TopSlim scam

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Posted 1 October 2013

TopSlim have advertised in newspapers, and on their website, claiming among other:

  • Top Scientists gives us Natural & Fast Weight Loss
  • Finally! Scientifically tested Fast Weight Loss!
  • “. . . but now the incredible miracle herb: Garcinia Cambogia has been released! It provides the fastest, safest and most permanent weight loss solution ever!!

They have images of the following scientists: Dean Ohia, Prof Preuss, Prof Stohs, Dr Burdock and Prof Keen in support of TopSlim’s claim, “From the Worlds Top Weight Loss Scientists” 2013-06-18 TopSlim – Fast Weight Loss from Top Slimming Scientists

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Can you believe these claims or is the owner and TopSlim simply bare faced liars?

Well, simple. I wrote to Prof Stohs asking him for his comment. He replied:

Dear Dr. Steinman:

I have never heard of this product, and I know nothing about this product.  I have not endorsed it nor have I leant my name to it or agreed to allow them to use my name.

Sid Stohs, Ph.D., FACN, CNS, ATS

So, can you believe ANY of the claims on the website? Not exactly! 

TopSlim claims: “Garcinia Cambogia is the Answer: Fast, Safe & Scientifically Proven.

In fact, Stohs, Soni, Burdock, Preuss, Ohia, Bagchi did publish a study in 2004 evaluating the safety of the Garcinia Cambogia. This is what they reported: “In a subchronic study in rats, the gavage administration of HCA-SX at doses up to 2500 mg/kg/day for a period of 90 days caused a significant decrease in body weight and reduction in feed consumption without any adverse effects” and “[T]here is sufficient qualitative and quantitative scientific evidence, including animal and human data suggesting that intake of HCA at levels up to 2800 mg/day is safe for human consumption.” (Food Chem Toxicol)

However, this was 10 years ago. Here is the latest review of Garcinia Cambogia published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition in 2012:

“Although several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans, we should be cautious when interpreting the results as other randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have not reported the same outcomes.” (And you should ask whether the dose in TopSlim is even close to the dose that was used in proper studies! – Imagine 250mg of panado helps your headache, will 10mg of panado be of any benefit?)

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (“Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies”) states for Garcinia Cambogia: 

“Obesity. Taking garcinia fruit rind extract orally doesn’t seem to help decrease weight, satiety, fat oxidation, or energy expenditure in obese people (728,8572,11407). There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might reduce food intake while sustaining satiety, but it’s too early to recommend it for this use (8572).”

The owner of TopSlim appears to be:
Adam Turner,
Health and Weight Int.
76 Marley Rd., Rosebank, 7720, ZA
[email protected]
072-7400-594 or 076-2676-421

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8 Responses to TopSlim scam

  1. sash zn 9 October, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    I was skeptical after reading TOPSLIMs website as it seems to stray away from mentioning key elements of the product like ingredients (beside its “miracle ingredient”, and the obvious fact that the site continues to emphasize “havard” and the prominent scientists role in the products development.its like they need to use those prominent scientists to sell their stuff rather than hard facts which they seem to dodge around. Well, you know the old say : if its too good to be true…it most probably is..trust your gut,beware of those that wish to take advantage of real people looking for genuine weight loss solutions..luckily I have.

  2. Ashnie 2 November, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    When I went to the website I was blown away with the testimonials and before and after pictures. My sister ordered the product for both of us. Used it for two weeks and I got sick; affected my kidney function. It will be great if I could get the product tested to know what’s in it. My sister and I did not lose any weight. This is a scam. Please don’t be fooled.

  3. tsietsi 15 January, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    i wanted to buy this product but iam not sure if it safe for my health

    • Harris 15 January, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      @Tsietsi
      There is no information whether it is or not.

  4. rusheca 24 January, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I have been taking Topslim for the past 4 months and have not lost any weight.

    • sharika 11 April, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      hi Rusheca did you use this product with the eating plan as well. I head about this product and wanted to try it out but not sure now!!!!!!

  5. Loraine nel 7 March, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve ordered it from the web, however it was send back by the South African Health dept at OR Thambo airport, I’ve lost the R1000.00 and no product as they said it is not approved to be sold in RSA

  6. Simply Fraud 25 July, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    The pictures of the testimonials come from a Russian site
    http://sveta.russianblogger.ru/2010/04/inna-volovicheva-dieta.html
    Tanika Taylor from Kroonstad is actually Inna Volovicheva

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