Shape Patch is a slimming patch produced in Miami, Florida, by C.R.A. International, who make some very bold claims for their product:
- Average weight loss is 1-2 kg a week
- America’s #1 weight loss patch
- Shape Patch results are permanent
No supporting evidence is offered to prove the weight loss claims and the manufacturer fails to say who states the patch is a no.1 product so we’re figuring it’s a self-awarded title.
The claim of permanent results is very ambitious and can only be taken with a very large pinch of salt. Bearing in mind the patches have been on the market since 1992, if they really are that good where’s the buzz? They should be taking the world by storm.
What is Shape Patch and how does it Work
Shape Patch is an appetite suppressing patch. The patch is applied to the body, the active ingredients are then absorbed through the skin, and—if the claims hold true—quickly suppress the appetite.
The manufacturer’s claims about the importance of exercise are particularly entertaining, whereas they accept exercise is good for the health they suggest that, for weight loss purposes, its more convenient to just slap on a patch and let it do all the work.
Using the analogy of a slice of pizza containing 250 calories, they first state it would take 29 minutes of walking to burn off the calories, and then state: “It makes sense to use Shape-PATCH to eat less pizza than to burn the same amount of calories by exercising.” If weight loss was as simple as that gymnasiums and pizza parlors would be going out of business all over the world.
- Hoodia Gordonii: An ingredient sourced from a succulent cactus-like plant. Tribes in South Africa have been using Hoodia for centuries to stave off hunger while traipsing across the desert, but the ingredient has failed to stand up to scrutiny in scientific tests.
- Garcinia Cambogia: The hydroxycitric acid in garcinia cambogia has a strong reputation for providing appetite suppression. Taken orally, the recommended daily dose is 2,500mg to 3,000mg. It seems unlikely that a patch could provide this amount.
- Bladderwrack: Rich in iodine, bladderwrack compounds are sometimes used to improve thyroid health. A healthy thyroid is important for a healthy metabolism and for this reason the ingredient is often used in weight loss formulations.
Garcinia cambogia is easily the best inclusion here, but it is hard to say how well it may perform when delivered via skin absorption. read more about Garcinia Cambogia
The Shape Patch website states the patch has proved its worth in three scientific studies. The site provides brief one paragraph summaries of the studies but fails to provide any links to prove they ever took place. We conducted extensive online searches and could not find any supporting evidence.
Patches are applied to clean skin and the effects last for 24 hours.[/info]
The Shape Patch website has an entire page crammed full of testimonials that are attributed to satisfied Shape Patch users.
A testimonial supposedly left by and Indian movie director reads:
[plain]“I tried so many different medicines and exercises, but none have helped me as much as Shape-PATCH. I lost 6 Kg. (13.2 Lb.) in one month.”[/plain]
Several testimonials are claimed to be from doctors, plastic surgeons, and personnel from big multi-national companies, but it all sounds a little too good to be true and it is worth noting many of the customer reviews left on the Shape Patch sales page at Amazon were less than complimentary, which may explain why the page has been deleted.
We could find only one independent review:
[plain]“Shape Patch Slimming patches did nothing, i managed to put on weight. didn’t do anything.”[/plain]
Side Effects & Health Issues
According to the manufacturers the possibility of skin irritation is the only risk involved, but bladderwrack contains iodine and high doses have been linked to goiter and thyroid cancer.
There is also some doubt about Hoodia Gordonii. In a letter to the New York Times a former hoodia researcher said there are indications it may have unwanted effects on the liver, so potential users are advised to seek medical advice prior to use.
Shape Patch Guarantee
A money back guarantee is offered and is good for all of seven days. Seven days! That’s the shortest guarantee we have ever encountered and is a token gesture at best; could it be the manufacturer is afraid to allow customers a longer evaluation period?
The Bottom Line
Some diet patches can and do produce good weight loss results, but we feel Shape Patch is unlikely to deliver anything but disappointment. Despite all the manufacturer’s lofty claims, we could find no independent proof that the patches work and some of their marketing statements are a big turn-off.
- It makes sense to use Shape Patch instead of exercising
- Permanent results
And backed up by a 7 day guarantee!
“Go the sure way! use Shape-PATCH! America’s #1 Weight Loss Patch!”
No. We don’t think so—buyer beware! Buyer look elsewhere; Shape Patch isn’t a patch on some of the alternatives.
Purchasing Options & Considerations
Shape Patch appears to be available from the product website, but the order form has the following statement above it
“This product is sold through our distributors. To place an order please contact us to send you the information about our distributor for your country.”
One month’s supply (30 patches) costs $49.95, which is quite pricey, but two months’ worth of patches cost $89 and customers receive a third month’s supply for free.
Alternative Slimming Patch
Slim Weight Patches contain a number of proven fat burning and weight loss aiding nutrients including Fucus Vesiculosus, 5-HTP, Guarana, YerbaMate and a fat burning RX blend consisting of Zinc Pyruvate, Flaxseed Oil, Lecithin, L-Carnitine and Zinc Citrate.