“Plexus ruined my life” – Have you ever heard this before and wondered how this can ruin a person’s life, especially if it is a weight loss drink or supplement?

Do you or someone you know need to lose weight, and Plexus has been recommended but you are not sure whether to use it because you have heard negative reviews about Plexus and people described the weight loss program as being awful for them?

Well, don’t worry, we will clarify your doubt and answer all the questions you might have concerning this topic – “How Plexus Ruined My Life”.

This article shows some reviews from past and present Plexus users, how the weight loss drink affected them, and how they coped with it to become hale and hearty again.

My article covers ‘how Plexus ruined your life’ stories, and what to do to recover from any damages Plexus caused.

We move!

 

What is Plexus?

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Plexus is a dietary supplement company best known for its “pink drink” — Plexus Slim Hunger Control — a powdered supplement meant to suppress appetite and help you lose weight. 

Over the past few years, the company’s product line has greatly expanded to include items like the Plexus Block, which is purported to help metabolize carbohydrates, and Plexus Accelerator, which claims to boost metabolism and burn fat.

Despite their popularity, you may be wondering how come the title of this article - How plexus ruined my life….

Despite the company being known for its weight loss and bold health claims, many complaints have been made against them and its customers rated their experience with its products as devastating.

 

Plexus Company reputation

Plexus operates using a multi-level marketing (MLM) structure. This means that products are largely marketed and sold by brand ambassadors.

Like many other MLMs, the company makes extravagant claims about brand ambassadors’ profit-making capability. However, according to the Plexus website, the average brand ambassador made just $544 over the year in 2020.

What’s more, brand ambassadors are Plexus customers, rather than qualified healthcare professionals. This can be dangerous, as brand ambassadors often recommend products to new customers despite lacking proper education on nutrition and supplements.

The company is also known to make bold claims regarding the effectiveness of its products without clinical evidence or third-party testing to support them.

Furthermore, in 2020, Plexus received a letter of warning from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding social media posts that claimed that Plexus products could help treat or prevent COVID-19.

With such big claims, many customers are enticed by Plexus products and brand ambassadorship. However, evidence supporting the income of brand ambassadors and the effectiveness of Plexus products is lacking.

And there have been many disputes, lawsuits, and complaints against Plexus by their customers. What is happening? Was it all a sham? Doesn’t it work at all? Well, keep reading to find out.

 

Plexus Ruined My Life! – How Can a Weight Loss Drink or Supplement Ruin Someone’s Life?

Although the Plexus System may help some individuals lose weight rapidly, it has certain drawbacks which are very serious.

“Plexus ruined my life” – People who made this statement were followed up and asked why they said; ‘Plexus ruined my life’, to make sure their claims were true, and it was verified that the majority who made this statement was able to verify that Plexus did a great deal of damage to them.

And now, I will drop the verified experiences of these people who said that Plexus was no good for them so that you can see or read for yourself how legit the statement; “Plexus ruined my life” is;

  • A guest post from Lydia Allen. Here’s her personal narrative on the latest Plexus health craze:

“I wanted to share something that happened to me in 2014. Some of you won’t believe me, but some of you might.”

“I was overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy. I felt like there was no escape from the way my life was going, and how bad I was eating. Not only was it affecting me, but also my entire family. I was not able to play sports without losing my breath after 20 minutes. I could not even look at myself in the mirror without being completely disgusted at what I saw.”

“I started Plexus at the beginning of July. I only took the drink till some time in October. I felt great when I started. Felt like a new me. I had energy, I could stay awake with hardly any sleep due to my fairly new born child. I lost 20 pounds just in those few months. But during those months, I noticed I would get these weird pains in my abdomen that would last a few minutes then go away.”

“As the months went on they became more frequent and lasted longer as well. I had at least 5 or more of these until the point where I went to the ER for the first time in October. I had such an enormous amount of pain for days before going to the hospital. I thought I could handle it, but honestly I just knew my husband and I couldn’t afford the medical bills because we didn’t have insurance. So I stayed in pain for days attempting to do my normal routine, but I couldn’t even hold my daughter to breastfeed her.”

“So we get to the ER and they immediately had to give me morphine just to get me to relax long enough for them to get my blood to start testing for possible issues. I had X-rays, ultrasounds, and a couple other machines test me. All they could say was that they were puzzled and had no idea why I was in pain. At first, they said it was my gallbladder, that it was only 8% functioning and that I needed to have it removed as soon as possible. This was their diagnosis after 4 days. I was prepped for surgery and everything and then my surgeon said he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. He didn’t think it was necessary and that he felt the doctors rushed this.”

“So no surgery. They finally released me. Thought I was fine and went home and back to my normal routine. I also quit taking Plexus after the first visit to the ER.”

“Then in November it happened again. That pain came back and it was worse than ever been before. So again to the ER we went and again they were baffled by my situation and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. They did notice however that my liver enzymes were extremely high the first and second time. (Normal level is 25-50 count and mine was in the THOUSANDS!)”

“They could not however figure out why they were so high.  They called the specialist to come look at my charts and he tells me the ingredients in Plexus were causing my liver to fail.”

“I told him I stopped taking it.  He told me it would take 2-3 months for it to completely get out of my system. But if I kept taking it, it would get worse. Obviously I was scared out of my mind. Not only for my health, but my daughter’s as well. I had breastfed her the entire time.”

“I had no more pain after the last visit. But  now we are still having to pay for the medical bills I acquired during this whole ordeal. It put my family in a financial bind.”

“This is why I want to seek justice. I feel so vulnerable and so used by Plexus Worldwide. I’m so angry that they know these things are happening to people but they don’t care.”

“I’m not the only one that has had this issue and I won’t be the last. But I’m hoping this message is getting through to most of you.”

“Lose weight the right way. Stop being lazy or making excuses as to why you can’t lose the weight. Just do it. Please share with your family and friends and get the word out. I don’t want this happening to anyone else. If my word can protect someone from all this then I’ll share with anyone.”

  • Read this other one by Kayleen Schaefer:

From her Ottawa home, Kaitlin sat in front of her computer in 2015, intently taking notes as she watched her webinar instructor list a number of medical conditions on a whiteboard. Thyroid disease. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Crohn’s disease. Autism. High blood pressure.

Kaitlin and the seven other participants, all watching over Skype, hurriedly jotted down the ailments. The instructor assigned each attendee five of the conditions she'd listed, then asked the participants to research their symptoms and report back at the next meeting.

Kaitlin, 36, already knew the symptoms for PCOS: that’s why she was part of the webinar in the first place. When Kaitlin started gaining weight after her diagnosis, she’d vented to a close friend about the self-consciousness that accompanied her extra pounds.

Try Plexus, he suggested. It had helped his wife, who’d lost 10 pounds thanks to the weight-loss shake—a powdered supplement made from fiber, minerals, and caffeine that claims to help with digestion.

The supplement, sold from a private rep, cost Kaitlin $69.95 a month; once she added in a probiotic, a carb blocker (a type of supplement that claims to stop carb digestion), and a few other Plexus products, all recommended by her sales rep, Kaitlin’s monthly cost rose to over $200.

There was a way she could offset the cost, though. If she sold the products herself, she’d earn credits for her own Plexus order, and potentially make a profit. So she signed up as a Plexus rep, which led her to the Skype training seminar—and her instructor’s homework.

While the official Plexus manual didn’t tell reps to specifically target friends and acquaintances with health problems, “it got around hush-hush,” Kaitlin says. “It was something that people knew, but didn't talk about.”

At her next Plexus webinar, after Kaitlin and her fellow participants shared what they'd discovered about the various ailments assigned by their instructor, they realized that—surprise—many have similar symptoms. A lot of exhaustion, “low energy, brain fog, or aches and pains,” Kaitlin says.

Keep a list of these symptoms handy, the instructor encouraged them. It would help the reps market to the widest possible audience. And since Plexus products aren’t FDA-approved, as long as the reps didn’t promise that Plexus could cure or help with any particular disease, they’d keep Plexus out of murky legal waters.

If they focused on the symptoms, not the condition, they’d be safe. (Supplement manufacturers are technically required to prove to the FDA that their claims are true, according to an FDA spokesperson—but are not required to submit that proof before bringing a product to market.)

“My job was to get people talking about their health troubles, and get them to try Plexus."

“The idea was like this: Everybody in your entire life would be healthier and feel better if they started taking Plexus,” Kaitlin says. “My job as a Plexus ambassador was to get people talking about their health troubles, and try to get them to try Plexus.” But “you had to sell the product vaguely,” Kaitlin says.

So she turned to social media, where she could sell the products and keep an eye out for acquaintances who might be suffering from (and posting about) things like “brain fog” and “low energy.” And Facebook allowed her to show off her healthy lifestyle, thanks to her daily supplements. “I made a lot of cringe-worthy Facebook posts for a few months,” she recalls.

“We were encouraged to make at least one Plexus post a day, and one ‘real’ post to prevent our social circle from unfollowing us. So post a pic of your kid or your dog, or being out at dinner—and then do a Plexus post.”

Direct sales or multi-level-marketing companies (MLMs) are built on relationships: The whole idea is that someone is going to be more swayed by a personal recommendation over a cold sales pitch.

One of the first steps for a new direct sales rep is to list all the family, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues they could sell their product to. In the '50s and '60s, reaching out to these connections meant women would invite their neighbors to their homes to gamely try out, and hopefully buy, lipsticks or Tupperware.

These companies also skew female: While the exact number of women involved in direct sales is unknown, about one in seven U.S. households include someone involved in direct sales, and 92 percent of in-home sales parties are thrown by women. Historically, MLMs have pitched themselves as a path to financial independence for women. Working for a direct sales company is a way to run your own businesses, you’re told. You’ll earn money selling the products, but you’ll earn even more by enlisting other sales reps. Fifty-five years after Mary Kay Ash founded her direct sales makeup line, this idea still appeals to those who want to bring in income but also stay home with their kids, even though earning much money in a MLM is highly unlikely. (Research published by critics of the direct-sales industry found that up to 99 percent of reps don’t earn any income at all.)

But just as our online communities are replacing real-life connections, the MLM model has also moved into our feeds. To appeal to online friends and acquaintances, reps for weight loss MLM companies like Shakeology and Herbalife won’t just directly pitch their companies’ shakes or soup mixes; they’ll also share various aspect of their lives to show the success of their products.

These online overtures vary wildly, from messages from connections you haven’t spoken in years (“Hey girl! How are you?? Have you heard about Skinny Body?”) to Facebook Live videos that resemble QVC shows, to catalog-quality Instagram photos. (Currently, Facebook is a far more popular sales ground, but many reps are also using Instagram too.)

The most successful MLM agents have an artful take: They’re cheery women who simply appear to be living—and documenting—their best lives, all while using whatever they’re selling. This approach often works much better than reps who cold message their network out of the blue. (One rep called that strategy “disgusting—like you’re trying to get to third base right away.”)

Reps' acquaintances can’t be sure whether they’re seen as a friend or a mark.

And since a lot of what’s on the direct-sales lineup these days falls under the general umbrella of health and wellness—essential oils, supplements, weight-loss shakes, skin-firming body wraps—our social feeds reflect more salespeople showcasing their active lifestyles and taut bodies.

Katelyn Bednarczyk, a 27-year-old nurse practitioner in Chicago, started selling Herbalife products during graduate school. She was told “to portray my life like a reality TV star on social media,” she says. “Show your every move, and always incorporate Herbalife in to it.”

That led to her buying Herbalife-branded clothing and water bottles to pose with, plus stripping down to her underwear to show off her weight loss. “You don't realize who can see that, and who can show your boss at your workplace until you're called in the office and advised that ‘probably isn't a good idea,’” she says.

“We teach them how to authentically connect with people—not in an icky way,” says Kristina Swift, vice president of sales for weight-loss brand Isagenix, which encourages its reps to post pictures of themselves working out or having healthy snacks. “When they're clearly living the life they want to live, it might take time, but eventually their friends will say, ‘I want some of that. I want to feel that.’ ”

Accompanying the pressure to show your “best life” is the pressure to keep up your personal brand. Lindsey Wheeler, a stay-at-home-mom in her forties who lives outside Seattle, was one of the first sales reps for LuLaRoe, a clothing line known for its boldly printed workout leggings. (The company is currently facing at least a dozen lawsuits, some alleging that it’s a pyramid scheme, which LuLaRoe denies.)

Lindsey realized the potential of Facebook early on. “I thought, ‘Hey, this is a tool,” she says. “If I don’t put something out there, I've lost that opportunity. I have five minutes; I can take a pictures.” She enlisted her 4-year-old daughter to help by teaching her to use her iPhone. “Tap Mommy’s face,” she’d say, while the camera focused.

As more direct sales reps market to both friends and “friends” via social media, a digital tangle has emerged: Reps might blend into acquaintances’ networks as just another personality, while those acquaintances can’t be sure whether they’re seen as a friend or a mark.

When Los Angeles-based writer Andie Huber was unknowingly added to a nutrition-themed Facebook group by a friend, Andie stuck around because she felt awkward leaving. But she soon got sucked in, as the Isagenix sales reps kept posting “before” and “after” shots of a woman named Amber. She looks amazing, Andie thought, and bought a batch of shakes from her friend.

Instead of turning into Amber, Andie just felt hungry, and too tired to exercise. Who was this Amber, she wondered, and did she only rely on the shakes? Andie's friend admitted that Amber also ran five miles a day. “I felt like I was lied to make money,” Andie says. “It felt dirty.”

“I felt like I was lied to make money. It felt dirty."

This contentious atmosphere has led to an inevitable backlash. Now there’s even a Facebook support group for former MLM-ers, called “Sounds Like MLM But OK,” with almost 63,000 members. Its guidelines read: We want this to be a safe and fun place to discuss and learn about multilevel marketing companies (MLM's) and their poor business structure, obnoxious marketing practices, and all around awful nature.

This is also a place to vent about your #bossbabe "friends" you haven't talked to since 5th grade but have a wonderful opportunity for you! 

One of the members posted a screenshot of an essential oils sales rep preying on a worried mom: Hey Lady, I saw your post about your son’s condition and I was just wondering if you had ever thought about essential oils? It might help him calm down if you have to give him shots! Let me know if you’re interested!

The mom’s reply: Hey Girl, I saw this text and wondered if you had ever considered eating my entire ass. Fuck off.

While some users have become more actively vocal about wanting to be left alone by MLM reps, many of those reps maintain they’re just trying to do their jobs. Nashville-based Cheurice Prince sells Younique Cosmetics, a brand that touts its “in-house scientific team” and the research that informs its products. (“Our goal is to provide healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics,” the site reads.)

It also describes itself as “the first direct sales company to market and sell almost exclusively through the use of social media.” If someone on her feed posted about landing a new job, Cheurice says, the likes would roll in. “People are like, ‘Yay!’ ” she says. “But if you say you launched your own business through a MLM, you’ll get like three likes, because there’s this stigma.”

Some of Cheurice’s college friends unfollowed her when she started selling Younique Cosmetics. (She currently has over 11,000 Facebook followers.) That was hard, says Cheurice, who calls herself #makeupmama, and often makes videos to help sell Younique—but she kept up her posts, showing other women how she manages to integrate mascara and concealer in her hectic life with her husband and kids.

She’ll occasionally pull her family in front of the camera with her. “My husband will hop on a live video and let me do his makeup,” she says. “It's like the Kardashians. You love them or you hate them, but you can't stop watching. They do such a good job of sharing their life.”

Then a friend posted an essay in her feed, written by Andie Huber, the Los Angeles writer unwittingly drawn into the nutrition Facebook group, called “If Another Mom Tries to Sell Me Something on Facebook, I’m Going to Lose It.” It said, in part: “To people pushing product on Facebook, you read it here: enough. If you want to be my friend then don’t sell me something. And if you think I need an energy boost or an eye cream or sparkly bracelet, then buy it for me because that’s what friends do, not the other way around.”

After Cheurice read Andie's essay, she made a different style of video. In it, she's barely wearing makeup and has wrapped a towel around her wet hair. "I had to delete a friend yesterday," she says to the camera, her Southern-accented voice quavering. "And I hate how much it's bothered me, but I'm going to share this, okay?

She shared an article about how much she hates moms on Facebook selling stuff, and it crushed me...We're moms selling things on Facebook because sometimes it's our only choice." Cheurice's eyes are wet with tears as she talks about how she only made $500 in 2017—after subtracting daycare costs—from her full-time teaching job. Then she segues into how passionate she is about Younique. "I'm not selling you poop in a pretty little package," she says. "I'm selling you something that I love."

“Do not go on Facebook and try to make me feel bad about what I do,” she concludes. “Don’t, okay? Because I’m supporting my family the best way I know how.” The video got 2.2 million views and over 2,000 comments, most of them encouraging Cheurice to “Preach it sista!!” or calling her beautiful.

One woman wrote, “You look like Mila Kunez (or however you spell that)!!” Cheurice is proud that she spoke out, and isn’t about to stop selling Younique. “You have to push through those emotional moments and see the big picture,” she says.

Some MLM-ers have found that their sales gigs are impacting not just far-flung connections, but their closest relationships.

After selling—and posting about—Herbalife for a few months, Katelyn B.'s family expressed concerns that the products were made from harmful ingredients. They didn’t want her using them, or convincing other people to use them. Her boyfriend thought she spent too much time posting on social media; he didn’t think the products worked, either, and refused to try them. They began to fight more frequently.

The disapproval from Katelyn B.’s partner and family impacted how she ran her business. “I felt ashamed and embarrassed anytime I had to make a post for Herbalife,” she says. “Even at work, when people asked me how it was going, or they noticed my posts, I cringed.” (She and her boyfriend eventually broke up, a split she attributes in part to her direct-sales job. But she didn’t quit selling Herbalife until her taxes showed her that her side gig actually cost her $2,000.)

“I felt ashamed and embarrassed anytime I had to make a post for Herbalife."

Over her year and a half as a Plexus sales rep, Kaitlin experienced similarly fraught interactions. Her parents and her best friend refused to buy the products. Her siblings were “horrified,” she says. “I had a massive fight with my brother.

My sister kept trying to make me see the light about MLMs, and we stopped talking.” She alienated coworkers, too, as she realized that some co-workers were actively avoiding her. Despite all of this, her last-straw moment echoes Katelyn B.’s: Kaitlin finally quit when she realized Plexus had cost her almost $6,000.

She still hasn’t widely spread the news that she’s no longer an MLM-er, though. “I'm at a place now where I'm getting comfortable telling people I quit,” she says. “But I still feel awkward. How do I say to people I approached previously: Hey, don't worry, I'm not going to try and sell you stuff?”

  • My 30 Day Experiment With The Popular Pink Drink From Plexus By Rebecca Huff1https://www.thatorganicmom.com/plexus-fail-30-day-experiment-popular-pink-drink/:

Thoughts Before Plexus

Various Plexus Ambassadors have reached out to me about trying plexus supplements in the last year.  After hearing dozens of testimonies, including my own sister in law, seeing countless video testimonials, including a couple from people whose ministry I have followed for two decades, I decided to give Plexus Slim a try. 

The final decision was made after discussing it with my sister in law. If it can improve her health with the challenges she faces, surely it will help me! Not only because I need to lose some weight, I have a health plan for that which I follow. Mainly, I want to try it because I feel so tired and lack the energy a healthy person my age should have.

My health issues, as far as I know right now include Adrenal Insufficiency and Thyroid disorder.  I’ve been dealing with Adrenal Insufficiency/ Adrenal Fatigue for about the last 3-4 years.  It starts to improve a little then I either do too much, have a stressful life event, or something else causes a set-back and I crash.  Also, doctors who treat AF are not usually affordable.

Also, my thyroid levels are sluggish.  In May 2016 I ran out of my thyroid medication and was some extra stress. At the same time, due to financial reasons and the fact that my insurance didn’t cover any of my visits, I was desperately needing to change doctors. I have been off of my thyroid meds since May and I have gained about 15-20 pounds in 3 months.

In July, I began seeking treatment at a new doctor’s office in hopes of getting things back on track.  I had blood work done on July 12 and had a follow up to get my new thyroid prescription, which I started taking today.

If I DO end up losing the weight I gained so rapidly while off my thyroid medication, it will be harder for me to decide if the loss is due to Plexus or my thyroid medication. That is another hesitation for me, but I’m so tired of being tired.

Energy is my goal. Right now, I feel like I need to get everything done by 3 pm at the latest or I won’t be able to finish my tasks.  Typically, I have to muster up the strength to finish dinner and get the kitchen back in order then I just go lay down directly after because I’m too tired to think.

For the last several weeks my weight fluctuates between 175-178 even though I am following a healthy eating plan that I have used to help dozens of other women to lose weight.  This is an all-time high for me. But here we go…

I put the 30-day journal HERE so that readers would not have to scroll through my 30 days of food & exercise journal and my weigh-ins to get to my Plexus review.

My thoughts after 30 Days on Plexus

I’m disappointed to report that other than frequent headaches, the “Pink Drink” made no noticeable or documentable improvement on my weight or health.

I rarely ever got headaches until Plexus.   I’m one of those people that just doesn’t get headaches.  The first week of the drink, I got headaches every single day. 

If I followed my own instincts, I would have tried to return the product right away but I kept doing what the Ambassadors encourage you to do: keep taking the products and wait for the magic.

Any complaint of headaches are said to be from a die-off reaction and users are encouraged to continue giving it a chance.  Against my intuition, or maybe I should say, out of sheer desperation, I continued to take the supplement, even though I had and still have misgivings about the company and the product.

After a week passed I didn’t have a headache every single day, but they were still occurring randomly which was a definite side effect as I am not the kind of person who really ever gets headaches.

Coincidentally, I had just visited my doctor for blood work on 7/12/16 and I began taking Plexus on 8/6/16.   I had a follow up with my doctor on 8/30/16 so I was able to use actual documented test results to measure any changes.

There were none.

For the comments from Plexus sales folk that usually comes on the heels of a “Plexus did nothing for me” testimonial; I would also like to confirm that I do not have Candida. I have been tested by a doctor and the test came back negative.  I also do not have cravings for sugar, I haven’t had a soda of any kind for well over a decade.  I do not eat sugar.

I would also like to say that I DO realize that Plexus is at best a “supplement” and not a “magic potion” and that for weight-loss supplements to do cause weight loss, a healthy balanced diet is an important key. A key that I already have in place.

Although, again, I was not primarily using the product for weight loss, instead I was hoping to gain energy. Instead, the opposite happened.

During the 30 days I was on Plexus my energy levels dropped alarmingly. I actually had my husband drive me to the walk-in clinic at one point because I had heart-attack-like symptoms. That was towards the end.

I believe by providing my journal, you can see that I did not eat junk. I ate a balanced, mostly organic, primarily whole foods diet with moderate-sized portions. I drank plenty of water. I do not drink juice or soda.

As for giving it the chance to do its work. I believe that $158 and 30 days is giving it a chance. Although, truthfully, I spent well over $300 because I signed up first just as a customer, then (because of course I was going to succeed and sell this product later) I upgraded to “be legit” as an Ambassador.

Even a fellow health nut who is one of my closest friends, (hi Samantha) told me that I should avoid it because everything about it goes against my principles. I still tried it, that’s how desperate I was for something that would work.

Watch the video below to know more about plexus side effects:

YouTube video

 

What Will Happen If You Take Too Many Plexus Products and What Should You Do After?

Plexus products are particularly high in fructose, a simple sugar linked to negative health effects such as diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity2https://thevagrantwriter.com/2015/06/15/how-plexus-ruined-my-life-by-lydia-allen/. So, consuming too many Plexus products could lead to negative health effects like the ones you have seen in this post.

 

How Plexus Ruined my Life and What I Did About It to Recover

I am sorry that I cannot cite my personal experience with Plexus because I have never used it in my life, but I have gone through users’ reviews and seen why those with negative reviews said; ‘Plexus ruined my life’.

I have posted some of their reviews in this post above, so you can check their reviews and see why they said; ‘Plexus ruined my life’.

But I am not going through how Plexus ruined my life experiences again, but rather I want to let you know now how to recover, after the Plexus experience.

To recover, please read through this article, because you will get info on how to cope and recover from the trauma caused by Plexus, especially from the experiences of Plexus’s users which have been inserted into this post. So, you can go through their experiences and check what they did to cope and recover.

Ingredients in Plexus Products that I’d rather skip. 

  • Polydextrose – Ambassadors have responded to a comment via Facebook stating that this is sourced from non-GMO corn. I’ve also been told that there IS in fact proof somewhere, I have just never been able to get anyone to share that proof with me. At this point even if I did obtain the information, I would not change my opinion, due to my experience.
  • Citric Acid – depends on the source whether I will use it or not. The information available from one of the sales-pitch people says that she personally spoke to a person in the know who said that while the supplier is not certified organic, they are of an organic mindset. (This made me laugh)
  • Natural Flavors – usually code for “we prefer not to disclose” but the Plexus Headquarters says, “The natural flavors in Slim are Natural flavors from mulberry, blueberry, stevia, and monk fruit.” My question is, then why not put that on the label? Because lies.

I read a testimony from an ambassador who lost weight, but after asking about her diet and lifestyle found that she was also juicing, supplementing with green powders and taking additional herbal preparations, etc.

Let me say that again juicing and herbal preparations will help heal your body WITHOUT Plexus!

Plexus will have little if any impact if not paired with a healthy lifestyle. Any honest Plexus sales folk will tell you this and it even says so on the website. Here’s my question: why not just spend that money on buying more healthy foods and/or supplements that do not have the price spiked for Multi-Level-Marketing purposes?3https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a22749385/direct-sales-social-media-friendship/

Yes, this thought should always cross your mind before buying it, even though you are desperately trying to feel better.

Plexus is not sustainable. If you can lose weight by altering your eating habits, why spend the money on an expensive drink powder weight loss aid?  If you must continue taking the product to sustain the results, can you continue to pay the high monthly price for your weight management?

 

I’m Not Selling Plexus By Rebecca Huff

AFTER I purchased Plexus and began experiencing some unpleasant side effects, I told my friends about it. That’s when other people started sharing their experiences with me. Some say it gave them headaches, heart palpitations, and nervousness.

Plexus has a 3-day decision pack and a 7-day trial pack.  So two of my friends shared that they did the 7-day trial and GAINED weight

One cited reason “it didn’t work for them” is because they should have taken “fill-in-the-blank-with-another-PLEXUS-product-here” in addition to the Plexus Slim. Does it work by itself or doesn’t it?

Plexus Ambassadors explained to my friends that “it didn’t work” because they did not give it a chance. (if it takes more than 7 days to see a difference, why does Plexus Worldwide sell the trial pack) Having noted this discrepancy, I would like to remind you, I tried it for 30 days.

Although, my sister in law and many others do say that it took them several months (like 4-6 months) to feel “the difference”…

Are you willing to pay $89-150 per month for half a year to find out if it will eventually work for you? If so, go for it. I’m not willing. I even have a month’s supply of unused products that I will not be taking.

Where do all the negative testimonials go?  They’re out there. Many “negative” Plexus reviews are simply Ambassadors actually using clever headlines to get people to read their sales pitch.

Many posts about Plexus are from people who really just want you to buy products from them so they can make money as Plexus tells them they will.  This is how many MLM’s get a bad reputation. Another way is actual PROBLEMS with the Products.

Honest bad reviews and complaints online are pushed down on Google search by clever managers and reputation management at Plexus. Go ahead, do a Google search; if you want to see the most current writings, click on Search Tools then click on the drop-down menu that starts with “any time” and click on “past month” or “past year” to get the most recent results.

The Better Business Bureau is a great place to start. Actually, I wish in the midst of my desperation to feel better I had gone there first. Knowing that Plexus Worldwide is not BBB Accredited should influence consumer decision, but there are other businesses that are not accredited, so let’s skip that fact for the sake of fairness. 

Let’s just look at the total number of complaints filed. I mean seeing the sheer number of complaints where people actually felt the need to go to the BBB to take the time to go through the complaint process was an eye-opener that I should have looked at BEFORE wasting our money. My bad.

Get this.  A whopping 75% of customers say they are unlikely to recommend the product and over 75% say they were dissatisfied with their experience. Let the numbers speak louder than the sales pitch. Don’t take my word for it, go look for yourself.

If you want to compare the BBB rating to other diet or supplement companies, just type it in the search bar. For example, (I have never had an experience with these companies) look at Jenny Craig which rates an A+, or Weight Watchers a B-, take a look at Mercola Health A+ and IS accredited, Life Extension A+, Beach Body (another MLM) rates an A.  Need I go on?

Just being an MLM does not cause the rating to go down. Bad products and bad customer service do. People feeling ripped off enough to report to the BBB is what causes the rates to go down.

 

Final Note By Rebecca Huff

If you’ve even made it this far by reading this blog post, Congratulations!  Now, you may be thinking that I have some bad feelings about Plexus. Well, you’d be right, but I am only mad at myself for buying into it. I do not hold a grudge against anyone who tried to sell me products.

I was not coerced. I simply let my guard down out of desperation. I didn’t follow my instincts. I was human, I made a mistake. Just like lots of other people out there.

The sad part is that there are so many people in the world who are suffering from various illnesses who will end up wasting their money just like I did. Not a day passes that I don’t see a new marketing scheme on Facebook or other social media from Plexus. 

Keep in mind this is MY OPINION, my experience, and my story and there are plenty of Plexus stories out there. It is not my intention to discredit anyone who has had a pleasant experience with Plexus. Whether they are at the Diamond level or whatever, each person has their own testimony and experience. This is mine.

Feel free to leave your comments and experiences below, however, any hate speech or links to attempt to sell products will be promptly removed. We are, hopefully, all adults and can share our opinion without bullying and hate. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Plexus

Chromium alone can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Garcinia cambogia can lead to headaches and nausea, too. The green coffee extract can lead to many side effects similar to caffeine ingestion, such as restlessness and anxiety.

Do Plexus nutritional products have the usual shelf life (expiration date) of two years? Yes, the usual shelf life for Plexus nutritional products is two years, common for the industry.

The FDA issued a warning to Plexus in 2014 after it found that the company was marketing several products, including BioClense, ProBio5, and Fast Relief, illegally as drugs because it was making claims that the products could treat certain health conditions.

Plexus Slim was originally developed for diabetics to stabilize blood sugars. Three of the main ingredients listed are chromium, green coffee bean extract, and the fruit extract garcinia cambogia.

Additional resources and citations

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    https://www.thatorganicmom.com/plexus-fail-30-day-experiment-popular-pink-drink/
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    https://thevagrantwriter.com/2015/06/15/how-plexus-ruined-my-life-by-lydia-allen/
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    https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a22749385/direct-sales-social-media-friendship/
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