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Trim Down Club

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2.8

71 Customer Reviews

Summary

Trim Down Club is an online-only weight loss program, created by nutritionists and dietitians, focused on proper nutrition to help you shed unwanted pounds. It may be right for you, but there are some downsides to this program.

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Trim Down Club Review: Can You Lose Weight With This Diet?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

Updated on: Apr 24, 2020

What Is Trim Down Club?

Developed by nutritionists and dieticians, Trim Down Club is a membership-based weight loss program that allegedly helps you lose unwanted fat permanently and naturally, increase strength and energy, and live healthier, and simply feel better.

The company addresses the root cause of weight gain by providing three things:

  • Customized meal plans that match your body type, your tastes, and your lifestyle
  • A collection of recipes that are delicious, nutritious, and most importantly, enjoyable
  • Nutritional advice

Trim Down Club claims to bring together a community of like-minded people who are intent on helping others enjoy good food and lose weight, which is why they call themselves a “club” in the first place.

This review focuses on how the Trim Down Club programs and whether there is scientific backing to its purposed benefits.

How Does The Program Work?

Trim Down Club primarily helps members lose weight by eliminating highly processed food from their diet and providing step-by-step instructions to melt fat naturally.

According to the website, this is possible even without 1) counting calories or macronutrients, 2) subscribing to fad diets or pills, or 3) hunger or deprivation. In fact, their program promises to allow you to replace every bad food that you eliminate with at least one good food that you enjoy.

Additionally, Trim Down Club’s active community of members is intended to help keep you motivated throughout the process, as well as provide different interest-specific groups for you to join.

What Kinds of Recipes Are Featured?

Trim Down Club provides a vast assortment of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their website, as well as salads, soups, drinks, and seasonings, sauces, and condiments. These even include desserts, since they emphasize you shouldn’t be deprived, although you will need to eat sweets in appropriate portions.

If you’re wondering if any options match your tastes, you can browse their recipes page without first signing up for membership. And if you need a specialized menu based on your specific needs, such as gluten-free, low-cholesterol, low-sugar, non-dairy, or vegetarian, Trim Down Club offers options for you as well.

According to the company, these recipes can be made using foods found at your local supermarket, although they may cost more than the groceries you’re currently buying.

Does Trim Down Club Focus On Exercise?

Trim Down Club states that 80 percent of weight loss revolves around the foods you eat, and only 20 percent relate to exercise. The company focuses primarily on balanced nutrition incorporating whole, fresh foods, and claims that many people use the program to lose weight without ever exercising. While possible, this review demonstrates the necessity of including exercise in addition to a healthy diet.

With this said, Trim Down Club membership does include access to an exercise program that incorporates fitness equipment you already own.

Does Science Back Up Trim Down Club?

Though Trim Down Club can cater to a variety of dietary choices, their methods for weight loss are rooted in portion control.

Reducing portion size is just one method of weight loss, though it is a well-studied one.

In obese female subjects assigned to different weight loss methods, those that were provided pre-portioned foods lost weight the quickest, though the weight also returned rather quickly.

Also, these subjects received professional guidance. Providing education is a staple of Trim Down Club’s mission and another component proven to help deliver weight loss results.

Those that received education regarding portion control via regular text messages lost more weight than those who received monthly print outs.

Current dietary guidelines for portion control are available. The need to adopt this practice with regards to calorie-dense foods is highlighted. These recommendations seem to be in line with suggestions made by Trim Down Club.

Lastly, Trim Down Club seems to offer ample opportunity to take part in various groups based on your interests. The accountability component offered in this setting as it related to weight loss has been investigated.

In a review of 138 studies, researchers found that weight loss is 50% more likely when progress is monitored in a public context or when at least one person shares in the process.

Similarly, another study found that women maintained weight loss better when they had accountability both from peers and through group educational sessions.

Safety

Implementing healthy lifestyle changes like those associated with Trim Down Club are vital for weight loss success, though they are not without risk.

Making drastic dietary changes can negatively impact how you react to your medications, lead to a nutrient or energy deficit, or electrolyte and hormone imbalances that can be harmful.

Your exercise plan should also include gradual increases in intensity. Starting off at a level that is appropriate for your current fitness level can help you avoid overstress your heart.

Despite their potential to positively affect your health, you should still speak with your doctor before making drastic lifestyle changes. They can track your progress over time and help monitor safety.

Pricing & Refund Policy

Currently, customers can sign up for a Trim Down Club membership for $1.99, which covers the first month. After that, the price increases to $9.90 per month.

For this price, you’ll receive access to the following:

  • Personal Menu Planner – This is Trim Down Club’s most popular tool, which provides you with a weekly menu, based on your specific dietary needs. All you have to do is choose the foods you love, and the Planner will combine them into the perfect balance of carbs, proteins, and fats, so you can lose weight and keep it off.
  • 8-Week Plan – This is a carefully designed plan by the company’s Chief Dietitian, Ossie Sharon, who has been helping people lose weight and keep it off for over 30 years.
  • Live Forums – Here, members can meet others who are on a mission to lose weight, as well as ask experts for advice regarding nutrition and fitness, 24/7.
  • Recipes – Using a variety of ingredients that can deliver new tastes, these recipes are approved by Trim Down Club’s dieticians to “determine maximum fat burning capacity.”
  • Guides & Videos – A collection of guides and videos that covers everything from food shopping tips to meal preparation.
  • Articles – The company claims these can help you stay up-to-date on everything related to health and wellness.

In addition, you'll also gain access to the company's 8-Week Plan, Great Soup Recipes, Big Book of Desserts, Cook Well Be Well, Simple Express Meal Plans, Ideal Weight Calculator, Express Meal Plans, community forums, articles, and studies, as well as different groups and activities.

All purchases come with a cancel-anytime 60-day money back guarantee, which can be requested by filling out the company’s online contact form.

Bottom Line: Is Trim Down Club Right For You?

Trim Down Club offers access to portion control education, recipes, exercise, group support, and more. The combination of these elements is proven to support healthy weight loss.

Also, the flow of information with Trim Down Club seems to be consistent, so it may offer an edge when compared to programs that offer less guidance.

Trim Down Club is also relatively inexpensive. Though you may be able to dig up similar information on the internet for free, the nominal fee may be worth the convenience of having everything in one place.

Lastly, their program does offer some exercise guidance, though this is not the emphasis of their method for weight loss. You may be able to seek structured advice in a group setting, but it may or may not be an expert opinion.

If you’re interested in exercise education that rivals the nutritional guidance, Trim Down Club may not be the right choice for you.

Nonetheless, with proven methods and reasonable pricing, Trim Down Club is a decent option if you feel you need help implementing lifestyle changes that promote weight loss.

Still, speak with your doctor before making drastic changes.

Customer Reviews

2.8 Stars out of 71 Reviews
5 Star:35% 4 Star:8% 3 Star:5% 2 Star:2% 1 Star:47%
39% Recommend This Company
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Posted on Jun 14, 2013

Planning made easy

By Ariel Blaw ,

The menus are fabulous, including foods I like. The weight has been coming off and it is staying off this time. I've finally found my ideal plan, not a quick fix! I chose the foods I like and get weekly menus + shopping list. Cool.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 34 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

Lovely Plan

By Madeline Frances , Durango, Colorado

I signed up to the Trim Down Club plan 8 months ago, and I am proud to say that this organization is nothing but fabulous. I've lost 22 pounds, and I have been maintaining my weight for the last two months with their Menu Planner it helps me out, especially because of my diet restrictions.

When I first started in November I knew I found something special, so I went to my doctor to make sure this program matched up with my dietary needs. He approved it.

After 6 months I reached my goal. The support was always there from the forums to the dietician online.

I'm happy I found this club. I look forward to many more months of eating healthy and feeling better!

I recommend this program to everyone looking to change their lives for the better.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 39 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 16, 2013

Great for some one not looking for a "quick fix"

By Sr , Manitoba, Canada

This is a great, a balanced and healthy way to eat. You don't have to think of something to make for supper. It has it all planned for you and it is food you already love!

This plan takes commitment as you will not drop 20 lbs. the first week. It is a life style. It takes time, but it works.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 42 People Have Voted

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

A great way to manage for eating

By Julie Paterson , Auchland, New Zealand

We recently signed up for the club $47. It was well worth it. It is not about the downloads or the recipes, it is about having the menu planner which works on foods you like and are healthy having a full week prepared for us has made buying groceries and preparing for meal times so much faster and tastier.

I think it's a great way to go. Have started losing weight already which I have been trying to do myself for so very long with no success. Seeing those scales drop and enjoying appetizing nutritious meals is well worth such a small investment.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 44 People Have Voted

Posted on Jun 11, 2015

Life Change - You can do it

By RaNee' Boyd , Houston, TX

The advice is very sound. It is not a scam 2 week program. This is a life changing program. It is based on sound advice. It has great options. Vegan, Non-Dairy, and Gluten Free. They have a dietician that responds to your questions. You really need to make this life change.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 15 People Have Voted

Posted on Jun 8, 2015

Big changes, ready to reach my goal

By Carol Brighton , Los Angeles, California

When I first started at the Trim Down Club, over a year ago, I could not make head nor tails of the site. I was so lost it took me awhile to get to grips with it. I’ve sent quite a few emails during the time I’ve been there to them. I’ve received help and tips on how to get around the website (some of it a little too detailed) and was even thanked for my feedback. I’ve taken a bit of a break for a couple of months, and have recently rejoined to shed some weight before the up coming summer; it seems to be a whole lot easier this time round which I am glad about. There’s a new homepage, and instead of having to search for everything its right there in front of me. I finally don’t have to reach out to support for help using the website. It is very easy for me and I am excited. I even lost 2 pounds in my first week back.

I am not sure why some people here call it a scam. I know many other members that have found success. Just look at all of the material you get for $47. You have to have realistic expectations. I have learned the hard way that you can't lose all of your fat in a few days. It takes time and you must stay resilient. My number 1 problem was that I am not good with computers. Now this is no longer an issue since the trim down club program became easy to use.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 23 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

Don't do it!

By Jennifer Hagedon ,

I was charged $47 plus another $67 for some reason! When I try to log on, it doesn't recognize my user I.D. I have sent two emails with no response!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 21 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

Does what it says but be careful

By Paul , Bournemouth, England

I joined after watching the video presentation and was impressed. so paid the £37 lifetime fee. Then as you navigate your way to Checkout you are bombarded with multiple other offers and products, all of which I declined.

If you're smart and don't fall into the "special offer" nonsense, then this site is great. It shows me all my meals for the week and I like that the recipes ideas are great too.

I have nothing bad to say about it, for me it does exactly what I want and that's meals planned within calories and snacks taken care of too.

If you did get sucked in with the nonsense "Special Offers" then you only have yourself to blame. You have to click yes to buy and you did, so it was your choice. I chose not to and to be honest didn't even pay attention to what they were trying to sell me, as I had bought what I wanted anyway.

Bottom line, for 37 Quid for life it does me fine.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 42 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

Get you money back

By Elaine , Canada

I requested a refund twice with no reply. I went to the Clickbank website, looked up my order number and looked at order details. Went to support and requested a refund. I got an email reply that they got my request and would process my refund. It also gives their phone numbers to contact Clickbank.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 27 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

Love It

By Marie E , Tampa, FL

I love this website. I joined last week and have told several friends about it already. There was some upselling at the beginning but I just said no to it all and got the basic program. I spent about three hours setting up all the categories (protein, carbs, fats, etc.) with my favorites. The program then gives me weekly menus for three meals and three snacks plus it prints a shopping list to take to the store. And all the menu items are customizable by being able to choose an alternative for what you have in the fridge (say an apple for your pear at lunch). I love this program because it helps me think about healthy foods and portions!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 14 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 7, 2015

This is the best weight loss program.

By Sue , Naples, FL

I am an RN and I know a thing or two about nutrition. This is balanced and if you spend time setting it up and reading instructions and information, you will develop a whole new way to eat without preservatives and things that cause U.S. medical/dental problems. Come on, there is no fast way, you have to work, food in the right combo all day. I worked up to running about 10 years ago and it was hard but I took off 20 lbs and kept it off. It's hard work, yes, but well worth your time. Stop whining and get to work. By the way, I don't work for them either.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helpful Review? 10 People Have Voted
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