There are hundreds of diet pills available in the US, which can make choosing a diet aid difficult. Recently, there are increasing numbers of alternative diet aids that are not in tablet or capsule form, including powders, drinks, gums and sachets. Skinny Stix from Zantrex is one of these products; a powder based appetite suppressant that is mixed with water.
Below, we take an in-depth look to see if Zantrex Skinny Stix is an effective weight loss aid.
Whilst this product does seem promising as a weight loss aid, we have a number of issues to raise about Zantrex Skinny Stix. The manufacturer does not explain how the product works, and so consumers may not know how best to use the product to maximise weight loss.
Zantrex Skinny Stix also contains a number of ingredients that have no clear purpose, merely being powdered fruits. Whilst this may add to the taste of the product, we feel that these could have been replaced with greater quantities of the active ingredients. Because the formula is proprietary, it is not possible to directly compare the product to relevant clinical trials, making it difficult to establish the strength of this product accurately.
This product is expensive, considering that a single box only contains 21 sachets, enough for 7 days of use. This will be prohibitive for use in the long term, and may mean that customers do not buy more than one box. Customers would also have to invest fairly heavily in the product early on, as they are unlikely to see significant weight loss within just a week.
Zantrex Skinny Stix Review
Skinny Stix are a weight loss aid that comes in powder form, to be mixed as a drink. It can be drunk before meals for appetite suppression, but when drunk in general it supposedly provides increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus.
The product comes in three flavours; berry fusion, tangy tangerine and electric lime. Each box of sachets comes with a free reusable bottle, so that it is easy to mix and use throughout the day.
The product has received celebrity endorsement from Jenny McCarthy. Followers of her twitter page will see that she occasionally posts discount offers and buy one get one free codes that run for a limited time, which obviously can save fans of the product a significant amount of money.
Zantrex can be contacted using the contact details provided on their official website. They are based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
How to Take Zantrex Skinny Stix
For increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink or sip as desired.
For powerful appetite control and weight loss, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink the entire serving 15 minutes before main meals.
Do not exceed 3 SkinnyStix per day. Use in conjunction with any sensible diet and exercise program.
Individual results will vary.
The variety of fruit extracts and powders in this diet product may look impressive, but the manufacturer provides no information about their role in the product, or even what is extracted from them. Most likely they provide flavour whilst potentially providing a small quantity of anti-oxidants or vitamins.
Zantrex Skinny Stix Concerns:
- One pack only lasts 7 days
- Expensive, especially for long term use
- No individual ingredient quantities provided
The active ingredients that appear to contribute towards weight loss are guarana, damiana, yerba mate and cayenne. Cacao is also a stimulant ingredient, but is very mild and so may not make much of a difference to weight loss unless consumed in large quantities. Green coffee was until recently thought to be an excellent weight loss aid, until it was uncovered that the main clinical study to support its use had been fabricated.
Yerba mate and guarana both naturally contain caffeine, which would cause increased energy levels as well as a slightly increased metabolic rate. The combination of these two ingredients with Damiana also seems to slow the emptying of the stomach after meals significantly; this is the appetite suppressing feature of the powder, and should lead to decreased snacking between meals, and a delay in the onset of hunger.
What Does Zantrex Skinny Stix Claim To Do?
What is interesting about Zantrex Skinny Stix is that there is no dedicated part of the sales page that actually describes what the purpose of the product is, how it works to aid weight loss, or even list any of the benefits of the product.
Instead, the benefits are hidden amongst other statements, such as how to use the product.
The drink can be drank or sipped for, ‘increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus’, or can be consumed before each meal for powerful appetite control and weight loss.
Does Zantrex Skinny Stix Work?
The customer reviews do suggest that the product helps to suppress the appetite and aid weight loss.
The actual thermogenic side of the diet product appears to be moderate at best, and so will not cause dramatic weight loss in this manner. Consumers who do not alter their diet whilst using this product will most likely not lose weight at all. Therefore the product should be considered a dieting aid, rather than a weight loss product on its own.
What Are The Ingredients of Zantrex Skinny Stix?
Below is the ingredients list for the Berry Fusion flavour of Zantrex Skinny Skix. The recipe may vary between the three flavours of the product. Serving Size: 1 Packet (3.7 g).
- Niacin (as Niacinamide) (6 mg) 30% RDA.
- Zantrex® A Proprietary Blend (1,024 mg)
- Yerba Maté (leaf) Extract: This plant, commonly used as a tea, has been found to aid weight loss in numerous studies. It also has numerous health benefits, and has no adverse side effects.
- Guarana (seed) Extract: A berry that is naturally high in caffeine, it is often an ingredient in energy drinks and diet pills.
- Coffee (bean) Extract: Contains caffeine. Whilst it was thought that this ingredient was a significant aid in weight loss, the relevant research has been discredited as it was fraudulent. Currently there is no evidence that it aids with weight loss more than any other source of caffeine.
- Damiana (leaf) Extract: Studies have found that when consumed alongside guarana and yerba mate, Damiana aids weight loss. The combination seems to slow the emptying of the stomach after meals significantly, which helps to prolong a feeling of fullness and delay the onset of hunger.
- Stevia (leaf) Extract: An incredibly sweet plant used to make calorie free sweeteners.
- Cacao (seed) Extract: Contains theobromine, a mild stimulant. Thought to be a much milder stimulant than caffeine, and is unlikely to have any significant impact upon weight loss.
- Rice (seed) Powder
- Cayenne (fruit) Powder: Some studies suggest that capsaicin, found in cayenne, could suppress the appetite mildly, whilst others suggest that the heat causes a thermogenic reaction in the body, burning more calories for a period of time. However, there are also studies that show cayenne has little or no effect upon weight loss attempts.
- Chlorella (algae) Powder
- Grape (seed) Extract
- Blueberry (fruit) Powder
- Cranberry (fruit) Powder
- Sour Cherry (fruit) Powder
- Plum (fruit) Powder
- Raspberry (fruit and seed) Concentrate
- Strawberry (fruit) Powder
- Bilberry (fruit) Powder
- Grape (fruit) Powder
- Bilberry (fruit) Extract
- Blueberry (fruit) Extract
Additional ingredients include natural flavours and some preservatives.
Does Zantrex Skinny Stix Have Any Side Effects?
The manufacturer does not mention any potential side effects that could occur from the consumption of Zantrex Skinny Stix. They do however mention that it may not be suitable for those who are sensitive to stimulants because of its caffeine and theobromine content.
Consuming large quantities of caffeine can lead to headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia.
If using three sachets of Zantrex Skinny Stix per day, consumers should consider eliminating other sources of caffeine from their diet, to minimise the chances of experiencing side effects.
Cayenne can cause various symptoms, which can include stomach irritation and upset, sweating, flushing, and a runny nose.
Consumers who have allergies to any of the fruit powders should not consume this product.
Damiana may affect blood sugar levels; diabetics should consult their doctor before purchasing this product. Very low blood sugar levels can cause the dieter to feel lightheaded, dizzy and even faint. Low blood sugar levels are more likely if the dieter has not eaten for a prolonged period of time, such as after skipping breakfast.
Do not exceed suggested daily serving.
Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
This product contains a significantly potent xanthine (i.e., caffeine and caffeine-like stimulants) mixture, of about 120 mg per serving.
Consult your physician before use if you are taking any prescription drugs, are sensitive to stimulants, or have a medical condition.
Use only as directed.
Keep out of reach of children.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Zantrex Skinny Stix?
There are some reviews of the product that have been left by customers on the official website. Generally reviews are positive concerning the product itself, although the price regularly receives lower rankings in general, indicating that customers feel that the product is too expensive, considering the number of sachets included per packet.
Wish that the containers didn’t come with each order i have way to many of them, this is the only complaint i have with the berry.
I can mix them with water and drink them all day long to stay energized and curb carb cravings. They are great before a workout.
This has been so helpful for me. The drink is great tasting and keeps my energy consistent with out the jutters . My appetite has definitely been curbed and i ve lost 5 lbs in 9 days. I stick to a good diet and i work out 5 days a week, but i was grazing on junk food. This helped me stop grazing and kick off some weight. THANKS.
One customer stated that they preferred the berry flavour to the Tangerine, but also suggested that overall she did like the product and was a repeat customer.
I didn’t care for it but my daughter in law likes them so i gave them to her i will stick with the berry.
I bought a pack of skinny stix and tried one. It made a nauseous and didn’t give me energy. Don’t know how it’s supposed to help me lose weight but I was hoping for a good boost of energy…
We have also found a number of tweets commenting on Skinny Stix:
I’ve lost 30 lbs since Sept with the help of #skinnyStix back to pre baby weight!
So much energy even after my workout!! #skinnystix
Does Zantrex Skinny Stix Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
The manufacturer offers a 30 day money back guarantee that starts from the date the product is delivered to the customer (rather than the order date), on products ordered directly from the manufacturer.
Simply stated, use any of our products as directed… if you do not see substantial results, just return the empty container, along with your full name and address to the address below within 30 days of receiving the product. A complete, no-questions-asked refund (excluding shipping and handling, of course) will promptly be issued.
The returns address is provided on the returns page of the official website.
Where Can I Buy Zantrex Skinny Stix?
A single box of sachets costs $29.99 from the official Zantrex website. Each box contains 21 sachet ‘stix’, which will last for seven days if used before each of the three main meals of the day. This means that the product is fairly expensive for long term use, but offers are occasionally available, especially through Jenny McCarthy’s twitter account, as she is the celebrity face of the product.
The manufacturers offer a ‘VIP subscription’, which is essentially an auto-ship program. Customers can save 20%, paying $23.99 for each sachet, and receive free shipping.
The manufacturers also state that their products can be found at ‘high-end retailers across the nation and retail outlets worldwide’, although they do not specify which shops they regularly supply. Prices may vary at retail stores.
Zantrex Skinny Stix are available from Walgreens, online and in selected stores, costing $19.99 per packet of 21 sachets.