His name is Steven Goldberg, and his company is Starlight International. And because we’re always on the lookout for the best weightloss products on the market for you, we thought we’d take a look at Starlight’s FatFree! Fat control formula.
FatFree! is the only weightloss supplement in a range of twelve other wellness products, manufactured and distributed by Starlight International.
It contains several ingredients we’ve never come across before in our investigations, and we’re not certain whether many of the other ingredients have been included to benefit the user or the manufacturer.
The product sheet describes FatFree! thus: “helps to prevent the absorption of fat and then expels it from your body* and “A most intelligent combination of herbs to help keep you slim, healthy and in control* BUT then adds “*these results are not typical and not everyone will experience these results.”
Because we’re not certain about the quantities of certain ingredients – whether they’re for the benefit of the user or just to make creating the caplets easier, we don’t know for sure whether they’re in enough quantities to pose any kind of health threat.
So to be on the safe side, we’ll list the side-effect possibilities for each ingredient in more detail later on and just say that in general FatFree!’s side effects could include, changes in blood pressure, changes in blood sugar levels, possibility of inflammation, problems with digestion, muscle cramps, twitching, and convulsions, problems with breathing.
It’s a very old website, copyrighted in 2009, and it gives us the impression that it was put there because everybody was getting a website in those days … while most of the selling work was being done by Starlight’s distributors.
Many of the ingredients listed on the product sheet might have been included to benefit the people using FatFree! to lose weight, but we’re not told how much of each of these ingredients is contained in each caplet. So it’s possible that substances like Microcrystalline Cellulose, Food Glaze, and Sodium Citrate might have more to do with the manufacturing process than creating benefits for FatFree! users.
All in all, even though we’re always keen to take a few steps out of our comfort zone, FatFree! is just a little too far out of the ordinary for our liking, with some of its ingredients being slightly off the wall, and others that could possibly be good for Starlight customers, but which look more like they’d be more useful for Starlight’s manufacturing division.
Starlight Fatfree! Review
We’ll look at individual ingredients in a little while, but just to start with we’re wondering whether Starlight are trying to blind us with science by using the Latin name for some of their lesser-known (or at least less-familiar) ingredients.
Then again, Platycodon Grandiflorum does sound a lot more credible as a weightloss supplement ingredient than “Balloon flower”. And how about Gymnema Sylvestre – would that sound more credible than … “Cowplant”? Yes, we think Starlight might just have had a good reason to use these Latin names.
How to Take Starlight Fatfree!
Two tablets, 30 minutes prior to eating a meal. Daily intake should not exceed six tablets.
But we’re a little puzzled about why these two were selected as ingredients in the first place – was it just to set FatFree! apart from all those other run-of-the-mill supplements? We may never know.
Starlight Fatfree! Concerns:
- Let’s just say we’re always concerned when we come across a company like Starlight selling supplements on an MLM basis
- Starlight International was mentioned by the National Council Against Health Fraud for describing sugar as a stimulant and caffeine as a nutrient
- So far, we haven’t found any kind of clinical evidence that FatFree! has any beneficial effect on anybody except Starlight Distributors
What Does Starlight Fatfree! Claim To Do?
FatFree! either, “helps to curb fat and control your appetite any day you choose” or, “helps cut down on the fat your body absorbs and then expels it from your body.”
Does Starlight Fatfree! Work?
According to certain Independent Distributors, yes – it works very well. Although as stated all over the website, “these results are not typical and not everyone will experience these results”.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to track down any independent customers who’ve experienced any kind of results – typical or otherwise. There’s not even a whisper of Starlight on eBay or even Amazon, so for once, especially because the main ingredients are so out of the ordinary, we’re going to have to put our hands up and admit we have no way of telling whether FatFree! works or not.
What Are The Ingredients of Starlight Fatfree!?
- Maitake mushroom extract: It’s said to lower blood pressure and sugar levels, improve cholesterol levels, and help with weight reduction – even though it hasn’t been shown to have this effect on humans as yet.
- Balloon Flower extract: (OK, so they call it Platycodon Grandiflorum, which sounds much more credible doesn’t it?) – this is an anti-inflammatory which also lowers blood pressure and sugar levels.
- Glucomannan: This absorbs water to create a bulky fiber, helps with weight loss and slows down the absorption of sugar and cholesterol from the gut.
- Gymnema Sylvestre: Used for weight loss, this is a digestive stimulant, an appetite suppressant and a laxative, so it could be pretty effective, especially since it’s also a diuretic.
Here’s where things get complicated: we have no idea how much of each of the following ingredients we’re going to find in FatFree! – and why. Some of them have medicinal properties, while others look like they’re there because they’re part of the manufacturing process … and still others, well, your guess is as good as ours.
- Dicalcium Phosphate: This is a calcium supplement.
- Microcrystalline Cellulose: This is refined wood pulp which can be used as a bulking agent, a fat substitute, an anti-caking agent or an emulsifier.
- Stearic Acid: Most often used in the manufacture of tablets.
- Croscarmellose Sodium: Also used in the manufacture of tablets.
- Magnesium Stearate: A filler.
- Silicon Dioxide: Prevents powdered ingredients from sticking together.
- Food Glaze: A coating material for caplets and tablets.
- Ethylcellulose: A binder and filler for tablets, as well as a coating agent and a flavoring fixative.
- Dextrin: Controls rises in blood sugar levels, and lowers bad cholesterol (as in LDL) levels.
- Dextrose: A simple form of glucose.
- Lecithin: Can either be used medicinally or as a food additive.
- Sodium Citrate: As a medication it’s used to make urine less acidic, while in food and drink production it can be used as flavoring, an emulsifier or a preservative.
Does Starlight Fatfree! Have Any Side Effects?
Maitake mushroom lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Balloon Flower doesn’t seem to have any side effects.
Glucomannan is fine as long as you take it with the water you’re advised to drink to take it with, remembering that it expands because it absorbs water.
Gymneme Sylvestre can interfere with blood sugar levels.
The following ingredients may or may not be in big enough quantities to have potential side effects, but we simply don’t know. All we can do here is check those potential side effects and list them so you know what they could be.
Dicalcium Phosphate – too much calcium can affect the heart.
Microcrystalline Cellulose – can lodge itself in cells, and can cause inflammation.
Stearic Acid – in large amounts, it can damage the skin and cause liver problems.
Croscarmellose Sodium – can soak up fluids to expand up to 20 times its original volume and cause intestinal blockage.
Magnesium Stearate – we think this is more for the benefit of Starlight’s manufacturing department because it “allows for smooth transport on the machines that produce [pills]”. Then again, it also makes pills easier to swallow.
Silicon Dioxide can increase the possibility of kidney stones.
Food Glaze – we can’t find any kind of side effects for this.
Ethylcellulose – in large amounts this can cause digestion problems.
Dextrin – can cause digestion problems, and since it’s mainly wheat-based there could possibly be gluten-related issues.
Lecithin – can cause digestion problems.
Sodium Citrate – can bring on muscle cramps, twitching, breathing problems, digestion problems, and convulsions.
Not recommended for children under the age of 18. Women who are pregnant or are lactating should consult their physician before taking this product. Take this product 30 minutes before each meal with at least 8 ounces of liquid. When using prescription medicine the medicine should be taken two hours prior to or two hours after FatFree!. Daily intake should not exceed two tablets before a meal or six tablets per day. Do not exceed recommended serving. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat. Do not use if inner seal is broken or missing.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Starlight Fatfree!?
Not a single one. At least, not one that we’ve found, at any rate.
And it’s not like the FatFree! web page is full of happy testimonials either – we found three reviews from Independent Starlight Distributors there, and nothing from anybody else anywhere on the whole of the internet.
And that, we think, is just plain weird.
Does Starlight Fatfree! Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
“Starlight” they tell us “stands for quality with a no-questions-asked, 30-day Retail Money Back Guarantee” with a limit of one refund per customer for opened product, which seems reasonable enough. Any remaining products must be returned in resalable condition.
Where Can I Buy Starlight Fatfree!?
You have to buy FatFree! from an Independent Starlight Distributor, or not at all. Usually when MLM supplement distributors get disillusioned and stop trying to build their downline (much more profitable than trying to sell the product, but equally as irritating to everyone else) their stock appears on eBay. Or Amazon. Or any number of online sales portals.
But not here. Searching on “Starlight” on Amazon brings up a wealth of interesting product, but none of them have anything to do with successful Hollywood producer Steven Goldberg. Unlike Alvin and the other Chipmunks. Just sayin’.