“ Manufacturer: Bio-Synergy / Type: Water „
Today I am reviewing a product I tried out a few times:
Bio Synergy Skinny Water
Why did I buy this?
I bought this at Superdrug in Decembre 2008 and was drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
The word "Skinny" just jumped into my face. I have gone through immense trouble to loose a lot of weight in the last few years and now everything that claims to keep me skinny gets my attention straight away - please give me kudos for being so honest ;)
The bright turquoise colour of the bootle also caught my attention.
As I mentioned before, the bottle is kept in bright turquoise and really jumps at you. The writing is yellow and red and the cap is red.
The word "bio" is see-through so you can have a look at the 'skinny water'.
In yellow writing it says "skinny water - naturally enriched" with a picture of a measuring tape saying "slimming aid" in yellow next to it.
The right writing says "Unique formula containing L-Carnitine and Chromium to reduce sugar cravings & improve the body's ability to burn fat - Water with a hint of Pomegranate & with sweetener - No added sugar".
On the back of the bottle is an awful lot of writing that aims to persuade you of it's usefuleness.
"Bio-Synergy Skinny Water is a spring water that has been enhanced with a unique combination of ingredients to help YOU lose and maintain YOUR weight. Skinny Water's ingredients have been shown to suppress appetite, block carbohydrates from making it the perfect compliment to a healthy lifestyle."
There are also some "Did you know?"-information bits telling us that "L-Carnitine is found naturally in the body where it assists turning fat into energy" and that Chromium helps burn carbohydrates and reduce sugar cravings.
The bottle contains 500ml.
The beverage is suitable for vegetarians.
Energy kJ/kcal - 39kJ / 9kcal
Protein - Trace
Carbohydrate - 1.3g
of which sugars - 1.1.g
Fat - Trace
Of which saturates - Nil
Fibre - Nil
Sodium - Trace
Chromium - 200 qg
L-Carnitine - 500mg
Spring water. pomegranate juice from concentrate (2%), citric acid, L-Carnitine Tartrate, Preservatives (Dimethyl Dicarbonate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate), Natural Flavourings, Sweetener (Sucralose), Chromium Polynicotinate.
There defenitely was something of a taste - but I wouldn't go as far as saying it was a pleasant taste of pomegranate. I tasted something sweet, but it was more like a very weak and stale mix of berries and lemons.
It was not very refreshing nor tasty.
Does it work?
Well - I guess to see if it helps you to stay slim or even get slimmer, i'd have to try it out long-term, but I only tried two bottles.
At £0.99 a bottle it is not terribly expensive, but not cheap enough to have two bottles every day, so even if I had it available close to me I wouldn't drink it all the time for the sake of my wallet.
Still, I did notice that it reduced my appetite in the same way as the cranberry slimming water from Tesco does. The water somehow feels like it coats my tongue and that slightly confuses my tastebuds. That effect does help and stays for about half an hour, so I recommend buying a bottle and taking little sips throughout the day.
I recommend it - but don expect miracles!
Every year when the weather warms up I face my traditional yearly panic at the thought of having to venture out of doors without all of my many protective layers to hide in, and make the decision to do something about it once and for all.
After having grown tired of my new exercise and diet regime within a week I went to Holland and Barrett and asked for some easy slimming suggestions. One of the most interesting things I left the shop with was a bottle of Bio Synergy Skinny Water for 99p.
I didn't need any persuading when the H & B assistant pointed out Skinny Water, as I'd wanted to try it for ages. Quite a while ago it seemed to be a fad amongst Hollywood celebs, the gossip magazines printed pictures of Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz and Liz Hurley drinking Skinny Water, and I kept an eye out for it but never saw any (I think only the swankier supermarkets stocked it then). I was pleased to finally get my hands on some.
The Skinny Water bottle looks very bright and attractive. It's a clear plastic bottle designed with a dip in the middle which makes it comfortable to hold. The plastic wrapper is bright aqua blue and the screw-top cap is raspberry coloured. Some of the text is also in raspberry and the rest is in bright yellow. The brand name is in large yellow letters and is very easy to see.
The drink mentions on the packaging that it is a slimming aid. There are motivational slogans too like 'Body Perfect' and 'Make It Happen'. It's described as 'a spring water that has been enhanced with a unique combination of ingredients to help you lose and maintain your weight. Skinny Water's (their use of apostrophe, not mine!) ingredients have been shown to suppress appetite, block carbohydrates from converting into fat and increase fat burning, making it the prefect compliment to a healthier lifestyle.'
The drink contains L-Carnitine and Chromium which are meant to reduce sugar cravings and burn carbs, concentrated pomegranate juice for flavour, and sweeteners (sucralose). Each 500ml bottle contains 9 calories and a trace of salt and fat. The sell by date is about a year, and the makers recommend the drink should be consumed within 3 days. They also recommend drinking 4 bottles a day and following a healthy lifestyle to lose weight.
The drink itself is clear coloured like regular water and has a mild pomegranate taste. It is a still water drink.
Skinny Water passed the taste test with flying colours, I found it to be a really nice flavour. I often find pomegranate flavoured drinks taste a bit dry, but in this case the taste was subtle, fruity, sweeter than I've found in brands like Pom, and genuinely refreshing especially when chilled. I think it's actually the nicest flavoured water I've had. At 99p it's also competitively priced.
I did a bit of online research into Skinny Water. It has its own site which mainly focuses on its TV, magazine and celebrity endorsements, which I can hardly complain about as it was seeing a photo of Jennifer Aniston drinking a bottle which initially caught my interest! The brand does seem to be aimed at impressionable celebrity-obsessed young women, perfectly illustrated by their choice of brand 'ambassador', an ex-Hollyoaks actress.
I read a lot of consumer testimonials from people claiming that they no longer feel hungry between meals thanks to Skinny Water and have lost weight, but expert opinion appears to be dubious about Skinny Waters' claims to help weightloss, and I did notice that the makers cleverly mention that 'following numerous studies chromium has received approval from the FDA in the US.' If you were to read that quickly you could think it meant the drink itself has approval. The nutritional experts say that Skinny Water is just a gimmick and is making misleading claims about being a slimming aid as they have not actually conducted any studies to find out if their product works.
I think it could work - if you follow the advice to lead a healthy lifestyle too! By itself I don't think you would see any difference unless you were substituting Skinny Water for a drink with a higher calorie content. Even though it only has 9 calories a bottle, they recommend four bottles a day which would add up to a lot of extra cals in a week.
I have bought Skinny Water again merely for the taste of the drink though I admit I can feel a twinge of embarrassment walking round with such a blatant diet product in my hand! I wouldn't use it as a slimming aid though. Free tap water would probably do better for that purpose.
Skinny Water costs 99p per 500ml bottle and is widely available on the high street, it's also possible to buy in bulk from Amazon or eBay. The brand also includes a Pink Grapefruit version, its own Skinny Cola and a 'Body Perfect' supplement.
Skinny water is A low-calorie water with a combination to help you lose weight, keep weight off and helps turn fat into energy. It is advised that you should drink one bottle of skinny water a day.
I first tasted this yesterday I've only drank it once so I can't comment on It's ability to help weight loss. I can however comment on some of the things the brand claims.
The bottle is long and slender the one i got was 500ml. The packaging is very eye catching which of ofcourse makes it very noticable if you're drinking it outside. The lid is pink and the body is light blue, yellow and navy. It has alot of information on it reguarding the taste, how it works and the ingrediants.
I purchased mine from tescos for only 99p! this is the cheapest i've seen it sold for so far.
The taste smell and look:
It tastes like pomegranate and the water is very shinny, it almost looks like plastic. The taste isn't the most pleasant but it's not disgusting. It's very sweet and it also smells very sweet and the taste does get better the more you drink.
Skinny water contains:
L-Carnitine and Chromium: I've seen these mentioned in many magazines and they have been proven to aid in weight loss and reduce sugar cravings. That's mostly what attracted me to skinny water.
Having tried skinny water i've decided I would buy it again and would most definetly recommend it to someone. I can confirm it does help with lack of energy because i was up at 3:00 in the morning cleaning my room lol. How ever I would not recommend it to someone that has high energy to drink it near bed time. I also didn't have as many cravings as I usually have.