The Slederiiz Program is a rapid weight-loss system designed and marketed by Ariix, a large multi-level marketing company based out of Bountiful, Utah. They offer a variety of skin, health, and weight loss products to their customers, from skin tighteners to weight-loss drops.
The company’s contact information is:
- Phone: 1-801-813-3000.
- E-mail: [email protected].
While “pyramid scheme” is never mentioned—most don’t, for obvious reasons—in fact they are. Every purchasing customer is offered an option to buy into the company, coaxed to purchase more product, and pushed to sell both product and company to their friends, family, and acquaintances—all wrapped up in the idea of an easy lucrative income. We’ll explore those claims in a bit.
But first, the Slenderiiz Program itself. What does it claim, what’s the science, and what’s the buzz about it?
Ariix Slenderiiz Program Claims
Slenderiiz is the only healthy and natural weight management system of its kind and shows improved results over diet and exercise alone. To expedite weight loss, the scientifically advanced Slenderiiz products assist in controlling appetite and increasing metabolism to help maximize your efforts. The Slenderiiz Program is the simple and effective tool for successful fat reduction that promotes weight loss and decreases the odds of problematic rebound weight gain. 
Two weight loss supplements in drops-form make up the core of the Slenderiiz program: a homeopathic formula called Slenderiix and a vitamin B12/vitamin H mixture called Xceler8, the latter touted as a metabolic stimulator. “When combining Slenderiix with the metabolic stimulator Xceler8, the physiological ability to eliminate excessive amounts of visceral and subcutaneous fat are simultaneously maximized.” 
NOTE: It is not recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women should take this supplement.
For one 2-ounce bottle of Slenderiix and one 2-ounce bottle of Xceler8—an approximately 9-month supply—you will pay $149 ($75 each). Two bottles of each will run you $279 ($70 each), three bottles of each will cost $419 ($70 each), and so on.
In addition to the core drops, the Slenderiiz program has three PureNourish shake mixes:
- PureNourish Natural, a meal replacement shake which is a plant protein-fiber-probiotic formula with a low glycemic index. It is designed to be drunk on its own (mixed with water, almond milk, or coconut milk), blended with fruit or mixed into a smoothie, or combined with one of the other shake mixes. A 28-day supply runs a whopping $88.
- PureNourish Power Boost claims to combat mental fatigue sometimes associated with rapid weight loss programs. This cocoa-based shake mix offers antioxidants, medium-chain triglycerides (the good kind), and amino acids that support athletic performance and recovery. It is designed to be drunk on its own (mixed with water, almond milk, or coconut milk), or combined with PureNourish Natural. A 28-day supply sells for about $30.
- PureNourish Beauty Boost claims to address some of the side effects rapid weight loss can have on your skin, nails, and hair. Two “proprietary blends” of botanical ingredients, along with papaya powder, provide the nutrients to keep your nails strong, your skin clear, and your hair lustrous, in a bright orange flavor. It is designed to be drunk on its own (mixed with water, almond milk, or coconut milk), or combined with PureNourish Natural. A 28-day supply sells for about $30. A 28-day supply costs around $30.
So let’s add up: A single month of Slenderiiz, including the initial supply of drops and a package of each of the shakes, would run you $298.00, give or take, plus $9.95 for shipping & handling. Then each month after, you’ll fork out an additional $148 to replenish your shake mixes. By the time you’ve used up the bottles of drops (9-month supply), Slenderiiz has cost you $1650 (give or take, since they offer discounts for buying multiple bags of the shake mixes at once, same as the drops).
Once you have all this, the program itself is a relatively simple setup :
Phase One, the Preparation Phase, which lasts two days, has you start by taking both sets of drops ten minutes before each meal—so three times daily. There’s no diet change at this point, except to eliminate “fast food.” This is a “detox” phase.
Phase Two is a fat-burning phase, and it lasts from day three until you reach whatever weight goal you’ve set (they state one to six months). Keep taking the drops, but now drop your daily calorie intake to 1250 (one assumes this includes the meal replacement shakes, since the PureNourish base mix is 110 calories plus whatever if you’re making it with something other than water, and the Power Boost mix adds another 45), and drink ten 8-ounce glasses of purified water each day (this gives them a chance to plug their in-house Puritii™ Water Filter). The Approved Food List for Phase Two resembles a lot of low-carb diet plans, although it doesn’t stress probiotics like some (it mentions them in passing but doesn’t list them as a separate category for daily consumption). Nor does it specify so many servings of protein or fruits (some low-carb diets limit servings of these)—you just don’t go over 1250 calories (and 250-300 calories should be taken up by the very few healthy fats on the list, so the rest of your food ends up at 950-100 calories for the entire day). And every grain is the devil’s spawn, with one exception: quinoa.
Once you reach that weight goal, Phase Three kicks in: The Maintenance Phase. You can gradually add “limited glycemic products” back into your diet, but it’s not really preferred. Now is the only time that exercise is mentioned, and the “Maintenance Phase is a lifestyle that must be properly adhered to in order to prevent returning back to an unhealthy weight.” 
Ariix Slenderiiz Program Ingredients
Slenderiix Drops: Ammonium Bromatum 12x, Avena Sativa 6x, Calcarea Carbonica 6x, Fucus Vesiculosus 6x, Graphites 12x, Ignatia Amara 6x, Lycopodium Clavatum 6x, NuxVomica 6x, Sulfuricum Acidum 6x, and Thyroidinum 6x.
Xceler8 Drops: Vitamin B12, Biotin, Rosehips Fruit Extract, Acerola Fruit, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Fresh Ashwagandha Root Extract, and Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract.
PureNourish Base Shake Mix: Digestive Blend™ [Amylase, Cellulase, Invertase, Lipase, Protease, Papain, Bromelain, And Advantafiber™ (Isomalto-Oligosaccharides, Bacillus Coagulars)]; Pea Protein, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Coconut Oil Powder, Xanthan Gum, Stevia Leaf Extract, Cranberry Fruit Protein Powder, Dutch Cocoa Bean Powder (Alkalized).
PureNourish Power Boost Shake Mix: Branched-Chain Amino Acid Blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine), L-Glutamine, Dutch Cocoa Powder (Alkalized), Dried Organic Coconut Sap, Coconut Milk Powder, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Stevia Leaf Extract, Guar Gum, Luo Han Guo Fruit Extract, Salt (25 mg sodium per serving).
PureNourish Beauty Boost Shake Mix: Papaya Fruit Powder, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Dermaval™ Proprietary Blend (Pomegranate Fruit Concentrate, Asparagus Shoot Concentrate, Okra Pod Concentrate, Coffee Fruit Extract, Acerola Fruit Juice, Onion Bulb Extract, Acai Berry, Mangosteen Fruit Concentrate), Aquamin™ (Red Seaweed), Erythritol, Natural Mandarin Orange Flavor, Natural Flavors, Stevia Leaf Extract (Rebaudioside A), Citric Acid.
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Ariix Slenderiiz Program
There is very little to be found on non-homeopathic websites in regard to most of the ingredients in these products. Ingredients like green tea extract, acai berry, mangosteen, and seaweeds have been touted for years by the supplement industry, but hard scientific evidence is scarce. And even the Slenderiiz site itself is remarkably blank on citable—or even summarized—science beyond saying it’s “science based.” The peer review process is absent.
Frankly, if you drop your calorie intake to 1250 and cut out almost every grain and starch available, you’re going to lose weight even if your only exercise is a brisk 30-minute walk each day. And as the body runs on carbs (most of us just eat too many of the wrong kinds of carbs), fatigue and some possible mental clarity issues will be involved. Science is pretty credibly in agreement about that. Adding homeopathic drops and meal replacement shakes isn’t going to make that much more difference.
Word On The Street About Ariix Slenderiiz Program
In terms of the Slenderiiz weight-loss program specifically, the reviews were not promising, unless you go to a Slenderiiz “representative” website to find a glowing review from a “weight loss expert” who lists no degree or academic credentials whatsoever, just “years of study.”
Supplement Police, a review website, did mention the one study cited on the Slenderiix website, but even they pointed out the problems of credibility, and their overall review was grim: 
- Group size of just 23 individuals, 4 of which never finished the program, overwhelmingly skewed female (20 women and 3 men)
- “‘a randomized, blind, placebo-controlled cross-over study’” where no group was a proper control group of taking no supplements along with the 1250-calorie diet; they all took at least one supplement out of the five included in the study (different groups took different amounts/mixtures)
- The clinical trial wasn’t published in any peer-reviewed journal.
- Their bottom line on the drops (they never mentioned the shake mixes):
As far as we can tell, Slenderiix contains mostly water backed by no scientific evidence, while Xceler8 contains unusually low doses of weight-loss ingredients like green tea extract. Ultimately, based on the extremely high price of Slenderiix and the fact that the only “evidence” comes from an awkward study with a small sample size, there seems to be no reason to buy Slenderiix. 
But there is plenty of chatter about Ariix itself, the company structure and business practices. Some reviewers praise the company to the rooftops, claiming easy money and lavish lifestyles all because of Ariix. Then there are others who aren’t as complimentary—not just because they personally don’t succeed with the multi-level program, but because they find the entire premise not only distasteful but dishonest.
“Manager” says of their former experience:
An individual can learn how to market and recruit skillfully through trainings. Also…learn different tactics of saying the same thing in 10 different ways. … [But] their target segments are…young individual (18-22 years old) with ambition and hunger for success will be easily convinced by marketing schemes such as “top leaders” showing up in Lamborghinis and Ferraris. … I witness more than dozens of new recruits drop out because the monthly fee to stay active is more than what their cash flow is coming in. 
Another anonymous employee said,
They do have shady recruitment tactics… I was tricked into going to their meeting. A friend said there was a great business opportunity for me to make money and introduced me to one of the employees with a nice car. He picks me up and I’m stuck for three hours hearing them talk with a bunch of other people in the room. I was convinced on how they were selling themselves at making money so I signed up and lost $600. Lesson learned. If it sounds too easy then it probably is. … I’ve gotten death threats from the people I signed up saying that I stole their money and must pay them back their sign up fees. I’ve lost contact with numerous friends and family who are mad at me for scamming them out of their hard earned money.”
One former member who led a team out in California said,
If you are reading this, just do not join… Trust me on this. It is similar to a pyramid scheme but they claim that it isn’t one. Yes you can make a lot of money from this but it is extremely stressful as you have to “trick” your family and friends to joining the company. IT IS PURE COMMISSION, NO SALARY. 
The Bottom Line
Is Ariix Slenderiiz worth a try?
Run Away Now.This is a very expensive, questionably effective diet program with no peer-reviewed science behind it. Add in a multi-level marketing scheme with rabidly negative reviews, and that’s three red flags. Back away slowly and then run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
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