Slim Phen Garcinia Review

Slim Phen Garcinia is yet another Garcinia cambogia supplement that promises miracles and delivers little more than a black hole for your wallet and/or credit card. Another brand in the ongoing Nutra Support/Nutra Pure/Nutra[word] scam—which has more legs than a millipede—they scream about a free trial where supplies are limited and you should order right now or be forever deprived.  

The complaint is that it just costs too darn much and takes too darn long.

The marketing is nothing short of audacious.  

Unfortunately, with normal diet and exercise routines, many people fall off the wagon before seeing results. And, there’s several reasons for that. For example, diet and exercise are time consuming. After a long day, many people don’t have the time or energy to cook healthy food and go to the gym, so they end up ordering fast food and hitting the hay.  Second, the traditional method is expensive. Gym memberships and healthy food cost a lot of money, and many people can’t afford to keep paying for that, as other costs come first. [1] (emphasis added) 

And here’s where the audacity comes in. The complaint is that it just costs too darn much and takes too darn long. But when you look at the Terms and Conditions on the order page (which isn’t even for the Slim Phen brand! It comes up to a sales page for Slim LT Garcinia with a URL for Pure Garcinia), you see this: 

A trial offer provides the customer an opportunity to try our product free of charge for 14 days from date of order, paying only shipping and handling fees of $4.95(USD). At the conclusion of the trial period, you will be billed the full purchase price of $86.94(USD) and enrolled in the monthly replenishment program[2] (emphasis added) 

This is the too-common “negative option marketing” I see with a lot of Garcinia supplements I’ve reviewed over the last couple of months. [3] I don’t know about you, but I can buy a lot of healthy food for $87. And walking around the block a few times costs nothing. 

Company Contact Information: 1-888-707-8642 or [email protected] 

SlimPhen Garcinia Claims 

Are you looking to change your body, lose weight, and gain energy? Now is your time. Finally, scientists discovered a breakthrough, all-natural weight loss product that actually works. And for a limited time, you can try it for free! Essentially, the formula in the supplement superchargers weight loss by attacking it on three different aspects. First, it suppresses your appetite, to help control overeating. Then, it blocks fat production, so your body will use calories as food instead of storing them as fat. Finally, it burns away stubborn stored fat, so you lose pounds quickly. SlimPhen works, and it works fast. [1] 

…But for all these claims, they never say what’s actually doing the work. And by now—whether we want to admit it or not—we pretty much all know there is no “miracle pill”

Generally, if you want to lose weight, you have to diet and exercise consistently months or even years. However, SlimPhen speeds up this process, cutting your results time from four months to just four weeks! And, there is nothing more motivating than seeing results in the mirror, so it will spur you to continue losing weight. Simply taking this product twice a day, before your two biggest meals, blocks fat and burns it away. And, it controls your appetite, so you won't want to reach for an extra serving. Finally, a product that does more than just makes you lose weight. Try SlimPhen today to see the results in your own body. [1] 

But for all these claims, they never say what’s actually doing the work. And by now—whether we want to admit it or not—we pretty much all know there is no “miracle pill,” and that if we want to lose weight we’re simply going to have to exchange the fries and donuts for healthier foods, and we’re going to have to get up off the sofa. But getting healthy doesn’t have to be tedious, and it doesn’t require a gym membership. SlimPhen’s marketing is directly designed to psych you out before you ever get started. So you’ll buy their pills at their extortionate price. 

Slim Phen Garcinia Ingredients 

The only active ingredient we are given is a 60 percent concentration of HCA in an unknown amount. There is absolutely no information beyond this. This is a major red flag, especially when the brand includes “Phen” in its name. The only reason any supplement these days would do that is if there’s either phentermine—which is a prescription-only heavy duty ingredient meant only for seriously overweight people (100-plus pounds) and should be taken under the strictest health care professional supervision—or a derivative of ephedrine, which is illegal in the United States because of potentially life-threatening cardiovascular side effects. I’m not saying Slim Phen does include one of these; it’s just a weird name to give it when that’s a common assumption by now. 

The lack of a supplement facts label isn’t just troubling on this one; it’s alarming. 

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Slim Phen Garcinia 

Slim Phen brand may be a money-sucking scam, but let’s look at G. cambogia in general. 

there is still little evidence to support the potential effectiveness and long-term benefits of G. Cambogia extracts.

From a scientific standpoint, G. cambogia isn’t a miracle pill. It’s not a fat melter. It’s not speed for your metabolism. But it’s not entirely useless, either. Slim Phen Garcinia gives no science to back up their frankly overblown claims, but there is science out there for one specific issue. 

What G. cambogia does seem to be is a mild-to-moderate appetite suppressant as a result of HCA’s ability to stimulate production and release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in our brains usually associated with “feeling good.” Serotonin can also send messages to our brains that we’re “full.”  

A meta-study (review of all current literature for the purpose of a summary) published in the 2011 Journal of Obesity states, 

HCA is usually marketed as a weight loss supplement either alone or in combination with other supplements.  Some authors have suggested that HCA causes weight loss by competitively inhibiting the enzyme adenosine triphosphates-citrate-lyase. HCA has also been reported to increase the release or availability of serotonin in the brain, thereby leading to appetite suppression. [4] 

What many of the studies compiling this meta-review also found is a short-term effect for appetite suppression and some help with weight loss—though more as a result of appetite suppression and not so much as a fat burner in its own right. 

“There is no word on any street about Slim Phen Garcinia, which goes to show how the company truly handles their customer base—they don’t.”

It might be called a fat inhibitor, though. In several studies HCA has been shown to inhibit an enzyme—ATP citrate lyase—whose primary purpose is to convert carbohydrates into fat. If I understand the science correctly, this is the result: by inhibiting this enzyme, the carbs apparently stay carbs and get burned before any stored fat gets burned (the body always burns carbs first). So while that does nothing for weight loss—you still have to reach the point where the body has no carbs left to burn before it starts burning fat—it might help in preventing further weight gain[5] 

But even this conclusion has a few issues left to resolve.  

None of [the studies reviewed] have shown whether these effects persist beyond 12 weeks of intervention. Therefore, there is still little evidence to support the potential effectiveness and long-term benefits of G. Cambogia extracts. [5] (emphasis added) 

G. cambogia did come under fire in 2009 when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the consumption ofan HCA-containing supplement as a possible cause of liver damage. But several studies have indicated that HCA itself, and thus G. cambogia, may not be the culprit. Dr. Sidney J. Stohs,  Pharmacy PhD from the University of Nebraska, and colleagues reported that while some cases of toxicity and specifically liver damage had been associated to the consumption of this brand of products, it was premature to blame HCA for that damage; mainly because some of the products tested did not contain HCA, but did contain up to 20 other ingredients. So while HCA might be involved, there was no conclusive evidence of such. [6] [7] [8] 

when it comes to Nutra Support/Pure/Etc., the list of complaints is long and generally angry.

Other studies, by Dr. Stohs and others, suggest that a moderate dosage of G. cambogia (HCA) by itself—with no other added ingredients—is safe, barring other pre-existing health problems: the maximum daily safe dosage was determined as 2800 mg/day (I assume 60 percent concentration, the most common concentration used in supplements, but the abstract didn’t specify). Of course, research is ongoing. [8] [9] [10]  

Word On The Street About Slim Phen Garcinia 

There is no word on any street about Slim Phen Garcinia, which goes to show how the company truly handles their customer base—they don’t.  

However, when it comes to Nutra Support/Pure/Etc., the list of complaints is long and generally angry. You just have to dig for them on consumer complaint boards like PissedOffConsumer and such. The most common complaint is, of course, the autoship program they don’t tell you about and which is excruciatingly difficult to get out of (many people end up having to go through their credit card company to simply get the charges blocked). The other is that the brand (whichever brand; they all make the same claims) doesn’t do what it was touted to do. 

The Bottom Line- Is Slim Phen Garcinia Worth A Try?  

Definitely, definitely not. If you want to try a G. cambogia supplement, by all means. But go walk into your neighborhood Walgreens or CVS or Walmart, and try to find a single-ingredient one. You’ll pay less than $20, and you can go spend the other $65 you’ll save from not ordering Slim Phen on those healthy foods they claim are (engage whiny voice) just too darn expensive. 

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