Is Meratrim the Miracle You’ve Been Waiting for?
Another supposed breakthrough in the worldwide battle against obesity, Meratrtim had a huge head start to begin with. It was backed up and advertised by the famous TV star Dr. Oz on his show and the general interest was immediately stirred. The following question naturally arose to anyone’s lips: Is this new magic stuff for real or just another over-hyped diet pill? All we can do to help answer that one is to try and have a closer look at it.
Meratrim was created at the Biogenetic Laboratories as a fat-burning supplement derived from two natural ingredients, Sphearantus Indicus (also knows as East Indian Globe Thistle) and Garcinia Mangostana, a tropical fruit also known as purple mangosteen, that appear to complement each other while enhancing fat loss.
Both ingredients have been used for centuries as herbal remedies for various health issues, with no reports of serious adverse reactions. Yet, no studies have been carried out on the existence of long-term risks or the interactions between these substances and the medication taken by people for other pre-existing medical conditions.
The manufacturer of Meratrim Re-Body states that the product can block adipogenesis and lipolysis, which are associated with the accumulation of fat cells. Even though the results of the few clinical trials performed on this pill were in favor of its advertised effects, there is no guarantee that the dosage used during the trials is the same as the one actually contained in this supplement.
The product is available on the official website of Re-Body as 60-capsule bottles sold for $39,99 each (shipping is charged separately). The manufacturer recommends the users to take one 400 mg capsule two times a day, 30 minutes before having breakfast.
Dr. Oz has tested Meratrim for 2 weeks on 30 people who were instructed to eat normally (maximum 2000 calories daily) and to a walk for about 30 minutes daily. At the end of the project the average weight loss on each of them was 3 pounds.
- Uses only natural ingredients (yet with no scientific evidence of risk-free long-term usage);
- Burns fat and blocks fat storage in the body;
- Boosts metabolism.
- Not available in stores;
- No indication of ingredient quantities under the umbrella of proprietary blend;
- Insufficient customer reviews or feedback;
- Main ingredients need further tests for efficiency and safety;
- Low price-value ratio;
- Modest weight loss reports;
- Minor side effects (stomach pain);
- No money-back guarantee;
- The few clinical studies focused on short-term results while the participants were instructed to diet and exercise which may have helped them to lose weight;
- Not approved by FDA, despite its scientific trial.
Given the impressive media exposure this pill had, customer reviews are surprisingly rare. With most people, Meratrim appeared to have a placebo effect, seeming to have worked even with those who forgot to take it for a while.
The less gullible customers were harder to dupe. One of them wrote:
“I exercised several times a week with this and even stuck to the 2000 calorie diet and couldn’t lose weight. I won’t buy this again.” Another one concluded bluntly:
“Doesn’t work as advertised. Not happy with product, would return if able to”.
In spite of the reputable company and famous promoter behind Meratrim, this pill leaves much to be desired. Too few positive reviews for the huge publicity it had, very limited clinical testing, unsettled concerns about the long-term safety of its ingredients. All in all, until we have some hard evidence and real proofs of its boasted efficiency, we choose not to be convinced by its claims.