About Smart Supplements
The Get Smart Supplements weight loss system (also referred to as the Full Disclosure Weight Loss System) features two different supplements that promise to help curb your appetite and slow your weight gain.
How? Called Curb-Smart and App-Smart, we’re told that Get Smart’s supplements deliver a complete list of potent, natural, premium quality active ingredients that can block carbs and fat, while boosting your metabolism.
And because these supplements are delivered directly from the manufacturer, we’re told they come with a Certificate of Analysis and are backed by clinical studies, giving you a “maximum potency guarantee” for each of their ingredients.
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But to help get you there, is there anything smart about Get Smart Supplements or their weight loss program?
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the Get Smart Weight Loss System and help you understand what you might reasonably expect for your money.
What Causes Your Body to Gain & Lose Weight?
The formal definition of a calorie is “the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water from 0 to 1 degree Celsius,” or 4.18 joules.
But it’s probably just easier to remember that a calorie measures the amount of energy in food.
For example, carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta) and protein (dairy, eggs, beans) both contain four calories per gram. On the other hand, fat (fish, nuts, plant-based oils) contains nine calories per gram.
This means that you can eat twice as many carbs and protein as you can fatty foods, and still consume fewer calories.
Why does it matter, though? Here’s the deal: If you consume more calories than you expend each day, whether at the gym or going about your normal routine, this excess ends up being stored as fat.
On the other hand, if you expend more calories than you consume, your body will burn this stored fat as energy, leading to weight loss. One pound of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories, so restricting your daily intake by 500 calories means that you’d lose about a pound per week.
Like weight loss and gain, hunger is also a physical process caused by stomach muscle contraction, which can lead to a ‘growling' sound and pangs. In turn, this contraction is caused by the release of a hormone called ghrelin.
Given this, will any of the ingredients in Get Smart Supplements help you shed fat, decrease hunger, or otherwise boost your weight loss efforts?
Which Products Does Smart Supplements Make? What Ingredients Do They Contain?
True to their word, the manufacturer provides a certificate of analysis on their website, which tested 66,000 capsules of four different supplements each (dated 12/28/16).
Obviously, only two of these are included in the Get Smart program, and we’ve included what we learned from the COA below.
What Will You Find In the Curb-Smart Supplement?
Get Smart’s Curb Smart supplement contains seven ingredients the manufacturer claims will help reduce absorption of fat and carbohydrates and will assist with other weight loss factors. Is this what the clinical evidence supports?
- Phase 2 Carb Controller 500mg
- Green Tea Leaf Extract 300mg
- Cissus Quadrangularis (2.5% Ketosterones) 300mg
- Ashwagandha Root Extract 2.5% Withanolides 300mg
- Pomegranate Fruit Extract (40% Ellagic Acid) 100mg
- FocuPure 15mg
- Bioperine 10mg
Manufactured by PharmaChem Laboratories, Phase 2 Carb Controller is an all-natural white kidney bean extract that promises to reduce the digestion and absorption of dietary starches by up to 66%.
The company lists more than 12 clinical trials supporting their claims, although white kidney bean extract is an extraordinarily popular weight loss supplement in its own right.
Despite its popularity, ConsumerLab indicates that WKB extract’s benefits have only been shown in short-term studies and that its efficacy is questionable.
Green tea and weight loss is a topic we’ve written about extensively. Bottom line? While the caffeine and EGCG it contains may cause a mild metabolism boost, authoritative websites indicate this likely won’t translate into more pounds lost.
FocuPure is a patented fucoxanthin ingredient formulated by Nutraceuticals International Group that promises to contain up to 10.8% fucoxanthin content, along with reduced heavy metals and iodine content.
The company lists three different studies on their website, although according to websites like Examine.com, the clinical evidence supporting its efficacy for weight loss remains limited.
Outside of these, authoritative websites indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence that any of Curb-Smart’s other ingredients can provide meaningful weight loss results in humans.
What About the App-Smart Supplement?
Comparatively, Get Smart’s App-Smart supplement contains nine ingredients. We’re told they’ll supply the amino acids your body needs to affect the neurotransmitters that control hunger.
- Choline Bitartrate 200mg
- L-Tyrosine 200mg
- L-Glutamic Acid 200mg
- L-Histidine HCl 200mg
- L-Serine 200mg
- Grape Seed Extract 200mg
- Cocoa Extract (99% Theobromine) 100mg
- Caffeine Anhydrous 50mg
- Griffonia Extract (99% 5-HTP) 50mg
In our experience, it’s much more common to find these ingredients in nootropic supplements, intended to boost brain function. But will they help with hunger or weight loss?
As mentioned earlier, caffeine can temporarily boost metabolism and even reduce hunger, although authoritative websites indicate there isn’t enough evidence to say that it promotes weight loss.
Griffonia contains a chemical called 5-HTP that may help boost the production of serotonin. Again, though, authoritative websites indicate there isn’t enough evidence indicating that this serotonin boost promotes reduced hunger or weight loss.
Outside of weight loss, though, it appears these ingredients can provide other real-world benefits, such as boosted memory and mental performance under stressful conditions, such as cold and lack of sleep (l-tyrosine), boosting circulation (grape seed extract), and reducing high blood pressure (cocoa).
Will Get Smart Supplements Cause Any Side Effects?
While the clinical evidence supporting the weight loss effectiveness of these ingredients appears limited, the good news is that if you experience any side effects at all, it probably won’t be worse than mild digestive upset.
If you’re especially sensitive to stimulants, the natural and artificial caffeine sources in Get Smart’s supplements might cause temporary nervousness or jitteriness.
Cissus quadrangularis can cause a headache, dry mouth, and insomnia in some instances, while the long-term safety of ashwagandha is not known.
In some people, pomegranate can cause allergic reactions, and you’ll definitely want to speak with your doctor before taking it if you’re prescribed high blood pressure medication.
How Much Does the Smart Supplements Weight Loss System Cost?
A 15-day supply of both Get Smart supplements will cost you $29.99 plus $6.95 S&H.
All purchases come with a 30-day empty bottle guarantee, less S&H.
Important note: The pictures of the bottles on Get Smart’s website indicate a total of 60 capsules each (obviously more than 15 days worth).
Unfortunately, no Terms were listed on the company’s website, so we’re unsure what happens after 15 days. Will you be signed up for an unwelcome autoship program?
We attempted to call customer service at (877) 771-7017 and received a busy signal each time. We also sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will update this article as soon as a response is received.
What’s Everyone Saying In Their Get Smart Supplement Reviews? Are They Losing Weight?
The HighYa team has investigated more than 300 weight loss products to date, most of them nutritional supplements that contain some of the same ingredients as Get Smart’s products and make many similar claims.
As a whole, these supplements tend to come with 2-star or lower average ratings. While there are certainly many customers who claimed to have been pleased, common complaints revolve around no results and high prices.
Are we saying you’re going to experience any of the same with Get Smart Supplements? Without any online customer feedback yet and without trying it ourselves, there’s no way to know. We’re just here to provide you with the full picture.
We didn’t uncover much about Get Smart’s manufacturer, other than that their name is Certified Nutritional Supplements Inc. and they’re based out of Tampa, FL. We located a trademark for another one of their supplements named Focus Zen, but it didn’t appear to be an active product.
How To Choose the Right Weight Loss Supplement for You
Let’s go ahead a wrap up with a mini 3-part buyer’s guide:
First: Understand That Supplements Aren’t Necessary
According to the NIH’s Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss Fact Sheet (as but one reference), the best way to lose weight and keep it off is by “following a healthy eating pattern, reducing caloric intake, and engaging in physical activity.” It’s fairly cut and dry.
In fact, according to this report, the best that can be said is “little is known about whether weight loss supplements are effective, but some supplements have been associated with the potential for physical harm.”
The bottom line is that supplements aren’t a requirement to achieve and maintain your goal weight.
Second: Look Critically at the Claims
After reviewing so many supplements, we’ve learned that appealing to emotion—versus information—is a staple marketing technique. Instead of allowing your desires to cloud your view, take a good look at the company’s specific claims and how well they match with reality.
To this extent, we think it’s a positive sign that Get Smart’s manufacturer chose to include a Certificate of Analysis for each of their supplements, including ingredients and dosages. We’ve found this is a rarity in the industry.
About the clinical evidence? Yes, clinical evidence exists indicating that some of Get Smart’s ingredients may have a positive impact on factors that could lead to weight loss, such as increased metabolism and reduced hunger.
However, authoritative websites indicate that the overall body of evidence isn’t sufficient to directly relate any of them to meaningful, sustained weight loss. And the manufacturer doesn’t provide any clinical evidence for the specific formulation found in Get Smart supplements, either.
Third: Listen to Their Customers
Last, but certainly not least, take a look at consumer review websites like HighYa to find out what people are saying about their experiences with any weight loss supplements you’re thinking about buying.
Experiences, whether good or bad, tend to spread quickly online, and you can learn a lot from your fellow consumers.
Even if there aren’t any customer reviews yet, you can omit this step and still move much closer to an informed decision.
Now, where does this leave you with the Get Smart Weight Loss Program?
If you’re intent on trying a new weight loss supplement, will Get Smart hurt? In most instances, other than perhaps digestive upset, probably not. But more importantly, will it help?
We’re not medical professionals, so we ultimately have to rely on authoritative websites that are. And according to them, it doesn’t appear that any of the ingredients in Get Smart Supplements will help tip the scales by themselves—and certainly not as well as a combination of diet and exercise.
If you feel like giving Get Smart Supplements a try and don’t mind potentially losing a few bucks in S&H, the company seems to stand behind the system with a 30-day refund policy.
Did Get Smart Supplements work for you, or did they let you down? Talk about your experience in your review below!