Sometimes it can be difficult to sort out the ingredients that have a reputation as a weight loss supplement, and the ingredients that actually have clinical support to prove this, especially with diet pill companies all claiming that they use the most effective ingredients. The manufacturers of Skinny Fiber have made some dramatic claims about its ingredients, so we decided to see which category they fell into.
Below we take an in-depth look at Skinny Fiber to see whether or not it can aid weight loss by suppressing the consumer’s appetite and supporting the metabolism.
Skinny Fiber is an appetite suppressing weight loss aid that also supports the metabolism, according to its manufacturers. The manufacturing company operate as a multi-level marketing company, and we have concerns about the company’s customer service, as they have an ‘F’ rating on the Better Business Bureau.
There are numerous reports of unpleasant and even serious side effects from customer reviews. Side effects appear to include trapped gas, increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, bloating, vomiting, constipation, nausea, and acid reflux.
We also found one report of a woman who had a blocked colon, who had to be prescribed laxatives and ultimately have a colonoscopy, and another report of a woman who had developed polyps after taking this supplement.
Depending upon where Skinny Fiber is purchased from, the supplement can be very expensive. When ordering through the official website, a single bottle costs $59.95, plus delivery charges. Each bottle contains 120 capsules; consumers are instructed to take two capsules before each meal.
If taking the product before two meals per day (four capsules per day), a single bottle would last for 30 days, but if consumers are taking the supplement before three meals a day (six capsules per day), a single bottle would last for as little as 20 days. There are discounts available on bulk purchases.
Glucomannan does have clinical support for its use as an appetite suppressant, but it appears that the amounts used in Skinny Fiber are less than the amounts used in successful clinical trials. There is far less clinical support for Caralluma Fimbriata, and no clinical support at all for the use of Cha De Bugre as a weight loss supplement. The use of digestive enzymes could aid digestion, but they are not necessary.
We found lots of reports of side effects, which were mostly digestive and temporary, but some people did report more serious side effects that required medical attention, such as a blocked colon.
We dislike the Multi-Level Marketing Model that the company operate on. MLM companies often focus more on recruiting new distributers over actually selling the company’s product range, and this seems to be the case, at least on the official website. We advise our readers to not sign up to become a distributer for any Multi-Level Marketing company, especially if signing up involves a sign-up fee or the need to purchase a ‘starter pack’.
Glucomannan may be a good option for some people who want to reduce the hunger they feel when trying to eat a lower calorie diet. However, it is available at many health stores at a fraction of the cost of Skinny Fiber, without the addition of numerous other ingredients that have little or no clinical support.
Skinny Fiber Review
Skinny Fiber is an appetite suppressing weight loss aid that also supports the metabolism, according to its manufacturers. It contains glucomannan, a fiber that absorbs water and expands in the stomach, making the consumer fell fuller, quicker, and helping them to eat less overall. Because glucomannan affects the stomach, and is not a chemical appetite suppressant, it can only support dieting efforts, and will not affect emotional eating. Whilst the product is caffeine free, it does contain Cha De Bugre, which is a stimulant ingredient.
The most prominent information given on the Skinny Fiber website seems more concerned with finding new distributors to sell this diet pill, rather than any sound advice about how to use it and what it actually contains.
The company appears to operate as a Multi-Level Marketing company, with distributers receiving commission on their own sales, bonuses for recruiting new distributers, and commissions and bonuses based upon the sales of the distributers in your ‘downline’, i.e. the people you have also recruited to be distributers. Again, on the page explaining how distributers can make money with Skinny Body Care and their products, the enroller bonuses are mentioned before commissions on general sales.
How to Take Skinny Fiber
Directions for use are as follows: Take this product (2 capsules) with at least 8 ounces (a full glass) of water or other fluid, 30 minutes before meals. Taking this product without enough liquid may cause choking.
The Skinny Fiber website is mostly restricted to the casual visitor, with product prices and many of the pages being hidden unless you sign in. This can be awkward, and we dislike the fact that prices are initially hidden.
When you attempt to buy Skinny Fiber direct from the product site, skinnybodycare.com, the website requires you to enter the name of “the distributor who referred you”. Even attempting to register with the site and become a site member takes you back to entering the name of your distributor. The prices are not visible until you enter the name of a distributer; we were able to access the full website by going to a third party website set up by a distributer and clicking on the buy now button, which led us back to the official website, but now signed in with full access to pricing.
Skinny Fiber Concerns:
- Manufacturer has poor reputation – F on Better Business Bureau
- Expensive supplement
- Majority of ingredients lacking clinical support
Skinny Fiber has an F rating on the Better Business Bureau website, the lowest possible score. They have ignored multiple complaints on the BBB website, and the only complaint that they did address was not dealt with to the customer’s satisfaction.
Skinny Fiber is one of numerous weight loss products manufactured by a company called Skinny Body Care. The manufacturers of Skinny Fiber are based at 423 Bussen Underground Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63129. Their contact information is available on their official website, but consumers may be encouraged to contact their distributer first, and only seeking help from the company directly if the distributer is unable to help.
What Does Skinny Fiber Claim To Do?
The manufacturers of Skinny Fiber claim that the supplement has the following benefits:
- All Natural Weight Management
- Supports Normal Detoxification Processes
- Support Healthy Digestion
- Provides Antioxidant Support
- Digestive Enzymes
They also go through the main ingredients of the supplement, detailing their supposed benefits, but not citing any studies or sources:
What if you could eliminate the #1 enemy of weight management…overeating? With all natural Glucomannan, it just got easier! Glucomannan is a unique all natural soluble dietary fiber believed to expand in your stomach to help make you feel full and eat less!
Known as the Natural Appetite Suppressant, Caralluma has been used for centuries in countries around the world to help manage appetite and eat less. In fact, some call it “famine food” for its incredible ability to suppress hunger and appetite and enhance stamina.
Cha De Bugre
Known as “The best kept Brazilian Secret,” Chá de Bugre is not as commonly known as many other ingredients, but is just as powerful. Believed to help suppress appetite, Cha de Bugre has many other benefits as well. In fact, many people use it to help reduce cellulite, increase overall health, and even gently stimulate healthy metabolism…a key for healthy weight management!
Does Skinny Fiber Work?
The clinical research for Glucomannan is very promising, suggesting that it is an effective appetite suppressant, but all of the available studies suggest that the optimum dose for maximum weight loss is 3000 mg per day, spread out over several doses. It appears that the dose of Glucomannan in Skinny Fiber is lower than this, even when taking three servings per day!
Caralluma Fimbriata has some limited clinical support, but it appears to take a long time before it starts to work, with studies suggesting that appetite suppression is only noticed after a month of use. However, participants in studies also reported no weight loss.
Cha De Bugre has no clinical support linking it with weight loss at all.
Overall, we are not convinced that taking Skinny Fibre will contribute significantly to weight loss. Consumers may notice a slight decrease in appetite thanks to the glucomannan, but as the dose is less than recommended in clinical trials, it is not as effective as it could be. However, due to the presence of other ingredients, including a stimulant, adjusting the dosage to meet the recommendations of trials is a bad idea, as it could lead to other side effects developing.
What Are The Ingredients of Skinny Fiber?
The ingredients used in Skinny Fiber are listed below. No individual ingredient quantities are listed, as the product contains two proprietary formulas. This makes it more difficult to establish the potency and effectiveness of the supplement. The quantities listed below are per serving of two capsules.
Proprietary Blend 1100 mg
- Glucomannan (tuber) powder: Glucomannan is an ingredient that is derived from the root of an Asian plant called Konjac (Amorphophallus konjac). Glucomannan is a soluble fiber that has the capacity to absorb as much as 17 times its own weight in water. This means that it swells as it absorbs water, creating bulk in the stomach. It is this effect that causes a suppression of appetite. As it is considered a dietary fiber, Glucomannan is often used to treat constipation or to improve bowel movements. Several studies have suggested that Glucomannan causes a notable reduction in weight, prompting the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to definitively state that it can cause a loss of body weight when taken. However, one should note that not every study claims the same effect, and that weight loss can only be achieved when combined with a healthy diet.
- Caralluma Fimbriata (whole plant) powder: Although touted as an appetite suppressing weight loss aid, this plants appetite suppressing qualities seem to take time to manifest (a month of use or more), and even when appetite was reduced in studies, no weight loss has been observed. This may be because of the relatively short period that the clinical studies observed participants for.
- Cha de Bugre (leaf) powder: There is a lack of clinical trials or definite medical knowledge about this Brazilian plant. It is often used in Brazilian diet pills for appetite suppression. Also known as Cordia salicifolia, this fruit may have some health benefits but remains unproven for promoting weight loss.
Proprietary Enzyme Blend 180 mg
Does Skinny Fiber Have Any Side Effects?
There are numerous reports of side effects in the customer reviews we found, including trapped gas, increased bowel movements, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, bloating, vomiting, constipation, nausea, and acid reflux. The ingredients used in Skinny Fiber can cause a range of different side effects. As individual ingredient quantities are not listed, it is difficult to establish the likelihood of side effects developing.
Glucomannan works by absorbing water in the stomach, making it very important to drink plenty of water when taking the product and adjust the dosage if problems occur. Consumers who do not drink enough water when taking glucomannan may experience constipation and stomach cramps. As glucomannan is a fibre, it is likely that its usage will increase the rate of one’s bowel movements. Diarrhoea may also occur. Those who experience diarrhoea should cease using the product immediately. Glucomannan also affects blood sugar levels. Diabetics should consult their doctor before taking any glucomannan-based product.
Caralluma Fimbriata might cause some side effects such as stomach upset, intestinal gas, constipation, and stomach pain.
There has been almost no clinical research into Cha De Bugre, and so there is a lack of information available about what side effects could be caused by the supplement. This does not necessarily mean that the supplement is side effect free, especially as the product is often described as a stimulant ingredient.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Diabetics should consult their doctor before purchasing this or any other glucomannan product. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Do not use if you have difficulty swallowing. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing or breathing after taking the product, seek immediate medical attention. Do not exceed the recommended serving. Do not use if inner safety seal has been broken. Not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to stimulant ingredients. Consult your doctor if you are unsure about the suitability of this or any other supplement.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Skinny Fiber?
There are hundreds of customer reviews for Skinny Fiber online, including on amazon, where the majority of the customer reviews are rated one star.
This product is amazing! I have lost 15 lbs in 2 weeks. I have had nothing, but the best experience while taking Skinny Fiber. It does everything that it states. I will definitely purchase this product again and again.. I’m very happy!
I have been been taking this product for a while but when I saw how much less it was at Amazon I jumped on it! The product works well with taking off the inches more than pounds but also with making you healthy from the inside out. Well worth the money! You have to take about a month before seeing results and after that you can really tell a noticeable difference!
Helps with my in between snacking! Haven’t lost any lbs as yet. Will keep working at it a little longer.
this product did not make a bit of difference. I had no weight loss, no metabolism change, no extra energy, nothing in the reviews I read on this product were accurate. DONT BUY
Below are some of the reviews that have been left by our readers in the comments section below:
I recently bought the buy 3 get 3 free Skinny Fiber. I tried it for two months but nothing happened, it did nothing for me. Tried to return it but I had mistakenly thrown away the first bottle and they absolutely refuse to do a refund. Because of (one empty bottle) they will not help you at all. So if you do try this, “Be sure to keep all the bottles.” Not impressed with product or company.
I took this tablet prior to lunch and dinner for a month. I was feeling rather sick before the final weekend (nausea and loathe to take the tab) so much so, that I didnt take the last three days of tabs. After ceasing the tabs I became very sick with chronic pain in my abdomen. I had an xray to discover a blocked colon. I spent two weeks taking heaps of laxative solutions and still not out of pain. Nine weeks now and I have a colonoscopy booked in a couple of weeks.. this will determine if Skinny Fibre has left residue in my bowel, I believe this is the case but we will see. I will write an update after the examination, which requires a general anesthetic, so its no small deal. In the meantime, if you have read this far, hold off taking this stuff until you hear back from me about the results (or not) of taking this tablet. PS .. absolutely no change whatsoever on the weight loss factor for the entire month either.
I had a very bad reaction to Skinny Fiber. I followed the directions and was on it for about 2 weeks when I stated getting trapped gas and very bad reflux with nausea.
The reflux got so bad it flared up my Asthma giving me a bronchial infection. I started coughing and the cough lasted 3 weeks. I had to go on an expensive acid blocker and even more expensive Asthma drugs. The entire mess cost me a few hundred dollars. The SF was given to me to try by a couple friends who had not had any luck with it. So at least I was not out any money there. I asked the person online selling it if it interacted with meds, if certain people should not take it etc and I was assured it was perfectly safe. I drank a ton of water, that was not hard because I am a big water drinker anyhow and I took it as directed so I know I did nothing wrong.
How this unregulated crap is sold without any testing or proof is beyond me.
I strongly suggest that people avoid it.
Anyone who says it works and is oh so wonderful is either selling it or getting paid to say so.
Does Skinny Fiber Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
Skinny Fiber set out the following refund terms and conditions:
The Company will refund the purchase price of Product or exchange it pursuant to the following.
1. If the Distributor (and/or his or her Customer who ordered directly from the Company) is not completely satisfied with the First Product Purchase, he or she may send to the Company the unused portion of the First Product Purchase within thirty (30) days of the original purchase date and the Company will refund 100% of the purchase price (less shipping and handling). If the First Product Purchase is returned after the thirty (30) day period, no refund will be given.
2. Any Commissions paid to the Distributor and his or her Upline for the Product returned by the Distributor or Customer will be deducted from the respective Upline Distributors’ accounts or withheld from present or future Commission payments. A Distributor agrees that he or she will not rely on existing Downline Organization Volume at the close of a Commissions period, as returns may cause changes to his or her Title, Rank and/or Commissions payout.
3. All shipping or courier costs for the return of Product will be borne solely by the Distributor unless otherwise prohibited by law. Any damage or loss that occurs to returned Product during shipping will be the responsibility of the Distributor.
4. The Company will exchange Product if the Product is damaged in shipment, incorrectly sent due to a Company error, or of substandard quality. However, when an exchange is not feasible, the Company will refund the amount of the returned Product. If Product is damaged or defective, a Distributor should contact the Company within ten (10) days of receipt of the order.
Customers who order multiple bottles should be aware that the company will refuse all refunds where there are missing bottles, even if they were completely empty. We have found many reports of customers being refused refunds of hundreds of dollars, because they had thrown away an empty bottle!
Where Can I Buy Skinny Fiber?
Customers who want to order direct from the official Skinny Fiber website, need to have a referral from a distributer. Customers cannot view any pricing information or sign up to be a distributer, without entering the username of the distributer who referred them. This incredibly frustrating for anyone who does not personally know a distributer. However, there are numerous websites that have been set up by distributers that allow potential customers to access the website, including the pricing options.
A ‘starter package’ of a single bottle costs $59.95 plus delivery charges. A ‘bonus pack’ contains 3 bottles, and costs $119.85, being marketed as a buy 2, get 1 free offer. The largest pack is the ‘premier value pack’, containing 6 bottles, and marketed as a buy 3 get 3 free offer; this pack costs $179.70 plus delivery charges. Delivery charges can be as much as $11.64, which is obviously significant! In comparison, many other companies offer free delivery on larger purchases.
There is also an auto-ship option; unlike other companies that offer an auto-ship option, this is an opt-in service, where customers need to click the button to add this to their order. The auto-ship button states:
OPTIONAL: I would also like to join the hassle-free autoship program and have one new bottle of Skinny Fiber shipped to me each month for the same low price of $59.95 plus shipping. I understand I can cancel my autoship at any time.
The product is also available on amazon. Here a single bottle costs $22.95 plus delivery charges. We have seen complaints from some distributers of Skinny Fiber, stating that they are not allowed to sell on amazon as a part of their contract, and claiming that any Skinny Fiber sold on amazon is a fake product. One distributer went so far as to state that consumers should never pay less than $60 per bottle, so that they can guarantee that they are getting the real thing.