Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PLEXUS SELLER OR AMBASSADOR!
In fact, this might be the only one true review of the product you can find. Nowhere will you find honest comments by users as on this page (find them at the end).
So with that... Hellow!
My name is Betty, I am a 40 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.
April 2018 Update: I receive many, MANY emails from women everyday asking what did I do to lose weight, especially when I keep saying, "You DO NOT need Plexus Slim!"....
Yes, it's true that I did transform myself...
But people don't know about the countless failures, trying so many shady products, and spending over 3 years of my life in the process!
So what you can now do is, just scroll to the end of this review, and you'll get an option to see the exact steps I took to go from this to this.
However, first, read the plexus review. :)
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!
However, I am NOT a Plexus ambassador or promoter.
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", defending the product against all odds, and guess what, most are automatically deleted by my website software categorized as "spam"!
The weirdest and most suspicious thing is, how can 99% of all Plexus Slim reviews be positive when there are no third party research or studies done on it?!
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!
I have battled with obesity for a long time.
And like most of us women, I have gone through the usual routine:
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.)
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:
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 a year! 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 that the side effects didn’t start immediately, so we didn’t 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! :(
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.
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…
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…
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!
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.
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:
Previously, 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.
Yep, it’s banned on Amazon now. You can go check it yourself on the above page.
The ‘pink drink’ is a proprietary blend of a ton of ingredients. To cut the long story short, the only
2 ingredients 1 ingredient (they removed the Hoodia) worth mentioning and that have at least some scientific research in their favor is the Garcinia Cambogia.
Here’s a list of ingredients in Plexus Slim:
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.
I couldn’t find any evidence associating this with weight loss.
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.
This is a nothing but a sweetener. I tried to find evidence that Lo Han helpsto lose weight but could find none.
Of course, if you were to use it as a sweetener while swapping actual sugar, it might mean that many less calories ingested, but how would it help... on its own!? Only the Plexus gods know this!
Again, we all know about this one. It’s very common in sugar replacement pills.
Stevia is definitely a better sweetener than many others, however, once again I ask, why the need to add three sweeteners Plexus??!
This one’s not helping. They don’t tell us what these “natural flavors” are. I doubt any of them play ANY role in losing weight or doing anything useful.
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.
No evidence or study whatsoever pointing out the benefit of this thing.
Once again, no evidence or study whatsoever pointing out the benefit.
I am 100% sure you have heard about this one, 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.
Here are the Pros and Cons of Plexus Slim
Plexus Pros: (And these aren't going to be many...)
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 well, 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 reputable sources for this…
Plexus Slim Cons:
1 Chemical soup – What’s in there that’s helping?! Apart from the hodgepodge 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 2017 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?
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!
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? Look for other better sources.
Here’s a rundown of most of Plexus products and what they cost:
Plexus Slim (30 Day Supply) = $82
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!
First of all, here are the results of a poll from this very blog. It's been here for a while now, and over 20k women have voted (as of April 2018)!
So here are the results of the single question - Did Plexus Slim work for you?
Now, towards the rest of the 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:
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, below, was a comment on a popular forum:
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:
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
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:
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!
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 page 5 and below of Google where anyone rarely visits!).
By now, I hope you have realized there are simply no magic products that’ll work ‘automatically’ to get you slimmer.
Plexus Slim MIGHT work for a few. It might be you, yes, it might work for you.
But do you really want to spend over $600 in the next 6 months to find out?
I hope you don't.
When I lost 62lbs of my post pregnancy weight, I was able to do it without any of these “monthly supply” products.
Yes, I tried many, MANY diets, popped some of those “fat burning” pills.
And although some things did show potential, the results only lasted for a while, and I’d end up back to where I was.
3 years of my life (2009-11) went like this!
And no, I didn’t suddenly stumble upon some “secret” (FYI there isn’t one).
Instead, in these 3 years, I learned (through a lot of failures!) some of the MOST important behavior factors responsible for not only weight loss, but better health, a better mindset, more energy, and well, a better life.
Discovering these simple (and free!) things changed my life.
It led me to Precision Nutrition where I completed their intensive Level 1 course, it led me to become a personal trainer, and it led me to become a mentor for so many women seeking to lose weight but having no idea (or MANY ideas!) about losing weight.
Most of the women on this blog who mail me have:
So my suggestion to you is…
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