Shape Patch Slimming Patches
The manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patches claim that the product is the all-natural alternative way to lose weight and keep it off by working exclusively to control the appetite. Evidence in support of this claim is lacking.
Below we have reviewed Shape Patch Slimming Patches against our review criteria to help consumers make an informed decision.
Shape Patch Slimming Patches Pros
- Should be discrete and easy to use
- Clinical evidence behind the product and its main ingredients is severely lacking
Shape Patch Slimming Patches Review
It is claimed by the manufacturers that the natural ingredients combined within the Shape Patch slimming patch work to stimulate the thyroid and thus provide energy and increase the metabolic rate, as well as helping to suppress your appetite. It is claimed that in taking the Shape-Patch slimming patches you will feel fuller for longer resulting in a decreased food intake meaning you will not over eat and go over the recommended daily calorie intake. The Shape-Patch slimming patch is said to get to work within 24 hours, promising significant weight loss of 4 to 8 pounds within the first two weeks of use. These claims are not backed by evidence.
Claimed weight loss benefits
The Shape Patch slimming patch is advertised to target two of the five major weight loss factors. These are rapid fat burning and suppressing the appetite. With claims of the manufacturers having sold millions of patches since 1992 in over 40 countries, one may assume that these claims are true, although the Shape-Patch slimming patch has not been backed by any scientific evidence.
How Shape Patch Slimming Patches Works
The manufacturers of the Shape Patch slimming patch claim that the product works to suppress the appetite like no other diet supplement out in the market. It claims to control the appetite so effectively that users find that they no longer want to overeat, meaning that they are able to fully stick to a diet or weight loss plan. It is claimed by the manufacturers that once you start taking the Shape Patch slimming patch, you will automatically want to eat less, and lose weight. It is boldly claimed that users can expect to lose 2 to 4 pounds in just one week if taking the Shape-Patch as directed.
It is said by the manufacturers that when using the Shape Patch slimming patches, the body is forced to melt-off stored fat to get its daily required calories and that is why you lose weight. The manufacturers of the product furthermore go on to claim that by the time you lose all the weight you want, you will not have to use the Shape Patch slimming patches or any other aid to maintain your new weight, because by then your body will be used to a lower food intake. Therefore, it is claimed that you will not need to eat as much as before to feel full and satisfied at every meal, and as a consequence you will not regain the weight you lost even when not using the slimming patch.
The reason why the Shape Patch slimming patch is said to be different from other slimming patches is said to be because the product manufacturers supposedly use an exclusive herbal extraction process that avoid damage to the constituents, preserving all their properties. The natural ingredients combined within the Shape Patch, which are: Hoodia gordonii, Garcinia cambogia and bladderwrack, are claimed to work as thyroid stimulants which work to help suppress the appetite. The Shape Patch slimming patch is claimed to get to work quickly because unlike taking diet pills, the bladderwrack extract in the Shape Patch slimming patch is claimed to be delivered transdermally and enters your bloodstream, so no need to wait for ingredients to be digested in the stomach.
Hoodia – whose scientific name is hoodia gordonii – is a plant native to Africa. At first, interest in the potential for Hoodia to suppress the appetite and for weight loss was said to be highlighted because of reports that native Africans use Hoodia to reduce their hunger during long hunts. There has however been no solid scientific evidence to support claims of Hoodia being able to aid weight loss. The active ingredient in Hoodia is said to be the appetite-suppressing molecule, P57. It is believed that P57 acts on the brain in a manner similar to glucose. It supposedly tricks the brain into thinking one is full even when they have not eaten, reduces interest in food and delays the time before hunger sets in. Although there have been published studies on Hoodia based on clinical trials acknowledged by The NHS and the respected US Mayo Clinic, most reports concluded that there was no conclusive evidence to support claims of appetite suppression.
Although there are dietary supplement manufacturers who market products containing Hoodia as being a way to suppress appetite and promote weight loss, the FDA has warned that manufacturers should stop making such misleading and unsubstantiated claims about there being a direct link between Hoodia and weight loss. As well as this the evidence about the safety of Hoodia is also lacking.
Garcinia cambogia is another ingredient claimed to be combined within the Shape-Patch slimming patch formula. Garcinia cambogia is also known as the Brindal Berry, and is a plant. The fruit rind is often used in medicines, and preliminary research, discussed later in the article, has suggested that Garcinia cambogia may prevent fat storage, as well as help to control the appetite. However as these studies have been tested only on animals and not humans as to date, it is unclear to whether these results apply to humans.
Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed, also known by the name of Fucus vesiculosus. It is often used to make medicines for a number of health conditions, however as to date there has not been significant scientific research to determine whether or not Bladderwrack is in fact as effective as some may claim it to be. It is also important to know that it is not safe to take Bladderwrack by mouth. Most commonly, Bladderwrack is used to treat thyroid disorders as well as iodine deficiency. There have been claims that Bladderwrack can be effective in tackling obesity, but again this has not been proven.
Bladderwrack is considered to be possibly unsafe. It may contain high concentrations of iodine, which could cause or worsen some thyroid problems. Prolonged, high intake of dietary iodine is linked with goiter and increased risk of thyroid cancer. Treatment of thyroid problems should not be attempted without medical supervision. Furthermore like other sea plants, bladderwrack can concentrate toxic heavy metals, such as arsenic, from the water in which it lives.
Key Shape Patch Slimming Patches Ingredients
Hoodia, whose scientific name is Hoodia gordonii is a plant native to Africa. Interest for Hoodia’s use for appetite suppression and weight loss was purportedly highlighted because of reports that native Africans use Hoodia to reduce their hunger during long hunts. There has however been no solid scientific evidence to support claims of Hoodia being able to aid weight loss.
Garcinia cambogia is another ingredient claimed to be combined within the Shape-Patch slimming patch formula. It is the extract from the fruit of Garcinia cambogia that is commonly found in dietary supplements. Unfortunately the ingredient is not well studied and although some studies, discussed in the ‘Clinical Studies’ section below, suggest that it may be beneficial for weight loss, these studies have generally been of poor quality.
Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed, also known by the name of Fucus vesiculosus. It is often used to make traditional medicines for a number of health conditions, however as to date there has not been significant scientific research to determine whether or not Bladderwrack is in fact as effective as some may claim it to be.
Trials must follow a set of rules, known as protocol in order to ensure they are well designed and as safe as possible. It is important that a study measures the correct things in the correct way, and that the results are meaningful.
Unlike many other products out in the dieting market, the manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patch, do in fact give examples of claimed clinical studies carried out which have supposedly proven the claims of the Shape-Patch slimming patch. It is claimed that not only has the Shape-Patch slimming patch been proven to suppress the appetite, but also to have no side effects associated to it. However in order to find out more about any side affects associated with the product we must look into clinical studies carried out on some of the ingredients combine in the Shape-Patch slimming patch formula.
It is claimed by the manufacturers of the Shape-Patch Slimming Patch on their website that a study made in the United Kingdom confirmed that the Shape-Patch is effective in 90% of cases.
It is claimed that the British laboratory Reading Scientific Services Limited carried out the study. The claimed study involved 110 participants between the ages of 25 -70 years who wanted to lose around 14 pounds. Out of the 103 people who completed the study, 48 participants were given the Shape-Patch, whereas the remaining 55 were given a placebo. It was purportedly found that the total weight loss of those using Shape-PATCH was significantly higher (90%) than those using the placebo. Unfortunately this study cannot be deemed reliable, as it has not been published in a scientific journal.
The same can be said about another claimed clinical trial supposedly carried out on the Shape-Patch slimming patch by Dr. Patrice L’Ecuyer, MD, PHD, in Canada. It is said that this study involved 88 participants aged between 26 to 48 years of age. 68 of these participants were women. All of the participants were between 10 and 30% over their healthy weight. Average weight loss on those using the Shape-Patch was supposedly 1 Kg. (2.2 Lbs) per week. This study cannot be deemed reliable because there is no evidence to suggest that it took place, let alone in controlled conditions.
A review study published in 2010 looked at the potential effects of Hoodia supplementation on weight loss. The authors were unable to locate any reliable, controlled experiments of Hoodia in the literature. They noted that there were two unpublished reports that didn’t find any adverse side effects, but that these were not reliable. It was concluded that very little is known about the ingredient, including about its safety in the long-term.
In one of very few clinical studies on Garcinia cambogia using human subjects, the principle ingredient of Garcinia cambogia, HCA, was evaluated. The 12-week trial involved male and female subjects, all of whom were overweight. The trial was randomised and double-blind; participants received either a plcebo or 1500mg HCA daily. The authors found no significant difference between weight loss and fat mass loss between the two groups, indicating that Garcinia cambogia is not likely to be beneficial for weight loss.
Shape Patch Slimming Patches Side Effects
The manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patch do not give much detailed information about the possible side effects of the product, and it is implied that the Shape-Patch slimming patch has little if none at all possible side effects, and is regarded as safe due to containing natural substances such as Hoodia. It is claimed that the Shape-Patch is considered safe to be used by virtually anyone. It is however stated by the manufacturers that, if you are allergic to adhesives in skin products, such as bandages, you should try the Shape-Patch for a few hours and remove it to check for any skin irritation before using it on a regular basis. If irritation is present you should try at another part of the body.
It may be true that there may be little side effects associated with the Shape-Patch slimming patch, however one should not rule out the possibility of the product having side effects just because it is a patch and not a supplement taking by mouth. As it is claimed that the ingredients make there way into the bloodstream it is possible that there may be some associated side effects, even if all the ingredients of the product are natural. As the Shape-Patch slimming patch has not been clinically tested, it is not possible to state with certainty what the side effects may be.
As a precaution it is an important reminder that the ingredient Hoodia hasn’t specifically been tested in terms of possible side effects. Hoodia has not received approval from the Food and Drug Administration and it is recommended that until further studies and results are developed, dieters should be wary of using the Shape-Patch slimming patch. Because Hoodia is sold as a dietary supplement, it escapes the level of scrutiny the FDA gives to prescription medications. It is always important to remember that you should consult a doctor should you choose to take a supplement containing Hoodia if you have a pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, thyroid problems, heart problems, a blood clotting disorder or an eating disorder.
It is also important to note that due to Hoodia not having received much research on safety, as a general precaution, those with liver or kidney disease, diabetics, pregnant or nursing women, as well as children, should avoid using weight loss supplements or pills containing the Hoodia ingredient.
Although very rare, over-extended use of products containing a high level of Hoodia have been said to result in damage to the liver. This is due to the claim that over time the liver may not be able to process the Hoodia ingredients, destroying some of the liver cells necessary in removing toxins in the bloodstream. Other organs can supposedly also be affected, such as the heart, brain and kidneys. If you already have a liver condition, consult with your doctor before using any products containing Hoodia.
How to Use
Using the Shape-Patch slimming patch appears to be very simple. It is stated by the manufacturers that you should use one patch per day for the entire 24 hours, and then replace with a new patch the next day in order to notice weight loss results. There is no indication as to whether you should apply the patch in the morning or evening. There is also no clear indication as to how long one should use the Shape-Patch slimming patches.
It seems that the manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patch believe that weight loss will vary as per person, though the Shape-Patch slimming patch website clearly states that those using the Shape-Patch slimming patch should expect to see the following results; 2 to 4 pounds weight loss after using the Shape-Patch slimming patch for one week, 4 to 8 pounds weight loss after using the patches for 2 weeks, and 8-16 pounds weight loss after using that patches for 3 weeks. These examples are however not backed with any evidence.
The manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patch claim that you just place the patch on the body and it works right away in 24 hours. It is also claimed that results are reflected on the scale every day. The manufacturers claim that the advantage of the Shape-patch slimming patch is that you don’t need to diet because the patch will work to make you eat less. The Shape-patch slimming patch promises permanent results even after you stop taking the product.
The dosages of the ingredients within the Shape-Patch slimming patch formula are not listed. The appropriate dose of Hoodia depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Hoodia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Although the manufacturers of the Shape-Patch slimming patch claim the product to be for ‘virtually anyone’ there are certain types of people who shouldn’t use the Shape-Patch slimming patch, these are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, with a BMI below 18.5 and those who have a pre-existing health condition (particularly a thyroid problem, diabetes, heart condition, or high blood pressure). Consult a doctor before using if you are taking any medications.
Who Makes It?
C.R.A. International, Co are the company behind the Shape-Patch slimming patch. The company appear to be based in Miami, Florida, and provide a full address of their worldwide headquarters on the Slim-Patch website. There is a small amount of information provided on the company under the ‘About us’ page on the Shape-Patch slimming patch website. C.R.A. International, Co do not appear to have their own separate website.
It is claimed that besides marketing Shape- Patch, this company is also responsible for the sale of several other consumer products, like STOP Smoking Patch, Flat-Saver, Skingem, Nu-Brite, and Non-Run Pantyhose. There is an e-mail address provided, as well as a phone number and fax for those who may have enquiries.
Where to Buy Shape Patch Slimming Patches
The supplement appears to be only available to buy online on what appears to be the Shape-Patch website. This website is a US-based website. The Shape-Patch slimming patch is not available to buy through Amazon or eBay.
Information about the pricing of the Shape-Patch slimming patch can be found under the ‘Order Form’ page on the website. Here there are two options given for the customer; the first is a one month supply (30 patches) for $49.95, and the second, a ‘Special Value’ purchase of a two month supply and one extra month free. This is a total of 90 patches for $89.00. It is stated that the regular price is $149.85. For international orders there is a further charge of $8.95 for regular shipping (10-12 days), and £15.95 for express shipping (3-4 days).
The website claims to having a 10 day trial offer after which you can get a refund if you are not happy with your purchase, though terms and conditions of this offer are not provided. The website claims to have extremely high security and only accepts orders online, though we cannot verify this. It is claimed that the website ships your order from their warehouse in Miami, Florida but there is no indication to how quick your order is shipped.
Does Shape Patch Slimming Patches Meet our Approved Criteria
Money-back-guarantee: No – there is mention of a ’10-day trial’, but details of this are not provided.
One-off payment: There does not appear to be an auto-billing programme, but we cannot be sure of this due to a lack of information on the website.
Manufacturing Standard: We were unable to find details of standard manufacturing standards.
Accompanying Diet Plan: A diet plan does not appear to be offered alongside the product.
Ingredients and quantities disclosed: No full ingredients list is provided.
Company contact details readily available: Yes, contact details are available.
Shape Patch Slimming Patches does not meet our ‘Approved’ criteria as there is no money-back guarantee or diet plan, and some information is lacking from the official website, including manufacturing standards and ingredient quantities.
Shape Patch slimming patch supposedly target weight loss by increasing fat burning and helping to suppress the appetite. Unfortunately the ingredients in the product have not been shown to work in these ways in clinical studies. There is a lot of misleading information on the official website, including claims that you will lose significant amounts of weight each week, and details of ‘clinical trials’ that have not been published. The ingredients list is not provided, and there is no evidence to suggest that the application patch method will be successful.Google+
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