Trimlife Advanced (not to be confused with the Cleveland Clinic Trim-Life program or Trim-Life book) appears to be discontinued.
According to the Trimlife Web site, here’s what you can expect from the Trimlife program…
- Lose pounds and inches like crazy
- Feel full and satisfied
- Supercharge your energy
- Get customized weight-loss support and assistance online or by phone
- Receive easy-to-prepare recipes and helpful eating tips
- Get your own personal weight-loss coach
- Stimulate your body’s natural fat-burning ability
- Eliminate excess fat pockets
- And here’s the best one… “Most important of all, our exclusive formula contains GREEN TEA EXTRACT. This powerful ingredient will block fat absorption by as much as 40% WITHOUT the side effects of other well-known thermogenics that contain Ephedrine.”
Unfortunately, 4, 5 and 6 are the only things you can count on.
Green tea (click here for the full review and accompanying clinical references) the active ingredient in the Trimlife Advanced fat burner, is a wonderful supplement. It really is. Green tea is a very powerful antioxidant (researchers have surmise that the active ingredient in green tea (called epigallocatechin gallate), may be up to 200 times more powerful than vitamin E as an oxidant).
It also may be useful as a glucose regulator — meaning it slows the rise in blood sugar following a meal. It does this by slowing the action of a particular digestive enzyme called amylase.
This enzyme is pivotal in the breakdown of starches (carbs), that can cause blood sugar levels to soar following a meal. This is pretty exciting stuff — along with a chromium, and possibly a vanadyl supplement, green tea might be the missing link in proper glucose management.
To top it all off, Green tea has been shown to increase metabolic rate — by about 4% in one study (that’s less than a hundred calories per day for an average individual). It’s also a source of caffeine, and several other methylxanthine compounds (caffeine-related compounds).
Despite all its benefits, Green tea is not a weight loss miracle. It’s helpful, sure… but in general, its action is pretty subtle. And unfortunately, there’s no data to suggest that green tea actually “blocks fat”. In fact, it’s one of the things green definitely does not so. And it certainly won’t eliminate the “excess fat pockets”.
At one time, synephrine was though to be the best alternative to ephedra, as the two compounds are closely related chemically. However to date, there is little conclusive evidence synephrine has much effect on weight loss. Have a look at this extract from a PubMed abstract…
“An extensive search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, BIOSIS, and the Cochrane Collaboration Database identified only 1 eligible randomized placebo controlled trial, which followed 20 patients for 6 weeks, demonstrated no statistically significant benefit for weight loss, and provided limited information about the safety of the herb.”
It certainly sums the clinical effectiveness of synephrine at this time.
The reason why Trimlife can get away with making many of the statements that they do is because they sell their product with “ongoing support and education”. According to the Trimlife Web site, this is provided by a “team of certified fitness trainers and weight-management specialists”.
As far as I can tell from the Web site, when you buy the Trimlife Advanced fat burner, you’re also getting personal consultation, and some sort of diet and exercise program. Given this, most people will succeed with Trimlife Advanced. Unfortunately, they could probably do it without the product itself… just by implementing proper diet and exercise.
A bottle of Trimlife Advanced is a little on the pricey side… but considering the support and programs they offer with it, it appears to be quite reasonable.
I’d be curious to hear from those of you who have tried the Trimlife program — specifically to hear if they try to upsell you on additional support packages. I have a hard time believing Trimlife can sell their product, provide a diet and exercise program, and personal support and still make money. Tell me about your experiences…
Bottom line on Trimlife Advanced?
Green tea is a good supplement, but don’t expect miracles from it. The bulk of the weight loss on this program will be a result of the “ongoing support and education.”