We have to question anyone that chooses to use the same word twice in a 3-word product title. FitTeam Fit is billed as a general weight loss product, with claims that you can see life-changing results in as few as five days, with “no strenuous exercise, no restricted diets, and no surgeries”.
This is a huge claim, especially when we note that the two best ways of adjusting your body composition are strenuous exercise and dieting. We are all for avoiding invasive surgeries, but FitTeam’s claims seem to be vastly exaggerated: the only weight loss products that can change your life in 5 days are high-level stimulants or life-threatening diet pills.
We’re not convinced by the claims FitTeam makes. The most common and well-evidenced principle in weight loss, according to real science, is that weight loss is a slow, labored process that involves diet and exercise. If a product claims that you don’t need to exercise or diet to lose weight, there are only 2 real options: (1) it’s total nonsense, and/or (2) it contains an ingredient that is extremely damaging to your health. There are no compounds that just cause weight loss without using a mechanism that carries serious health risks. We’re going to take you through the science behind
FitTeam Fit and determine how and why it makes such bold claims.
FitTeam Fit is a weight loss product containing a number of the most common weight-loss ingredients in a single tablet. For some, this may seem to be a great description as it implies that there are added benefits to consuming all of these products. However, the fact is that many of these ingredients are fad products, such as Garcinia Cambogia, and there is no reason to suspect that they will improve weight loss at all.
The main ingredients in FitTeam are as follows:
As mentioned above, there are many ingredients in this product that don’t seem to have much effect or have been proven to be totally useless. A step-by-step breakdown of each ingredient will show what kind of effects you can expect from this product.
Caffeine is one of the rare ingredients that have real positive effects on the metabolism, as well as cognitive performance, memory, alertness, and even power output. Caffeine is a relatively mild stimulant found in coffee and energy drinks but is also found in many fat burners as an aid to metabolism. Caffeine has been shown to elevate short-term metabolism by 8-12% for an hour or two and can be consumed regularly enough (through coffee, rather than weight loss tablets) to keep this “buzz” going for the entire day.
There are two real problems with caffeine that reduce the overall effectiveness of FitTeam Fit. Firstly, caffeine’s short-term effect means that repeated use will be necessary, which can contribute to serious side-effects like heart palpitations, migraines, and digestive problems. Secondly, caffeine is widely available without a supplement – coffee is one of the most widely-available hot drinks and tends to cost significantly less than the $47 FitTeam charges.
FitTeam Fit also contains only 250mg of proprietary blend, which means that it contains significantly less caffeine, making it less effective than comparable caffeine sources.
We’ve spoken about this ingredient before, to great extent, so we’re just going to summarise: Garcinia Cambogia doesn’t work. Even if it did (which it doesn’t), the proprietary blend makes it highly unlikely that FitTeam contains a competitive industry-standard dosage. This would obviously be more of a problem if Garcinia actually improved weight loss – but it doesn’t.
White Tea/Green Tea Extract
White tea and green tea are fundamentally the same plant but fermented in slightly different ways. White tea is a variation on classical green tea and both of these ingredients have a similar physiological effect. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant found in both types of tea and does have a modest effect on the metabolism of fat: around 1g of fat per 5-10g of EGCG consumed.
FitTeam runs into a few problems with the use of these extracts, however. Firstly, tea extract would have to make up almost all of the proprietary blend to have any significant effect, which would reduce the effectiveness of other ingredients (such as caffeine, which has a minimum effective dose of around 100mg for weight loss). The other problem is that EGCG is more present in other forms of green tea, such as Matcha, without the need for expensive supplements – the high price tag and loss of other benefits (such as GABA for muscle growth and relaxation) is a serious concern for FitTeam.
Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice extract has been suggested, and some early evidence agrees, to reduce cholesterol and improve overall heart health. However, many red yeast rice supplements have been deemed unsafe by the FDA due to a lack of research on appropriate dosing: excessive consumption may be unsafe. The problems that occur in relation to red yeast rice are kidney and muscle disorders. The evidence does not seem to suggest any weight-loss effect from red yeast rice, however, so the inclusion of this ingredient doesn’t make much sense.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is a potent antioxidant and thus has a number of health benefits, but the evidence on its effectiveness for weight loss is lacking. There are suggestions that the polyphenols in grapefruit seed extract can contribute to weight loss, but this seems to be speculative at best. We recommend increasing your polyphenol intake, but it should be remembered that this does not equate to weight loss and that the “healthiness” of a weight loss supplement is not the same as the effectiveness in bringing about the desired effect: losing fat.
Blueberries are an amazing health food – one of the best, in fact – but they do not have a significant contribution to weight loss. Evidence suggests that there are no positive benefits on weight loss or satiety. There are some interesting effects seen on insulin sensitivity, which can be a key player in the perpetuation of weight gain among obese and diabetic individuals, but this is a very specific population. Further research will be necessary to establish whether this ingredient has any benefit for the public.
Cayenne pepper is one of those rare, effective ingredients, though its effects are minimal. Cayenne is, however, a fantastic antioxidant and has minor thermogenic effects. The overall health and wellness effects of cayenne are positive – as with blueberries, however, the health effects are more profound than the weight-loss effects.
This product also contains a huge quantity of B12. B12 is a difficult vitamin to absorb, and a high intake can begin to address the common deficiencies. However, FitTeam contains a huge quantity of B12, which may not be safe: 5000% of your RDA in a single pill is a huge intake and the poor absorption is going to result in filtering through the liver and kidneys. Effectiveness increases up to 100mcg, but this is only for those who are at risk of deficiency, such as the elderly or those on a plant-based diet.
The high dose of B12 is a positive for this product, but it should be noted that over-dosing on B12 can still be a health concern, especially from non-bioavailable sources. Taking care to follow the usage guidelines is essential, and be sure to consult your doctor if you have any pre-conditions that might affect liver or kidney health.
FitTeam Fit is a weight loss product but many key ingredients don’t actually have much effect on body composition. The overall effects of this product are positive – it is never a bad thing to reduce oxidation, and the ingredients have a number of independent health benefits from reduced inflammation to improved metabolism, organ health, and insulin control.
When we ask: “does it work” it is important to note what we want it to work for. If you’re looking for a health supplement that provides modest benefits to both health and fat loss, FitTeam is an effective solution. Is it the most effective solution on the market, in either or both of these fields? Probably not. FitTeam strikes us as a sub-par, but ultimately innocuous supplement that falls short of its claims.
This is obviously not a difficult task: the marketing of this product was hugely over-aggressive and made totally unsubstantiated claims. If we hold it to its own claims, as a standard for whether or not it works, there is no way for it to achieve a 5-day body transformation without exercise or diet. It is an addition to exercise and diet, though the price tag can be off-putting when compared to a variety of other dietary interventions.
Emily has spent the last 8 years comparing, reviewing and analyzing ingredients in the supplements industry. She has worked extensively with dieticians, nutritionists and personal trainers to separate fact from fiction and help people achieve their fitness goals. In her free time she works and enjoys the outdoors with her husband and 2 children.
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