REVITAL U SMART COFFEE REVIEW – THE ONLY HONEST REVIEW ONLINE
Ping! Your inbox just buzzed.
It’s Jane, your old high school friend who hasn’t spoken to you in 20 years.
And before you can say “Hey, you just to bully me”, she’s dropped a lengthy message about the new weight loss shakes she’s been using to shed the pounds, and how you can live your #bestlife too.
All you gotta do is
sell your soul buy this drink.
It seems we all have a friend like this.
Sometimes it’s Juice Plus, sometimes it’s Herbalife, but the net results is always the same. And the latest weight loss product doing the rounds is Revital U Smart Coffee. Just like everything before it, they’re convinced it’s the best weight loss supplement ever developed. A quick look online will reveal how difficult it is to get a genuine, honest opinion of this product, with so many fake reviews written by sales affiliates hoping you’ll “join their team”.
So today I’m going to bring you the most comprehensive Revital U Smart Coffee review on the internet; completely impartial, and 100% science based, so you can decide whether you want to accept that friend request…
In today’s review, I’ll look at all the most important questions surrounding this product, including:
- Does Revital U Smart Coffee Work? (i.e. Will It Help You Lose Weight?)
- Is Revital U Smart Coffee Expensive?
- Is Revital U Smart Coffee Safe?
- Should Normal Coffee Now Be Known As Stupid Coffee?
WHAT IS REVITAL U SMART COFFEE?
As you can guess; it’s coffee.
But not just any old cup of Joe, because Smart Coffee has a few extra ingredients. Most notably, they are 100mg caffeine and 200mcg chromium.
Caffeine is included for the purpose of – you guessed it – increasing energy output and creating a bigger calorie burn. Chromium acts as an appetite suppressor, which may help with calorie control.
We also have a blend of herbs and amino acids.
REVITAL U SMART COFFEE REVIEW – DOES IT WORK?
In a nutshell; NO.
Despite the fact Revital U salespeople want you to believe this magic drink is causing your weight loss results, the truth is YOU ARE.
Show me someone who has lost weight with Revital U Smart Coffee, and I’ll show you someone who has lost weight by controlling their calories, whether they are aware of it or not. There’s no rocket science at work here.
But what about those fat burning ingredients?!?!
Yeah, not so much. Supplement companies often label ingredients like caffeine and green tea extract as “FAT BURNERS”, but in truth they’ll have minimal input in the fat burning process and there’s decades of academic research showing this to be the case. It’ll lead to a few extra calories being burned throughout the day, but it’s not a silver bullet – and shame on the people who tell you it is! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Also, how much ENERGY will you draw from 100mg of caffeine?
That’s the amount of caffeine in each cup of Smart Coffee, but a 2012 meta-analysis found this dose to be completely ineffective. The review study, which looked at over 70 clinical trials on caffeine supplementation, confirmed that a minimum of 2.1mg per kg of body weight is needed to reap ANY TRAINING BENEFITS AT ALL. (9)
That means a 175lb person would require 168mg caffeine. Smart Coffee is well short of this mark, with just 100mg in each serving.
The second ingredient in Revital U Smart Coffee is chromium.
Chromium is famed for its benefits as an appetite suppressor, so it makes sense why they’ve included it here. But does it work?
Well, the key factor here is whether you have a chromium deficiency or not. If you do, then supplementing with additional chromium may help you to regain control of your appetite. If you don’t have one, it won’t do anything for you. Further still, the clinical dose for effectiveness is 1000mcg per day, but Smart Coffee only contains one fifth of this. (10, 11, 12, 13)
Sure, you could have FIVE SCOOPS, but that’d go against the company’s own guidelines to “only have one scoop per day.” Plus, the entire tub would run out after just 6 days. So don’t do that.
Finally, we get the inclusion of a “fat burning blend” of herbs and amino aids…
This includes l-theanine, rhodiola rosea, garcinia cambogia, and choline. We do not know the dose of each ingredient, as Revital U have hidden it behind a proprietary blend.
This is bad news.
Using a proprietary blend is a supplement industry loophole that’s existed for years. By simply including an ingredient, a company is legally allowed to make marketing claims regarding what that ingredient can do – even if the product doesn’t contain enough of it to have any effect at all.
Example; you could add 1mg caffeine to a bottle of Lucozade and call it an energy drink,
Companies who use properietary blends like to bulls**t their customers with “it’s to protect our top secret formula from rivals”, but in reality a proprietary blend is used to hide under-dosed ingredients.
So heed my warning: Any company that uses a proprietary blend in this day & age is LYING to you. If they have included a clinical dose capable of yielding maximum results, they’ll put that in big bold letters for you to see.
But let’s break down these “hidden” ingredients anyway, because it’s interesting and I’m on a roll here.
In the ingredient glossary on their website, Revital U claim that choline supports mental focus, energy, cognitive health, and reduced cravings. This is true, but what they conveniently don’t mention is that we need 500mg-2000mg daily to see those benefits, with a reduction in cravings only being seen near the very top end of this scale. (15, 16, 17)
Next up, we have l-theanine. This is a favorite of mine due to its ability to combat the popular “caffeine crash”. You shouldn’t expect much of a comedown from Smart Coffee as it only contains 100mg caffeine, but in failing to provide any indication of the dose used, we can only presume there’s not enough l-theanine to make a difference. (18)
Garcinia Cambogia comes next. This ingredient was the fitness industry’s next big “fat burner”… of 1998, and has been universally debunked in the years since. Revital U play heavily on the supposed appetite suppressing benefits of HCA (hydroxycitric acid, which is inside Garcinia Cambogia). They boast about how the Garcinia Cambogia found in Smart Coffee consists of 50% HCA, but they don’t tell you how big that dose is (50% of nothing is still nothing). They also don’t tell you that despite showing early promise in studies on rats, all human trials completely failed. It turns out we don’t work the same way as rats… who knew?
Any lingering hopes for HCA being a weight loss supplement were thoroughly squashed in a series of well-conducted trials back in the early 2000’s. (19, 20, 21)
Finally, we have Rhodiola Rosea.
This feel-good herb is another favorite of mine, as it can improve mood and lower fatigue during exercise. However, we’d need a dose of 100mg-200mg to see those benefits, and given that Revital U chose to hide the dosage (again), we can only presume it’s well below the required threshold to produce results. (22, 23, 24)
BUT THE WORST THING ABOUT SMART COFFEE IS THIS…
As you can see, we DON’T have a miracle weight loss product here.
Although, to be fair, the company don’t really present it as one.
Sure, they over-hype the benefits of Smart Coffee, but they’re not hailing it as a miracle pill. That’s where the salespeople come in, and this is when problems really begin to mount…
The reason for the heavily inflated price of Smart Coffee is that Revital U operates as a home based business opportunity (MLM), much like Juice Plus, which gives affiliates the chance to earn commissions from signing people up to receive monthly subscriptions of Smart Coffee.
In doing so, Revital U have grown quite fast as a company, but they have also opened the gates of hell.
A quick scroll through social media will reveal posts containing all kinds of weird and mysterious weight loss sorcery from f**knuckles who will say literally anything to make a sale.
Check out the corker below:
Really?! They never ate fewer calories? They didn’t exercise?
According to this quote, just one cup of Smart Coffee per day was able to rip a hole in the space/time continuum and suck Michelle’s belly fat into the vortex!
If this was true, this salesperson would not be selling coffee to her pals on Facebook. She’d be on her way to receive a f**king Nobel Prize for being the first human to ever defy the law of thermodynamics. (14)
The problem with this crowd is that they want you to treat the phrase “it worked for me” with the same respect you’d treat 39 years of peer reviewed studies.
Look how many scientific references I’ve given you so far to back up every single statement I’ve made in this article (24 so far). That’s what a coach does.
Instead of refuting any of this evidence or providing any of their own (because it doesn’t exist), affiliates will try to counter by saying phrases like “it worked for me” in a bid to prey on the desperation of people who are struggling to lose weight, tapping into the “what if?” factor until they buy the product.
Don’t fall for it.
Because when it DOESN’T work as they said, they won’t provide you with any reason why. Instead, they’ll make you feel like s**t. How can it “work” for all these other people and not you? There must be something wrong with you.
And I’m just getting warmed up with these motherf**kers…
Sales reps have a nasty tendency to invent fake qualifications to gain a customers trust. Remember the pushy mum from the schoolyard who started selling detox pills and suddenly calls herself a “wellbeing coach”..? S**t like that drives me NUTS!
Marvelously, the person who made the weight loss claims above went on to call themselves a Smart Coffee Consultant…
Holy mother of f**k.
That sounds much less scammy than affiliate.
Affiliates of MLM companies (Juice Plus, Herbalife, etc) have used this technique for years because it allows them to falsely position themselves as an authority. It’s clever, too. You see, you can’t call yourself a personal trainer if you’re not a qualified PT, and you can’t call yourself a dietitian if you’re not a qualified RD; you could get sued. But calling yourself a coffee consultant or a nutrition advisor? Well, they don’t require any qualifications because they’re entirely made up, yet they make it sound like you know what you’re talking about.
SMART COFFEE – THE FINAL VERDICT
I’m glad I got that off my chest.
The next time someone claims a product like this has worked for them, as yourself: “Are they selling it?”
If the answer is YES, take everything they say with an iceberg-sized pinch of salt.
Smart Coffee is a product with very weak links to weight loss, which the manufacturer claims can “energize you from within”. It won’t change your life unless you change your lifestyle.
All of the sales reps posting their miracle fat loss drink bulls**t are simply trying to make a quick buck, and you should ignore them entirely.
And hey, I have to mention the price.
At £49.99 for a one month supply, you could pick up the two main ingredients of Smart Coffee on their own for considerably less.
So what final score do I give Revital U Smart Coffee today?
It gets one star. It’s dirt cheap to produce. It’s under-dosed. And you can do better.
If you know someone who sells this stuff, share this review on Facebook and watch the fireworks.
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