Plexus Slim Review – Does This Weight Loss Drink Work? Are price and lack of clinical support deal breakers?PUBLISHED: 07/24/2015 | BY: TORY GRAY, SENIOR REVIEWER
Once in a while we come across a product that deserves a little more attention, like Plexus Slim. Touted by one news station as the “Pink Drink Diet Craze,” we needed to know more about what’s behind this so-called craze. So we looked closely at ingredients, side effects, clinical evidence and customer service. Plus we read hundreds of user comments and reviews from around the web. We then condensed that information to offer you the bottom line.
What You Need to Know
Plexus Slim is a powdered drink packet that adds weight-loss ingredients to a bottle of water. The product is made up of green coffee bean, garcinia cambogia and alpha lipoic acid. You can drink the supplement twice daily, but that means you’ll only get 15 days worth of supplement in a single order. It can be taken on the go, a good choice for busy dieters.
Plexus Slim was introduced in 2011 – that’s about four years in the business. The official website carries the product, but we don’t think it is available in stores. Plexus Worldwide, the makers of Plexus Slim, have a good BBB rating and the company has been around a decent amount of time.
Price – “Wowsers!”
We were first concerned about the price you have to pay to try Plexus Slim. “Plexus Slim has a couple of ingredients that can help you lose weight,” says the Research Editor. “The problem is that you have to buy two packs of Plexus Slim to last one month. If you take the product twice a day, as suggested, you will fork over almost $170 a month.”
“I have considered Plexus but it is too pricey for me. I would love options that are a fraction of the cost,” complains one dieter.
Another consumer believes Plexus Slim is “[a] particularly over-priced hyped-up VITAMIN.”
Feel free to scroll below for one of the best products we’ve seen in 2015.
No Clinical Research
We are concerned by the fact there are no clinical trials – and the company does not plan on testing Plexus Slim either. In a review with a major television station, Alec Clark (the Chief Marketing Officer), claims Plexus Slim will never be clinically tested. “It’s not a drug and drugs need to have clinical trials behind them.”
In our experience researching weight-loss supplements, we found a big negative, like high price or no customer service (Plexus doesn’t offer customer service), can ruin the experience and decrease the chance of long-term success. As a result, we found Plexus Slim’s price and lack of customer service to be potential problems.
As mentioned, Plexus Worldwide will not test Plexus Slim clinically. Additionally, we did find that the Plexus Worldwide website was cited by the Food and Drug Administration for several infractions, including false claims and incorrect dosing instructions. The website read more like a medical website than a supplement website. There is no customer service department to call if there is a problem with your order. The only place you can contact is the company headquarters. We reached the company headquarters easily enough, but the operator told us to contact a customer service representative by email.
We were initially intrigued by Plexus Slim. Four years on the market is a decent amount of time and there are a few good ingredients in the formula. However, what concerns us most are the price, lack of customer service and the company’s rejection of clinical support. Also, Plexus Slim is a multi-level marketing company, so you likely have to find a distributor to buy a normal quantity of.
The Bottom Line
If you’d like to shed unwanted pounds, we recommend you try a product that combined scientific support, a good price and a dedicated customer service team.
Among the best products we’ve seen in 2015 is one called Leptigen. Its formula is a proprietary blend of four ingredients, which have been shown in published clinical research to help accelerate fat loss and boost metabolism. We can’t find any talk of harmful side effects and comments around the web indicate people are seeing great results.
The makers of Leptigen are so confident in their product they’re offering a special trial offer, which is a good sign.
(Feel free to scroll below for our previously published full-length reviews of Plexus Slim)
Previous Plexus Slim Review (Updated March 18, 2014):
What You Should Know
In order to lose weight you must drink more water, right? Well, the makers of Plexus Slim created a weight loss supplement around that very dieting rule. The small packet flavors water and adds quite a punch of weight loss ingredients. According to the official website, there are no stimulants or caffeine in the formula, so the dieter does not have to worry about jitters and shakes. Caffeine, however, is a proven weight loss ingredient, so if Plexus Slim included caffeine it would be a benefit, not a drawback. Of the ingredients listed on the product label, only one is proven to have any benefit on weight loss.
List of Ingredients
Proprietary Health Blend: Polydextrose, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Beet Root, Grape Skin Extract, Stevia Extract and Lo Han Extract.
Chlorogenic Acid, Citrin K, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Oxypregnane Steroidal Glycoside and Chromium.
You have to love a diet product that makes huge weight loss claims and then offers up an ingredient list that does not support those claims. There are several plant extracts and filler ingredients, but a few stand out. Chromium is typically used to control blood glucose response to food. When food is consumed, blood glucose rises. After digestion is complete, blood glucose falls. Sometimes it falls too low before rebounding to normal levels. A lower than normal dip signals hunger and causes cravings. Chromium may help control levels so they don’t dip too low after digestion. This ingredient is clinically proven with human studies.
Citrin K is another name for garcinia cambogia. While this ingredient is considered safe for most dieters, recent news links the ingredient to potential liver damage. There are many natural ingredients that CAN cause negative side effects, but that does not mean they will. However, when it comes to weight loss supplements, there are safe ingredients known to be free of negative side effects that are clinically proven to boost weight loss, like green tea, that could be used in place of Citrin K.
The official website for Plexus Slim offers a free trial packet. Prices for the supplement are not listed on the official website, but dieters can join the website as a one-time buyer to gain access to prices. There are no clinical studies listed for Plexus Slim.
- Chromium may help control blood glucose levels to stop hunger.
- A free sample is available.
- Citrin K may be linked to liver damage.
- Only one proven ingredient is included in the supplement.
Plexus Slim is a powdered drink packet that adds weight loss ingredients to a bottle of water. The dieter may find the chromium helps to stave off hunger, but the remaining ingredients are not likely to promote weight loss.