What You Should Know
Slim Xtreme claims the dieter can lose up to 20 pounds in as little as 4 weeks. The official website seems to be located at Burn20.com, but the site looks more like a review page than an official manufacturer or product website. Another website, Diet66.com lists the ingredients as well, so this product could only be sold through affiliates. There are testimonials and before and after pictures available from one dieter who lost weight in just 11 weeks.
List of Ingredients
Burn 20: Bitter Orange, Cassia Seed, Mulberry Leaves, Jobstears Seed, Medical Amylum.
Diet66: Bitter Orange Fruit, Cassia Seed, Mulberry Leaf, Jobstears Seed, Medical Amylum, Konjac Root, Lotus Leaf, Semen Coicis, Bamboo Shoots, Tarragon Leaf, Psyllium Husk.
At first glance, the testimonials are very powerful. The dieter can look at the in progress pictures and see how the dieter slimmed down while taking the Slim Xtreme supplement, but the ingredient list does not support the weight loss claims.
Bitter orange is a strong stimulant related to Ephedra. The ingredient became wildly popular after Ephedra was banned, but is does not have the same effect as Ephedra in the body. Ephedra worked to decrease appetite and increase fat burn, but the side effects were life threatening. Bitter orange carries some of these same side effects, such as increased blood pressure and potential liver damage, but the FDA has not banned the ingredient as of 2011.
Cassia seed is clearly a laxative as the description on the website listed one of the medicinal uses as constipation treatment. Laxatives are often included in weight loss supplements to cause diarrhea or increased bowel movements which can temporarily reduce weight. The weight loss is all water weight and will return as soon as the dieter stops taking the supplement.
Mulberry leaves have been proven to help control blood sugar levels when taken before meals. When blood sugar rises and then falls, as the digestion process of carbohydrates is completed, hunger can strike. This is a good ingredient to include in any weight loss product.
Jobstears seed is barley once the shell has been removed. The seeds have a diuretic effect, which can lead to dehydration. There is no weight loss benefit to this ingredient though it is listed as an appetite suppressant.
The final ingredient, according to Burn20, is medical amylum. This is a starch that is supposed to help fill up the stomach to reduce appetite though no verifiable information could be found on the ingredient.
A one-month supply of Slim Xtreme can be ordered for just $14.99.
Different websites list different ingredients.
Many of the ingredients are diuretics or laxatives.
Some ingredients have very little information online.
We cannot trust a supplement with no official website and multiple websites listing different ingredients. Bitter orange is not safe for everyone, but there are safe weight loss supplements to choose from.