Skinny Body Care is a multilevel marketing company that offers a variety of weight loss products.
Founded in 2011, the company promises to deliver the latest in effective weight loss supplements. They offer a trio of weight loss supplements as their flagship product line in addition to a sports drink and two anti-aging beauty products.
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Interest in Skinny Body Care has been waning in the last few years. The company experienced a surge in interest about two years after it was founded, but as illustrated by search engine trends, this was short-lived.
Web traffic searching for the company has shrunk by over 80% since it peaked in July of 2013. This is likely not a good sign if you are looking for an MLM that’s on the up and up.
Given the company’s name, it’s impossible to deny that its core market is weight loss. The three products offered by the company for weight loss attempt to attack three different problems for customers. These products are Skinny Body Max, Skinny Fiber, and HiBURN8.
Skinny Body Max is designed to boost your metabolism and help keep weight off. It attempts to do so with a blend of herbal extracts that are thought to help promote weight loss. Some of these include glucomannan, caralluma extract, raspberry ketone, cayenne pepper, and garcinia cambogia.
Glucomannan is an extract from konjac root that’s been around as a weight loss supplement for a while. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity in 1984 found that it was an effective supplement for obese subjects on an eight week weight loss program. Those taking the glucomannan supplement lost an average of 5.5 pounds while the subjects taking the placebo gained an average of 1.5 pounds.
Caralluma is an edible cactus native to India that’s used as an appetite suppressant. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a caralluma extract was able to decrease appetite in a group of overweight volunteers in a 60-day experiment, though it did not result in any actual weight loss, so its actual efficacy is questionable.
Similar concerns extend to raspberry ketone. While it was hyped as a miracle weight loss cure, there is a real lack of good evidence for its efficacy in humans. A few small studies have shown mildly promising results in mice, but raspberry ketone is mostly hype at this point.
Cayenne pepper might be associated with a better metabolic response to a meal, as reported by a 2006 study, but evidence of a direct weight loss effect is nonexistent.
Finally, Garcinia cambogia is a quite popular weight loss supplement, but large, well-designed research (such as a 1998 Columbia University study) has found that it is ineffective. A pool of 135 overweight patients used either Garcinia cambogia or a placebo over the course of a 12-week period. At the study’s conclusion, the researchers found that there was no difference in body weight or in fat mass between the groups.
So, Skinny Body Max is definitely a mixed bag. Some ingredients appear to work fairly well, others have middling evidence, some appear to be ineffective. The same is true for the other two weight loss products from Skinny Body Care.
Skinny Body Fiber is based on glucomannan and caralluma fibers, which are supposed to suppress appetite and increase fullness while supplying dietary fiber, so it’s not profoundly different from Skinny Body Max.
And HiBURN8 is an amino acid blend (some evidence of mild weight loss benefits) combined with aloe vera gel, as well as some other supplements and extracts (including Garcinia cambogia again) with a mixed track record when it comes to weight loss results.
As is often the case with combination weight loss supplements, there aren’t any direct clinical trials testing the effects of any of Skinny Body Care’s products.
Mixing supplements together can have different effects than the net combination of each individual ingredient, so the efficacy or lack thereof for Skinny Body Max’s products is very much unclear.
Joining Skinny Body Care is pretty easy. All you need to do to become a distributor is order a bottle of any product ($59.95).
While autoship is not required, you do need to maintain 50 product volume per month to stay active and remain eligible for retail discounts and commissions.
One good thing is that even the most basic rank is eligible for three levels of commissions at 10, 5, and 3% rates. This is a lot better than many competitors.
However, the company doesn’t provide an income disclosure statement, so it’s hard to tell whether many people are having success selling these products.
With a core product line of three weight loss products, and a total of only six products for sale, it’s going to be hard to successfully move a lot of product as a Skinny Body Care distributor.
The weight loss products they do have are very much a mixed bag. Some ingredients look legit, but others have been demonstrated to be ineffective.
The compensation plan is pretty good if you can recruit a deep network rapidly, but with the waning interest in the company, it’s going to be difficult to do this without a great, persuasive sales pitch.
With so few products ready to sell, you’ll need to focus on one area (probably weight loss) and learn everything you can about the products so you can see if they will fit your customers’ needs and sell them on a regular basis.
If you’re set on MLM, it’s not terrible, but probably not the best, either.
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