We take an in depth look at StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss to find out more about this supplement.
There are a lot of thermogenic supplements on the market, which are aimed at men. StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss bucks this trend by offering a fat burner diet pill aimed just at women.
In truth we cannot see anything particularly gender specific about this supplement’s ingredients, or if it comes to that the majority of supplements on the market. In most cases, differences come down to packaging and advertising style and StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss with its name and colourful mauve packaging is certainly one aimed at the girls.
StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss contains folic acid, B vitamins and vitamin D, which the advertising describes as female friendly.
However, these vital vitamins are essential for everyone and apart from pregnant women (who should not be taking weight loss supplements anyway), there is no special reason why women need folic acid more than men.
Folic acid – a type of vitamin B, is essential for healthy development and is important in later life as it helps prevent against Alzheimer’s and memory loss.
Alongside the vitamins, StrongGirl Smart contains two proprietary supplement blends. These are The SmartGirl Weight Loss Blend, which contains 685mg per serving and included Green Coffee Extract and Garcinia Cambogia – two ingredients that regularly show up in supplements and are believed to prevent fat formation and regulate blood sugar.
There are also some unusual ingredients including Yacon root, Hibiscus flower and Caralluma. Another principle ingredient is Coleus Forskohlii, which interestingly is often included in supplements, aimed at men because it is sometimes claimed to increase testosterone levels.
All of these ingredients have had some clinical testing but in most cases, nothing is strictly proven to be effective. StrongGirl Smart also contains The Energy and Focus Blend, which contains 285mg per serving.
This includes caffeine plus Amla extract (also called Indian Gooseberry) a traditional Indian medicinal plant believed to lower blood sugar levels, and Caraway extract often used for digestive problems such as heart burn.
Days 1 – 3: Start by taking 1 capsule once daily 30–60 minutes before a meal.
Days 4 – 5: Take 1 capsule twice a day, 30–60 minutes before your two largest meals.
Days 6 & beyond: Take 2 capsules twice a day, 30–60 minutes before your two largest meals.
Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime. Do not exceed 4 capsules in a 24-hour period.
For best results, use for 60 days in combination with diet and training.
Do not use for more than 8 weeks.
Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.
StrongGirl is a new supplements brand aimed exclusively at women. It was launched in early 2015 and is part of Iovate Health Sciences International a major US supplements company. Iovate brands include sports nutrition brand Muscle Tech and Hydroxycut.
There are three products in the StrongGirl range. Isolate a protein shake and StrongGirl PreWorkout – a powder you add to water to make a nutritional supplement that may enhance performance.
According to the product advertising,
StrongGirl™ Smart Weight Loss was designed with 100% premium ingredients, including a key ingredient shown in scientific research to help people lose weight. StrongGirl™ Smart Weight Loss will give you the edge you want in your fitness plan to help achieve the body you desire.
This key ingredient is Green Coffee and the product information includes graphs based on “two scientific Studies”. The information states,
Average weight loss with key ingredient (200mg of green coffee bean extract standardized to 45% chlorogenic acids) was an average of 10.95 lbs. in a 60-day study with a low-calorie diet and 3.7 lbs. in a separate 8-week study with a calorie-reduced diet and moderate exercise.
However, all this is misleading because it is based on clinical trials carried out in India in 2010 that were later found to be flawed.
There is no real evidence that Green coffee bean works in this way for weight loss.According to major pharmaceutical company Smith Glaxo Kline, the conclusion was that:
More rigorous trials with longer duration are needed to assess the efficacy and safety of Green Coffee Extract as a weight loss supplement.
StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss is a fat burner diet pill aimed at women. Each serving is equal to two capsules.
Smart Weight Loss Plus Blend (685mg)
Energy and Focus Blend (285mg)
StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss looks to be fairly safe. There are no ultra strong stimulants in this supplement and some of the ingredients such a Caraway and Yacon may have a special relevance to women.
Yacon was tested on obese women and found to improve insulin function and caraway may help with menstrual issues. However, the ingredient amounts are unknown and the major components green coffee bean extract and garcinia do not have much evidence that they will help weight loss.
Interestingly for a supplement aimed at women, StrongGirl Smart contains two ingredients that are usually targeted at men i.e. Autumn olive, which is high in lycopene – there is evidence that this can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It also contains forskolin. Although Forskolin may help reduce weight gain, it is often marketed as a testosterone booster.
Will StrongGirl Smart Weight Loss help you lose weight? It may offer some support but effects are unlikely to be earth shattering!
You may notice side effects. Many of the ingredients have not been tested for long-term safety so some people may notice an adverse reaction. The ingredient amounts are unknown so you will not know how much of any one ingredient you will be taking per serving.
Potential side effects may include reactions to caffeine including:
Other side effects may include:
Not suitable for individuals under 18 or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Check with your doctor first if you have any medical issues or are taking prescription medication.
See your doctor first if you are taking medication for diabetes for example.
There have been rare cases of an allergic reaction to Yacon root.
If you experience swelling, breathlessness or hives seek medical advice immediately.
There is some customer feedback for StrongGirl Smart and most of this is very positive. One customer enjoyed the lack of side effects,
Great all around product that doesn’t make me nervous or jittery. Just the right amount of kick to help me focus in the gym and push a little harder. Helps with the afternoon lull as well and doesn’t keep me up at night.
This thermogenic is absolutely incredible. I’ve tried so many on the market and I’m also sensitive to thermogenics, this is by far the best product that I have tried. Great energy, no crash, no jitters, just straight up a great product. Doesn’t suppress my appetite to where I don’t want to eat either which is a plus. You’ve got to try it.
However, we are not 100 % convinced that the feedback left on the GNC website – the company who handle the sales for this product, is genuine.
There is no way of knowing whether customers have actually bought this supplement because unlike Amazon there is no notification whether purchases are verified.
In addition, StrongGirl Smart was only released on sale on the 2nd of February 2015 yet there are 41 positive comments left in the same month, which we feel seems unlikely.
Despite the dodgy looking feedback, StrongGirl Smart may provide some gentle support to your weight loss plans and if you combine it with a diet and exercise regime, it may make a small difference.
The caffeine may deliver an energy boost and some of the ingredients may help support weight loss. The big problem is that the principle ingredients – green coffee bean and garcinia cambogia do not come with much evidence that they will work.
Dr Oz touted these ingredients, which led to an increase in their popularity, but there is no evidence to prove that Garcinia cambogia causes weight loss in humans beyond a placebo effect. Green coffee bean is equally ineffective and most of the claims are based on a mismanaged clinical trial, which led to the US supplements company (Applied Food Sciences Inc) who arranged it, being fined millions of dollars The Federal Trade commission (FTC) complained that,
The study was so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it.
StrongGirl Smart is on sale from GNC and Lucky Vitamin stores across the USA. You can also buy online via the GNC website, which you can also access from the StrongGirl website.
Click on the buy now button and you are taken direct to GNC. 1 bottle of 120 capsules (1 month’s supply) costs $59.99.
Flat rate shipping to US addresses costs an additional $3.99. If you are a member on the GNC website, you can benefit from the discount price of $49.99.
StrongGirl Smart is also on sale from Lucky Vitamin. 120 capsules costs $42.99 plus flat rate shipping (not specified). Shipping is free on orders over $49.00. Shipping to international destinations is not specified.
No guarantee is offered.
StrongGirl Smart is a relatively new supplement on the market so it has not yet generated much in the way of genuine customer feedback.
However we like that none of the ingredients are known for dangerous side effects and because a couple of the ingredients are known for helping female related problems such as menstrual cramps and the menopause so you may find some added benefits too.
However, we doubt that StrongGirl Smart will work as effectively for weight loss as the advertising suggests. The principle ingredients Garcinia and green coffee bean have created a stir in the supplements world but there is very little evidence to back up the claims.
Many of the other ingredients are only in the preliminary stages of testing and require further evidence that they will work on humans.
This is certainly not the worst supplement on the market; the problem is that we just don’t believe it will really make a difference to your weight so for that reason we have no other choice but to reject it.
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