Plexus Slim, What is it?
By now I know someone has introduced you to the little pink drink, Plexus Slim. I know when I came home with brochures; telling my husband how wonderful this new product was and that my friends were seeing results, he had his fair share of questions. Plexus Slim makes a simple claim; it is the most natural, affordable weight loss product that has no bad side effects.I am really into doing research so I jumped on the computer and started looking up everything I could find about Plexus. I especially liked looking at the negative product reviews because usually that’s where all the good stuff is. The down side of that is that all the negative reviews to pop up on Google first page are by Plexus’ competition.
Everything I have found has been compiled here and as I find out more, I will add it as well. I truly want this to be a complete and unbiased resource for the Plexus line of products. I want to provide a valuable website to all those who want to shed some weight and are considering Plexus Slim as an option.
Plexus Slim is a pink powder drink mix in individually packaged singles, like kool-aid singles (awesome). Unlike kool-aid this natural mixture is actually a 3-step weight loss combo. First and foremost, it is an appetite suppressant that decreases your food cravings throughout the entire day by sending a signal to your brain that your nutritional needs have been met and you don’t need to eat anymore. Second, it contains fiber, which helps you feel full. The third and final step in this weight loss trifecta is that it boosts your metabolism. (I say this as I recall being 13 and able to eat anything and everything I wanted without gaining a pound. Oh how I miss those days!)
How do I take Plexus Slim?
Half an hour before a meal — it does not matter which meal, it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner — pour the Plexus Slim powder into a 12 ounce glass/bottle of water, stir/shake and drink. That’s all there is to it!
This is what the Official Plexus Worldwide site says, but it’s a little vague. I’ll fill you in on a more thorough route to take.
Upon waking first thing in the morning weigh yourself. Take measurements of your neck, chest, waist, hips and thighs. After that put on your tightest outfit. Look to see how it fits, take pictures and consider how the tightness feels and then hang it back in your closet.
Before 9 a.m. eat a bite or two of toast or anything small to have something in your stomach. Toast is not necessary but has been found to help some people when taking the Accelerator capsule. In order to ensure proper absorption of these supplements, it is better to take these products on an empty stomach.
Mix the Plexus Slim powder in 12 ounces of water (bottled or tap) and consume. For these first 3 days, consume the powder in the morning at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before a meal. Some people will mix in less water and use it as a “shot” while others sip the drink over the next 20 minutes.
It is entirely your choice as long as it is no more than 12 ounces of water. This powder contains stevia for sweetening and if you do not like the taste then you can mix it with 12 ounces of iced tea or add powdered unsweetened kool aid, fruit juice, etc. to change the flavor. Just be sure all of the powder is thoroughly mixed before drinking.
What should you do while testing the product? You will probably be very thirsty and should consider drinking all the water you can. Take this opportunity to treat yourself to high quality bottled water (I prefer Smart Water). Your tastes for certain foods might change – or not! In these 3 days do nothing different with dieting or exercise – just enjoy the experience and note what happens!
Upon rising in the morning weigh yourself, check your measurements and put on the Day 1 tight fitting clothes. Record your results and determine if anything has changed. Continue consuming your Plexus products and review Week 2 and Beyond, below for additional product information.
Benefits and Features
Starting with the normal information you can get from the Plexus Ambassadors (affiliates/distributor/sales reps) or on the main website, we know what the Benefits and Features of Plexus Slim are:
- All natural ingredients
- Safe weight control that is effective
- Increases regulation of blood sugars
- No need for meal replacements
- Not a shake
- Quick and simple
- Lowers cholesterol and lipid levels
- Proven ingredients
- Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free
- Diabetic friendly
- Healthy willpower over food choices
- Free radical scavenging (reduces oxidative stress)
- You lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle
When I got this far in my research I said to myself, “yeah it sounds good, but I have heard (some of) this before.” Plexus was making some powerful claims that I have never seen before along with plenty that I had. This fact alone made me very skeptical because I have always used as a rule of thumb, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” My husband suggested to me that maybe this was another pyramid scheme. I wanted to look into it more because I had personally seen the results from my friends, so I started to research by looking into the ingredients. I was shocked by what I found when researching the ingredients used in Plexus Slim.
The Plexus Slim ingredients are listed below with a ton of valuable information on each ingredient.
- Proprietary blend of Chlorogenic Acid (from Green Coffee Caffea arabica Bean) Extract (contains less than 2% natural caffeine), Garcinia cambogia Fruit Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
- Other Ingredients: POLYDEXTROSE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, BEET (BETA VULGARIS ROOT) EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), STEVIA (STEVIA REBAUDIANA LEAF) EXTRACT, LUO HAN GUO (SIRAITIA GROSVENORII FRUIT) EXTRACT.
What does all that mean? I didn’t know either, so even more research. It’s a good thing I enjoy it. I’m going to take each Plexus Slim ingredient and break it down to see exactly how each one helps or hurts you.
Chromium (chromium nicotinate): As the top ingredient this pink drink mix contains 200 micrograms. According to webMD this is a mineral found in many things we normally eat including fruits, vegetables and meats. It helps move blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into cells. It may help people with type 2 diabetes. There is a link between low chromium levels and increased risk of glaucoma. Also it slows the loss of calcium, and helps prevent bone loss in women during menopause.
Dangers: In very rare cases, when exposed to high levels of chromium, you may experience stomach problems and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). You would have to take about a 30 day supply in one sitting.
Chlorogenic Acid Extract (from Green Coffee Caffea arabica Bean): Now this is a very interesting ingredient. I found out that “Green coffee” is raw coffee beans (un-roasted) of Coffea fruits. Turns out this is found in regular coffee, but the process of roasting, grinding and brewing takes almost all of the Chlorogenic acid out. This natural ingredient has been shown to improve glucose metabolism, slow absorption of fat from food intake and activates metabolism of extra fat. (So far, this is my favorite ingredient)
A few studies I found on supplement-geek give some great insights into what this ingredient can actually do.
Garcinia cambogia Fruit Extract: Now I’m starting to think these guys know what they are doing. This ingredient has antiobesity effects, antiulcerogenic, antioxidative, antidiabetes, antimicrobial, antifungal , anti-inflammatory, and anticancer effects. It seems they know what they are doing!
Alpha Lipoic Acid: On webMD I have read that this ingredient is used to treat nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. It also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin C and works as an antioxidant.
In 2011, a study was published that studied over 1100 people for four months. These people took 800mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid every day. Over this four-month period, this dosage helped people lose an average of 8% body fat. If you weigh 200 lbs, that’s 16 lbs in four months, just from taking this supplement. I can imagine that adding this to Plexus Slim makes it much more effective.
If that wasn’t cool enough, a study on mice in 2010 shows that it effectively increases metabolism and helps reduce muscle loss.
Polydextrose: Simply a fiber additive. It has no calories and helps you lose weight by giving you that full feeling, like you just ate.
Citric Acid: From what I gather, this ingredient is used to adjust the acidity and possibly add to the taste.
Natural Flavors: What natural flavors are used, I don’t know. Some people say it tastes like berries. I personally think it tastes like red Tootsie Roll pops. Yum!
Beet Extract: Just for color. (thank God)
Stevia Extract: Stevia’s a natural sweetener.
Luo Han Guo Extract: The original recipe came out a bit sour so they decided to add this fruit extract to improve the flavor. It worked.
After doing some digging into the plexus slim ingredients, there are a ton of benefits that completely line up with the claims Plexus Slim makes. I hate to get all the hype and still have that uneasy feeling because I don’t know if I am being told the truth. After trying Plexus Slim for 30 days, and losing, I fell in love with Plexus Slim. I haven’t missed a day of Plexus Slim since then. If you want to read any of the articles so you can see everything that I found, feel free to click on the links that are included in this post.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drugs Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.***
Plexus Slim, Safe for Breast Feeding?
Some people claim that it is safe for you to breast feed while on Plexus slim because it is an all natural product that should not interfere or affect your child in any way. If you are breast-feeding, I recommend talking to your doctor. Let him/her know that you would like to try Plexus Slim. If I was a doctor, I would give you my opinion, but let’s leave it to the experts to decide.
Are there any side effects?
The only side effect that I have seen people mention is that occasionally you have a bloated feeling. It sounds like the same symptoms of taking fiber. The crazy thing is, it’s super difficult to find negative feedback about Plexus Slim that does not include an affiliate link to a competitors product. Be very wary of this because these guys will give you a ton of biased information with no proof, no studies and no sources to their information. I do my best to share my sources so you can see exactly what I am looking at.
Plexus Slim F.A.Q.
Does Plexus Slim contain MSG?
Plexus Slim does not contain any proven red-flag ingredients like MSG. Although some manufacturers play label games to hide MSG and other controversial ingredients, all of the chemical names used in labeling Plexus Slim are the chemical break downs of the various plant extracts used. It contains no MSG, no artificial flavoring or synthetics.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) has been used as a preservative in many foods. There is also a theory out there that it has been used in fast foods and grocery store foods to cause people to want to eat more, thus purchase more of the product. We have never seen any empirical data to support the claim. Of course, none of that applies to Plexus Slim because there simply isn’t any in our product.
What is the sweetener in Plexus Slim?
Much time and effort has been expended in developing the taste of Plexus Slim. The goal was to create a good tasting product without using harmful or controversial ingredients. The final formulation that produced the desired taste uses a combination of Stevia and Lohan. Stevia being a leaf extract and Lohan being a fruit extract. During product development, several variations of the formula were created using only Stevia. The result was a bitter aftertaste considered by most test subjects to be unpleasant. Stevia and Lohan are both safe and effective alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners.
What are the fillers in Plexus Slim?
Maltodextrin and fructose are both commonly used fillers. There are many variations of these two ingredients. The maltodextrin variation we use is among the lowest glycemic index available. We use it rather than other fillers because it does not adversely affect the taste of the product.
Over the years, other companies have put taste on a back burner when it came to the formula, but not Plexus. Very few people need to acquire a taste for these products because it naturally tastes so good!
There are plenty of drinks that are very healthy but people stop taking them because they can’t gag them down day after day. There are drinks that taste great but have extremely high glycemic indexes, thus the taste deters from the product’s health benefits.
Plexus Slim strikes the balance between tasting good and refreshing while still carrying a relatively low glycemic index.
What are the ingredients in Plexus Slim and are they safe?
As you can see above, all the ingredients in Plexus Slim are safe and natural.
When can I expect to experience weight loss?
Because Plexus Slim contains no stimulants, it is a very subtle yet effective product. Most people begin to recognize serious benefits approximately 2 weeks after starting the product. Some experience benefits sooner, others, later.
Will Plexus Slim interfere or react with any medications or other supplements?
No. Extensive clinical research has demonstrated no ill side effects with any medications or other supplements.
Are there any stimulants in Plexus Slim?
No. Plexus Slim does not contain any stimulants such as caffeine, ma huang, ephedra or any other type of stimulatory ingredient.
When is the best time to drink Plexus Slim?
Preferably 15-30 minutes before a meal. However, Plexus Slim can be taken anytime and will still benefit the consumer.
How often do I have to take Plexus Slim?
Most people only need to take Plexus Slim once a day to get the desired results. However, people who struggle with weight loss or people who have a lot of weight to lose, may find that taking Plexus Slim twice a day works better for them.
Can pregnant or lactating women take Plexus Slim?
Plexus Slim has not demonstrated any harmful effects for pregnant and lactating women, but as I said before, talk to a doctor first.
Can children and teenagers drink Plexus Slim?
Plexus Slim has demonstrated no ill effect on children or teenagers, but you should consult with their pediatrician first.
How is Plexus Slim sweetened?
Plexus Slim is sweetened with Stevia Leaf Extract and Lo Han Fruit Extract. Both of these ingredients are natural, completely safe and do not lend themselves to invoking a blood sugar spike when consumed.
Whenever I go on a diet, I seem to lose fat from my breasts first. Will Plexus Slim cause the same thing to happen? Is there anything I can do about preventing the fat from coming off my breasts?
Breast fat is different than the adipose body fat that accumulates around the waist, hips and thighs. Plexus Slim tends to go after the adipose fat and leave the Breast fat alone. However, if you want some added assurance, we recommend the use of Plexus Breast Cream. If you apply this cream twice a day to your breasts, the product will help your body to detoxify your breasts and, in the process, keep them fuller and firmer.
Besides weight loss will I notice anything else from taking Plexus Slim?
Based on the feedback from people who are taking Plexus Slim, we are hearing four pretty consistent things:
1. People say they feel calmer throughout the day.
2. People tell us they are sleeping much better at night.
3. People notice their appetites are down.
4. People tell us that they aren’t snacking as often; some have told us their snacking, especially sweets like chocolate and candy, has totally stopped.
Do I need to exercise on the Plexus Slim program?
According to the developers of the product, it is not necessary for you to exercise as part of the Plexus Slim program. However, they also say that any moderate exercise – like a 20 to 30 minute brisk walk every day – will dramatically increase the speed with which Plexus Slim works.
Will Plexus Slim cause me to notice a loss in pounds or inches?
Every person is different and what happens with one person is not necessarily what is going to happen with another. Most people report that they lose inches first. That is why you should immediately start to take your measurements when taking Plexus Slim.
That may be where your results first show up. On the other hand, we have had people reporting a loss in weight before the loss of inches show up.
Do I need to eat differently when taking Plexus Slim?
This is a really important question and here is a very simple thing to keep in mind: if you keep on doing what you have always been doing, you will keep on getting what you have always been getting. In reverse, if you want to lose weight permanently, you will need to eat differently than before. Plexus Slim is formulated to help you make a life-style change to your eating habits.
Plexus Slim contains natural ingredients that have been shown to reduce appetite. However, some people just ignore their body’s new messages and keep on eating like before. Some people eat emotionally; they eat because they are stressed or upset. Most people are trained to eat with their eyes and eat by the clock. What do we mean by that?
Has this ever happened to you? You look at the clock and realize it is supper time. You sit down to eat your supper and realize that you really aren’t hungry. But, because it is supper time, you eat your supper anyway. That’s what we mean by eating by the clock.
Some people sit down for a meal and fill up their entire plate with food. Then, they eat until everything on the plate is gone. They are not listening to their bodies. Weight loss specialists tell us that the stomach is really designed to consume a meal that is about the size of a clenched fist.
If you go to a restaurant, try ordering an appetizer for your main meal. Wait a few minutes after you finish eating. If you are still hungry after you have had your appetizer, you can always order another appetizer. Our guess is that if you listen to your body, you will realize that you are full. And, one other thing, your pocket book will also appreciate the lower cost of the meal.
If you are looking for a restaurant and you see the sign “All You Can Eat” or if you see “Buffet Dinner Tonight”, please drive on. We have been trained to always get the best deal we can for our money. When we are at a buffet that means that we need to go back at least three times AND go for dessert as well just to make sure we get full value for what we have paid.
Make a decision: Do you want to lose weight and keep it off by making a small life-style change? If so, Plexus Slim is designed to help you do that. On the other hand, if you want to make sure you are getting the biggest bang for you buck by stuffing yourself at the buffet, you can forget about permanent weight loss.
Do I have to give up drinking alcohol to lose weight with Plexus Slim?
This is a very individual thing. Some people have told us that, throughout their adult life they have never been able to lose weight unless they give up drinking.
The developers of Plexus Slim say that, for most people, moderate drinking will not stop the weight loss from occurring.
You need to use your own judgment. Alcoholic beverages are very high in calories. Consume too many calories and you are going to be working against the Plexus Slim program.
Okay, so I covered what Plexus Slim is, how to take it, what it claims, it’s ingredients, side effects and if you should take Plexus Slim while breast-feeding. Truthfully, doing this research on Plexus Slim has changed my mind. Although at first it seemed too good to be true, the facts about the ingredients say it all. This stuff is legit. I hope that this article is the most informative piece of information on Plexus Slim that you will ever read! I am here to help you out as much as I possibly can.
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