I was given the opportunity to try this Detox Cleanse Diet Kit by Team Innovations Labs. I want to be as thorough as I can in my review, because I don't think it's a good idea to "play around" with diet pills. Even the naturally derived ones. I do however, need to lose some weight and feel better. I'm going to have several sections on this review post, so you can scroll over the ones you don't want to read. All the information about the actual product as far as what it is and what it does is on the amazon sale page, so you can click through and read that there. This post is just about my "test".
A Background On MeWhy did I agree to review this product? I've been up and down in weight most of my life. In my teen years I weighed around 130 pounds, made my way up to 180 in a stressful marriage in my early twenties, and back down to 130 and a size 6 in my mid-twenties.(After the divorce.) Lather, rinse, repeat. I married again in my late twenties, then two kids later I was up to 197. Divorce number two completed and I lost 35 pounds and was actually fine with myself at 162. Being much older then at 37, I wasn't going to try to look like I did as a teenager again. Then, my oldest daughter Anna got cancer. We've been in and out of hospitals, and long stays in the hospital really "help" you put on the pounds.
Over the last two years I have gained quite a bit back, and am now almost back up to 190, if I'm not there already. I actually have no clue and don't want to know. So how am I going to measure success? Inches. My biggest area of concern is that same 'ole big fat belly most women over 40 complain about. If you are curious, I am 41 years of age now, and weight loss is a LOT harder than it used to be. Right now the largest part of my mid-section measures 43 inches. Yikes! If by the end of this review it measures less, I'll feel this product was a success.
I know you have seen other weight loss products tested here on this page, and so far...nothing has been right for me.
Beginning ImpressionsI'm a little unhappy with the product packaging and internet information. I understand that this company is new, but if you're going to give someone a product that they should ingest (which could always be dangerous) they need the correct information right away. The print on the bottles is exceedingly difficult to read, and does not match the information given online.
For instance, on the Garcinia Cambogia Advanced bottle it reads that you should only take two capsules a day. On the amazon sale page, it reads that you should take two before each meal, and not to exceed 6 capsules a day. It then further instructs you to take two or three after your evening meal so you won't get hungry at night. Is this a proceed at your own risk suggestion?
For the other product, Slender Cleanse Advanced, on the sale page at amazon, there is a photo of the label. (I'm assuming so that you can actually read it.) Online it states that you should only take 1 caplet 30 minutes before each meal and not to continue use for more than 7 days at a time. On the bottle I received it says take two caplets with your morning meal and if you tolerate it well, take two more with your last meal of the day. On that one, the recommendation is to not take the product for more than 15 days. Which is it guys? I have been following the instructions on the bottle. I can only hope it's the right one at this point.
Day to Day ReactionsOn day one I felt pretty much nothing. I was still just as hungry as ever, and by the evening I developed a headache. That's not uncommon for me. Almost everything I do for weight loss gives me a headache and makes me feel sick on the first day. It was mild and bearable.
The second day I noticed a change in my sweet cravings. I have a sweet tooth! There was chocolate sitting right there and I didn't even want any. (On the first day I think I ate like 10 Hershey's kisses.) I definitely noticed a decrease in appetite, but not a major one. By the evening, I needed some Tums. I felt...weird. Not bad, but I could definitely feel that something was stirring around in my belly. The Tums helped.
Today is day three, and I woke up feeling great. When I, uh...well, "used the potty" (sorry!) I could tell that the cleanse part was definitely working. I have actually had more energy, and that's rare for me, because all products that claim to give more energy haven't worked for me longer than a day. Maybe this one won't either, but I'm happy to have energy even for a day at this point. I've complained about how I feel and my weight so long that it is wonderful to just feel good. I put on a cute top with jeans, sent a pic to my boyfriend and told him that his adorable girlfriend felt awesome today. I have to know how that made him feel great because being stuck at the hospital (yes we are at the hospital now and will be through this whole test.)
It has been wonderful for Anna as well, because I have been in a better not-so-stressed and tired mood. We read a book together and talked on the phone to her sister for almost an hour. If days 4-15 go like this, I'll be using this tag-team of products every 8 weeks till the fatty-fat-fat is gone.
2/12/15 : Days 4, 5, and 6 have gone much like day three. I still have more energy. It's not like a burst of all day energy, it's like especially in the mornings I at least HAVE some energy, where I didn't before. It is so crucial to our situation, because being in the hospital and going through medical procedures can be depressing. I NEED to keep Anna's surroundings clean, and to clean up..I need energy. I'm pleased. Even if that's all I got I'd think this was worth it, but I'm happy to report that on day 6 (today)... I've lost one inch in my waistline. Bam! I didn't measure anywhere else because waist is all I care about. So, yay! So far so good.
I did not get to do the entire 15 days of this test, because Anna started treatment and we have been so very very busy. I did do nine days, and I did lose another inch on my waistline though! I honestly will do this again in eight weeks, and I can't wait. I have noticed that since I stopped, I have gotten a bit of my sweet tooth back. Still, I notice that just a little is enough. I don't totally overdo it like before.