it. Tasted like Tang to me. Did not suppress my appetite at all, but figured I could deal for 2 days. I followed the directions exactly. I was starving but managed to do it. I finished last night and woke up to losing a whopping .5 lbs. Not even a whole pound. So I dont know if its my body type or if the product sucks, but I definately cant see how you would ever lose 2 sizes in 2 days. So much for jump starting my metabolism.
QuickTrim Extreme Burn
It always good marketing to put “extreme” in the title of a diet supplement, as this way it can be targeted at those looking for (quite literally) an “extreme” answer.
QuickTrim Extreme Burn is one such product and is said to be a powerful weight loss formula that burns calories, curbs cravings and enhances energy levels.
A serving of 2 pills twice a day is advised with each 2-pill serving containing Caffeine, Green Tea and fruit extracts. It also contains large amounts of chromium, which has been dismissed as an aid to weight loss.
If consumed at the advised serving size then one bottle will last 11 days. This seems to be a strange number of days but if you needed a months supply you would need 3 bottles at a cost of about $90.
Once more we could only find negative reviews from customers who had tried Extreme Burn, with some user’s actually warning people not to even try it.
I have used this and burn and cleanse and they both suck. I worked out like crazy. They make you eat more because if you don’t you feel like your going to die. Worse product ever. I have gained 10 pounds and my stumach Is bloated beyond belief thanks to this product. varyyy dissatisfied.
HotStix is a berry drink mix that comes in stick packets, or sachets. It claims to support healthy hair, skin and nails as well as supporting energy and metabolism. It also claims to curb cravings by having a slow release carbohydrate blend.
The ingredients include a huge list of vitamins and other ingredients all claiming to support the claims. On the face of it HotStix seems to be a fiber drink with caffeine added for energy.
No evidence is given to suggest how effective it could be for any of the claims it is making. There is also a real lack of real customer testimonials available with nothing much to be found online.
QuickTrim Sugar and Carb Cheater
In a similar vain to having “extreme” on a label, it’s also common for manufacturers to add “Cheater” to a label. This appeals to the lazy ones amongst us looking for an easy quick fix, and also suggests there some sort of “cheat” involved that gives crazy results.
The sugar and carb cheater claims to do just that, allow you to carry on consuming sugary or starchy food. It is said to do this by blocking the absorption of fructose, which is basically the sugar found in fruit. As well as this it is said to prevent carbohydrates being converted to fat and also controls the blood sugar levels.
It is more or less saying carry on eating the bad stuff and this product will still sort it out. This seems a rather strange approach to have towards weight loss but if it’s good enough for the Kardashians then it’s good enough for you!
QuickTrim Celluslim and QuickTrim Fast-Shake
These other two products are listed on the website but the pages do not work so no information is given. We have a feeling that these have been withdrawn from sale but cannot confirm or deny this.
What Does QuickTrim Claim To Do?
Each of the products in the QuickTrim range claim to do slightly different things. The common thing seems to be that they offer quick weight loss for special occasions. This goes against the thoughts of mainstream dieticians and health experts, as fast weight loss is neither recommended nor effective for long-term results.
By using high caffeine contents and diuretics in some of the products then it is likely that all you would be doing is losing weight from water loss. This is one of the worst ways to lose weight; as the body immediately puts it back on as it attempts to get back to your normal levels.
- Offers no scientific evidence or research
- Possibly Paid testimonials
- Involved in Class Action Lawsuit
So What Does All This Mean?
It is concerning how very little information the manufacturers of QuickTrim present. The website is very confusing and the more you read in to it the less you actually know. Some of the products could actually work against each other if taken in combination. For instance there is a diuretic product (Burn and Cleanse) alongside HotStix, which are said to “give an energising boost to your water intake.”
There is a complete absence of any scientific information into studies; either showing any of the QuickTrim products or their ingredients could be effective for weight loss.
Many of the ingredients are also hidden in “proprietary blends” which means you can’t make a proper decision on whether they are safe or effective.
Does QuickTrim Have Any Side Effects?
A number of consumers have reported extreme diarrhoea after taking some of the detox type products. There are also large amounts of caffeine in some of the QuickTrim range so be wary of this if you have a low tolerance to caffeine.
Any QuickTrim Reviews From Customers?
Most of the reviews we could find were very negative for all of the QuickTrim product range. For a company that aggressively promotes the products and will likely have sold millions of dollars worth, then it is concerning that there is such a lack of positive comments.
There are a number of testimonials on the QuickTrim website, but these should always been taken with a pinch of salt. We have seen in several instances where people are paid for these types of testimonials so we always advise caution when believing them.
For a while there was a “QuickTrim Contest” where you could win $50,000 cash, a trip to meet the Kardashians, become a QuickTrim spokesperson and a $2,000 shopping spree.
This also seems to have disappeared from the main website, as the page is no longer available. It is highly suspicious to us that QuickTrim would offer such prizes for people to lose weight. Without proper clinical controls over how each participant loses the weight then it seems to be a very grey area. By paying people for their story is can be seen as suspicious in the very least.
Where Can I Buy QuickTrim?
Most of the products are available at Drugstores around the country and at various places online. However there have also been some disturbing developments in recent times.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Kardashians, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of New York accuses the Kardashians of making false and deceptive marketing of the QuickTrim products. The lawsuit also accuses the manufacturers of QuickTrim, Windmill Health Products, and the retailer GNC with the same false and deceptive advertising.
As a result all the QuickTrim products have been removed from sale in GNC!
The case is still being argued but in the meantime a dark cloud is hanging over the whole affair.
Despite the huge publicity behind the QuickTrim brand it is disconcerting to see a real lack of positive reviews from real customers.
Also we are always suspicious of products that rely heavily on Celebrity endorsements, as some people will literally say anything if they are paid enough money. This is now being tested in a U.S. Court and time will tell what the repercussions are for QuickTrim using this process.
Add to this the total lack of research or evidence appearing on the QuickTrim website then it is quite an easy decision for us. We can only reject QuickTrim as the negatives far outweigh the positives.
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