When one particular Hollywood producer hit the headlines for various reasons, it reminded us that while we’d been looking for products to review we’d discovered Starlight FatFree!, courtesy of another Hollywood producer. This one had left Tinseltown to start up his own supplement company.
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.
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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.”
So it’s just as well there’s a 30-day guarantee on this product, then.
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.
90 caplets cost $35 from a Starlight International Distributor.
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.
We’re puzzled by Starlight’s choice of ingredients, but we’re not that surprised that there isn’t any kind of documentation available anywhere to prove they all actually work.
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.
So instead of recommending FatFree! we’d be a lot happier rejecting it – so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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’.
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