Awe-Slim Fat Burner Review: Does Awe-Slim Work?
Awe-Slim is a slightly “hopped up” version of the old Body Solutions formula and the current Calorad formula (both these products claim to help you lose weight while you sleep.)
Body Solutions, of course, is no longer on the market — the FDA sued them in Dec 2002 for making false and unsubstantiated claims (there is no evidence that either Calorad or Body Solutions have any positive effect on weight loss).
In 1999, the Healthy Weight Journal (Volume 13, pp 14 and 16, No. 1 January/February 1999) featured Calorad in the list of the Year’s “Worst” Weight Loss Products. The claims, they say, are ridiculous, and not backed by any credible evidence.
Like Calorad and the ill-fated Body Solutions, Awe-Slim contains Hydrolyzed Collagen (a low source of low quality protein) and aloe vera, neither of which have any benefit for weight loss. It also contains a vitamin/mineral blend (providing minimal benefit) as well as a apple cider vinegar, another over-hyped ingredient offering minimal benefits to dieters. An amino blend provides additional “window dressing” to this formula.
1. Super CitriMax®: a patent-pending form of HCA (hydroxycitric acid) where the HCA is bonded to calcium and magnesium to increase potency and bioavailibility. SuperCitrimax is probably the version of HCA to experiment with at this time.
Although real data is relatively hard to come by, one clinical study performed at Georgetown University Medical Center showed that not only was SuperCitrimax™ effective, it significantly outperformed plain citrimax as a weight loss agent. A full review of hydroxycitric acid is avilable here!
2. Conjugated linoleic acid: A non-essential fatty acid, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Nutrition (December 2000), found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. Since then, several other studies have validated CLA for weight loss. A full review of CLA can be read here!
The only problem with the CLA content of this product is that its impossible to tell if there’s enough of it included to have any effect. Generally, 3 grams daily for women is necessary for any effect — 4 grams for men up to 200 lbs. The CLA is labeled as part of the proprietary blend, so there’s no way real way to be sure… and that’s unfortunate.
Despite these last two ingredients, I’d be hesitant to recommend this product for weight loss — you’d be better off to try CLA or Super CitriMax on their own.