Being yet another product from the industry giant Advocare, Thermoplus enters the market with some solid credentials behind it – Advocate didn’t get to be this big for no good reason!
However, once you read the bottle's label of ‘vitamin and herbal dietary supplement’, the doubts begin to creep back in. It’s very rare to find a weight loss supplement worth the effort and money they require you to surrender – it’s even less likely to that you’re going to find this in a product that advertises itself as an all-natural solution.
There is still plenty of buzz around Advocare's Thermoplus botanical weight loss pills, so there’s a possibility that this supplement is worth investigating.
What is it?
The implication lies in the name, ‘Thermoplus’. This product is trying to insert itself into the supplement market alongside the hundreds of other products currently available that claim to harness thermogenic powers to boost your metabolism and burn fat.
Consumers are recommended to take one capsule of Advocare's Thermoplus per day, ideally taken thirty minutes before a meal.
It’s worth noting that this is a nice, low, infrequent dosing regimen. Many dietary supplements will require consumption on an almost extremely frequent level; whether this is to monopolize on how much product you must buy, or what it takes to get results, it's a conversation for a different article.
Thermoplus claims to help support the efficient functioning of your metabolism as well as suppress appetite. The supplements metabolic influence takes place through up-regulation of the amount of thermogenesis taking place in your body, essentially converting excess calories and fat into heat.
The reasoning behind Thermoplus’ supposed appetite suppressing effects is more elusive, however, and we seem to be lacking the basic information and explanation from the manufacturer.
It’s likely that a closer look at the ingredients within thermopiles will be able to give us a more complete picture of this product and how it works.
Does it Work?
The relatively short ingredient list for Advocate Thermoplus is made even shorter by the fact that some of the substances listed on the side of the bottle can be discounted as they aren’t present for any useful weight loss initiating functions.
Rice flour can only be present for one reason: as a bulking agent. Gelatine is a similar story, present for ensuring effective binding together of the supplement – though it is worth taking note of this ingredient in case your chosen lifestyle does not include the consumption of animal products.
A summary of the ‘active’ ingredients in Thermoplus is as follows:
- Thiamine (as HCL) 
An alias for vitamin B1, this ingredient is not typically taken in relation to weight reduction and is highly unlikely to have a direct effect on the number you see on the scales at all.
- Niacin (amide)
Similarly, Niacin is just an alternative name for a B vitamin, this time vitamin B2. B vitamins are generally renowned for their metabolism maintaining benefits. This might be factual, but while these vitamins do elicit positive health effects, they’re probably not going to contribute to weight loss.
Niacinamide is sometimes recommended for diabetes treatment as it can assist digestive functioning [2,3] and improve efficiency when it comes to the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose .
- Sage Leaf Extract
It is claimed by Advocate Thermoplus advertising that “components of sage affect brain cell receptors, which influence food intake and appetite”.
Funnily enough, there could be something to this.
The effects of sage leaf on cognitive ability have in fact been the subject of eight separate human trials. The conclusions of these trials all seem positive, with sage extract supplementation having a genuine impact on cognition capabilities of individuals involved in the trials. However, none of the results elicited find any special link between sage leaf and appetite control .
Additionally, a systematic review on the topic has concluded that “promising beneficial effects are debased by methodological issues, use of different herbal preparations, lack of detail on herbal products used”.
- Oolong Tea Extract
Like the reported benefits of green tea extract , Oolong tea extract is included to help stimulate calorie burning processes in the body whilst also providing increased appetite control capabilities to the consumer .
Although all teas come from the same plant, this variety is higher in antioxidants than many others and unlike green tea, Oolong is partially fermented.
Much like green tea, a closer look at Oolong brings us to the conclusion that there is no real evidence that oolong tea supplementation provides appetite control. Drinking a cup of oolong tea before meals is much more likely to have some impact.
- Guarana Seed Extract 
A fruit extract that contains more caffeine than coffee, this ingredient is present to increase baseline metabolic rates of the consumer. Caffeine is, in effect, the world’s favorite stimulant and does have the capability to perk you up in the morning, increase the speed of your metabolism and quite plausibly have an impact on rates of weight loss – but only in those who are highly sensitive to it.
Unfortunately, most of the population is all too used to having caffeine within their system for the Guarana seed extract in this supplement to have its reported impacts. Especially as the quantities of the extract within each
A Thermoplus capsule is as little as 50mg, which is approximately the equivalent to half a cup of instant coffee.
Practicalities and Market Alternatives
One bottle of Thermoplus will set you back a total of $31.95 and includes 90 capsules – that’s around three months’ worth of supplement. This is fantastic value for money when you compare it to 75% of the weight loss supplement market.
The issue is, looking at Thermoplus’ ingredients and reported effectiveness, you might actually want to be comparing this price tag to that of instant coffee and oolong tea bags rather than other weight loss supplements.
The bottom line is that Advocare Thermoplus is nothing groundbreaking.
Thermogenesis and products that claim to initiate it, are at the top of the supplement market right now, so it’s clear to see what Advocare was aiming to do with this product. Thermoplus, however, does not seem to genuinely be in possession of the correct ingredients (or ingredient quantities) that can contribute to the kind of fat-melting claims that are made by the supplement's marketing.
The natural caffeine sources within these capsules will have some impact on those of us who are super sensitive to caffeine but will certainly make no difference to anyone who is accustom to a daily cup of joe.
The best option here is to look elsewhere for your miracle weight loss pill. Your $31.95 is probably better off invested in Oolong tea bags.
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives.