By “increasing energy levels, boosting metabolism, and burning calories,” Avesil claims to help you lose more weight than diet and exercise alone. In fact, even if you’re already eating right and exercising regularly, the company claims that Avesil can help you lose three times more weight.
Avesil is based out of Miami, FL, and holds a C- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 104 closed complaints over the past three years, most of which appear to reference their 14-day trial and membership program (see the Pricing section below for additional information). Outside of the BBB, online reviews regarding Avesil appear to be primarily negative, with the most common complaints citing failure to work, poor customer service, and difficulty cancelling trials/obtaining refunds.
How Avesil Works
Avesil’s manufacturer claims that it is a “safe, effective weight control formula made from ingredients supported by substantial published scientific research.” In fact, the company claims to have referenced 284 scientific studies to back up their claims, although none of these studies are made available on the product’s website.
Despite this, Avesil is claimed to be a “premium” supplement that uses “thermogenic and lipolysis-inducing agents” to release fat and boost metabolism. As a result, they claim you can lose “3X more” weight than through diet and exercise alone.
According to the product’s website, Avesil contains the following ingredients:
- Chromium ChromeMate (e.g. Meratrim) 100mcg
- Caffeine 75mg
- Avesil Proprietary Blend 475mg
- Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract
- Ashwagandha Extract
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
In order to begin experiencing benefits from Avesil, you’ll need to take one pill twice daily about 30 minutes prior to eating, and that you could start seeing results in as little as 10 days.
Avesil Pricing & Refund Policy
Avesil is currently available directly through the manufacturer as a 14-day “free” trial (which begins from the date you place your order), though you’ll need to pay $3.95 to cover the cost of shipping and handling. In order to cancel your trial, you’ll be required to ship your initial bottle back to the manufacturer at your cost, even if it’s completely empty.
However, if you fail to contact the company and cancel your trial, at the end of 14 days you’ll be charged $89.95, and will also be enrolled in the company’s Member Program. This means you’ll continue receiving one bottle of Avesil each month, and your credit card will be charged $89.95 plus $5.95 S&H each time.
In order to cancel your Avesil trial or membership, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-730-3330 M-F and obtain your Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number.
Bottom Line: Is Avesil a Scam?
With all this information in mind, what’s the bottom line? In our opinion, we’d recommend saving your money. Here’s why:
First, nutritional supplements manufacturers are notorious for including proprietary blends in their products, which means that they don’t have to disclose how much of the active ingredients are included in these blends. And as we mentioned in our Guide to Buying Nutritional Supplements, there are no supplements that are evaluated by the FDA, and they often contain less of the ingredients than listed—or sometimes none at all.
Next, Avesil uses Chromium as its primary ingredient, which has not necessarily been shown to help you lose weight. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, “Chromium supplements are sometimes claimed to reduce body fat and increase lean (muscle) mass. Yet a recent review of 24 studies that examined the effects of 200 to 1,000 mcg/day of chromium (in the form of chromium picolinate) on body mass or composition found no significant benefits. Another recent review of randomized, controlled clinical trials did find supplements of chromium picolinate to help with weight loss when compared with placebos, but the differences were small and of debatable clinical relevance. In several studies, chromium's effects on body weight and composition may be called into question because the researchers failed to adequately control for the participants' food intakes. Furthermore, most studies included only a small number of subjects and were of short duration.” On top of this, Avesil’s chromium is derived from patented Meratrim, which is only backed by an informal 8-week Indian trial.
Another red flag that countless nutritional supplements manufacturers are guilty of is claiming that their supplements (or the ingredients contained therein) are backed by clinical research, without providing references to these studies. As a prime example of this, Avesil’s manufacturer claims to have referenced 284 scientific studies to back up their statements, but provide zero evidence of this.
Finally, Avesil comes at a very steep price—one that we’re almost positive is far out of line with the actual benefits it provides. In fact, the most common complaints we came across during our research cited failure to work, poor customer service, and difficulty cancelling trials/obtaining refunds. In some instances, customers even experienced moderate to severe skin rashes.
Bottom line: If you’re planning on taking Avesil, be sure to consult with your physician in advance, and understand that you’re likely going to be paying a lot for very little (if any) results.