Updated May 14, 2019.
Published Oct 2, 2015.

SnL stands for “Slim n Light”, a product sold in the Philippines that claims to aid weight loss and erm… lightening of the skin! This might seem odd, but this is apparently a thing in various Asian countries. Whatever your opinions are on this controversial practice, SnL doesn’t seem to work anyway – for weight loss or for skin tone lightening. It’s also expensive, has no money-back guarantee, and it has been suggested that it may contain the dangerous and illegal ingredient sibutramine (although this is unverified).


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  • Contains skin whitening ingredient
  • Expensive
  • No money-back guarantee
Slim n Light (also marketed as SnL) is a weight loss supplement manufactured and primarily sold in the Philippines. It also contains an ingredient that supposedly whitens skin.

We take an in-depth look at SnL to see how effective it is at aiding weight loss.

SnL Overview

What you need to know about SnL

The customer testimonials found on the official website heavily suggest that the product aids significant weight loss. However, we have also found independent customer reviews that suggest that the product does not work for everyone.

Looking at the ingredients list, we believe that this product would not be very effective at aiding weight loss. Hoodia has very little clinical support, and the majority of relevant clinical trials show that it has no effect upon appetite at all.

Green tea is an effective ingredient, but the quantities used in this diet pill are a small fraction of those used in positive clinical trials. L-Carnitine may increase energy levels, but in the majority of cases it will not act as a fat burner.

What is worrying is that numerous customer mentioned how thirsty they were when using the product, leading one reviewer to speculate that the product contains sibutramine. This is an appetite suppressant that has been banned in several countries because of the dangerous side effects that commonly occur with its use. Hopefully the product does not contain this ingredient, but we would advise caution nonetheless.

What are the side effects of SnL?

Just because a product only uses natural ingredients it doesn’t mean that there will be no side effects. For a full list, please the Side Effects sections below.

How much does SnL cost?

A 30-capsule bottle of SnL is advertised as costing PHP 2250.00 (approximately $48).

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SnL Key Features

Slim n Light is a weight loss aid that is formulated to suppress the appetite and promote fat burning. It also contains an ingredient that will supposedly lighten skin tone. This may seem unusual to Western consumers, but skin lightening ingredients are commonly available in Asian and Arab countries.

SnL Key Points

  • Manufactured in Philippines
  • 30 capsules per bottle
  • More expensive for foreign customers

Slim n Light is manufactured by SnL Dietary Supplements, who are based in Makati City, in the Philippines. They can be contacted using the information provided on their official website, or through their facebook page.

How to Take SnL

The directions also state that if the consumer is “too much obese”, then they may take two capsules per day if possible.

The official website has a number of different phone numbers for orders, depending upon the consumer’s country of origin. Localised phone numbers outside of the Philippines include South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can also order through the website and pay through paypal. Directions for use are to take one capsule per day, 30 minutes before a meal.

SnL Concerns:

  • Expensive
  • No money-back guarantee
  • Contains insufficient ingredient quantities of effective ingredients

What does SnL claim to do?

The manufacturers state that this product is a ‘very potent weight loss aid and anti-oxidizing supplement’.

It contains L-Carnitine for fat burning and GlutaNAC for skin lightening, as well as Hoodia Gordonii which is thought to suppress the appetite.

Does SnL work?

The ingredients used in this diet pill are fairly disappointing considering that the product is described as aggressive and potent by the manufacturers.

The Mayo Clinic have noted that The Federal Trade Commission has warned some diet pill companies not to make claims about the Hoodia Gordonii and its supposed attribute of appetite suppression. This is because a lack of conclusive clinical evidence to support these claims. One clinical trial actually found no positive benefits, no signs of weight loss or decreased appetite, and noted that participants experienced a variety of side effects.

L-Carnitine is only effective as a fat burner in the elderly, and its energy boosting benefits are noted at much higher levels than 100 mg per day.

Green tea contains catechins, a type of antioxidant. These are thought to increase thermogenesis in the body; by increasing the heat output of the body, it therefore burns more calories, and should aid weight loss. Researchers have described its effects as small but significant. Higher doses of catechins have a greater impact upon weight loss. One study found that participants who drank beverages high in catechins extracted from green tea (690 mg/d) lost significantly more weight and body fat than those who drank beverages low in catechins (22 mg/d). This is much higher than the dosage found in Slim and Light.

GlutaNAC is an unusual addition to a weight loss supplement, as it has no weight loss properties at all. There appears to be very little clinical research of this ingredient, although it appears to be derived from Glutathione, an antioxidant that is produced naturally in the liver. It appears to be a popular skin lightening agent, although again, there appears to be no clinical evidence to support this use.

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SnL Ingredients

SnL Dietary supplement contains 1000 mg of active ingredients per capsule. The ingredients used are listed below:

  • Hoodia Gordonii 500 mg: This plant extract was eaten traditionally in the South African bush to stave off hunger, but there is almost no clinical evidence that actually proves that it works. The largest study in humans only used 7 participants, making research preliminary and inconclusive at best.
  • Green Tea 100 mg: Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism slightly for few hours.
  • L-Carnitine 100 mg: There is some evidence that supplementation of acetyl-l-carnitine can reduce body fat, although the strongest results were seen in the elderly. The ingredient also boosts energy levels, and is used to treat fatigue.
  • GlutaNAC 300 mg: There is very little information available about this ingredient, and no clinical research available at all. It is derived from Glutathione, an antioxidant. It appears to be used as a skin lightening agent; this trend is popular in the Philippines and across Asia.

SnL Side Effects

The official website for SnL mentions no potential side effects, and heavily suggests that because it is a natural product the ingredients are free from unpleasant side effects.

In one study into Hoodia (which found that it did not suppress the appetite at all), participants reported a high number of side effects, which included headaches, nausea, vomiting, ‘odd skin sensations’, increased blood pressure and increases in heart rate. There were also signs of liver damage in some of the participants.

Supplementation of L-carnitine can lead to side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhoea, and seizures. According to WebMD, it can also cause the urine, breath, and sweat to have a “fishy” odour.

Green tea can cause constipation. It is unclear whether the green tea extract used in SnL contains caffeine or not. If it does contain caffeine, side effects could include headaches, increased blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of urination, dehydration, heart palpitations, and insomnia.


Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for those under the age of 18. If unsure about the suitability of this product, or if you have any health issues or are taking medications, consult your doctor before purchase.

SnL Customer Feedback

There are customer testimonials from SnL customers on the official product website. Customers should remember that customer testimonials are selected to show their product in the best light, and so negative customer reviews are never included. Customer testimonials therefore represent a very one sided view of the product.

I have not been taking SnL Dietary Supplements very long – 2 weeks but I have lost 12 pounds and feel great. Drinking water as you recommend is a good idea. I feel comfortably full and my appetite is sated. No side effects I know of either. I will be happy to continue this program until I drop 25 lbs….then I’ll make adjustments. Good stuff!

I never thought an all natural weight loss product would work so well. Well, until I tried SnL Dietary Supplements that is. My appetite is finally under control and I’m on my way to a healthier life.

I absolutely love SnL Dietary Supplements. Every weight loss supplement I have used in the past has always made me feel odd in one way or another. Hoodia has no bad side effects that I have noticed. My appetite went way, way down, I am able to stick to a low calorie, healthy diet and never feel tired. In two weeks, I’ve lost about 7 lbs; my goal is 15 lbs so I’m sure I’ll get there. Once I reach that goal, I’ll continue to use SnL to maintain my weight.

There are also some independent customer reviews. Whilst some are written in a mix of Filipino and English or just in Filipino, there are some reviews written in just English.

Not effective.

I tried this for 7 days. I take it 30 minutes before breakfast. It does not supress the appetite. I stopped it.

SnL Money-Back Guarantee

There is no money-back guarantee for this product. No returns policy or information is provided by the manufacturer.

Where To Buy SnL

The official website has a number of different phone numbers for orders, depending upon the consumer’s country of origin.

Customers can also order direct from the official website, through paypal. A single bottle of SnL, containing 30 capsules, is advertised as costing PHP 2250.00, which is approximately $48. However, international customers are quoted $120 plus free shipping when ordering through the website. It seems that the lower price is available exclusively for customers from the Philippines.

This is an incredibly expensive diet pill, even at the lower price for Filipino customers, because of the average income for the country.

Watchdog Verdict

SnL claims to be an appetite suppressant, fat burner and skin whitener. From the ingredients list and ingredient quantities provided, we do not see enough evidence that the product will be very effective at any of these; Hoodia has little clinical evidence to support its use, to the point where some large pharmaceutical companies have stopped their development of a Hoodia based product, because it would be an ineffective product. Green tea is used, but in a small dose that is unlikely to aid significant weight loss. L-Carnitine only acts as a fat burner when used by the elderly, and in much larger doses than are found in SnL. Finally, GlutaNAC has no clinical support associating it with skin whitening.

The product has no money back guarantee, and the company fails to detail any returns policy. The product is also incredibly expensive, especially when being purchased internationally- the price triples when customers are ordering from outside of the Philippines.

One customer has suggested that the product could contain sibutramine, an illegal appetite suppressant, based upon the level of thirst experienced when taking the product. If this is true, customers should avoid this product for the sake of their health. Even if SnL does not contain sibutramine, we would not recommend it to our readers.

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Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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