One conversation that dominates at the gym, around the pool, and often over dinner is weight loss!
So many people feel that they are overweight and are looking for ways to slim down. Exercise is certainly a good start. But, there are many products on the market that claim to aid with weight loss and speed up the process.
I have investigated 2 of these products – Advocare Slim and Plexus Slim.
Plexus Slim claims to have done a clinical study to prove that their product aids in weight loss. It also states that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Advocare does not appear to have done clinical studies, but that does not necessarily mean that the product does not work!
Both products have many reviews from people claiming to have lost weight.
So, are they effective, and more importantly are they healthy? I am always concerned about adding unhealthy ingredients to my diet for no reason. I may lose weight, but what am I actually eating or drinking?
Read on for a detailed analysis of these two products. If you are in a rush – skip to the end for my final summary and views!
What is Advocare Slim?
Advocare Slim is a powder that you mix and shake with water or other drink of your choice.
The website suggests that you drink one glass 30 to 45 minutes before breakfast and a second glass 2 hours after lunch. The after-lunch drink should be taken around mid-afternoon.
The product acts as an appetite-suppressing drink which will cause you to eat less. It also offers an energy boost so that you don’t feel tired or lifeless because you are eating less.
The aim behind an appetite suppressant is to make you eat fewer calories. Excess calories get stored in the body as fat, and you gain weight.
The product also has metabolic enhancers. These components speed up the rate at which you burn fat. If you burn fat faster than you can store it, you will not gain weight.
Who is Advocare Slim?
The Advocare Company was founded in 1993 by Charles E Ragus. They offer a range of products aimed at weight loss, health, and overall well-being. The company has a multi-level marketing approach. You can buy the product on their website. If you become a ‘Preferred Customer’ you will be offered special discounts. The product is also available on Amazon.
Weight loss ingredients
Advocare Slim contains Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract in a quantity of 2400mg.
Garcinia Cambogia is known as a popular weight loss supplement.
It comes from a fruit of the same name, also commonly known as the Malabar tamarind. High amounts of HCA, or hydroxycitric acids, are found in the peel of the fruit. This is an active ingredient believed to be responsible for weight loss.
Some studies have shown that this ingredient does cause weight loss. Others have not!
Is Advocare Slim cost-effective?
This product is currently listed on their website at $32.95 for 14 stick packs. That works out to $2.50 per serving.
They also offer further discounts if you become a “Preferred Customer”.
Ease of use
Advocare Slim is easy to use. It comes in a packet that simply requires opening, mixing with a glass of water, and shaking. There is no scooping or measuring required.
Advocare Slim comes in a choice of flavours. I always enjoy a variety especially if I am going to be drinking this on a daily basis. Getting bored is a fast way to be turned off the product.
I was disappointed to see that Advocare does use both natural and artificial flavours for these drinks. This for me is a negative! I don’t want to drink excess artificial ingredients in order to get a cool-tasting drink.
The choice of flavours are
What is Plexus Slim?
Plexus Slim is also a powder based product that you mix and shake with water or a drink of your choice.
The website suggests that you drink one glass 30 to 60 minutes before two of your main daily meals.
It acts to control your appetite and also supplies you with energy to prevent you from feeling tired or listless because you are eating less.
Like Advocare Slim, this product is also an appetite suppressant aimed at making you eat fewer calories. Metabolic enhancers are also present to speed up the rate at which you burn fat.
Who is Plexus Slim?
Plexus is also a MML, multi-level marketing company. The website is very focused on attracting people to become ambassadors for the product and start your own business.
As a customer, you can buy from an ambassador who is supposed to have your best interests at heart. If you prefer not to have that personal contact, you can find Plexus Slim on Amazon.
Weight loss ingredients
Plexus Slim also contains Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract. It is listed as part of the Plexus Slim Blend, which offers a total of 531mg for all the ingredients in the blend.
Is Plexus Slim cost effective?
This product is currently listed on Amazon at $93 for 30 single serve packs, That works out to $3.10 per serving.
Their website has better deals at a lower price of $89.95 for the same 30 single serve packs, for a one-time purchase.
They also offer further discounts if you subscribe and buy the product regularly.
Ease of use
Plexus Slim is easy to use. It comes in a packet that simply requires opening, mixing with a glass of water, and shaking. There is no scooping or measuring required.
Plexus Slim offers a choice of 3 flavours. All of these flavours are derived from natural sources, which is a plus for me.
The flavour choices are
How Are They Similar
Both products are powders that are mixed with water or a choice of your drink. They claim to help people who overeat, or have cravings for unhealthy snacks between meals. They also offer an energy boost to keep you going through the day.
Here are the similarities in the ingredients.
Garcinia Cambogia fruit extract
Both products contain this extract which is known to be an appetite suppressant. Advocare offers 2400mg. Plexus Slim does not specify the amount but combines it into a general Plexus Slim Blend which offers a total of 531mg. This is a far lower amount.
Green coffee bean extract
Both products contain Green bean coffee extract which may be an effective weight loss aid.
Advocare Slim lists this component as 200mg. Plexus Slim combines the amount into its Plexus Slim Blend, so I cannot see the exact amount.
Green bean coffee extract is known to help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also works as an antioxidant.
Both products offer 200mcg of Chromium.
Chromium is used in the body to break down fats and carbohydrates. It also aids in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol.
How Are They Different?
The products differ in a few key areas. Here are the differences.
Many people prefer to stay away from caffeine. Plexus Slim does not list caffeine. The website states that caffeine is contained in the extract from the green coffee bean. This bean contains less than 2% natural caffeine, which they consider to be negligible.
Advocare, however, does list caffeine as part of the ingredient list. One serving will give you 120mg, which is equivalent to amounts found in some energy drinks.
Sweeteners are always a concern when you plan on consuming large quantities of a new product.
Advocare contains sucralose. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener, many times sweeter than natural sugar. Reports are mixed as to whether this ingredient is harmful, with many stating that it is not, unless consumed in huge quantities.
Plexus Slim uses Stevia as a natural sweetener. Some people prefer not to take stevia, and many claim that it has a bitter taste.
Advocare Slim contains 500mg of Taurine. Plexus Slim does not contain Taurine.
Taurine is found in many energy drinks. It helps to boost physical performance by increasing the flow of glucose to the muscles. Because Advocare claims to boost your energy, Taurine is probably one of the ingredients that help to achieve this.
An average diet will offer between 40mg to 400mg of taurine daily. So the amount in Advocare is slightly above that.
Vegan / vegetarian
Advocare Slim is not a vegetarian product. So it is not suitable for people following a vegan or vegetarian diet. It gets gelatin components from pork and bovine sources. This also makes it unsuitable for a halaal or a kosher diet.
Plexus Slim claims to be 100% vegetarian and vegan.
Adding extra sodium to my diet is something I prefer not to do. Advocare Slim does not list sodium as one of the ingredients. Plexus Slim contains 60mg per serving. This equates to 3% of your DV requirement.
It is not a huge amount, but certainly worth taking note of, especially if you need to avoid increasing your sodium intake.
Plexus Slim claims to be all-natural. Advocare Slim uses artificial ingredients for its flavours. For me, this is a vital difference that would sway my decision on which slimming drink to choose.
Plexus Slim claims to contain no allergens. They indicate that the product does not have dairy, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, soy, or wheat.
I couldn’t find a clear indication of where Advocare Slim is on this topic.
Here is a table for a quick comparison!
|Advocare Slim||Plexus Slim|
|Garcinia Cambogia||2400mg||Yes, no quantity given|
|Green Coffee bean Extract||200mg||Yes, no quantity given|
|Contains Allergens||Not Clear||No|
|Easy to Use||Yes||Yes|
|Variety of Flavours||4||3|
Pros and Cons
Here is a quick review of the pros and cons of Advocare Slim and Plexus Slim
- Easy to use
- Many good reviews
- 4 flavours
- Contains sucralose
- Contains artificial ingredients
- Some users indicated side effects of nervousness, jitteriness, and irregular blood pressure
- Easy to use
- Many good reviews
- 3 flavours
- All-natural product
- Contains stevia, some people may not want
- Some people reported side effects of bloating, gas, nausea, stomach ache, and constipation.
My Final Verdict
After looking closely at these two products, I see that both have many reviews from people who claim to have lost weight. That is what they are supposed to do, so they are achieving results.
For me, I would go with Plexus Slim.
I like the fact that it is 100% natural and does not contain any artificial ingredients. It is also suitable for vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and Halaal diets. It uses stevia as opposed to sucralose as a sweetener. It also has far less caffeine. A win on all sides!