PLEXUS SLIM REVIEWS – Things They Don’t Want You To Know!

Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PLEXUS SELLER OR AMBASSADOR!

In fact, this might be the only one true review of the product. Nowhere will you find the product bashed like in here! :D

Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PLEXUS SELLER OR AMBASSADOR!

In fact, this might be the only one true review of the product. Nowhere will you find the product bashed like in here! :D

Hellow!

My name is Betty, I am a 38 year old mother of two beautiful kids, living in Denver.

And on this page, you're going to read some really brutal plexus slim reviews by its recent buyers, including me.

 

January 2016 Update: I receive many, MANY emails from women everyday asking whether Plexus slim would be work for them.

So what YOU can now do is, just take a personalized, 6 questions only “plexus quiz” that will answer the question = “Is Plexus Slim Right For YOU Specifically?”

The quiz is at the bottom of this page, but first, read the plexus review.

Plexus Slim Reviews – TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Glowing Plexus Slim reviews all over the place, what’s going on?
  2. My Personal Experience with Plexus Slim
  3. What is Plexus Worldwide and Who Is Plexus Slim For
  4. Plexus Slim Ingredients
  5. Pros and Cons of Plexus Slim
  6. When can you expect results (IF any)?
  7. How Much Does it Cost
  8. User Reviews
  9. Conclusion and Guidance

1. First Things First - What Is Up With ALL Those Glowing Reviews and Recommendations?!

You go to any ambassador's site, and someone or his mother has lost 30, 40, or even 100 pounds with Plexus! :S

(The worst is Facebook! Half of FB is stuffed with Plexus rainbows!)

And what this does to YOU is give way to confirmation bias = when enough people start saying the same thing, even if it's ridiculous, you automatically start to believe it.

But how did you find out about Plexus Slim? An ambassador contacted you, right?

And when you started searching around for reviews, you probably only got glowing Plexus Slim reviews and/or glowing Plexus accelerator plus reviews, right?

Of course!

  • Because it’s all a part of a big (MLM) multi level marketing scheme!

Me? No, never, I am not a Plexus ambassador.

  1. I am not a seller or part of their 'chain'. I am not “one of them”. In fact, I DO NOT encourage you to buy this!
  2. I had the worst experience with the pink drink, and that is what you will read about on this page.
  3. Optionally, you can also take the new Plexus quiz to find out if it will work for YOU specifically.

Now the company at hand, Plexus Worldwide has been doing crazy marketing for this product through its multi level chain.

In fact, for the past few months, 9 out of 10 comments I get on this blog are total spam by these "plexus ambassadors", and are automatically deleted by my website software.

The weirdest and most suspicious thing is, how can 99% of all Plexus Slim reviews be positive when there is no third party research or study done on this?!

If you dig deep, 100% of those positive reviews are from people selling it themselves.

But today, let's slice and dice the product and see if it's really worth 100's of dollars every month!

2. My Personal Experience with Plexus Slim

I have battled with obesity since my childhood.

And like most of us women, I have gone through the usual routine:

  1.  First, we try popular "diets" like Atkins, Paleo, Juicing, etc. We don't stick to it for long (Why? Answer's below) and quit it saying "IT" didn’t work.
  2.  Now when the "dieting" goes awry, we think workouts should help. So off to the treadmill we go! Of course, that only lasts one month every year - January!
  3.  Then once exercise and diets have failed us, we move on to the liquids! Yep, I did that too, made Plexus Slim and its ambassadors good money!
  4.  Finally, desperate times called for desperate measures. So we even fall for the final scams of raspberry ketones or garcinia bottles!

I was introduced to Plexus Slim by one of the I've-used-it-its-simply-awesome "friend" of mine.

A friend I hadn't heard for years, who suddenly popped up and was more than keen on catching up. Weird, I was like "Meh"...

(I found it much later that these people make money.)

Anyhoo, my experience with this product has been horrid at best!

The Plexus Slim side effects came slowly, but they took a hell lot more time to go away.

The most horrible side effects I experienced were:

  • Heartburn
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Constant Dull Headache
  • Dizzyness
  • Dull Chest pain (this was totally scary and frustrating!)

The worst thing was these things happened when I was trying to get back in shape after a few years of having my first baby.

We were actually planning for the second one and before we did, I wanted to lose my extra weight to start on the right foot so to speak.

But when these side effects hit me, especially the chest pain and constant headache; it delayed our plans by over 1.5 years! We had to wait that long for the side effects to subside because there was no way I was gonna be pregnant with these things!

And the reason it took me so long to figure out that Plexus was responsible was these side effects didn't start immediately, so we did not suspect Plexus to be the root cause!

Imagine my relief and anger when I found out that IT WAS THE CULPRIT!

For that, Plexus Slim - I won't forgive you, ever! :(

3. What is Plexus Worldwide And Who is This For?

Now this was the weirdest thing.

When I went to the official plexus website looking for their company info/their story, like any normal person I expected the first thing to be about their company and products that make a difference in obese people.

Guess what?

The first line on their "our story" page completely gives away the primary focus of the company = the MLM money making scheme!

Here's an actual pic straight from their "our story" page…

Plexus Slim Reviews

So when a company places more importance on the "business opportunity" than helping its consumers, that's not someone I want to give my money to!

Anyway, this is one company that has developed what I call a catalog of soups!

Plexus Slim, Accelerator, XS, Bio Cleanse, yada yada yada…

Seriously?
Do we really need so many things?

And the funny thing is… once you are 'hooked' to one of their products and don't get the desired results… your ambassador's response is…

Oh, you were just using Plexus Slim? Well, you know what, you have to add Accelerator+ to really see the great results!”

Next thing you know, you are using 10 different Plexus products, auto-billed, sucking cash right out of your account every month!

Let me state it bluntly for the record:
The company is only out to make a buck for itself and it's "ambassadors". Period.

Now, some "might" lose weight (Take the quiz and find out what's your score), sure, but for the majority, the only weight lost is from our bank account.

And let me also state for the record that I am not against diet programs, pills or shakes in general IF they work AND they don't have any significant side effects.

For e.g. as you read above, I openly recommend the holistic Beyond Diet Program (a far better long term program NOT relying on shakes/drinks...)

I have personally used both the above (and am still an active member of Beyond Diet) and they did give me the desired results.

So With That Said, Who Is This Product Really For?

Plexus Slim is for those who (STILL) think that some external powder/shake/drink will help them lose weight.

It is targeted at those people who have just quit some diet program, and are looking for an "easy fix".

It boggles my mind how these ambassadors find you at the "opportune moment"!

So anyway, Plexus Slim is for those people who have lost their faith in diets and workout, and are ready to try this chemical soup.

But, you must buy from their ambassadors (else how can they justify the money-making-model). You cannot even buy directly from their official website. Shady at best.

Another BIG Update (Since May 2014):

Previously, before May, you could buy Plexus Slim off Amazon.com, but after unbelievably bad reviews and the presence of the banned chemical dimethylamylamine, Amazon completely removed the product off their site! You cannot buy it on Amazon anymore.

Plexus Slim banned on Amazon

Yep, it's banned on Amazon now. You can go check it yourself on the above page.

And speaking of banned products...

Here are 3 MORE such products just like Plexus you need to avoid! Find out which ones are these, and to try to avoid them if you have a truly long term fitness/weight loss goal (which you should!)...

(The above page opens in a new window, so you can come back here when you have read about them...)

4. Plexus Slim Ingredients:

The 'pink drink' is a proprietary blend of a ton of ingredients. To cut the long story short, the only 2 ingredients worth mentioning and that have at least some scientific research in their favor are the Garcinia and Hoodia.

Here's a list of ingredients in Plexus Slim:

Olydextrose

This is a common type of soluble fiber. In theory, soluble fiber ‘might’ work because fiber swells in the gut and suppresses appetite. But, Polydextrose might cause A LOT of gas and bloating.

Citric acid

I couldn't find any evidence associating this with weight loss.

Grape Skin Extract

Grape skin contains antioxidants and phytonutrients such as proanthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. That's all great, I mean anti oxidants do help and IT IS proven. But does grape skin extract help people lose weight? Doubtful. Update: I am told Plexus Slim no longer contains grape skin extract.

Lo Han extract

This is a nothing but a sweetener. I tried to find evidence that Lo Han helps weight loss but could find none.

Another problem is what “extract” of Lo Han does Plexus Slim really have? They don’t tell us. Not good.

Stevia

Again, a commercial sweetener. It’s very common in sugar replacement pills. Maybe it might help weight loss by helping people limit calories but I honestly don’t think so.

Research suggests that drinking low calorie beverages does not send the signal to the brain that we are full. As such, we still feel hungry.

There are MANY low calorie foods and beverages on the US market, yet Americans are not any more slimmer than they were, say, in the eighteenth century!

Natural flavors

This one's really bad. They don’t tell us what these "natural flavors" are. I doubt any of them play ANY role in weight loss.

Some more ingredients:

Chlorogenic acid

There was a HUGE government research on this over here, but their conclusion remains:

The evidence from this study seems to indicate that the intake of Chlorogenic acid may promote weight loss. However, several caveats exist. The size of the effect is small, and the clinical relevance of this effect is uncertain.

My takeaway - you don't need this chemical inside you.

Rosmarinic Acid

No evidence or study whatsoever pointing out the benefit of this thing.

Hydroxycinnamic acid

Once again, no evidence or study whatsoever pointing out the benefit.

Garcinia Cambogia

I am 100% sure you have heard about these "magic pills", right? But, if you read scientific studies, all anyone can say is maybe it works and maybe it doesn’t work at all. Or more simply said, correlation does not imply causation.

Here is a study where 500mg of garcinia cambogia did not help people lose weight. I mention this because if this study is correct, then it might take more than 500 mg of garcinia cambogia if it's going to work at all.

5. Pros and Cons of Plexus Slim

Here are the Pros and Cons of Plexus Slim

Plexus Pros: (And these are going to be scant)

1 The packaging looks great! Not really a pro? Well, I got nothing.

2 Availability. The network is huge. Your neighbor might be selling it, go check! ;)

3 The advice they give is decent. They ask you to eat clean and exercise while on Plexus Slim. (But then, why not do THAT in the first place!?)

4 It is supposed to help you stop cravings. But I could not find any honest claims about this, still..

Plexus Slim Cons:

1 Chemical soup - What's in there?! Apart from the hodepodge of ingredients, no one knows.

It's crazy to believe that "proven" ingredients will work in harmony just because they are all thrown together! :S

2 It's a HUGE MLM scheme! This is my biggest turn off and the biggest con. Why? Because the only *PROOF* you will get is from people already selling it!

3 Major side effects and health issues. Fluttering heart, nausea, constant headache, nervousness, and if all these were not enough - weight gain!

Yep, many, many people have reported an increase in weight after taking Plexus Accelerator. October Update: One of the commenters below reported that her face swelled up! Yikes!

4 Expensive. $115/month is not sustainable. Now, let me once again state that I am not against pills or shakes in general, because they are "aids", but when the product works only when you are "ON IT", that's the first sign of trouble.

For e.g. having a patch to quit smoking is an "aid", a help. Similarly, diet pills and/or shakes are there to help us by maybe curbing our appetite or boosting our energy so we can stay on the path.

But this, focusing more on the MLM business more than the customers… not done.

5 They force you to continuously upsize your order. Like I mentioned before, once you are in their 'loop', you will need: Plexus Slim AND Plexus Accelerator + AND Plexus Boost AND Plexus 96 AND Plexus Bio Cleanse AND Plexus X Factor…

You know what this is called in plain English?

Scam!

They get you to buy more and more of their products that don't work, and once your bank account's empty… they'll give you the "business opportunity" to go and empty someone else's account!

6 Most of Plexus products are banned in Canada and Australia, go figure.

7 Contains Dimethyamylamine (DMAA) which “medically looks” like amphetamines, and can cause you to pop positive on a drug test. Big red flag for me. (Also the reason they took it off Amazon.)

8 Finally, no REAL proof that it works. The only proof is from their own ambassadors or from people with "1" post on popular forums!

6. When can you expect results (IF any)?

After lurking A LOT on some forums, I could see couple of legitimate reviews of Plexus Slim where these people claim to have got results after using it for about 5-6 months.

The reviews were on the lines of "it takes time for it to work, but it started giving me positive results after about 5-6 months" .

Now, that's great, but 6 months means spending way over $650, a huge cost, and the dangers outweigh the benefits a lot here.

My advice? Better to look for other sources.

7. How much Does It Cost?

Here's a rundown of most of Plexus products and what they cost:

Plexus Slim (30 Day Supply) = $84.95

Plexus Accelerator+ (30 day supply) = $39.95

Plexus Slim and Accelerator+ combo (30 day supply) = $114.95/month

7 stick-packs of Plexus Slim + 7 capsules of Accelerator+ = $29.95

Bio Cleanse 180ct = $39.95
(The claim - Plexus Bio-Cleanse oxygenates & energizes your body while detoxifying & cleansing wastes. Oxygenates? really? How about doing that thing you learned on the first day of your life = breathing!?)

X Factor = $39.95
(The claim - Plexus X Factor is our Turbocharged multivitamin and antioxidant. Never before has this mixture of a patented Aloe blend, Blackcurrant, vitamins, minerals been put together in the same capsule. Never before has a multivitamin been so beneficial!)

I am NOT paying 40 bucks for a multi vitamin, are you nuts!?

So that's how much it costs for these chemical soups.

The reason it's so costly because you HAVE to buy from middlemen, their ambassadors. So the company has to keep two parties in the profit… at your cost.

In fact, to be honest, if the Plexus thingies would have been even anywhere around a dollar a day, I would have gladly asked you girls to at least give it a try.

But at $114/month, sorry, no question about even trying it.

Instead, I highly recommend you to first take the quiz at the bottom of this page, then on your results page, see how I myself lost 62lbs without buying any of these powders, drink or shake nonsense!

8. (Finally) *REAL* Plexus Slim User Reviews

This section took me the LONGEST to research!

First I went to YouTube to see if there are any 'real' reviews. But nope, ALL the "reviews" are by either ambassadors who want to *cough help you cough*, or by make-money-from-home scammers.

Then, I went to some popular weight loss forums and again, there were only glowing reviews by people who joined yesterday… hmm…

Finally, here are some real reviews by people who have posted this on their own blogs like me:

This was posted by a blogger named Deanna:

See Deana's Review

Day 16: Well, not going well ... I actually gained weight! So far, I'm up 2 pounds. Some serious dieting is now necessary, which when you read the Plexus docs, doesn't mention anything about. They just say, drink the drink, that's it.

I missed taking the pink drink today, BTW, since I was in an all day meeting and just didn't have the opportunity to mix up the drink and drink it.

Nothing I've read has ever provided a realistic commentary on the experience. I've just seen people rave about losing 40 lbs in two weeks which just seems crazy!

As an aside, about 4 years ago, I went through losing about 17 lbs which took me about 18 months to do with controlled eating and exercise. It was a slow and difficult journey, but the weight stayed off for a good 4 years. It's a slow process and I guess I'm just hoping for a short cut this time and I don't think this is it…

Then, this was a comment on a popular forum:

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Mishani Kasper on March 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I've been on PS for 2 months already. I also take the accelerator... haven't lost inches or weight. Huge disappointment for me, since I know I have at least about 30 pounds to lose. I work out 4 times a week which I thought would speed up the weight loss, but nothing.

I drink mostly water throughout the day and pee like crazy. I don't think this is a product for me anymore, after all the money I have lost so far! I am not sure if I should give myself another month or just cancel my auto-ship. Big fail for me.

Here's a more detailed analysis of Plexus Slim by a highly respected forum member on 3 fat chicks:

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It's a very, very expensive MLM product and as you all know, we don't support those for good reason.

The ingredients are the usual and somewhat sketchy, as Jane pointed out.

Take the Hoodia - It's highly unlikely that it contains real hoodia because there's very little hoodia out there and it's illegal to export it from Africa for weight loss supplements.

If it IS real hoodia then you should avoid it. 2 major pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Unilever, spent a few million dollars researching hoodia to try to come up with a product that could be proven both safe and effective.

The result? They found that hoodia actually did not do anything to help with weight loss. They also ended their studies early because it made the subjects very sick. This was real hoodia that was researched by the best clinical experts out there.

Do you trust any product that lists hoodia as an ingredient? Either it's fake or it's potentially dangerous.

Plexus Slim also contains green coffee bean extract. There's been a lot of hoopla about this ingredient lately and it was thought that it might help a little bit. However, very recent (2013-2014) studies showed a link between the ingredient and several unhealthy conditions, including an odd build-up of fat in the liver.


It's my opinion that the ingredients in this Plexus Slim shake are not at all impressive.

What actually happens is when people take products like these, even those that DO NOTHING to actually help weight loss, the people using it consciously/subconsciously pay more attention to what they eat and they end up eating less!

Also, success with MLM products comes with a bonus - $$$

So those who test out MLM weight loss products have an added incentive to 'make' it work for them. Confirmation bias anyone?

Are the products any more effective than their inexpensive drugstore clones? Not really.

I'm closing this forum thread because every time MLM products are mentioned, their distributors and resellers rush over like ants to try to sell their products!

Want more real reviews?

Here goes… from nola.com,

Review from Nola.com

Although the ingredients in Plexus Slim have been shown to help with appetite control, blood sugar levels, and/or weight loss, the supplement facts label doesn't disclose how much of each of these ingredients are in a serving, so it's impossible to know if there's enough of each ingredient to be effective.

Until there is more research (or a better disclosure of what is actually in the supplement), I wouldn't spend nearly $115 a month on this product.

And I saved the worst review for the last (I feel so bad for this girl)…

Sandie Horton from Tupelo, Mississippi posted this on topix.com:

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I took Plexus Slim for an entire month and only lost 3 pounds... did I forget to mention that after starting it, my sleep was gone!

After six days with no sleep, my ability to reason diminished and my patience with everyone and everything was turned into an "inability"!

After the 7th day, I had insane diarrhea with almost zero appetite. Did I mention, I still had not slept.

Two weeks in, I was like a caged animal... foaming at the mouth and gnashing of teeth. Sleep... very little.

Three weeks in, my husband accused me of being on meth and threatened to leave me unless I sought immediate inpatient treatment for amphetamine addiction.

Probably because for THREE weeks, I paced the floors day and night and drank water like I had not seen a cool drink for days. I was exhausted to the point of no longer being able to dial a telephone number, drive my car, or carry on a conversation.

I did begin to worry (was it too late?) and honestly questioned the "advice" I got from my ambassador. She literally laughed at me and said to just give it another week. After all, they were "all losing weight" by the double digits... so, I continued.

Week 4.... I entered what I have described as a "fog". You know you are there but can't see your hand in front of your face. I had uncontrollable muscle twitching, loss of bladder control, sex drive what's that, I became light headed and dizzy, experienced loss of balance and motor skills, heart palpitations, swollen painful joints, could not wear a bra because my breast were too tender, hives across my body, and out of body experiences... probably from NO sleep!

Then, I woke up 33 days after first taking Plexus Slim in the hospital at UAB!

My purpose for posting is not to put a bad spin on plexus but rather to warn others... Plexus Slim ruined one year of my life so do not think you'll get faster, better, results by sneaking a few more than your girlfriends. For me, the junk in my trunk will have to stay!

Sandie

You won't find these reviews on YouTube or searching Google.

These are real people and their woes which are tactfully hidden by the company by doing what is called "reputation management" (which means 'pushing' these real reviews to pages 5 and below of Google where anyone rarely visits!).

9. Conclusion and Guidance

All in all, Plexus Slim MIGHT work for a minor few. We don't know who these 'few' people are. It might be you, yes, it might work for you. But do you really want to spend $115/month for the next 6 months to find out?

AND that's not even the bad part, the worst part is: Do you want to risk all the side effects mentioned here?

I am sure if you're sane, the answer's A BIG NO!

So a better alternative for the sane:

Update: June 22 !

You can now find out if Plexus Slim is specifically right for you.

Just choose the right answers for the 6 questions below & find out if Plexus is right for YOU...

 

1. What's your age?

Note: If you are below 20, you shouldn't even be here!

2. Have you tried anything like Plexus before? (shakes, pills, etc.)

3. Let’s gauge your time/activity level. What describes you best?

4. Do you have any lifestyle disease or health conditions?

You are one tough cookie! Why? Because, especially for with , it’s very difficult to slim down.

Final Question: If you had just ONE MAGIC WISH, what would it be?

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Concluding…

You DO NOT need Plexus to get fit, healthy, lose fat or {insert-any-of-your-desire-here!}

Each one of us is different. You ARE truly unique.

Your body, your metabolism, literally everything is distinctive about you.

So the hope of "one-drink-cures-all" is one of the silliest myths, and these "recurring monthly billing" product companies make a fortune off it!

Yet…

What you actually need is…

Huh? What does that mean?
That image hides the best kept secret of the entire fitness industry... a secret these companies will protect more than anything, and prevent you from finding about it...

But wait a sec... what the he** does that Spiderman like guy got to do with your weight!?

I explain it in this next post…

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Comments (312)

  1. I literally just returned my Plexus today. I did not signed up but I payed retail price for the Slim Trio. Pink Drink, Bio Cleanse and Probiotics… I honestly just wanted to make my friend – ambassador happy and give it a try, but I am not signing up because I am not a fan of any pyramid schemes.

    After a month, I used the money back guarantee. Customer service was great and someone picked up the phone right away and I was done in few minutes. Hopefully I get my refund in 2-3 days… (?!)

    About the product… I think it is a scam! Sure, it won’t hurt you, but it certainly drains your wallet! 150 bucks month? Come’on!!

    I seriously just wanted to be a good friend and give it a try since my friend loves it so much. I did not experience miracles like she claimed. And when I read the ingredients I laughed…

    Slim pink drink: it just coffee and fruit extract (so you are better off and it is cheaper to drink coffee or tea and have grapefruit 30 min before you eat anything! That’s a known fact, same effect!).

    Bio Cleanse: vit c, magnesium, and baking soda. (buying those 3 in different packaging is sure cheaper than 150 Dollars).
    Probiotics: are the biggest joke and a true scam. Anyone who knows anything about nutrition can agree that those live good bacterias can’t survive without being refrigerated.

    Just like all the dairy in the stores is kept cool. I’ve learned in my actual Science of Nutrition class that anyone who is trying to sell you probiotics that aren’t refrigerated is ripping you off.

    Even the actual plexus bottle claims: “At the time of manufacture there were 2 billion live cells in 1 capsule of ProBio 5”That basically says “the bacterias was there when it was made, but by the time it gets to you they will be all dead…lol”

    I don’t believe in this. I am so glad I found your website and it confirmed everything I believe regarding any MLM companies. They are just trying to make money!

    Honestly, I don’t believe in any pills that make you feel better or lose weight.

    Sure, some are necessary in certain cases, but you are better off just following the simple rule: EAT REAL FOOD and drink a lot of water, plus exercise. You do this, and your guts will heal and your overall health and mood will improve.

    These companies are just trying to sell you things (pills) that you can obtain cheaper. Plexus isn’t the only one… Genesis, Herbalife, etc… work on the same principle… they are all just a MLM companies trying to make profit, not to make you healthier. Eat an apple or orange a day, and you get your vitamin C.

    Eat fish or green colored greens and you get your magnesium. And you are eating real food, not pills.

  2. Take my advise plexus, the pink drink is a scam, I have not lost a pound… been taking for a week and I do exercise everyday. They have lied to me, say they will refund my money back but have told me they will not.

    The block does not work either. It is a scam. I have learned my lesson.

  3. Signed up for my wife, but she didn’t think the results were worth the money so i TRIED to cancel lol.

    This company is a joke when it comes to customer service, no response to emails or phone calls beside the automated response saying someone will contact you.

    I had to cancel my debit card and get a new one to get rid of this company!!

  4. Products are fine and all.

    It’s Plexus Customer Service is the worst customer service ever.

    Part of my order didn’t show up, so after calling and being on hold for half an hour until I could actually speak with someone, I just told them I wanted a refund on the missing items. No problem right, rep got it done and said it would be posted in 3-5 business days and I’d have the refund.

    Eight business days later, no refund.

    So I email in because I wasn’t going to wait for half an hour again to talk to someone. Now I find out that it takes a full credit cycle, a month, before the refund is issued.

    So, pissed off as I am, I ask for the corporate number or the supervisor and all I get is avoidance. Customer service is what makes a company, and from dealing with this shifty service, I’m done with the company. I work in Customer service and issue refunds when necessary.

    Most financial institutions only take 7-10 business days to issue the refund, we have gotten this information straight from the credit card companies. Today is the 15th business day.

    This company is a joke! And guess what..

    I still have not gotten a response from a supervisor or from corporate. I would of just returned all the crap from Plexus if it didn’t take a month to get a refund, but for that long, what’s the use.

  5. My mother has been selling Plexus for about a year now and she swears by it.

    I’ve showed her proof time and time again that it is a multilevel marketing scheme, but she won’t listen! It’s infuriating, really, since it’s so obvious. She tried to get me on it to “help my acne” (which I don’t even have a problem with), then claimed it helps with weight loss.

    I told her there wasn’t any miracle drink out there that would replace a healthy lifestyle but she doesn’t listen to me.

    I’m actually concerned for her since I’ve seen all this evidence that it’s harmed people.

  6. I have heard of Plexus. My sister in law said she was losing weight on it and she even started selling it. But then she ended up selling her personal plexus that she was using and stopped selling when she ran out. She never said why she broke away from them.

    As for me, I’m actually slightly underweight. I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy and lost it all and then some within 9 months after having my daughter. I’ve been trying to gain weight and was pretty surprised when this girl in a facebook group suggested Plexus to me. I said naw, I don’t want to lose anymore weight and she started going on about how i helps with anxiety and all this stuff (I do have anxiety that I am on meds for). Needless to say, I turned her down because it came off as bogus that this product I’ve been seeing advertised in before and after weight loss pictures was suddenly being pushed onto me with these weird claims.

    I agree with the person in the comments who suggests yoga. I have appetite issues so I knew that I needed to get active in order to gain an appetite. I started doing pilates and yoga but decided I loved yoga so much after a few weeks I changed to just yoga and do it every night unless I’m nauseous. I gained ten pounds of lean muscle and feel like I have a “hot” body now, although I would like to gain another ten lean pounds. So that’s my goal.

    I highly recommend yoga to anyone. There are tons of free videos and you can do it for free in your own home and not have to pay for classes. You don’t have to be flexible or good at balancing to start. That comes with practice. youtube yoga with adriene, she’s got dozens and dozens of free videos and most are geared towards beginners. I’ve done her thirty days of yoga and thirty days yoga camp several times and yoga is the love of my life now (after my daughter and husband of course) Don’t be intimidated by those contortionist poses you see in magazines. There are poses for every body type!

    Namaste

  7. Another really bad thing about this scam business is now on FB ambassadors are suggesting to special needs families that it helps autism :-(
    Imagine all the families desperate to help their children with autism, now giving them a supplement that may cause heart failure! My ASD son is nonverbal if I have him thus he wouldn’t be able to tell me if he had chest pain. If it wasn’t for your article I may not have known how bad the product was until it was too late.
    Thank you for your excellent article xxx

  8. Everyone’s comments are so interesting. I had heard of plexus several years ago, in fact my niece sold it, but I never gave it much thought.

    Then some of my respectable acquaintances started selling it (several of them are in the medical field) and I took notice. I decided that I too would give it a try and be an “ambassador” so that I could get it “wholesale.” What a joke. I really didn’t have to loose any weight but thought that I might drop 10 pounds so that some old jeans would fit…Didn’t loose a pound. My “up-line” or “scam artist” fill-in the blank, told me that I needed to drink more water!!

    Really…then I “sold” my first package to a friend. It caused her to breakout into a rash so I refunded her money. I contacted plexus and mailed the products back only for them (plexus) to send it back to me stating that they could not issue a refund because it had been used?? Although they flaunt a 60 day money back guarantee, there isn’t one.

    Try getting your money back. Wish that I had contacted my credit card company. I was out $135.00. I then contacted my plexus leader and the company and advised both that I no longer wanted to be associated with the company. They have ignored me..I have called and stayed on hold forever listening to testimony after testimony, sent nasty emails, etc. and have been trying to sever ties with them since Sept. 2015. Just last week I received an email about charging the card that I had on file due to no activity.

    I double dog dare them to do so. I am sick of this company.

    This is clearly a pyramid scheme and a fancy scam. The one thing that really bothers me about those that are associated with this company is that they proclaim to be Christians and they use Biblical means to gain respect. Also, they are like “how dare you question me as a person?”

    This company needs to be put out of business for ruining peoples lives.

  9. Betty, Could you email me? Like to keep things private. Thank you ;)
    And no, I have nothing to do with this company… I’ve been invited to a thing.

  10. Very interesting.

    I’m not plexus consumer but I have a friend that is a huge consumer. I don’t believe in the product, I don’t believe that a cheaper treatment can heal you from multiple illnesses.

    My friend insisting me to participate in her team. I’ve refused because I am not interested to lie people. Thanks for sharing this information and I hope people don’t believe these lies anymore.

  11. My husband got sucked into something like this called Vemma (which got shut down for being a pyramid scheme!

    I tried to tell him but if course he didn’t listen because his friends were doing it and the one (who we didn’t know pre-vemma) had a Mercedes and they suck you in with that story and make you think it will be that way for you and don’t focus on the product except for the “natural ingredients” and so called “benefits” of it my friend on Facebook recently started selling plexus and as soon as I seen what she was posting it reminded me of our vemma experience, and it saddened me that someone got sucked in and she’s sucking other people into this scheme!

    We lost nearly $2000 or more and I feel so bad that these people are throwing their hard working money at something that isNY guaranteed and glorified as if they’re going to be millionaires! Not to mention all the people just buying the product not knowing the side effects!

    Everyone should do serious research before doing or taking anything like this it will save you so much headache in the long run!

  12. Plexus Slim wasn’t created as a “weight loss” product. It was created for people with Diabetes to help them manage their glucose levels.

    Weight loss just happened to be a side effect. Speaking from experience and as a diabetic, I feel that it is affordable in the fact that it HAS helped bring down my levels naturally without the use of medicine and I have lost a few pounds in the process.

  13. I tried the one week trial pack because I was told it would help me defeat insomnia.

    Because the rep is a friend, she also gave me a week’s supply of the Bio Cleanse and the Pro Bio 5, saying the whole package is what was needed to get the best effects… more energy, weight loss, reduced back pain, plus getting rid of my insomnia.

    Had my doubts to all of it, but defeating insomnia was worth a shot so I tried it.

    Big mistake.

    OK, I found I didn’t need my morning coffee anymore. That’s the end of any “benefits”.

    I didn’t lose any weight, didn’t have more energy, or experience anything else beneficial. I did bloat up like a balloon after two days and had cramps, gas, and diarrhea – so the rep told me to cut the Bio Cleanse dosage in half. It reduced those side effects, but didn’t eliminate them so I stopped taking the Bio Cleanse completely.

    As I approached the end of the one week trial, I had seen none of the claimed benefits – and my insomnia remained.

    Worse, as the trial wrapped up (I actually stopped a day early) I experienced pressure in my chest, and developed an arrhythmia.

    It’s been 3 weeks since I touched any Plexus product, and the chest pressure and arrhythmia remain. I had never experienced these things prior to now, and I don’t believe in coincidence in things like this. Now I wonder how long it will take to flush this crud out of my system, and if I did any permanent damage to myself. (Note: as the blog above notes, dimethylamylamine is present in the main product.

    Dimethylamylamine is known to cause arrhythmia. Further research shows magnesium is prevalent in Bio Cleanse… and excess magnesium in your system can cause – you guessed it – arrhythmia. So two of the three Plexus products I took contain items that can cause arrhythmia. Nice double whammy.)

    My question is – where are the warning labels? Pharmaceutical companies are required to disclose potential side effects of their drugs… shouldn’t Plexus (and companies like them) be required to do the same?

    • Sadly me, and countless others have experiences exactly like this. But unfortunately the FDA does not make it mandatory for “supplement” companies to come up with research for the claims made and/or warnings…

  14. I tried the trial for one week. Not even a full week and I saw fast results. I stopped because of my budget. I am going to start again because I can’t seem to drop any weight. I have changed my diet tremendously and have seen my gut go down and have lost fat in my face. The weight is not dropping though. I don’t want to be an ambassador and will refuse to sell it. I am not a selling person. I’m gong to give it a month and then stop if no results. It’s easy to stop when you can cancel your debit card anytime.

    • Samantha,

      I would recommend your spending a few minutes and reviewing the BBB report on Plexus Slim. Specifically regarding your “easy to stop when you can cancel your debit card anytime’ comment. There are just about 450 complaints, more than Vemma, and many speak to the so called ‘guarantee.

  15. I am so frustrated! I too have a friend that is an ambassador. I have some health issues and started Plexus to try and help those issues; fibromyalgia, peri menopause, depression. I became an ambassador to get the products at a reduced price. I took them for 4 months and gained 30 lbs!! It could be from something else, just not sure. I lost 40 lbs 4 yrs ago and have kept it off and I started taking slim and put 20 lbs on in a month! (I didn’t take the Accelerator) Now what’s even worse, I can’t get them to stop my standing orders! I’ve emailed them, spent 40 minutes on hold for 2 phone calls, finally talked to a rep a month ago, and they are still coming! They don’t respond to my emails and I can’t keep waiting on hold for 40 minutes with no results! I’m frustrated and don’t know what to do!

  16. I tried Plexus and have to admit, I really liked it. I lost about 10 lbs within 3-4 months at the expense of $130/month. I was determined to give it a good solid chance. I realized that the effects were different after a few months, no more bursts of energy, no weight loss and sleep patterns sent back to normal.

    The exchange rate sucked which made it easy to cancel.

    Customer service is horrible, screwed my order up 4 out of 7 months. Still waiting for a customs refund from August charged when a rep changed my shipping method from Fed Ex to USPS. It’s mid January and still nothing.

    I send them weekly emails and just recently informed them that the next contact is the BBB. Amazingly enough, they responded that my refund request has been expedited. Hum…August to January and its now being expedited???

    Stay away from Plexus. Not worth the money at all.

    • This is where I’m at right now. I’m so disgusted with this company. When I stated some displeasure with the product, the next thing I knew was the “upper ambassador”, for a lack of better term, contacted me. More of the same nonsense. I’ve spent days on phone, many emails and I cancelled my next orders, which they require you to have. We’ll see….

  17. So my friend posted a pic of her and all her other ambassador buddies at a plexus convention. Why do they all not have smoking hot bodies? I mean, if this “supplement” promotes weight loss, why were many of them overweight? Eat clean and move, the only safe way to shape it up!

  18. Thank you so much for this article on Plexus. I was considering trying it but your story opened up my eyes. I’m going back to Beachbody soon, I love Shakeology. Your right about them not listing ingredients fully.

    That’s why I respect Beachbody so much, they list all ingredients.

    Also I talked to a friend who’s with Plexus asked about the natural flavors she said its cherry, pomegranate and another Berry and that it’s not listed because it’s a proprietary blend and due to competitors which gave me a “red flag” as Shakeology lists its proprietary blend.

  19. Betty. I suffer from the scary dull chest pains along with other symptoms. What is best to help heal or maintain while having these anxiety chest pains? Thanks

  20. I don’t mind that ppl claim it helps ppl lose weight. My issue is when ppl say it helps control diabetes and such. And the way these ambassadors are defending it makes you think you said something bad about their Mama! I won’t be drinking their kool aide!

  21. Hi I’m glad i read this!! I started plexus 40 days ago/ i don’t need it loose weight? This girl ? Friended me from high school… Bitch… i hate fake ppl. She hooked me into plexus! For stomach problems and energy??? Lol I’ve tried writing her for over a week ?? She wont reply!! Constant bad headaches!! Gurgling guts! Gas n bloat? On n on? No loss of weight? And no energy still?? I’m done! I’m stopping this shit now!!!! I was on here to find there web sight? To get my money back?? Guarantee?? 250.00?? she said i had to buy 2 months up front??? Help! Stop their bs.

  22. This product is not for me, it does more harm to your body than good. No Thank you, I will keep doing what I’m doing exercising four days a week and continue cutting back on flour and sugars. I have no health problems at all, I think I’m ding great to be in my 40’s. Who ever wants to try this product please do your research first. Be bless and have a wonderful day.

  23. First of all, when you said diets and exercise fail, they fail because you gave up! I don’t endorse fad diets nor do I feed into these kind of products, but if you want to lose weight and get healthy, you have to WORK for it. 80 percent exercise, 20 percent healthy eating habits. You can’t get skinny quick, and some of these products may help for some, but don’t for others because our genetics are not the same.

  24. I was offered Plexus by my niece and I researched the ingredients but they are were very hard to find but some of them made me laugh because people are taking drinks full of sugar or sugar extracts ..

    Polydextrose : synthetic polymer of glucose to provide the food with texture of sucrose
    Citric Acid : weak organic acid found in fruits or used to give a sour taste
    Stevia leaf : we all know what Stevia is
    Luo-Han-Guo : plant is cultivated for its fruit, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar.
    Guar gum : a polysaccharide composed of the sugars galactose and mannose.
    Silicon Dioxide (silica) : Silicon dioxide is what gets in your bathing suit and your hair at the beach. Affectionately known as sand, it’s also found in food.

    A friend of mine took the product. She bought it even though the ambassador told her that it is not meant to use as a weight loss products but to improve one’s general health. Well instead of improving her health…she ended up in the hospital.

    I do believe that any products you take for weight loss is fake… I lost 75 ibs by cutting flour products and sugar with NO side products to take… I do believe that people that say Garcinia Cambogia pills, herbalife, …or any other products out there are working, it is because their MIND is telling them that the product is working… Placebo effect !

    Our grandparents and ancestors lived much better than us with none of those pseudo-pills, drinks and chemical foods.

    Before you start any pseudo diet or appetite suppressant, do your research ! You will be surprised that by cutting the sugar and the flour in your life…you will become healthier and slimmer. It is proven that anything with flour or sugar is less expensive than veggies or protein…

    Good luck out there and stay healthy !

  25. So glad I’m not alone in believing Plexus is CRAP! There are several moms in my moms group that sell this religiously and they all claim the exact same things, word for word.

    They’ve tried to poach me to buy it and I can’t imagine putting something in my body that has been banned by Amazon and warned off by the FDA! They even tried to get me on it while pregnant, claiming it helps with breastmilk supply and labor/delivery!

    When I flat out told them it was way to expensive, they immediately stopped the weight loss/health claims and sang the praises of how much money I could make if I just sold it instead. That it would pay for my own plexus and then some, but I can’t sell something I don’t believe in.

    It is absolutely ridiculous the claims I’ve seen from them (everything from weight loss to cancer prevention!) and I am so frustrated with seeing it everywhere! Thanks for shining a light on this pyramid scheme. Hopefully it will save some people money and heartache! Nothing wrong with the old God-given way to stay fit and healthy: eat clean and exercise regularly!

    Mariah

  26. Well everyone should know that weight loss can never be in a magic formula. When will people realize that weight loss = work/action. First deal with the emotional issues that cause binge eating or what have you, then after success of weight loss there is a better chance of keeping it off and not going back to old habits. But there is no pill or weight loss in a bottle. Good ol fashion work but most people are just lazy and want a quick fix.

  27. I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. I started taking Sertraline (Zoloft) but it left me feeling, well nothing really, I was a zombie. After about a year I weened myself off with the help of my doctor and thought it was something I would have to just live with.

    A friend of mine began pushing Plexus about 6 months later and talked about how it has helped some with anxiety. As someone who has always been slightly underweight, I didn’t need Slim so she suggested the ProBio5 and BioCleanse.

    I began taking both and even listened to her recommendation of starting slow on the BioCleanse until I felt I could move to full dosage. I never got there.

    The next couple months were filled with numerous digestive issues, a fluctuation between frequent bowel movements or none at all (insert MAJOR cramps here) and worst of all after taking BioCleanse (only 2 a day of the recommended 4) my heart would race and I felt nauseous only adding to my anxiety.

    I gave away my bottle of BioCleanse to a friend who was interested in trying it out (he tried, but did not become a regular user) and still have a bottle of ProBio5 in my medicine cabinet because even though I cancelled my order two weeks in advance of shipment, they still charged me and sent it anyway. Rather than deal with the hassle I ate the $40 and saw it as a lesson in wasting money on magic, quick fixes.

    My best friend is now selling Plexus and is pushing it non-stop. I told her right off the bat my story which she promptly ignored and went on to sing the praises of a company she had only been a part of for a couple weeks.

    Now I see her put up post after post of “success stories” of “Plexus friends” she has never met in person. I still congratulate her when she says it’s going well and will continue to support her because I know she is trying to find her footing and what she wants to pursue.

    I will continue to bite my tongue and even when this fad eventually fades, as most of them do, I will refrain from my “I told you so” glance.

    Even though my husband gave me the same look when I told him the $150 or so I spent on the products was a total waste. Next time I’ll spend that on a massage and a nice bottle of wine to deal with my anxiety.

      • My nieces sell this product, though I have never tried it myself. I get instantaneous migraines from artificial sweeteners and Stevia, and would not spend this much on something i believe has more to do wihth will power than the supplement. That said, the ambassadors of Plexus get paid to post about the benefits of plexus on Facebook, Twitter, etc. They earn free products, money, and even a Lexus depending on sales and the number of fellow ambassadors they recruit. That is why you see it everywhere.
        I had success with whole 30 and paleo which don’t require any proprietary products. AND, the plexus products state that you need to drink lots of water, exercise, eat healthy, and should avoid sugars and alcohol to get results. If you do all this you will get results without buying Plexus!

  28. Thank you for this! I am trying to find a reliable source of energy. I have zero and an 18 month old that just don’t quit. We eat clean but the past few months I’ve had zero energy.

    I’ve had my levels tested and nothing can be found to be wrong. While I’m grateful for my health I’m frustrated for my lack of answers.

    I barely have the energy to chase my daughter much less workout. A plexus “guru” swore the pink drink of champions was my answer. Needless to say after this i will not be purchasing it. Almost depressing because I need more energy, but then again my wallet will be happy!

    • Hi Julie,
      Not to scare you or anything, but if you are suffering from chronic loss of energy, maybe you should visit your Doc and see if there’s anything causing it…

  29. YUP I had a family friend sell me the trial pack. She put me down as a rep and I got an auto ship for $162… I did not order it or want it. Then she said she would buy it back from me for $120… then she stopped answering my texts and calls.

    I called my Credit Card company and found out that Plexus has a NO dispute agreement with them and I automatically got my 162$ back. The no dispute agreement is so that there is NO negative reviews on their product!

    IT is a huge Pyramid money making scam! And when a Plexus rep makes a mistake, they stop answering your calls/texts. There is no support from this company.

  30. I tried plexus slim about a year ago because a few friends recommended it to me to help lose the few pounds I wanted. The first pink drink I had drank, I felt great at first.

    Awake, had so much energy and it felt good. I was happy with my purchase! After a few hours however was when i got REALLY sick. Headache, chest hurt, felt very nausea, dizziness.

    I was bed-bound for two days puking. I told my friend whom had recommended it to me and she just said it wasn’t caused from the product. Yea right. I’ve been terrified to take another powder packet..

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