Avesil Fat Burner Review: Is Avesil “Clinically Proven?
According to the product advertising, Avesil is “a safe, effective weight control formula made from ingredients supported by substantial published scientific research.” The advanced new formula claims users can use Avesil to boost energy, reduce appetite, burn fat and lose weight.
Let’s take a look at the product’s ingredients to see if any published scientific research backs these claims. There 4 primary ingredients (Avesil also contains minimal amounts of calcium and potassium)…
1. Chromium polynicotinate: Chromium plays an important part in insulin function—it helps insulin regulate blood sugar levels. It’s also involved in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
As such, its presence in any weight loss product is beneficial.
However, the clinical studies that have been performed on chromium have been contradictory; some showing it has a subtle effect, and others showing it has no effect at all (see the full review of chromium for more information and accompanying clinical references). If nothing else, this is probably the best variation of chromium to experiment with at this time.
2. Ashwagandha: (Withania somnifera or “Indian Ginseng”) is a shrub that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. An adaptogen, it’s sometimes included in weight loss products for it’s purported “stress-reducing” benefits.
3. Green tea extract: There’s a growing body of evidence that green tea offers benefits to dieters and those who wish to lose weight. Clinical studies indicate it elevates the metabolism, inhibits the action of the enzyme amylase, in addition to providing numerous other benefits (see the full review of green tea here for more information and accompanying clinical references).
Most studies show that it is the action of one essential catechin, EGCG, in combination with caffeine that provides the bulk of these benefits. Unfortunately, the Avesil web site does not reveal what their green tea extract is standardized for, so it’s impossible to assess the value it adds to this formula.
4. Caffeine: A well known thermogenic with clinically demonstrated—albeit mild—benefits for weight loss (see Am J Clin Nutr. 1989 Jan;49(1):44-50, Am J Clin Nutr. 1980 May;33(5):989-97), although some data indicates it offers greater benefits to lean individuals that those who are overweight (see Am J Physiol. 1995 Oct;269(4 Pt 1):E671-8).
As you can see, Avesil boasts a moderately useful, but not particularly revolutionary formula.
And yes, some of the ingredients are backed by some published clinical research—although the effects are not dramatic. And we can’t be sure if several are included at dosages that correlate with the referenced study data. And of course, no clinical studies have been performed on the Avesil formula itself.
With that said, let’s discuss why I highly recommend you avoid this product…
First, it is outrageously expensive—$89.95 for a one month’s supply. There’s nothing in this formula to justify this price. For example, at a reputable online retailer like BodyBuilding.com you could buy super-potent versions of the most useful ingredients in the Avesil formula for under $30, and stack them together to make your own fat burner…
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules) Primaforce Lean Green green tea extract: $9.98
- 1 Bottle (100 200 mg tabs) AllMax Caffeine: $3.99
- 1 Bottle (90 caps) NOW Tri-Chromium (a 3 chromium blend): $6.06
Second, there appears to be no way to order this product other than through the “free trial” offer presented on the web site (also known as negative option billing). We highly recommend you do not do business with any company utilizing this “business practice.”
Here’s how the free trial scam works: you pay a small shipping and handling fee to receive a free sample of the product (varies in the number of days). By doing so, you have enrolled in a recurring billing program (whether you know it or not; often the “small print” of these offers is hidden in a dark and dingy corner of the retailer’s web site) and fresh product will be mailed to you every 30 days.
There is a cancellation period during which you can remove yourself from the program, but these are set up so it’s almost impossible to do so within the time period allowed. You are then added to the recurring billing program. Retailers claim to honor “unsubscribe” requests, but visitor feedback suggests customer service reps are less than eager to act on them. Often customers have to cancel their bank or credit card to get the merchant to stop billing them (We have created a video on the whole “free trial” scam to make it even easier for you to learn about and then avoid—click here to watch the video!).
To date, customer comments indicate a HUGE issue with unauthorized recurring billing with Avesil—check them out here on Ripoff Report and ComplaintsBoard.com. The company that manufactures Avesil, Green Bracket LLC, has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau, with over 150 customer complaints.
Who’s Promoting Avesil As Their #1 Weight Loss Pick?
Something else you need to know…
The supplement “review” site DietSpotLight.com, which promotes Avesil as their #1 pick for weight loss, is run by Green Bracket LLC… the very same company that manufacturers it.
Obviously then, the combination of outrageous cost, ordinary formula, grossly exaggerated claims and a “free trial” offer means this is one product we definitely recommend you avoid.