It Works Fat Fighter: Critical Review of Ingredients and Side Effects

“Have you tried that crazy wrap thing?” is the slogan I kept seeing online when I started looking into the company called “It Works!” This is because It Works! started out as a company that sold toning wraps that were said to make people skinnier. Since then, the company has branched out and now sells all kinds of different supplements. In this review, I want to look at the It Works Advanced Formula Fat Fighter (with “carb inhibitors”) and see if it really burns fat or not. I also want to take a look at the It Works! company too, in case you were as curious as I was. Hopefully, by the end of this review you will have more information to help you do your own research, and have a better idea if the It Works Fat Fighter is right for you.  

 

Who Makes It Works!?

The website, MyItWorks.com was first registered in 2002 by a company called It Works Marketing. The address on record for It Works Marketing is 2006 44th Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508. Later, It Works Marketing, was renamed “It Works Global.”

When I searched the Better Business Bureau, I found two listings for It Works Global. I found the Michigan address mentioned above, as well as this address: 5325 E State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34208-5534. Based on this, I believe the company has moved from Michigan to Florida. If you click on the address link I provide, you see it shows a building that displays “It Works” on the outside.

As of 5/21/14 the BBB file gave It Works Marketing a rating of “B+.” When I checked the BBB file, they had a consumer alert for It Works Marketing which stated that:

“BBB has received a pattern of complaints from consumers alleging that they received the wrong products. Consumers have stated that after trying to cancel with the business, they continue to receive additional products. Complaints also allege that the business continues to bill after cancellation, and consumers are not informed that there is a $50.00 cancellation fee”

Because BBB files often change, see the Better Business file for more information and updates.

The CEO of It Works Global is Mark Pentecost, who is a retired math teacher from Michigan. This Forbes Magazine article from 2013 provides additional information on how the company was started.

It appears that It Works Global started out as a company marketing toning body wraps but has since diversified into one that sells a variety of supplements. The It Works wraps might still be the company’s biggest seller, because when I searched for their website —MyItWorks.com—the tagline for the site was “Have You Tried That Crazy Wrap Thing?”  

How to Contact It Works!

The contact page of the MyItWorks website lists the following “loyal customer” contact numbers for those in the US: 1-800-537-2395 and 952-540-5699. The Better Business

Adapted from MyItWorks.com

Adapted from MyItWorks.com

Bureau lists an additional contact number of (941) 348-6650. International toll-free customer support is also available in these countries as well:

  • Australia: 1-(800) 750-398
  • Canada:  1-(855) 560-1020
  • United Kingdom: 0-(800) 098-8925
  • Sweden:  +46-770791808
  • Netherlands:+31-858880101
  • Belgium: +32-78480292

 

Fat Fighter Ingredients

According to the product label, a bottle contains 60 tablets. Two tablets contain the following ingredients:

% DV
Chromium dinicotinate glycinate  150 mcg130%
NeOpunita (cactus leaf)   500 mgN/A
Proprietary blend of the following  510 mgN/A
1. Garcinia cambogia fruit extractN/A
2. Green tea leaf extractN/A
3. PhaseolaminN/A
4. Bitter melon fruitN/A
5. Banaba leaf extractN/A
6. Gymnema sylvestre leaf extractN/A
7. Wheat amalyase inhibitorN/A
8. VanadiumN/A

N/A = there is no daily value

Now that we know the ingredients, let’s see if we can find any research on this product to see if it really does fight fat.  

 

It Works Fat Fighter Research

When I searched the National Library of Medicine (which lists millions of studies from around the globe) for “It Works Fat Fighter,” no studies showed up. Likewise, doing a Google search for the product turned up no studies. In addition, MyItWorks.com website shows no research.

This says to me that the product –  itself – likely does not have any published peer reviewed proof that it helps people lose weight. So, if the product has no good proof for it, how do they know It Works, really works?

I believe that if the Fat Fighter works, it’s because of the research on some of its ingredients. Let’s take a look at the research on those ingredients now and see what we can discover.  

 

It Works Fat Fighter Ingredients

Chromium

I’ll bet most people reading this think chromium burns fat and helps weight loss. Be honest. Am I right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t. The makers of weight loss supplements know that most people believe this myth also―that’s why they add it to their products. The marketing of chromium was just that good!

I think their belief is, “If it doesn’t contain chromium, people who want to lose weight won’t buy it.” I’m convinced of this because a LOT of weight loss supplements contain chromium, despite the fact that the vast majority of studies I’ve seen over the last 15 years show that chromium does not work. As such, I don’t think it plays a significant role in this product.

One thing chromium might do is reduce blood sugar levels.

Keep this in mind as you review the ingredients below.

 

NeOpunita

The name NeOpunita (neo-pUnch-a) is actually a trademarked name for the prickly pear cactus called Opuntia ficus-indica. The cactus is said to bind fat, preventing it from being absorbed.

As we absorb less fat, we absorb fewer calories. Theoretically, this might lead to weight loss.This is why some websites call NeOpunita a “fat-fighting cactus.” NeOpunita is a product of the French company, Bio Serae Labs SAS.

See my review of Calorase/FBCX, which is also said to bind fat, for more information.

Two tablets of the It Works Fat Fighter contain 500 mg of NeOpunita. Remember this as we review the research.

I located a company sponsored study from 2007 titled The effect of NeOpuntia on blood lipid parameters–risk factors for the metabolic syndrome (syndrome X). In this 6-week study, 68 women (20–55 years of age) with metabolic syndrome (basically “pre-diabetes”) were either given a placebo or NeOpuntia 3 times a day with meals. People ate a “well-balanced diet” with “controlled lipid input” (in other words, a low fat diet). Forty-nine women completed the study.

Results: At the end of the study, the women taking NeOpuntia showed significant improvements in various pre-diabetes symptoms, such that 39% of the women were no longer diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (compared to only 8% of those taking a placebo).

These are very impressive results, but there are two things you need to know:

1.     This study makes no mention of weight loss. I’m not sure if weight loss was even measured.

2.     The people in this study used 4.8 grams of NeOpuntia per day. This is FAR MORE than the 500 mg (1/2 gram) that 2 tablets of It Works Fat Fighter give you.

Each person in the study used 1.6 grams of NeOpuntia with each meal, for a total of 4.8 grams per day.

This single study—which did not look at weight loss—appears to the basis why It Works uses NeOpuntia in their product. So why does It Works Fat Fighter contain less than what the research shows might work?

Opuntia ficus-indica is the main ingredient in the popular health drink called TriVita Nopalea Juice, which you may have seen advertised on TV. See that review for additional information.

 

Garcinia Cambogia

There are several weight loss studies that involved Garcinia cambogia. Its active ingredient is said to be hydroxycitric acid (HCA). The way Garcinia cambogia is said to work is by preventing carbohydrates from being turned into fat.

In my review of Garcinia cambogia research, which I suggest you read, I noted that research showing it worked (helped weight loss) used at least 1,667 mg per day (or 1,000 mg of HCA per day). This is important because the entire proprietary blend in It Works Fat Fighter (2 tablets) only contains a total of 510 mg.

Garcinia cambogia is the first ingredient listed, so it likely comprises the most of this blend. But even so, I see no evidence that this amount works. If you read my Garcinia cambogia review, you’ll see studies showing that 500 mg did not work. Based on what I’ve found, I don’t think the Fat Fighter has enough.

 

Green Tea Leaf Extract

While they dont tell us what extract they are using, the label says that this extract has 20% caffeine. To me that says caffeine might be the active ingredient in this extract—but how much caffeine does the product contain? They don’t tell us. Caffeine might be the single most popular ingredient in weight loss supplements. It’s an ingredient in these supplements which you may have heard of before:

 

Caffeine is so popular that I even once reviewed a caffeine shampoo! That said, I’m not convinced that caffeine―by itself―helps people lose weight. I say this because the best weight loss research usually combines caffeine with ephedra, another stimulant. Ephedra is banned from supplements in the US because it was linked to several deaths.  

 

Phaseolamin

As the label indicates, this refers to an extract from white kidney beans. Another name for this ingredient is Phaseolus vulgaris. On some websites this stuff is also called Bean Pod extract. It has several other names, including Fabenol—as it was referred to when I reviewed the product called Lean and Fab.

Tip. It’s been my experience that ingredients that begin with “Phas” usually refer to kidney bean extract.

Phaseolamin is said to inhibit a carbohydrate-digesting enzyme called alpha amalyase. If you block the action of this enzyme, in theory, carbs would not be digested as well. If we can’t digest carbs, we can’t absorb their calories. In this way, phaseolamin is supposed to promote weight loss.

The blocking of this carb-digesting enzyme is the reason that some call phaseolamin a “carb blocker.” It turns out that there is some weight loss research on phaseolamin. Let’s take a look at some of that research.

In a 2004 study titled, Blocking carbohydrate absorption and weight loss: a clinical trial using Phase 2 brand proprietary fractionated white bean extract, researchers randomly gave 50 people either a 1,500 mg placebo or a phaseolamin supplement called “Phase 2” twice daily with meals (3,000 mg total) for 8 weeks.

At the end of the study, those receiving the Phase 2 supplement lost an average of 3.7 lbs compared to the placebo group which lost an average of 1.65 pounds.

One problem was that only 27 people completed this study. That’s almost a 50% drop out rate. It should also be noted that this study gave people 3,000 mg of the Phase 2 supplement. That is far more than is in It Works Fat Fighter.

Phase 2 is a proprietary phaseolamin supplement that is in many products. Here is Phase 2 on Amazon for those who want to see what others are saying.

In a 2013 study titled, Phaseolus vulgaris extract affects glycometabolic and appetite control in healthy human subjects, 12 people who ate a normal meal were randomly given either a placebo or Phaseolus vulgaris extract. Those who were given the Phaseolus vulgaris extract showed reduced appetite, lower ghrelin levels (a hormone that tells us to eat), reduced insulin levels, and lower blood sugar, compared to those getting the placebo.

This was a very small study and only lasted 3 hours, but it’s interesting and worthy of a follow-up study.

In a 2007 study titled, A Dietary supplement containing standardized Phaseolus vulgaris extract influences body composition of overweight men and women, 60 slightly overweight men and women were randomly given either a placebo or 445 mg of a Phaseolus vulgaris extract for 30 days before their main carbohydrate-containing meal of the day.

Those who received the Phaseolus vulgaris extract showed a significantly greater reduction in body weight, fat mass, BMI, and other parameters, compared to placebo. The product used in this study was also called Phase 2.

In a 2013 study titled, Reducing effect of an extract of Phaseolus vulgaris on food intake in mice–focus on highly palatable foods, when mice were given Phaseolus vulgaris, it reduced consumption of good tasting foods. There are many other mouse studies of this ingredient. See this scientific phaseolamin review for more information.

 

Bitter Melon Fruit

Its scientific name is Momordica charantia. It’s called bitter melon because it has a bitter taste when eaten. Additional names include bitter gourd and salsamino, among many others. As is pointed out in this scientific review of bitter melon, there are over 200 different compounds in this plant and different parts (seed, oil, fruit) have various studies relating to its effects on a variety of issues.

Having looked at the research, the vast majority of that research appears to be limited to rats and mice. Much of that research is related to how bitter melon might help diabetes and blood sugar issues by way of its ability to increase insulin levels. Also, not all of that research involves the fruit.

Some of the mice and rat research I saw has used the seeds of bitter melon and oil from the seeds. As such, that research would not be applicable to the fruit, which is what It Works Fat Fighter contains.

In one of the studies that might be applicable to humans, titled Momordica charantia (bitter melon) inhibits primary human adipocyte differentiation by modulating adipogenic genes, researchers treated human fat cells with bitter melon juice. They noted that the juice enhanced fat burning in those fat cells.

This is intriguing, and while I like that they used human fat cells, unfortunately this was just a test tube study. In other words, they studied the effects of bitter melon juice in isolated human fat cells, rather than in people.

The name “bitter melon” might remind people of “bitter orange,” which is often used in ephedra-free weight loss supplements. As far as I can tell, bitter melon and bitter orange have no relationship to each other. Because of the lack of human research at this time, I don’t think anyone—including the It Works! company—knows if bitter melon helps people lose weight.  

 

Gymnema sylvestre

The leaves of this plant appear to have a blood-sugar lowering effect, and it might also reduce carb absorption. The majority of the weight loss research I saw on Gymnema sylvestre involved mice and rats. That said, one human study I located might provide some insights on why some of the ingredients in the Fat Fighter were chosen.

This study was published in 2004 and was titled, Effects of a natural extract of (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA-SX) and a combination of HCA-SX plus niacin-bound chromium and Gymnema sylvestre extract on weight loss. All three of the ingredients in this study are in the It Works Fat Fighter.

In this 8-week study, 60 overweight people were randomly given either:

  • Placebo
  • Garcinia cambogia (4667 mg)
  • Garcinia cambogia  (4994 mg) +  niacin-bounded chromium (4mg) + Gymnema sylvestre (400 mg)

 

The results showed that those getting the combination of all three ingredients showed more weight loss than those taking the placebo. That said, the amounts of the ingredients used in this study are far MORE than are contained in It Works Fat Fighter.

Gymnema sylvestre has been in a few products I’ve looked at previously, including:

So see those reviews for more information.

 

Wheat Amylase Inhibitor

Remember that amylase is an enzyme that helps us absorb carbs. This ingredient just sounds to me like a carb/starch blocker that’s derived from wheat. But, just calling it “wheat amalyase inhibitor” is vague, because without knowing the exact name of the inhibitor compound, I can’t say much about it, other than it probably works similarly to phaseolamin, discussed above.  

 

Vanadium

Another name for this compound is valadyl sulfate. According to some studies, vanadium appears to have an insulin-like effect and might reduce blood sugar.

For example, in a study from 1996 titled, Effects of vanadyl sulfate on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, vanadium was shown to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type II diabetes.

Vanadium is listed last in the ingredients of the proprietary blend. This means it is likely present in the least amount. This is good because vanadium might become toxic at high levels. They don’t tell us how much vanadium is in the Fat Fighter. The amount, beyond which side effects might be noticed, is currently thought to be 1.8 mg per day for adults.

When I was in college in the 90s, weightlifters used to think vanadyl sulfate made them bigger and stronger. Research shows it doesn’t do that.

Vanadium is found naturally in very small amounts in foods.I also noticed that vanadium was an ingredient in

The health drink called Vemma also contains vanadium.

Interestingly, vanadium was in the old Plexus Slim Accelerator, but was removed from their Accelerator Plus supplement.  

 

Blood-Sugar Lowering Ingredients

Here are the ingredients in It Works Fat Fighter that might reduce blood sugar levels. This list is based on the information I was able to uncover:

  • Chromium
  • Gymnema sylvestre
  • Vanadium

 

Ingredients That Block Carbs

Here are the ingredients in It Works Fat Fighter that are thought to be carb blockers:

  • Garcinia cambogia
  • Phaseolamin
  • Gymnema sylvestre (maybe)
  • Wheat amylase inhibitor


Note. While I call them carb blockers, the It Works company calls them “Carb inhibitors.” They mean the same thing.

Ingredients That Block Fat

Here are the ingredients in It Works Fat Fighter that might block fat:

  • NeOpunita

 

Ingredients with the Most Evidence

Based on the studies I could locate, here are the ingredients in It Works Fat Fighter that I feel have the most evidence and are likely the main active ingredients in this product:

 

I highlight these two ingredients because:

1.  There are more weight loss studies on these ingredients than any of the others in the product.

2.  These are listed toward the top of the proprietary ingredients list, which says to me that they compose most of that blend. Since they are at the top of the list, I think It Works! also feels they play the biggest role too.

For those who want to compare prices and see what others are saying:

 

Notice that I have not included NeOpuntia as an active ingredient. I didn’t include it because it only has one study, and as far as fat blockers are concerned, the product called Calorase (also known as “FBCX”) currently has more evidence.

See my Calorase review for more information.  

 

It Works Fat Fighter Side Effects

I’m not aware of any significant side effects from the product at this time. Some people on Amazon do talk of some stomach bloating and constipation. There are also people saying it didn’t work for them, so reading the comments is worth it.

Here is a list of theoretical side effects based on what I know about its ingredients:

  • Bitter melon might reduce blood sugar, which may be an issue for some people who take diabetes medications.
  • Gymnema sylvestre might lower blood sugar levels.
  • Vanadium might lower blood sugar. At high doses, vanadium might also cause a color change on the tongue (a green color). The amount which might cause side effects is controversial, due to the lack of good research on vanadium.

If you had any side effects—positive or negative—please leave a comment below so others (including me) can benefit from your experiences.  

 

Does The Fat Fighter Work?

While having a company called “It Works!” is very bold, from a marketing standpoint, I don’t think It Works Fat Fighter actually works. I don’t think it does what they say it will do, for a few reasons. First, there is no scientific research on the product itself. In other words, they showed me no proof that the unique combination of ingredients in the Fat Fighter actually fought fat or caused weight loss. Second―and this is the most important for me―the levels of active ingredients in the product are less than what research shows might work. Third, even though the product is called a “Fat Fighter,” many of the ingredients are actually carb blockers. I only found one ingredient that might block fat! What’s up with that?

I admit, I could be totally wrong and the supplement might do exactly what its name says it will do, but for a company having the name “It Works!,” they will have to prove it to me. For example, why not compare It Works Fat Fighter to the two things that I feel are its active ingredients—phasolamine and Garcinia cambogia—and see which might work the best. This isn’t difficult research to do; in fact, any grad student could do this. If research like this is ever published, I will gladly update my review.

Here is the Fat Fighter on Amazon for those who want to see what others are saying.

What do you think?

Comments

  1. says

    Great review Joe! Totally agree with all of it. Very few companies have any research, because they can make all the money they want without it. Thanks for putting the BBB info in this review. Filing complaints really works for those of us who do our research. Blessed are we, Kim

    • Joe says

      Kim, thanks appreciate that! I’ve been curious about It works for a while but since body wraps aren’t my thing, I stayed away from it until I learned they branched out into supplements.

  2. Patti says

    Nice review. Even the thought of a body wrap seems dumb. I did some research on them and you can get the same result with Epsom salts and ace bandages. It’s a compression thing which is obviously temporary. Save your money y’all!

    • Joe says

      Patti, thanks. I’ve been asked about the It Works wraps for a while and because toning wraps are outside of my area of expertise, it was hard for me to figure out how they might work – beyond temporary re-shifting fluid contents in the body and/or causing some water loss. Ive never heard of the epsom salts and ace bandage trick but I appreciate you sharing that. I’m also glad you found my review helpful :)

    • Missy says

      Patti,
      Our wraps are not a “compression thing” nor are they water loss. The results, when used with a healthy lifestyle are permanent results. They are not wrapped tightly so they do not compress anything.

      There are many different types of wraps out there that do different things so I can’t speak on all of them. I can however speak on our products and the fact that they do indeed do exactly what they say they do when used properly.

      • Joe says

        Missy, the effect of the wraps is permanent? How long does it take for the effect to last forever? Would the wraps have any effect if people did not eat healthy? Just curious.

    • says

      How long do the effects of going to the gym last? How long do effects of a tummy tuck last? Lifestyle def plays a role. These wraps used to sell in spas for $200 (may be wrong about price but was in $200 range) before It Works bought the rights. The results are permanent if you maintain. The stretch mark cream is amazing and permanent. Its not water-loss as u must drink half your body weight in ozs for 3 days.

      • Joe says

        Mary, are you really trying to compare It Works Body wraps – a product with NO clinical evidence to exercise which has THOUSANDS of clinical studies dating back over a hundred years?

        Lets talk facts:

        1. you say the effects if It Works body wraps are “permanent” but you can’t show me any clinical proof for this. I challenge you to show me clinical evidence of this – not testimonials- scientific studies. I double-dog dare you :)

        2. you downplay exercise but say lifestyle plays a role. So how long would the wraps work (or would they work) if I ate crap? Again, you can’t tell me because nobody has done any research.

        3. Please Give me the names of the spas that used to sell the wraps for $200. I’ll reach out to them for you and see if they are the same thing.

  3. Missy says

    Joe,
    Have you tried any of the products? While the Fat fighters are named that, they are marketed as “carb inhibitors”.

    They are meant to help reverse some of the damage done by eating high fat/carb foods.

    Would you be interested in doing a 30 day trial of one of the supplements in order to do a first hand review?

    • Joe says

      Hi Missy, I did not try the It Works Fat Fighter before I wrote my review. I usually dont try products because I prefer to focus on the research on the products and/or their ingredients. I think that way I can provide people the most unbiased evidence as to whether something works or not.

      Also, I noticed that on those occasions when I did try something, I was criticized when I didn’t get the results that some people thought I should have. For example, here is a link to a supplement called Tribulus where you can see those comments
      http://supplement-geek.com/tribulus-terrestris-side-effect-heart/

      Yes I did notice that the Fat Fighter was touted to include “carb inhibitors.” Since most of the ingredients did appear to be carbs blockers, I felt a better name for the product might be “Carb Fighter” rather than Fat Fighter. I think they choose the name because fat fighter for marketing purposes.

      I appreciate your kind offer to try the Fat Fighter. If I decide to take a closer look at it in the future I will keep your offer in mind.

      • says

        I would still say Fat Fighters is an appropriate name being that carbs are converted to fat if not used for energy by the body… So in the grand scheme of things it will definitely help fight the bulge and fat or the conversion of carbs into fat ;)

        Everyone knows what those pesky carbs do to our waistline. One other thing I think is notable is the fact that the Fat Fighters may not have as high of a dosage for each individual thing, but considering several of the ingredients have actually been proven effective I would think that combining them all would make it a powerhouse.. Possibly too powerful if used at full “study strength”.

        Lastly, if you feel that they don’t work simply because there is no research on them, how can you assume that lower amounts of some of the ingredients don’t work without having some research to back it? I don’t necessarily think your evaluations are fair. You won’t give any credit without research but you are quick to discredit without any….

        • Joe says

          Sarah, You say “everyone knows what those pesky carbs do to our waistline” but there is actually a LOT of evidence that weight gain and weight loss are the result of eating fewer calories – not carbs – or fat for that matter. If the Fat Fighter works (which is debatable) it is because it causes a reduction in calorie absorption and nothing else.

          Just because some ingredients may have evidence does not mean the Fat Fighter product does. How do you know if it works, if its never had any research? I think you, as an It Works! distributor, deserves good human research on the products you promote. not the ingredients but the product itself. You say consuming all the ingredients would make it a “powerhouse” but how do you know this? I’m sorry, but you are guessing.

          I conclude it doesn’t work because it has lesser amounts than what research used and because I have no proof either way that lower amounts would do the same thing – or that the combination of ingredients would work better than the 2 ingredients that I specifically highlighted.

          • sarah says

            I’m not guessing. I’ve been a distributor for a year and a half and I’ve seen it work on several people. No assuming, no guessing. It has worked over and over again.

            And yes, calorie reduction does help with weight loss but it is a fact that the body stores carbs in the form of fat for energy. I never said decreasing calories doesn’t result in weight loss but so does carb reduction.

            I think when you review things you need to find legitimate evidence to back it.

            Just because studies show that calories reduction equals weight loss does not be that carb reduction does not.

            You would be the one making an assumption in this case. I have actually studied it and have to use the information to educate my patients.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, carb reduction results in weight loss because

            1. it makes the body use its stored glycogen reserves. This returns as soon as people eat carbs again

            2. reducing carbs also reduces calories. That said, #1 is the main reason low carb diets work

            3. Low carb diets have not been shown to be better at wt loss than any other diet when done long term (a year or more)

            Since you are talking about carbs and weight loss, you are proving my point that the “Fat Fighter” should be called “Carb Fighter” as that is what it is based on its ingredients. The name Fat Fighter is a misnomer.

            When you said , you seem to chastise me but you don’t mention that It Works! company has NO published peer reviewed evidence that their product works. Where is THEIR legitimate evidence? It’s because of the lack of evidence that I was forced to look at the research on the ingredients.

          • sarah says

            Carbs are converted to fat if not used by the body. You’re neglecting to acknowledge that. By blocking carbs you are preventing the conversion of them into fat, therefore preventing some of the fat from being stored in the body.

            I didn’t feel the need to repeat the only argument you have for claiming they do not work as you have said it several times thoughout the post. That being that there is no peer reviewed evidence that the product works. I am not sure. I haven’t looked for any nor do I care to. Are your analysis peer reviewed and publised anywhere other than your blog?? If no then according to you we should assume that like the fat fighters are false, so are your reviews.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, carbs are converted to fat only if we eat more total calories than we need. If the product works and it really does block carbs, it may cause weight loss because it reduces total calorie intake. Yes, my stance is we cant know for sure if it works because it lacks published peer reviewed research. Science is the basis of my website. Since the ingredients I highlighted are the ones with the actual proof, I also mention those for people who want to try it but who are on a budget.

            You yourself have been telling people to drink more water. I dont deny the value of water but how do we know that water doesn’t fill people up making it less likely to eat more calories?

            As a nurse you know the value of science. So, how is it then that you say you have not investigated research on the product?

            Sarah, interesting point you make. My reviews are not peer reviewed so how do people know that what I am saying is true? This is why I link to studies in Medline to support my conclusions, so you can go read the research for yourself. I do that because I dont want anyone taking my word for things.

  4. Carmen says

    Hi! My name is Carmen. I am trying the Fatfighters. It’s been 1 week and no weight loss yet. But, you are correct about the bloating and constipation, it is pretty bad on both counts. Going to give it one more week and will let you know the results.

    • says

      Make sure you are taking them as intended. Within an hour after a heavy meal and with at least 8 ounces of water. You need plenty of water to help move everything through te body, whether it be food, supplements or anything else.

  5. Katelin Gill says

    If you are experiencing an issue, such as bloating & constipation, you may need to drink more water. Are you taking more than the recommended dose? I personally have not experienced these side effects, but often find there is a simple fix. Ex: drink the appropriate amount of water for your body weight (ex 200lbs- 100oz of water per day).

    On the subject of the wraps, I apologize that you were mislead in your research. Water loss wraps/compression wraps are NOT what we offer.

    When doing any wrap of that kind you are simply dehydrating your cells, causing them to then retain water later (in fear of how long before it’s next drink of water).

    Our wraps stimulate lipolysis (for those that want to research) it is essential to drink water after the use of our product (unlike compression/saran/ace wraps). NO, results ARE NOT permanent!!!!

    This is the best way to explain it – if you go tanning one time, will you be tan for the rest of your life? If you get liposuction are you going to celebrate with a cheeseburger? If you spent 3 years in the gym then sat on your behind for 6 months only eating pizza hut would you not gain weight? NOTHING is permanent, not lipo, exercise, diet, if you discontinue any healthy regimen you will regress.

    Fat cells are sponges, even after you wring it out, throw it in a sink of vegetable oil and it’ll absorb more. It Works global is a health & wellness company that encourages a healthy & fit lifestyle.

    Bless ♡

    • Joe says

      Katelin, can you provide the studies showing that It Works wraps cause lipolysis of fat cells? I’d be very interested in learning about that.

  6. Julie says

    I am a Double Diamond distributor with It Works. For two years, I have never questioned HOW the wraps work nor do I care. I just know that they do. Week after week I see with my own eyes that they absolutely DO work, giving amazing results to most in 45 minutes and continued results over the next 72 hours.

    I’d be happy to show you before and after pictures of my personal customers and team members if you’d like.
    The results typically last 2-6 months depending on lifestyle and eating habits. They are super affordable, non-invasive and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

    They are NOT water loss wraps nor are they weight loss wraps… and definitely not compression wraps.

    They simply tighten, tone and firm any area of the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. We also have a facial applicator.

    The wraps come in a box of 4 and one box is considered a full treatment.
    Like going to the gym, the more you wrap, the better the results. You wouldn’t go to the gym once and quit. You go until you get the results you’re looking for. It’s the same for wrapping. Blessings to all.

    • Joe says

      Julie, I have no doubt that you are very successful after reading your complete sales pitch.

      You say you don’t care how the wraps work well i do. Please supply research showing how they work. I was told there is research. I’d like to see it. This is my challenge.

      • says

        Hey Joe! We have a product coach for more specific questions. I’d say the majority of people don’t actually care HOW they work as much is IF they work. So I think you’d be hard pressed to find many distributors who are going to waste their time studying it.

        Our products are developed by scientists and physicians and we leave the brain work to them. I know I personally don’t get drilled on how they work. In fact I don’t think I’ve EVER heard a customer drill a hairstylist about how hair color works, a tanning salon about how the bulbs work, a dentist a bout how teeth whitening works, or a personal trainer on how exercise works. They do it because it works. And that is really all that matters to most.

        If you are so insistent on knowing check out the ingredient list on my site and feel free to spend your time researching it!

        • Joe says

          Sarah, I’ve been to your distributor site and there it contains the same info as when I went to the main It Works website. To compare It works to those other things is flawed logic because all those other things – teeth whitening, exercise, hair coloring etc – ALL have documented clinical studies to show they work. I’m sorry but there is no published clinical research on their products to show it, actually works (that’s a pun on words. I couldn’t resist).

          • sarah says

            So you’re telling me that you’ve researched every brand of hair color, teeth whitener and tanning bulbs to know the exact make up and that it matches the documented research exactly?

            Because if not you would also have to conclude they do not work based on the lack of research for their exact make up regardless of what is actually in it.

            For example if research shows that a hair color with x amount of ingredient b, but another brand uses y amount of ingredient b that must mean it won’t work… even if if the person using the product experiences a change in hair color. And you conclude this just because the amount of an ingredient is different and that exact amount has no research backing it…. hmmm. But their hair color changed? You’re right. It must not work.

            Same scenario, different product, not a credible review.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, I’m sorry but your argument is flawed and you are dodging the main issue which a lack of research on the product itself.

          • says

            My argument is flawed how so? I never denied that you feel there is lack of research although you’ve provided research on the ingredients in the product itself. Your argument is actually geared more toward the AMOUNT of the ingredients. You admit that the ingredients could lead to weight loss but discredit the supplement because it has a smaller dosage than what you have found to be studied in your research. This is your argument. Not mine. So I’m not at all dodging the main point.

            When compared to other products that work similarly to each other yet have different amounts of ingredients, if we use your logic, nothing would actually “work” unless it has the exact amount that has been studied, published and peer reviewed. So if I use Loreal hair color and it has 5g of sulfate, yet the only amount ever studied as an active ingredient to cause a change in hair color is 7g of sulfate- you would have to conclude that the hair color does not work because there is no published, peer reviewed research showing that 5g of sulfate would actually cause a change in hair color… regardless of whether you can physically see the change. This is just an example.

            I have no idea what is in hair color.. Just disproving your logic as I have physically seen the product cause weight loss although there is no published, peer reviewed research showing that the lesser amounts of the ingredients could actually work. Which again is your only argument and the basis of why you have concluded that the Fat Fighters do not work.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, I can only go with where the research takes me and the research so far clearly shows that if the product works, it is because of the ingredients I highlight in the amounts that research shows. Those are the only ones I could find evidence for. Lack of evidence is not evidence of a lack of effect but what choice do I have given that the product has no research on itself? I feel your passion for your product and I feel you deserve proof. This is not hard to do.

            You yourself have been saying to drink more water and not eat junk while taking the product. I agree 100% with that. But, how do we know that its not the water and lack of junk in the diet that is leading to weight loss?

  7. Dani says

    I must pint out one major flaw in your review. You state that the amount of active ingredients in 2 tablets is far too low to be effective when compared to the amounts used in studies. You did however base this on 2 tablets daily, correct? If so, that is a misjudgement on your part swing as though the dosage instructions state to take two tablets during or up to 60 minutes after EACH large meal.

    Most people likely consume 2-3 large meals a day, meaning they should be taking 6-8 tablets a day. In which case, some of the active ingredients will be taken at an even higher level than stated in successful studies. Something to think about!!

    All that being said, I happened upon this review while googling the side effects of the “Fat Fighter”. Reason being, I just began taking them and I have severe stomach bloating and slight nausea and I was trying to determine if it was perhaps cause of the Fat Fighter. From what I’ve read in several forums, it likely is. Oh great, I could lose weight but have a giant bloated belly, not ideal!!

    • Joe says

      Dani, yes you are correct, I based my statement on taking 2 capsules. Since the bottle I saw had 60 capsules, then a bottle will last 30 days. If people took 6 capsules per day (2 with each meal) then a bottle would only last 10 days. That means people would be going through 4 bottles of the Fat Fighter per month. I think that’s a lot of money to pay for something that has no research that it actually works. While its possible that taking 6 capsules might raise levels of some ingredients to that shown to work in research, in other ingredients it wouldn’t. For example, in the NeOpunita study I mentioned, people used 4.8 grams. If people took 6 capsules of Fat Fighter, they would still be getting less (1.5 grams).

      I do appreciate you pointing this out to me though as it was a very good observation of my review. Sorry that you were having those side effects. How many capsules were you taking per day?

    • says

      They block carbs and absorb fats- so you just need to take them with a heavy meal that has higher amounts of carbs and fats in it. It is very important to take then timely as they work in the stomach with the food that is being digested and then also drink water to help flush them out of your stomach and through the digestive tract.

      If you aren’t drinking enough water you will likely feel bloated. Also, our supplements aid in weight loss but should be incorporated with healthier lifestyles. So if you eat salad and some fruit there is no need to take them and I’d say if you’re taking them with every meal that’s too much.

      I would highly recommend upping your water intake significantly and only taking 2 tablets daily with your most unhealthy meal and making sure the other meals are healthy! I know the bottle doesn’t specify that.. but that is the nurse in me and what I tell my customers =) You will see much better results. I’ve seen it too many times to believe this silly review.

      • Joe says

        Sarah, as a nurse, you must appreciate the fact that I linked to clinical research in my review. Would you really call a review based on science and rational thought, silly? I hope not.

        You said to take the Fat Fighter with the most unhealthy meal of the day. But doesn’t using the product in this way foster unhealthy eating habits? It’s like the person who takes cholesterol meds thinking its ok to eat bad food because the medicine will protect him/her. Im sorry but no it won’t, and neither will taking the fat fighter protect people from eating unhealthy. I do agree that if people are heating healthy that they do not need the fat fighter.

        Sarah, what’s your nursing background? Are you an RN or LPN? Just curious.

        • sarah says

          You did research on the ingredients but I would hardly call it sufficient enough to say the Fat Fighters don’t work. I’ve seen it. You can’t argue that.

          And yes. I stick to my recommendation. Even us as health professionals know that it is unrealistic to assume that people are not going to have cheat meals.

          My best friend is a bikini competitors and is surrounded by a ton of fitness gurus that have cheat meals. There is nothing wrong with that.

          And if someone who is over weight can start somewhere and the fat fighters are helping them make better choices I’d say it’s totally worth it.

          I personally enjoy healthy and unhealthy foods and knowing that I can have something with higher fat and carb content for dinner because I can take fat fighters helps me stay on track the rest if the day.

          I’m an RN with a bachelors degree and working on my Masters and becoming a CNP. My background is cardiac, neuro and currently ICU and I have chatted about the products with several physicians who think they’re great.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, I researched the ingredients because that’s the only way to understand the product because it has no research of its own. I feel you as a distributor deserve that research.

            I’ve heard distributors for other products tell me about doctors saying the same thing as you are but they don’t have any better proof than I’ve shown here.

  8. Carrie Stewart says

    I am also an ItWorks distributor. Personally, I had great results using the FatFighter supplement because I am carb sensitive. The previous discussion that centers on how many tablets are taken each day is a bit ridiculous.

    If you’re trying to eat healthy, you’re not going to be eating 3 large, fatty meals each day. That is in no way “trying” to eat healthy!

    For me, the Fat Fighter cut down my craving for carb-rich foods. It made me think about which meal, if any, I’d be taking the supplement with. Being more conscious of what I was eating. It gave me willpower in the beginning when I had very little or none, and When I began to feel and see the results, (which didn’t take long) losing 15 lbs in 3 weeks, I was confident that it did work.

    ItWorks is a health and wellness company; not just a weight loss company. The supplement is intended to be used if you’re trying to eat healthier. It’s part of a product line that encourages health and wellness using whole-food, organic, non-GMO ingredients.

    It’s about making a lifestyle change, not just losing weight quickly. If that’s all the person is looking for, there are hundreds of other products available that can make them lose weight quickly, though they’re probably not safe.

    The bottom line is that unless someone wants to get healthy and stay healthy, supplements are only part of the puzzle, and should be treated as such.

    Joe, (and whoever else is reading this) when you’re ready to make better choices with your food and want something that will “erase” the mistakes that you make along the way, ItWorks will be here for you. Until then, it doesn’t matter what you take, in what amount; it’s not going to do for you what you need it to for as long as you want it to. It will just be a band aid, if it works at all.

    • Joe says

      Carrie, thanks I appreciate that. I know its off topic but while I have your ear, I wonder if you could elaborate on the comment by “double diamond distributor” Julie, who she said that The It Works wraps “are NOT water loss wraps nor are they weight loss wraps… and definitely not compression wraps.”

      If they aren’t any of those things, then what are they and how do they work?

      Kaitlin (another distributor) also previously said that the It Works wraps “stimulate lipolysis” and hinted that there is research on this but never told me where I could find any.

      Can you help shed light on how It Wraps work and the research showing they cause lipolysis?

  9. Laura says

    Joe, thanks for the review. I have a neighbor who sells It Works and I honestly knew it was nothing more than a pyramid scheme. She is always pushing the company and these products on us, wondering how on earth we can all survive without It Works in our lives. And that rings pyramid scheme to me.

    She has actually alienated friends and neighbors by her pushy, insistent ways and honestly, that is not like her before It Works. But I honestly wondered about this product and it’s claims. Almost better to hold to the old saying of “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.”

    • says

      We are a multi level marketing company- which is completely different than a pyramid scheme. We buy health and wellness products and sell them. No different than any other sales job. It’s not a scheme. It’s common sense. If you buy products to sell and never sell them you lose your money. The person at the top doesn’t make all of the money either. I make more than the person who enrolled me so you should study the compensation plan before assuming the pay structure.

      Lastly… where do you work? Is your chain of command not a pyramid structure where each person above the other makes more money? I would be very impressed if you could find a corporate America job that doesn’t follow the same path. Who is your boss? Who makes more? You or them? Who is his boss? And who makes more, etc. You get the point.

      And yes- we make money off of our downline. We also take time away from our own business to help them launch theirs and get them going. And guess what?? They make money too! Actually they make a higher commission off of their work than I do so who really cares if I build my team and we market and grow and my commissions do also.

      You sound like more of a hater to me. You’ve never tried the products and have no idea what they are about yet you won’t even talk to your neighbor?? I’m not sure what kind of friendships you have but I’d say if my friends weren’t into my products who cares???? My best friend is an Advocare rep and is very successful and I wish her all the best with her business as she does mine!

      And I have friends who are simply not interested and that’s okay too. We are still friends. We’re not in kindergarten. There’s not any product on the face of the Earth that everyone is going to want. The difference is whether you hate on each other over it! That’s pathetic.

      • Joe says

        Sarah, I dont think I ever called It Works a pyramid scheme. I think you are referring to someone else. Question, do you have to buy It Works products before you sell them? Just curious. I know some MLMs do this while others dont.

        • sarah says

          That was in response to Laura’s comment above. And yes you do. Just as if you were to buy any other business and make a career out of it. Nobody is going to hand one over to you for free. But there is an option to do pre-sales.

          So someone could pre-sell wraps and select a kit based on their orders and then have the wraps for their appointments. It’s basically buying at wholesale and selling for retail. Then customers have the potion to get wholesale pricing and if they enroll as all loyal customer the distributor still earns commission even from the wholesale customer.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, I’m usually not a fan of MLMs where you have to buy the product up front. What if you can’t sell it? You’re stuck with it then.

          • says

            Yeah. That would be the case with anything you buy and sell… A car, a house, old furniture. You can buy and fix things up and sell for a mark up. You can buy seeds and grow vegetables and try to sell them, make lemonade and sell it, cookies, you name it. There is a website called Etsy where people buy material to make a product and try to sell it. If they do not sell it they are out the money that they invested in the material.

            If Wal-Mart buys a ton of product and cannot sell it they lose money. This is basic business, no matter how big or small. Do you pay for this website? I saw at the bottom of this page a way for us to order from Amazon via your link. If you do not get enough business through that link or however else you raise money to pay for this site do you not have to pay for it yourself? It’s a choice we make in order to become owners of something we choose to pursue in life.

            When people enroll to be a distributor I’m not sure what else they think they will be doing other than selling a product. There is a always a chance you will lose money when you take the leap into entrepreneurship and invest in owning your own business. It’s really not rocket science. People can start for $99 and the kit comes with 4 wraps. If they have a hard time getting rid of 4 wraps they can use them on themselves. The retail price of 4 wrap is $99 so it’s not like they are out anything really. They have equal value regardless.

            And like I said, they can pre-sell them and then they will know before they ever spend a dime whether they will get their money back. Beyond that they get everything at wholesale or less and it’s up to them what they buy. There are distributors who only do pre-sales and therefore never have to invest a dime out of their own pocket and still make a great profit. It’s really up to the distributor.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, I’m glad you mentioned that distributors have a pre-sell option. I think that is better rather than run the possible risk of having stock piles of products in the house that people may/may not be able to sell. I’m sure companies like walmart who have policies for things they cant sell. That stuff is after all marked up. Id bet dollar stores get unsold inventory as well.

            As for my site, I’m giving all of this information away for free because I love helping people and giving them a place where they can read unbiased reviews. I think this only helps them make a better choice. Yes, it does take money to maintain this site so if people want to help me by remembering to use my Amazon Link if they are going to buy something on Amazon, I will be eternally grateful. But it doesn’t cost them anything to do that.

  10. Niki says

    I have been taking fat blocker for the last month and just the fat blocker I have lost 16 lbs. Not noticed any side effect I do have more energy eat less bad food like I don’t have the craving for sweet stuff

    • Joe says

      Niki, I had to remove your It Works website link but I’m glad its working for you. Question, if the the wraps worked so well, why would the fat blocker supplement be needed?

      • says

        Joe- as stated before by someone else. The wraps firm tone and tighten skin. They do not cause weight loss. If you are heavier and lose weight then you will likely have lose skin- not so desirable. If you wrap while incorporating a healthy lifestyle the wraps will keep the skin tight, help tone the area and firm things up. Nobody like the jiggle of lose skin and that’s something the fat fighters don’t combat.

          • sarah says

            It varies from person to person. Similar to tanning. Everyone’s body chemistry is different. The average is 2-6 months. I’ve heard people say that they’ve maintained results even 2 years later with continued healthy habits.

            The reality is that the majority of people fall off the healthy band wagon so I’d say that plays a factor in the averages. I do have a girl who wrapped when I first started with the business and she still has her results! But like I said, the average feedback I get is 2-6 months.

          • Joe says

            So 1wrap can last for 2-6 months… And you are saying it’s not water loss yes?
            When you say people have different body chemistries, can you give me some variations in body chemistry that would hinder the results?

          • says

            It is not water loss. They do not make you go to the bathroom more and they do not make you sweat. AS far as body chemistry- everyone experiences many products differently. Perfume smells different on different people, people tan differently, some are more susceptible to weight gain or loss than others. One simple example is the health of a person’s skin. The wrap is topical. If you have clogged pores and dry skin and my skin is healthy, well exfoliated and absorbs better I am probably going to have better results faster.

          • Joe says

            Sarah, when people lose weight on a low carb diet, research shows most of that initial weight loss is water and glycogen loss. Sure there is some fat but its not as much as water loss. If the product works its because it reduces calories via blocking carb absorption. in the absence of enough calories, the body will tap into its reserve glycogen reserves (the storage form of carbs in the body). For every 1 gram of glycogen there is 2-3 grams of water. Putting it another way, if someone lost 1 pound of glycogen, they would also lose 2-3 pounds of water. This is why low carb diets work faster in the beginning than low fat diets do. It is the most likely mechanism by which the product works if it in fact does work.

  11. Mary says

    This is just my IMO. I am am Aesthetician and a distributor for it works. I also was lucky enough to have a grandmother who was a weightloss nurse.

    From an aesthetics POV, these wraps are nothing like the ones I have been taught and performed. Yes, we were told that with a traditional full body wrap, you are basically sweating out water. And yes, as soon as you start drinking water again….bloat comes back. I have noticed that the drinking water while “skinny wrapping” goes against everything I was taught. But then I remembered that after having a massage, you are encouraged to drink water to help flush the toxins out. Now I have no Idea if that is the same concept here, but if is worth thinking about.

    Regarding the fat fighters. I do use them. I take no more than 4 a day and sometimes less. I have personally noticed that I am temporarily bloated afterwards, however…..that general subsides after a few hours. In general, if you don’t want to feel bloated at all. … let lettuce and celery be your only friend.

    Also on personal note, because I am a mom and I am not easily grossed out, I am a poop looker. Your poop will stink when taking these and it will look like you ate creamed corn. My grandma would tell me that your poop held an awful lot of truth to your diet. Go ahead and eat spinach salads everyday for three days and see for yourself.

    Regarding bloating. My daughter was having acne in the triangle region of her checks underneath her eyes. That is known as the food allergy zone in the aesthetics world. And sure enough, she tested positive for a moderate to severe allergy to wheat. Cutting wheat from her diet has allowed her to lose weight. In this case she would not be a candidate for the fat fighter supplements. If you are having severe stomach issues after any food or supplement…PLEASE go have a food allergy test.

    In regards to my own results, I have upped my water intake considerably. A Doctor, not associated with It Works!, taught me that your minimum daily water intake should be half of your body weight in ounces per day.

    If you exercise or use more than normal physical exertion then you need to add more water. Also any water that has been flavored with even lemon cuts down it’s benefits for your skin as if has to first filter thru the body systems because of the lemon in it. Most people have dehydrated skin even if they “slather” moisturizer all day. We are a chronically dehydrated society.

    Anyways, I’ve rambled on enough for now. Just know, that I conclusion, my theory on medications and supplements in general is “if you are attaining your goals thru healthy methods, whether it’s you or the products making it happen is something that can only be speculated. Don’t write off what works for you.” It Works! Works for me. And at the end if the day we all dance to the beat of our own drums.

    • Joe says

      Mary, thanks for writing. Ive heard massage therapists also say to drink water after a massage to “flush out toxins.” Ill have to ask a massage therapist what toxins they are referring to. If that is the mechanism behind It Works wraps then, we should also be able to test this, if we know what the toxins were.

      I’ve never heard that water with lemon decreases the hydrating ability of water. If anyone can find me a reference for this, I’d be really interested in reading it.

      • Mary says

        From what I was told, anything added to water decreases the hydrating effects for skin due to the fact that it has to go thru the liver first. I will ask around and look for studies.

  12. Sara says

    Hi I just use it but my body not fat only coming more 3 kg and I want to take it to save my body and losing the 3 kg,, it’s okay ? And no any problem

  13. Maggie says

    I actually have been taking it works! products for 3 months and cancelled my auto shipment because they don’t work AT ALL haha. Not one single product.

    I thought the wraps worked but the inches were back within a days time. I used the defining gel twice a day and massaged like crazy and it did nothing. I took the greens… I took the fat fighter religiously about twice a day with large meals.

    Just so a “distributor” doesn’t try to blame it on water- I only drink water and I drink it all day long.

    These products are a joke and the distributors are liers. I ate right and exercised regularly. I wish they would have worked because I spent a lot of money on these products.

    • Joe says

      Maggie I am sorry none of them worked for you but I do appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences. Don’t lose hope. I have faith in your tenacity to achieve your goals.

  14. Jen says

    This product caused a pretty bad allergic reaction for me! Petechie and rashes all over my entire arms! Just with my first two pills! Yikes! Be careful!

    • Mary says

      I would suggest taking the bottle and ingredient list to an allergist. An allergic reaction is a sign that further looking into what caused the rash is needed.

      My girlfriend had an allergic reaction to keflex, which is a commonly prescribed antibiotic. Rashes and reactions happen. Better to find the source than to blame the delivery vehicle. Good luck.

      • Joe says

        Mary, its a good idea to show the ingredients to an allergist – or pharmacist – but if the ingredient is in the delivery vehicle (It Works Fat Fighter), isn’t the delivery vehicle guilty also of causing the rash?

        • Mary says

          No. The delivery vehicle is not to blame I this case IMO. I personally take them and so does just about everyone I know. So from a personal standpoint, I would have to say that there is something in the pill that would cause the rash. And a rash is not an uncommon side effect from an allergic reaction. I was just at the dr last week with my 12 year old that broke out in a rash, unexplainably. I was referred to an allergist. The ER diagnoses was non-specific dermatitis. I would say that if 100, 200, or 500 people (what ever the proper % ratio of users vs rash developers is) reported the same side effects that were definitely related to taking the same supplement, then and only then can it be due to the “delivery vehicle”.

          • Joe says

            Mary, yes many things can cause a rash but if I understood her comment, she got the rash after taking the Fat Fighter. If it was the only think she took, then something in it caused the rash. that doesn’t mean everybody would get the rash obviously. only some would. So, if thats the case then that might mean the delivery vehicle (the fat fighter) delivered some ingredient that caused the rash.

          • Mary says

            Which would be an ingredient specific allergy, not a flaw in the FatFighter supplement. And she had to have eaten something prior to taking the FatFighter or she was not following the directions properly.

            So an allergist would need to analyze what she had eaten and what is in the pills to determine what the real cause was.

            It is presumptuous to assume something caused and allergy without seeing the proper doctor.

          • Joe says

            Mary, if nothing else changed except for taking the FatFighter then that is the most likely culprit. If other things were different than what you say may be true. We will have to see if she writes back to resolve this.

  15. says

    Sort of ironic that your theory of why the fat fighters won’t work is because there is no research that shows the do, but only research on the ingredients in them yet your response is the exact opposite when referring to an allergic reaction.

    If we go on your original basis isn’t the allergic reaction related to an ingredient in the fat fighters, but not the fat fighter itself??

    I think you like to give negative reviews and justify them by any means necessary =/ Even when they don’t make sense.

    • Joe says

      Sarah, since the ingredient is in the fat fighter it is reasonable to assume there may at least be a theoretical possibility the same may be true for the product also. As a nurse you know that allergic reactions can be significant so I thought it was best to say this rather than not. That doesn’t make my review negative. My intention was not to write a negative review but an unbiased review .

  16. Anna says

    Since I started taking the fat fighters I only poop once ever other day or every few days is this normal? I have only been taking them for about a week

  17. JJ says

    Joe, thanks for filling a need with your thoughtful research and analysis. I generally agree with your cautious approach to evaluating these products. Without a few RCTs into the long-term safety and efficacy of these products as formulated (not just the components), I couldn’t feel comfortable recommending them.

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