Skinny Body Max is a supplement promoting weight loss and weight management. Originally marketed in 2011 as Skinny Fiber, it was reformulated to Skinny Body Max in 2016. A 120-caspule bottle costs $59.95 on the company website, or $46.96 on Amazon.com. Because the dosage is “Take two capsules with at least 8 ounces of water 30 minutes before larger meals,” how long a supply it is really depends on how many “larger meals” you’re eating. So anywhere from 20 days to 60 days. 
The product is part of a supplement line sold by Skinny Body Care, located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Their Better Business Bureau profile was created in 2014, but they currently have an F rating due to no ratings and twelve customer complaints. 
What’s interesting is the BBB hasn’t plugged this company for what it is. The moment you see “Become a Distributor” on a web page, you know what that means: multi-level marketing (MLM). Which in itself isn’t necessarily bad; there are some very reputable and successful MLMs out there: Avon, Mary Kay, and Tupperware come to mind. But when you combine MLM with an F rating from the BBB, you start to wonder. 
Skinny Body Max Claims
“The most advanced weight management product on the planet! Maximum Weight Management—Antioxidant Power—Support Healthy Metabolism” 
In 2011, we introduced to the world, Skinny Fiber, a product that FINALLY helped people all over the world get results!
For almost 5 years, it was the PREMIER weight management product ANYWHERE and was featured all over the internet, in magazines, newspapers, and even on TV. And while Skinny Fiber is STILL one of the most powerful weight management products on the market, with all the advances in science and nutrition technology, in 2016, we developed a product even BETTER! 
With all the incredible benefits of Skinny Fiber, PLUS some of the most powerful ingredients discovered in the last few years, Skinny Body MAX is a super-enhanced version of Skinny Fiber and represents the cutting edge of science, with the most advanced weight management product EVER!
If YOU or ANYONE you know has a need to manage their weight, whether its 10 pounds, 30 pounds, 100 pounds or MORE, Skinny Body MAX may very well be the product you’ve been hoping for! 
We’ll skip the distributorship claims in this review and focus on the product, but it looks like a pretty standard MLM setup.
The Skinny Body Max refund policy:
If A Customer who ordered directly from SkinnyBodyCare is not completely satisfied with the First Product Purchase, he or she may send to the Company the unused portion of the First Product Purchase within thirty (30) days of the original purchase date for 1 bottle, and (90) days for 3 or more bottles placed within the same month. SkinnyBodyCare will refund 100% of the purchase price (less shipping and handling). If the First Product Purchase is returned after the thirty (30) day period, no refund will be given. 
Skinny Body Max Ingredients
Per 2 capsules:
Proprietary Blend, 1160 mg: Konjoac glucomannan, oligofructose-enriched inulin (Orafti® P95), caralluma extract (whole plant), cayenne pepper, raspberry ketones, Garcinia cambogia extract (fruit rind), and Lactobacillus plantarum (min. 1 billion CFU).
Proprietary Enzyme Blend, 260 mg: Amylase, protease, lipase, glucoamylase, papain, cellulase, bromelain. 
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Skinny Body Max
The company website cites no research or clinical study claims. But there are studies on some of the ingredients and how they might affect weight loss in positive ways. This doesn’t guarantee, however, that the mixture is particularly effective or safe.
Glucomannan is a plant-based soluble dietary fiber, and there are several published studies done, most of them regarding weight loss. In the past glucomannan has been linked to reducing lipid plasma levels, as well as glucose levels, in adults. A study published in the 2013 Journal of Obesity went looking for results:
Participants were randomly assigned to take 1.33 grams of glucomannan or identically looking placebo capsules with 236.6 mL (8 ounces) of water one hour before breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 8 weeks. The primary efficacy outcome [the ideal result] was change in body weight after 8 weeks. … A total of 53 participants (18–65 years of age; BMI 25–35 kg/m2) were enrolled and randomized. The two groups did not differ with respect to baseline characteristics and compliance with the study supplement.  (clarification added)
It didn’t work, or at least not the way they expected it to.
Conclusions. Glucomannan supplements administered over 8 weeks were well tolerated but did not promote weight loss or significantly alter body composition, hunger/fullness, or lipid and glucose parameters. 
There have been multiple studies done on Garcinia cambogia, and its ability to curb the appetite and promote fat loss. The results have so far been consistent: while no miracle pill, G. cambogia serves as a mild-to-moderate appetite suppressant, and may inhibit an enzyme which converts carbohydrates to fat (leaving them carbs longer so the body can burn through them rather than store them), but so far its effectiveness seems to be limited to a 12-week period. 
Cayenne pepper also has claims it will speed up your metabolism naturally through thermogenesis (gets the body producing more heat) and even strengthen digestion while burning fat.
A study published in the Jun 2014 Appetite journal looked into the effects of capsaicin on appetite and satiety (whether or not it makes you feel more full for longer periods of time). Fifteen participants were given different dosages of red pepper and cayenne pepper. This is a very small group for a good solid study, but it’s not likely the only study out there. But in this case it did seem to work. They conclude:
In energy balance, addition of capsaicin to the diet increases satiety and fullness, and tends to prevent overeating when food intake is ad libitum (extemporaneous; impulse; unplanned). After dinner, capsaicin prevents the effects of the negative energy balance on desire to eat.  (Definition added)
Overall, the studies show slight improvements, but nothing drastic by any means.
Word On The Street About Skinny Body Max
There were mixed reviews about Skinny Body Max, both on the company site and on Amazon.com. I tend to trust the candidness of Amazon more, so that’s where I pulled quotes from. Of 28 reviews, Skinny Body Max scored an average of 3.8 out of 5 stars.
“Suzi T” (2016, 5 stars) loved it: “Used this product before and it helped me lose weight without being hungry!! It helps me eat less and I'm not hungry between meals nor have any sugar cravings! I'm down 10 [pounds]-which is not easy when you are over 60-and would like to lose 10 more. I'm sure this product will help me again!” 
“Barbara” (2016, 4 stars) said, “Skinny Body Max works great as long as you Drink your Water! You have to Drink the water! Wait 30 min to 60 min you will feel full and you'll eat 1/2 of your meal!” 
“Stacylee” (2016, 2 stars) said, “Waiting for the weight loss to happen…have only lost a few lbs. in 2 months using this product. I walk every day and eat 2-3 very small meals. I noticed a slight change in my waistline but nothing close to what they say will happen while taking this product.” 
The only side effects mentioned were some gastrointestinal issues and allergies. But some complaints on the BBB file noted that the customer service was terrible, and refunds were hard to come by even within the 30-day window. 
Every supplement affects every individual differently. Gender, age, genetics, pre-existing medical conditions, and individual body chemistry—as unique as a fingerprint—can affect how a supplement works on you. That's why supplements always add that “individual results may vary” disclaimer, and it's why reviews for a drug or supplement can be all over the spectrum. Only you and your doctor can figure out how it works for you, so always be forthcoming and transparent with your doctor about side effects you experience, as well as if the substance doesn't seem to be doing anything for you.
The Bottom Line: Is Skinny Body Max Worth A Try?
Depends. It truly does depend here, because Skinny Body Max doesn’t seem to be truly harmful, but it’s not really screaming “effective,” either. Some customers noted the product did nothing for them at all, while others saw a change in their appetites. I’d definitely order it from Amazon if you do try it—sounds like you’re more apt to get that refund if it doesn’t work.
In the end, it really boils down to making good choices when the cravings hit. There are thousands of great healthy high-protein snack ideas out there—protein takes the longest to digest, and therefore keeps us full longest—whether you’re going low-carb or low-fat (both have benefits; you just have to choose one and stick to it). But Skinny Body Max might help you get over the rough spots.
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