Plexus Slim (Updated 2018 Review) – Finally With A Scientific, “Non-Ambassadory” Approach!
Isn’t that a good intro?
That I am NOT an ambassador.
Coz if you search around, all you’ll get is praises, accolades and plexus rainbows!
So today folks, we review the (in)famous “Pink Drink” – Plexus Slim!
Circa 2015 – summer, and just like you…
… I was googling for plexus slim reviews.
Out of nowhere my usually creepy, but suddenly overly friendly neighbor lands at my place.
Don’t ask me how, but looking at that big, weird smile on her face and I knew she was here to sell me something or ask me to do something… maybe a survey? :|
Fortunately, I was already aware of the whole plexus slim saga and when she pitched it to me with all the “benefits”, I already knew I was gonna say no, but still listened just to be polite.
Here’s a gist of how our Plexus conversation went:
Me: Ok Erin, Plexus slim looks great and all, all your results and reviews look great, but tell me, what’s IN plexus slim? The ingredients? What is the precise thing in it that makes people lose weight?
Erin: (somewhat taken aback as probably no one asked her that before) It’s a proprietary blend of 100% natural ingredients.
Me: Ok, but a blend of what? ‘Something’ must be in it right, not just sugar or salt?
Erin: (Uncomfortable laugh at my comment) Well yeah, it has many different natural things (note the unnaturally repeated mention of *natural* from here on!) like natural green coffee beans extract, natural garcinia cambogia, natural stevia and much more.
Me: Ok, I have heard about Garcinia and those coffee beans, but those things were never proven to work in studies and researches, they only spiked in popularity due to that Dr. Oz episode.
Erin: (Now clearly uncomfortable) Umm… yeah… ok… well… you see it’s the blend that works, you know… plus since its all natural there are like no side effects.
Me: Erin, forget side effects, tell me about the main effects. Even if… let’s say, I do end up losing some weight, how long do I have to drink this? Forever?
She clearly didn’t know that I was not her normal sell-me-a-dream client.
I look up researches when it comes to my body, and I am
VERY cautious pushing concoctions down my throat just because a profit making company says so.
So let’s review the Plexus Slim today, and let’s slice it up – Science style! ;)
I am going to keep it simple and write in a Q&A format so that you can scan and find for the write answer for any specific question you might have…
Plexus Slim Reviewed With 32 Q&A…
So what’s the plexus slim all about? Most women’s facebook wall is full of almost ‘magical’ plexus slim reviews and results! Is it really that “instant cure” we all dream of?
Plexus slim is a powder you mix with water, a blend of various ingredients (details below) created by Plexus Worldwide. The company is better known for its earning “opportunity” given to its members.
In short, it’s a MLM (multi level marketing), pyramid style selling machine.
You buy the products from their resellers (called “ambassadors” so they feel good!) and they make money when you buy (repeatedly) from them.
No surprise that 50% of Facebook is now riddled with Plexus rainbows!
Now, whether Plexus Slim works or not is the question, we look at it scientifically below. How Does It Work? Scientifically? In Fact, Does It Even Work?
Plexus slim has 3 main ingredients claimed to help you lose weight.
- Green Coffee Bean Extract
- Garcinia Cambogia extract
- Alpha lipoic acid
Of these, the only practically useful ingredient is the Alpha Lipoic acid, an antioxidant created by our body itself, with no external supplementation required.
It “might” be useful if you are actually working out and putting a strain on your body, and in that case it may help you a bit (still unsure as no studies are done).
What about green coffee beans? Wasn’t it endorsed by Dr. Oz?
Ahhh Dr. Oz… don’t even get me started on that guy!
Unfortunately for America, Dr. Oz is the biggest quack in the medical world this generation has seen.
Here’s a video of him being “scolded” by a magistrate!
I have written a full detailed blog post on the dubious rise and fall of Green Coffee beans extract, you can go and have a read if you have the time.
Nope, there is next to ZERO proof, and very, very sparse evidence that green coffee beans might help you lose weight. In fact, plain old green tea offers MANY more and proven benefits in the long run.
What about grape seed extract? Isn’t it good for you?
In the same way all fruits are good for you!
Grape seed extract simply offers all the benefits of grapes, just that since it’s concentrated, it physically packs more punch per serving.
Now, the good thing about them is yes, they are helpful for treating insulin resistance and switching back your insulin receptors, so that’s great news for diabetic people.
But here’s the kicker…
There are literally 10 other things you can do without buying expensive supplements to improve your insulin resistance, for e.g.:
- Just eat more green veggies.
- Resistance based workouts. (research)
- Pickled foods, such as sauerkraut, or pickled ginger also boost insulin sensitivity.
- Avoid vegetable oils and trans fats.
- Eat oily fish.
And there are many more ways to do it naturally…
What are the ingredients of plexus slim? Is it proven to work?
As seen in previous answers, the 3 main ingredients (others like beet extract or Stevia don’t count towards much) are:
1) Green coffee beans – Dr. Oz endorsed, and it lacks much scientific evidence.
2) Grape seed extract – has concentrated goodness of grapes, but then what fruit isn’t great? So this is just like having a Calcium pill, it’s good, sure, but if you CAN drink milk, eat spinach and/or consume other sources of Calcium, why do you need the pill?
3) Alpha Lipoic acid – an antioxidant made naturally in our body. This is actually the more useful of the three, and has been proven useful in Type 2 diabetes, and helps with neuropathy. But then, the question is why should you buy the Plexus Slim + Accelerator for $115/month, when you can simply have the antioxidant for less than $12 over here at Amazon. And that Amazon supply will last you 2 months!
So then, if the ingredients are not proven to work for weight loss, how has it really worked for people? Or has it?
Just like most weight loss ‘magic’ products, Plexus slim has its share of “before after” photos. While I won’t go in the authenticity of the photos themselves (remember the whole Justin Beiber photoshop thing), there’s no doubt that the only great results are claimed by those reselling the product.
There are very few genuinely successful cases, and most of them also adhered to a good diet and workout regime, so it’s very difficult to say what really caused the fat loss.
In my experience, if 9 out of 10 of us stuck to a good diet + exercise regime, you don’t need these extracts or supplements in the first place.
So here’s the first time I say this:
None. Zero. No matter how enticing they make it sound.
And you’ll see me repeat that several times henceforth…
What if it does not work for me?
They have a 60 days guarantee, and I assume they should hold true to it since they are quite a big company.
But surprisingly, they do have issues with the product itself, as well as their return guarantee.
I searched all over the web for genuine reports, and finally found this on the BBB’s website:
Although they have 10 positive reviews, the almost double, 19 negative reviews don’t speak that much about the company.
Here’s a screenshot of some of the reviews…
And here’s the overall customer recommendation for Plexus Slim…
What is the price? Are there any bait-n-switch re-billing issues?
Plexus slim with the Accelerator will push you back by $115 every month.
That’s a big commitment every month.
And the most frustrating part for me personally was when I wasn’t losing any weight, suddenly my ambassador started covering it up!
She was like, ”Oh, you have to look at it more from a ‘health’ point of view and not just weight loss”…
And I was like…
“Hello, you never even said the word ‘health when you were selling it to me, you were all like ‘Drink pink and shrink’!
Well, the only thing that shrunk was my account balance!
And yes, there’s a weird bait and switch issue.
My cousin’s wife had become an ambassador 2 years ago, and immediately wanted to cancel seeing the real ugly side of the company, guess what, she’s still being charged the $34/year fee even post two years from her leaving them!
So, they make it extremely simple and easy to sign up, not so much when you wanna quit.
Anyway, what this only means is be very, very careful when you decide to “auto ship”, it might become very difficult to cancel the whole thing later.
Will it work for me without exercising? I can’t (for whatever reasons) exercise.
This has become a personal joke for me now.
I see at least 3 adverts every day with new shakes, pills or other magic aids that promise weight and fat loss by “doing nothing but gulping our product”…
Just give it a minute to sink in.
Simple meaning – when you spend more energy (being active) than you acquire (food), your body is automatically forced to use the energy resources that are available… aka, your fat stores.
The best part is that with exercise, your body is forced to use up fat stores, else it loves to deflate your muscles first, making you look horribly weak and “skinny-fat”!
Now, you can “consume less energy” by controlling your nutrition, aka, your diet…
Or you can “expend more energy” by being very active and maybe incorporating a regular activity or workout in your weekly routine (exercise, swimming, running, sports, etc.)
Anyone promising otherwise is simply selling you snake oil.
And what makes us buy their shiny oil is our desperation. We have tried it all, haven’t we? Nothing works, right?
Well… wrong, more later.
I am not too obese, will this work?
You want the short answer? Good.
No, it won’t.
The only thing that will make you fitter, lose that flab and get a good body shape with decent muscle tone is lifting some weights, or indulging in some sports and eating correctly. Period.
Yes, it doesn’t matter if you’re extremely obese. You can start with the smallest of weights, or simple bodyweight workouts. All that stands in your way… excuses.
I have problems with cravings, will plexus slim help with that?
Even if it did, curing your food cravings would have still been an ok claim, but these guys are seriously creating false hope in extremely serious healthy conditions.
Apparently, Plexus Slim can cure almost any disease on Earth. I have heard of ambassadors saying Plexus can *cure* diabetes, hypertension, and… (shudders)… even ADHD!
Seriously folks? Plexus slim can *cure* attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
With what… (big eyes)… … green coffee beans and grape seed extract!??
Well, I think you can clearly guess the answer.
I am extremely obese, will this work for me?
Sigh… I have to repeat here…
No, it won’t.
The only thing that will make you fitter, lose that flab and get a good muscle tone is lifting some weights, or indulging in some sports and eating correctly. Period. Seriously.
I travel a lot, seldom cook at home, will this work for me?
Can’t believe I have to say this the THIRD time now…
The only thing that will make you fitter, lose that flab and get a good muscle tone is lifting some weights, or indulging in some sports and eating correctly.
If you travel a lot, you can still do body weight exercises anywhere. And you CAN find and eat healthy, nutritious foods at 8 out of 10 places in the country or any other decent country.
Will this work post pregnancy? Can I also use during my pregnancy?
You should talk to your Doctor before you gulp and ingest any man made thingies in your body, and more so if you are breast feeding (which I hope you are!)…
But my honest take, don’t experiment. Your baby is much, MUCH too precious.
I have tried weight watchers, nutrisystem’s meal delivery, some shady pills and many other things, nothing works on me, would Plexus Slim work for me?
It won’t, and that’s the beauty of this whole industry!
ALL the things you said you tried… what were they?
Monthly memberships, right? Some form of monthly billing/continuation?
That’s how these companies enter the “top 500” in the INC biggest, fastest growing companies list!
Oh yes, Plexus is in the top 500 (at 132) fastest growing companies
according to INC , not surprising when *each * of their customer has to shell out * at least* over a hundred bucks every single month.
So to answer this question, no, it won’t work for you, and to be honest, Weight Watchers or even Nutrisystem are much less evil.
Coz at least their solutions are based around logical things and not some fruit juices and seed extracts from a tree located 20000 miles somewhere in Africa!
How fast will I lose weight?
No one can tell you that. And those who try to, how do they? How can they?
Your body chemistry, physical history, genetics, metabolism, weight, EVERYTHING about you is unique.
How can, especially an “indoctrinated ambassador”, tell you how fast you’ll lose weight with some seed extracts and fruits?
So forget “how fast you’ll lose weight”, the real question is – how long are you going to let them take your money every month?
FINAL QUESTION: Should I buy this? Is it going to work? Is it worth it?
It’s 2018. Science has progressed to the point that we can even map obesity to our genes.
And in this day and age, the decision to buy a dubious concoction of stuff that’s not even studied is totally up to you, but statistically it’s not going to work.
The minimum amount of women who did see changes in their bodies were ALSO eating the right diet and indulging in some activity or workout… so… why not do THAT with dedication first!? It’s free! :)
So here’s how you CAN and SHOULD lose weight naturally, without monthly subs, in 3 steps:
- Find a nutrition plan (not a diet) that does NOT have you counting calories. When you *have* to that, count calories, you are sure to fail. Instead find a nutrition plan that does not have you counting calories or portions. So yes, weight watchers, atkins, and all their siblings are out.
- Plan to expend more energy, more calories, with some/any activity, literally anything that’ll get your blood pumping. That can be anything you love, sports, running, jogging, literally hundreds of things. There’s bound to be ONE you might like.
- Finally, use supplements or shakes only when necessary. They are exactly that, “supplements”, to supplement what you are already doing. For e.g. the best supplement, without any doubt, that you can have is whey protein. The benefits outweigh the cost 10 to 1!
So instead of spending 100+ bucks on this plexus slim concoction, spend it on this 10 pounder bag !
Not only will that big bag benefit you 10 times more, it will last for months!
… and how I lost my weight without Plexus slim or other ‘aids’…
Here’s what I did last year that changed my life. Literally.
And with no plexus slim or other gook.
Plexus Slim User Reviews:
Although I found like bazillion plexus slim reviews on Facebook, there are very few genuine ones by individual people or bloggers.
I found this plexus slim review by Betty Hartley which actually led me to buy her nutrition program, and which eventually led me to lose 28 pounds last year.
Then I found a lot of complaints on BBB’s site, here’s a screenshot of few:
And there were also quite some disturbing reports on ripoffreport.com, check what this one out:
Then it was all about “health” and weight loss was a bonus. That’s NOT how it was presented to me thus I was gravely mislead. The product CHANGED and the leaders knew it wasn’t working, but continued “cheerleading” their teams and the massive “cover up” began.
Here was one more plexus slim review, specifically about their return policy:
And to get anyone on the phone was a hassle I was transferred to 7 different departments and talk to 7 different people and still not resolve I will make sure to tell everyone I know how I was treated and that product upset my stomach and I did not care for the taste either it tasted like I was drinking a bottle of splenda YUCK!!!!
And this, below, was the most “animated” plexus review so far….
It is advertised to “lose more weight faster than you ever thought possible”. It simply does not happen I don’t care WHAT they tell you!
In addition, with a few of their other products there are claims to “help” or “may help” diseases such such as infertility, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD in children, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and even cancer to name a few.
Can you say “deceptive”? How do these people sleep at night????
I have no idea how they stay in business. This product is a waste of time and money! It does NOT work, period.
And finally, the nail in the coffin was hit by the good o’l FDA themselves!
Plexus worldwide received a warning letter for making unreasonable claims on their Fast Relief, Pro Bio 5 and Bio Cleanse products:
Here’s a small gist of the warning… (addressed to Plexus worldwide)…
Your Fast Relief, ProBio5 and BioCleanse are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced uses and, therefore, the products are “new drugs” under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce without prior approval from FDA, as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(a)]; see also section 301(d) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 331(d)]. The FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.
So those folks, are the REAL Plexus Slim reviews and experience by real users!
I don’t care what those ambassadors claim, ultimately it comes down to 3 things:
1) How long do you plan to spend over $115 every month?
2) Is this a long term fix? Is it safe to be taken for the next 1, 5, or 10 years?
3) There are countless concoctions out there with the same ingredients, IF they all really work, would obesity still be a problem in this country?
Read this plexus slim review.