Many of us look for simple approaches to weight loss, especially if the methods that we’re currently trying just aren’t working.
Valentus Slim Roast Coffee is one product that is supposed to offer just that.
This is a type of coffee that is specifically designed with weight loss in mind – and contains extra ingredients that are supposed to help you lose weight.
There are also many positive Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews out there, which imply that the coffee truly does work. But, is this the case?
Drinking a specific type of coffee to lose weight sounds too good to be true. So, how does Valentus Slim Roast Coffee actually work?
For that matter, does it live up to its claims?
What is Valentus Slim Roast Coffee?
First of all, Valentus Slim Roast Coffee is also sometimes known as SlimROAST or Prevail SlimROAST. The different names seem to be partly connected to rebranding, as I’ve seen multiple different versions on Amazon.
However, the one pictured below is currently what is sold through the Valentus website.
The basic concept here is that the coffee should help people lose weight, mainly by suppressing appetite. Doing so means that, in theory, people will tend to eat less and thus take in fewer calories. In particular, the company makes the following claims:
Now, I’ll be honest – I’m skeptical.
Personally, I’ve found that there is no quick solution to weight loss. Instead, most companies seem to rely on a combination of herbs and nutrients, in the hope that some of these will have an impact.
But, there are positive Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews out there. So, in this review, I’m taking an honest and fact-based look at Valentus Slim Roast Coffee and the claims that it makes.
In doing so, I hope to show once and for all, whether the coffee actually works.
The Company Behind the Coffee
The company that produces Valentus Slim Roast Coffee is simply known as Valentus. Coffee isn’t their only product. Instead, the company focuses on functional drinks in general.
So, the idea here is that there are various drinks that serve to promote health in some way. All of these seem to be sachets that you add to water.
I’m not going to look at these other products in detail but the basic pattern is the same as for Valentus Slim Roast Coffee. In particular, the products contain a range of different ingredients, many of which are sourced from herbs.
The idea is that these ingredients can provide the benefits that the company claims. However, while the site certainly hypes up the benefits, it offers little in the way of actual evidence.
The other thing that I want to mention is that Valentus operates via a MLM model. This is a form of product promotion, where members are paid to sell items from the company.
In this case, members earn 25% commission on sales, along with various bonuses based on volume and recruitment efforts.
In fairness, the MLM model doesn’t really affect the products sold. Many MLMs do tend to sell low-quality and scammy products but, at the same time, some do sell fairly decent items.
Instead, I bring up the MLM model because it affects the Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews that you will see online. The model means that there will be distributors out there that earn money promoting the product. So, they want to make the coffee seem as good as possible.
As a result, you may notice a lot of glowing Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews that simply aren’t legitimate.
Valentus is a MLM company that also promotes some other drinks that follow the same general concept of Valentus coffee
Valentus Slim Roast Coffee Ingredients
Whenever I look at a diet supplement, regardless of whether it is a pill, a drink or something else entirely (like the Thrive patches), the main thing that I look at is the ingredients.
After all, the ingredients should be the main thing causing any benefits that you observe.
First of all, Valentus Slim Roast Coffee really is like other products on the market. By this, I mean that it’s basically an herbal supplement, just in the form of a drink.
So, in addition to coffee, you have a number of different herbs and extracts, which are supposed to help with weight loss. In particular, the specific ingredients are these:
The company also offers a page describing each of these ingredients and what they are supposed to do.
On paper, these explanations sound great. But, the company offers no scientific evidence at all. Instead, they strongly rely on phrases like these:
So, we’re going to look at each active ingredient briefly, in the order that they’re listed:
Chlorogenic acid is the active ingredient in green coffee beans. This compound was incredibly popular when green coffee beans were trending and many companies made propitiatory extracts that took advantage of this compound.
You probably haven’t heard that much about green coffee beans or chlorogenic acid recently, mostly because the concept was almost entirely debunked.
In fact, the key study that was used to ‘prove’ the effectiveness of green coffee was incredibly flawed and was ultimately retracted altogether (1).
Beyond this one study, the evidence for chlorogenic acid success has been extremely limited.
However, these have been limited in scope and often flawed. Plus, any observed effects tend to be relatively small (5).
Likewise, there are many examples of green coffee bean extract on the market and those were incredibly popular back when Dr. Oz was hyping the whole concept.
If chlorogenic acid was truly able to have a significant impact on weight, then we would have seen it by now. But instead, all of those products tend to have little to no effect for most people.
Besides, the amount of chlorogenic acid in Valentus Slim probably isn't enough to cause any significant benefits even if some existed. Instead, if you really wanted the compound, the supplements may make more sense.
Chlorogenic acid and green coffee beans have had their day and there simply isn't enough evidence to say that they promote weight loss at all
Garcinia Cambodia is another ingredient that’s become popular recently in this type of product. This was never hyped as highly as green coffee bean but it is still commonly used.
As with green coffee bean extract, you can get Garcinia Cambodia supplements and some people do use these for weight loss.
The situation with research is fairly similar though.
For example, there are some theories supporting the idea that Garcinia Cambodia may be effective for improving satiety and decreasing fat production (6,7). But, there is little proof that such effects are significant in humans. Instead, most of the studies that have been conducted have failed to find such an outcome (8,9,10,11).
Garcinia Cambogia may be common in this type of weight loss product but the scientific evidence for its effect is incredibly scarce
Now, phaseolamin is an interesting one. Essentially, this is a carb blocker. In theory, this type of supplement helps to prevent some of the carbs that you eat from being digested. However, this only applies to some of the carbs you’re eating, not all of them (12,13).
Additionally, the effect isn’t really as strong as most people assume. For example, one study found that a carb blocker only inhibited 7% of the carbs from being absorbed (14).
The effect is also just for complex carbs, so it doesn’t include glucose, fructose and the like. So, for those who rely heavily on processed food or on high sugar food, a carb blocker won’t be much use.
Now, in theory, carb blockers can help you to lose more weight and research also supports this outcome, to a degree (15,16,17). But, the strength of the effect is likely to vary from one person to the next.
Phaseolamin itself is also a generic name for an extract made from white kidney beans. As you can probably imagine, there are similar extracts available to buy as supplements.
For example, a carb blocker is likely to be more effective for people who get most of their calories from carbs and probably wouldn’t work well for those on low carb diets.
Additionally, the difference in weight loss between participants on carb blockers and the control groups were typically small, often in the area of 4 to 6 pounds, across a period of 4 to 12 weeks (20,21,22).
The final thing to note is that the studies that have been done are pretty limited, particularly in size and design. In many cases, they were also funded by supplement companies.
The end result is that carb blockers have more potential than chlorogenic acid and Garcinia Cambodia as a weight loss tool. Nevertheless, more research is needed and any impact is likely to be small.
As with the other ingredients, you're probably not getting all that much of this compound in the coffee anyway. So, if you were interested in those specific benefits, supplementing may make more sense.
As a carb blocker, there is some evidence for the benefits of phaseolamin. However, even here, the outcomes of research have been mixed
There hasn’t been much research into cassiolamine, partly because it is fairly new as a supplement. Basically, the supplement is an extract from a legume.
In theory, this source may offer health benefits and potentially even weight loss. However, that seems unlikely.
Additionally, if you really want health benefits from legumes, then eat them. You’re always going to be better off actually eating healthy food and vegetables, rather than trying to get the same compounds in supplement form.
Cassiolamine has barely been researched and the link between it and weight loss seems incredibly slim
Green Tea Extract
Now, green tea itself has a long history of having health benefits, including the potential to contribute to weight loss (23,24,25). In fact, this may be one reason why there are so many weight loss teas out there, like Flat Tummy Tea and Fit Tea.
Additionally, green tea is a source of caffeine, which can also potentially help with weight loss (26), although you should be getting more caffeine from the coffee itself.
However, the effects of green tea on weight loss are somewhat controversial. For example, some studies have failed to find an impact (27,28). And, if an effect is present, then it may also be fairly mild.
Additionally, it isn’t clear how much green tea extract is in Valentus Slim Roast Coffee anyway. I would guess that there isn’t a large amount, especially as the green tea extract is one of multiple different herbs.
With that in mind, if you wanted health or weight loss benefits from green tea, you’d be better off drinking the tea directly.
While green tea is associated with health benefits, the connection between green tea and weight loss is not nearly as strong. Additionally, it isn't even clear how much green tea is in the coffee
Ginseng is a fairly common ingredient in energy drinks nowadays and it is thought to improve thinking and concentration, while potentially acting as an antioxidant as well (29).
These aspects suggest this ingredient is about the brain and focus claims of Valentus Slim Roast Coffee, rather than weight loss.
Now, there is some evidence that ginseng can help with mental function but this information is still fairly limited (30).
Additionally, there are some concerns that it may be unsafe when taken by mouth, especially for long periods of time. A key side effect of ginseng is insomnia, while other issues can include dizziness, mood changes and increased heart rate (31). There is also a risk that caffeine could make any side effects worse, especially as both caffeine and ginseng function as a stimulant.
Ginseng is often associated with energy or alertness and does come with its own side effects. While it may work in this role, it isn't something you really want to be consuming for an extended period of time
L-Carnitine with Chromium
The final listed ingredient is L-Carnitine with Chromium. L-Carnitine is basically an amino acid derivative that is produced in the human body.
This is a compound that you can get from food and most people already get enough of it (32).
There is little evidence that people need more of this compound, or that having more would help with weight loss or energy.
There is also a risk that too much L-Carnitine could cause side effects – although you probably won’t be getting all that much from Valentus coffee anyway.
As for chromium, there are some health benefits that come from supplementing chromium but the research is extremely limited (33). However, most research suggests that chromium isn’t going to have much (or any) role in weight loss (34,35).
There is also little evidence that either L-Carnitine or chromium would have much impact on weight loss
Does Slim Roast Coffee Work?
As you can see from the ingredients information, there isn’t a whole lot of scientific support for Valentus Slim Roast Coffee, especially in terms of weight loss.
Most of the potential benefits come from the coffee itself, the caffeine and a little bit from the carb blocker. In contrast, the other ingredients probably do little to nothing for actual weight loss.
So, does Slim Roast Coffee work?
Well, probably. To a degree, anyway.
The reason for this is simple – many of the claims that Valentus actually makes already apply to coffee.
For example, coffee is well known as an appetite suppressant and for many people that is a key reason to drink it.
Some of the other claims are things we associate with coffee too, like improving mood and making you more alert. So, in these areas Valentus Slim Coffee is likely to work. The carb blocker that the coffee contains may help matters somewhat too but it’s difficult to know.
Of course, this pattern also means that you would get many of the same benefits simply from drinking coffee. For that matter, there are some amazing coffee brands out there that taste great and have a much better reputation than Valentus - like the one in the link below.
This begs the question, why go with Valentus Slim Roast Coffee? After all, the evidence for additional benefits really isn't that high.
This coffee may work for weight loss, simply because coffee itself has many of the benefits that the company promotes
Buying Valentus Slim Roast Coffee
Valentus takes the MLM approach seriously and the only way to buy the coffee (or other products) is through a distributor. However, there are a number of distributor sites online, so buying online isn’t hard if you do a little digging.
Now, you can buy the coffee individually or in boxes. If you buy individual boxes, the price is $59.95 per box – which contains 24 sachets.
However, if you buy a set of boxes, you pay less per box, like in these options.
But, regardless, the price is fairly expensive for coffee. For example, if you bought one box at a time, you end up paying more than $2 for a cup of coffee and you’re still paying more than $1 a cup with the largest pack (which costs $499.95).
That’s a lot to pay, especially when there is little evidence that the extra ingredients would really help with weight loss.
You can also buy via Amazon and the price ends up being a little cheaper.
But, even then, you’re still paying a fairly high price for a cup of coffee. Plus, the company recommends drinking two cups per day.
If you follow that recommendation, you end up paying around $50 or $60 for coffee that is only going to last you less than half a month.
The coffee can be purchased from distributors (online or offline) or from Amazon. But, either way, it is expensive
Valentus Slim Roast Coffee Reviews
I’ve looked at the ingredients you find in the coffee but what about the Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews? After all, individual outcomes are sometimes different than what the research suggests.
Well, for the most part, the reviews are better than I expected.
For example, multiple versions of the product on Amazon seem to average around 4 stars.
In both cases, the review distribution was pretty positive too.
This is unusual, because you normally find a combination of positive and negative reviews for this type of product (that was the case for Javita Coffee).
At the same time, there are a number of positive Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews in the mix.
It’s hard to know how accurate these reviews are.
For one thing, as I mentioned before, you do tend to get reviews from distributors. Yet, to be honest, most of the reviews don’t sound like what you see distributors write.
The other thing is that weight loss typically isn’t caused by a single thing.
For example, if you start drinking Valentus coffee, you may also change your eating habits at the same time, without really planning to. In fact, when we’re attempting to lose weight many of us do make subtle changes, without really thinking about it.
In many cases, the people who did lose weight may have been able to lose that same weight without the coffee as well.
So, some of the observed effects may be coming from that.
To be fair though, it is still possible that some of the results are coming from Valentus Slim Roast Coffee itself. If so, I would guess that the effect might be due to the carb blocker.
But, despite these reviews, not everybody had a good experience.
Instead, some even some positive Valentus Slim Coffee reviews suggest that the weight loss hasn’t been significant.
As for the taste, reviews vary. Some people said that it tastes great, while others compare it to fairly basic instant coffee. So, it’s not the worst tasting coffee out there but it isn’t the best either.
Whether that matters would mostly depend on your personal preferences.
For example, if you drink coffee for taste and go out of your way to get good quality coffee, then the taste of Valentus Slim Roast Coffee would probably be a letdown. But, if you typically buy inexpensive instant coffee, then what Valentus offers may taste fine.
Reviews for the coffee are surprisingly positive, although some reviewers didn't experience any significant weight loss
Valentus Slim Roast Coffee Side Effects
For the most part, Valentus Slim Roast Coffee appears to be relatively safe. However, there are a few side effects to consider.
One issue is simply connected to jitteriness and shakes, which are fairly common side effects with caffeine, especially if you consume too much. Not only does the coffee contain caffeine but it also gets some caffeine from the green tea as well.
Additionally, some of the same side effects occur with ginseng (39).
As a reference, the company estimates that one sachet contains 120 mg of caffeine.
Now, the amount of caffeine in coffee varies dramatically, even when you’re just considering instant coffee. For example, one site estimates a range from 27 to 173 mg (40).
So, the amount of caffeine here isn’t unusual. Nevertheless, if it is more than your typical cups of coffee contain, then you could experience side effects as your body gets used to the difference.
The other thing to consider is that some people find coffee itself has a laxative effect, so you may notice something similar with this coffee.
Additionally, the coffee does contain a carb blocker and this type of supplement does come with some side effects. In particular, there can be gastrointestinal side effects, including bloating, diarrhea and cramping (41,42).
The side effects do tend to decrease over time but they are something to be aware of – especially if you plan to use the coffee over an extended period of time.
One final thing to note is that most of the Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews will come from people who only use the coffee for a few weeks or even a few days. So, you may find that the effects are different in the long-term, including the potential for more side effects.
There are few significant side effects of the coffee itself, although the side effects from normal coffee and from caffeine are present. There is also the potential for side effects from the carb blocker
Is Valentus Slim Roast Coffee Worth It?
With Valentus Slim Roast Coffee, you’re basically drinking coffee that has a variety of different ingredients added in, most of which are herbs. The basic idea is that some of these ingredients may possibly help with weight loss or mental ability.
Yet, in most cases, the research is incredibly limited. So, you’re basically drinking these extra compounds in the hope that they offer some health benefits.
Honestly, that’s not the greatest plan, especially when there is the potential for side effects.
Now, the various Valentus Slim Roast Coffee reviews do suggest that some people do lose weight, although it isn’t clear whether this is from the coffee directly or from changes to their behaviors.
Even if it was the coffee, the product still doesn’t seem worth it.
After all, if you buy one packet at a time and drink two cups a day, you’re essentially paying around $4 a day for your coffee. That’s like going out and buying a cup of coffee every day.
Buying multiple packs at a time does decrease the unit cost of the coffee but either way, it is still expensive. Honestly, the price would be unsustainable for most people. And that really eliminates the point.
When it comes to successful weight loss, you really want something you can sustain over time. Otherwise, you’ll find that you lose the weight and then put it back on once you change your patterns.
Drinking a specific type of coffee each day may seem realistic but it isn’t really clear what effects this could have after a year or two. Plus, you might find yourself having to stop if money becomes tight or if the company goes out of business.
So instead, it’s worth getting it right from the start.
On this site, we believe that the answer lies in lifestyle, rather than in diets. The diet mentality is why so many of us don’t lose weight and instead we need to focus on sustainable techniques.
That’s why many people turn to specific lifestyles instead – ones that fit in with their own needs and strengths. Some key examples include intermittent fasting, vegan, paleo, ketosis and low carb, but there are others out there too.
More than anything, the idea is to figure out a lifestyle that is going to work for you in the long-term. So, it should allow you to eat healthily and lose weight, without being tortured each day.
Doing this will be much more powerful, much healthier and be much less expensive than buying Valentus Slim Roast Coffee or any other ‘quick fix’ diet product.
At the same time, if you want the weight loss advantages of coffee, you're better off sticking to high quality regular coffee. Not only is this safer but it's likely to taste better as well.
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