So January 1st hits and the usual “lose weight, feel great” posts started popping up everywhere including the brand new, always sold out AMAZING Juice Plus Boosters. I was seeing posts from the multiple reps on my Facebook feed showing these fantastic results from taking a few of these sachets each day and after giving the shakes a go (see my post HERE) I thought “why not”. Here is my honest Juice Plus Boosters Review.
What are Juice Plus Boosters?
Juice Plus Boosters claim to stop up to 25% of your consumed fat from being absorbed into the body, fill you up and curb your hunger pangs. The ingredients are:
Oil emulsion (dried corn syrup, palm oil, oat oil, glucomannan (33%), fructose, flavouring (multi-fruit), green tea extract (3.3%), stabiliser (sodium polyphospate), flavouring, caffeine.
In each sachet there is 1.0g of glucomannan and 9mg of caffeine.
They are not recommended for children or pregnant women due to the caffeine content.
They cost £74 for a ONE month supply (90 sachets), you can split the cost over four monthly payments of £19.50. The box recommends that for weight loss you take 3 a day but taking 1 or 2 is recommended by most reps so they last longer.
What is glucomannan? Glucomannan is a sugar (you’ll notice a lot of that in the ingredients) that is made from the root of the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac). It is used as a thickener/gel agent in foods – it absorbs water to create a bulky fiber (which is why it claims to make you feel fuller). There is some evidence that it can be used to aid constipation, diabetes 2 and high cholesterol. There is insufficient evidence to prove that it aids in weight loss or the treatment of obesity – contradicting research. Evidence shows that it should only be taken for 4 months at a time. (Information taken from www.webmd.com)
How do you take them?
Juice Plus Boosters are a powder you have to mix with water and drink before you eat a meal. The solution has a slight lemon taste to it but be warned, no matter how much you mix it, they never fully mix so you are left with floaty bits. I read a lot about how bad they tasted so I prepared myself for the worst but they weren’t as bad as that, in my opinion anyway – still not nice though. Different people have commented how they take them such as pouring the powder straight on to their tongue then drinking the required 1-2 glasses of water, others make it into a shot and some have even added squash to it. My preferred method was to make it in a tumbler, down it and chase it up with even more water. The instructions didn’t state how much 1-2 glasses was so I assumed a pint was enough.
Do they work?
You’ve come here for my honest opinion, right? Well, that would be a no. I was going to do a full month on them to see how they did but after 2 weeks of seeing stunted weight-loss I gave up. The first week I lost 1lb, which was less than I normally lose (the week before I had lost 4lb not on them); baring in mind it is claimed you don’t have to change your diet for these to work and I was following the Weight Watchers plan at the time. The second week I switched to Lean In 15 while on them and lost 2lb – this was after 3 days worth of exercise too,and no it wasn’t because my fat magically turned to muscle which weighs more. The last week while not on them I lost 3lb so to me, that is saying something.
Did they make me feel fuller for longer? Well yeah, but so would drinking a pint of normal water before any meal. Did they curb my hunger pangs? After being on Lean In 15 without the boosters then the answer is no – eating high protein, satisfying meals are curbing my hunger pangs without the cost.
What they did do is give me a headache because of the caffeine – I try to avoid caffeine where I can (drinking decaff etc) so this was basically the same as having a cup of normal tea everyday which made me feel terrible. I also got an upset stomach from using them.
Other People’s Results
But what about all these AMAZING results? You know, I’ve noticed a pattern with these results – everyone posting are also on the shakes/eating plan which is a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) so of course there is going to be great results. Plus they are cutting out dairy, gluten, pork and drinking at least 3 pints of water each day which helps prevent water retention (making you weigh less) and no doubt they are doing some exercise. The same results can be seen using Cambridge Diet, Exante, Slim Fast etc as you are creating a calorie deficit. As with all these diets – once you come off it you’ll gain it back…I know, I’ve been there with them all.
You want an effective way to lose weight without limiting the foods you eat? Check out my review of Joe Wick’s Lean In 15; there is a reason the book was the fasted selling one of 2015 (released in December) and has been at number one on Amazon for five weeks. You are eating good, wholesome food that really does keep you full while making you leaner, stronger and healthier – plus it’s the cost of a book, not a 3 month contract and the food costs you less that it does to do the JP plan properly.
Have you tried Juice Plus Boosters? How have you done? Are you considering them and if so, has this changed your mind?