About The ThinPill
If you’re already exercising regularly and eating properly, The ThinPill supplement—or “weight management system,” as the company calls it—claims to maximize fat burning, without shakes or jitters. How?
Using a proprietary formulation of potent extracts, ThinPill promises to control appetite without hunger, support a healthy metabolism, boost energy, and even help break down fat. The company tells us you just need to take 2 pills per day (one in the morning and another 30 minutes before you work out), and this “powerful” weight loss aid will get to work.
We’ll certainly talk more about this topic shortly, but in our experience, weight loss supplements are often more about creating a marketing buzz than they are about delivering real-world results. Is this the same with The ThinPill, or is it just more of the same? Will it really make your weight loss journey “smooth sailing”?
Let’s start with the basics.
What Is Fat? How Does It Form? How Does Your Body Break It Down?
Fat is a macronutrient that, along with other macronutrients like carbohydrate and protein, is crucial for normal bodily function. It stores energy and provides the means for many other processes to occur.
About 3% of the fat on a man’s body—12% on a woman’s body—is known as essential fat, which is stored in small amounts and contributes to bodily processes. Storage fat, on the other hand, generally accumulates just underneath the skin as the result of consuming excess calories. It’s this fat that most of us are looking to lose, whether by eating right or exercising regularly.
When we do this, we create a calorie deficit in our body, which causes it to burn existing fat through a process known as lipolysis. By creating this deficit on a regular basis, we’re then able to lose weight and shed inches.
What about The ThinPill, though? Does it contain any ingredients that will boost the fat-burning process?
Is There Clinical Evidence Supporting The ThinPill’s Ingredients?
According to their website, The ThinPill contains the following ingredients:
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCl 375mg
- L-Tyrosine 125mg
- Green Tea Leaf Extract (98% polyphenols, 75% catechins, & 45% EGCG) 125mg
- Caffeine Anhydrous 50mg
- Cayenne Pepper Fruit 12.5mg
Carnitine and tyrosine may be effective for a wide variety of ailments, including treating Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems, although there appears to be little clinical evidence showing that either can help you lose weight.
Green tea has higher levels of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), along with a chemical known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), although again, there’s little clinical evidence showing they can help individuals lose weight.
Caffeine will certainly temporarily boost your energy and may curb your appetite, leading to improved workouts and delayed meals. There’s no evidence that caffeine can directly boost your body’s fat-burning ability, though, or help you lose weight.
Finally, cayenne pepper fruit contains a chemical known as capsaicin. Many supplements manufacturers claim this chemical can boost thermogenesis (the process of producing heat) and thereby help individuals lose weight, although there is very little peer-reviewed clinical evidence supporting this claim.
Will ThinPill Cause Any Side Effects?
Disappointed in the lack of clinical evidence? Well, the good news is that you probably won’t experience any side effects worse than mild digestive upset from The ThinPill’s ingredients. In most instances, you probably won’t experience any side effects at all.
The one caveat to this is acetyl-l-carnitine, which WebMD claims can sometimes cause “a "fishy" odor of the urine, breath, and sweat.”
How Much Does The ThinPill Cost?
One bottle (60 capsules) of ThinPill will cost you $29.95 plus $5.95 S&H.
Despite what we learned above, the manufacturer is so confident The ThinPill will deliver results that if you don’t lose 1 pant or dress size in 10 days, you’ll get your money back.
Outside of this, ThinPill comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, but only for one unopened bottle. If you purchased multiple at the same time, all remaining bottles must be sealed.
To request a refund, customer service can be reached at 888-201-6330.
Can You Expect The ThinPill to Help You Get Thin?
Before wrapping up, they are a couple final points we think you should consider about The ThinPill:
As you’re no doubt aware, there are literally thousands of different weight loss supplements out there, each with a completely different formulations—despite the fact that they claim to deliver the same results.
The thing you need to remember is that nutritional supplements are basically viewed as food by the FDA, so they’re subject to essentially zero oversight before being released to the public. How does this relate? Ultimately, companies are free to say just about whatever they like, as long as they don’t claim their products can treat a specific condition.
Are we saying this is the case with The ThinPill? No, but there seems to be a big discrepancy between the company’s claims and the available clinical evidence.
The ThinPill’s 10-Day Challenge
Remember when we talked about calorie deficits earlier? If you reduce your intake by 500 calories per day, this will translate into about 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week.
Given these numbers, you could forseeably lose 1.5-3 pounds during your first 10 days taking The ThinPill. In turn, it’s easy to imagine this could also cause you to drop a pant or dress size, meeting their 10-day challenge.
But remember: When you first kick off your diet, you’ll initially lose a meaningful amount of water weight, which will occur regardless whether or not you’re taking a supplement like The ThinPill. As such, even if you don’t take their supplement, most new dieters would be able to meet the company’s challenge.
The Company Behind The ThinPill
Finally, The ThinPill was a very new supplement at the time of our research, so it hadn’t been around long enough to garner any online customer reviews yet.
On top of this, the company behind ThinPill, HDS Direct Response LLC based out of Coral Springs, FL, had no online presence and wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau. This means you’ll be putting something in your body that comes from an almost completely anonymous manufacturer.
Bottom line: Taking into consideration The ThinPill’s clinically unsubstantiated ingredients and unknown manufacturer, along with the fact that eating healthy and regularly exercising are the only ways of reliably losing weight and keeping it off, we think you might get more value speaking with your doctor (or a personal trainer or nutritionist) before placing your order.
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