SlimShots are made from palm oil, oat oil, natural and artificial flavors, and aspartame. The combination is claimed to be an appetite suppressant. Individual servings are packaged in small pods similar to coffee creamer. Simply peel back the top and either mix it with another food or beverage, or pour it directly into your mouth, then find yourself less hungry the rest of the day. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was something on the market that was safe and actually effective?
I picked up a box of SlimShots at Walgreens. It was on sale, was advertised as all natural, and the package referenced clinical studies which made me feel confident in my purchase. The back of the box claims that you can reduce hunger for up to 8 hours, and reduce caloric intake by nearly 30%. What could be easier!
I brought the box back to the office and read the directions. Take alone or mix with a beverage or other food. Use twice a day the first week, then once a day thereafter. SlimShots start to work in 2-3 hours for most people. And of course you are asked to follow a reduced calorie diet plan and exercise program while losing weight. The SlimShots don’t cause weight loss, but should make dieting easier. Did it? Sadly, it did nothing for me. Nada. I felt no effect at all! I really wanted it to work. Partly because I paid nearly 30 bucks for the box, but also because I wanted to rush back here and let everyone know that I found something that really lived up to the claims. I gave it an honest try and completed the entire package, with no results. I then found many people that also said SlimShots had no effect on their appetite, either. How could this be? There were published studies showing SlimShots were effective, right?
The fine print on the package explained that clinical studies have shown the average caloric intake was reduced by 12.5% to 30% after consuming SlimShots. We looked into this and found that the studies were not conducted on the SlimShots product itself, but on Olibra (the emulsion of oat oil, palm oil, and water) and in varying dosages. It should also be noted that the clinical studies involved combining the oil mixture with yogurt. Four published studies were quoted. Three of these were small studies involving an average of 50-60 participants, and each subject was only tested twice. Once while consuming the Olibra yogurt, and the other taking a placebo yogurt. Each time, results showed an appetite reduction of anywhere from 12% to 29%, though they did not specify how many people averaged 12% reduction or closer to 29% reduction in appetite. The study results stated simply that the addition of dietary fat could affect short-term satiety. None of these studies followed continued usage of the product after initial dosage, so none of the studies showed whether the product could result in weight loss. The studies also showed it was less effective in obese subjects vs non-overweight and overweight subjects. The fourth study involved weight maintenance, not weight loss, and also involved 50 subjects. This time, the study allowed participants to use the product longer than one day. Participants were formerly overweight and following maintenance diet plans. The addition of Olibra appeared to help the control group to maintain their weight loss, while the placebo group gained a small amount of weight.
So, it appears that SlimShots may slightly help those that only have a few pounds to lose, and may also help with weight loss maintenance. If you have a lot of weight to lose, then you’re probably better off without SlimShots.