Starlight FatFree is one of a number of health and wellness products brought to market by Starlight International.
The company was founded by ex-Hollywood producer Steven Goldberg, who apparently wanted to use his people skills and business expertise to create a company that “makes a positive difference in the world”.
What is Starlight FatFree and How Does it Work?
According to the marketing material, Starlight FatFree “helps to prevent the absorption of fat and then expels it from the body”.
Supplements of this nature are commonly called fat blockers. The FatFree formulation appears to have little value in this regard but it contains glucomannan, so it could be a potentially good appetite suppressant and the pills also contain some herbs to help people become “slim, healthy and in control”.
Each (2 tablet) serving provides:
- Glucomannan (1000mg): A super-absorbent natural fibre taken from the roots of the konjac plant. When taken with plenty of water, the fibres expand in the stomach and create a feeling of fullness that dulls the appetite. Clinical trials prove glucomannan works, but guidelines provided after an evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) state three doses are needed per day. The EFSA also state the minimum dose should be 1000mg (taken with 1-2 glasses of water) and stress the importance of eating sensibly. The dose provided here is sufficient, so anyone who takes three doses of Starlight FatFree per day, before meals, and with the required amount of water, should find their appetite decreases.
- Maitake Mushroom Extract, 4:1 (50mg): An ingredient that is highly valued in Japan, where it credited with incredible powers of healing. Maitake is an adaptogen. Ingredients of this type help keep the body’s systems in balance, fight disease, and enhance physical and mental health. Although the significance of “4:1” is not explained in the marketing material, it suggests the extracts have been concentrated to four times normal strength. If this is so, the 50mg dose provided here is the equivalent of a 200mg dose of normal strength maitake mushroom extract.
- Platycodon Grandiflorum Extract, 5:1 (140mg): Also known as balloon flower, platycodon grandiflorum is grown as an ornamental flower in countries all over the world. A scientific evaluation of its many alleged health boosting abilities suggests supplementation with platycodon grandiflorum may improve insulin resistance and help prevent the absorption of dietary fat. However, further study is needed, and the fat blocking ability of platycodon grandiflorum is unlikely to be as good as nopal or chitosan. The extract used here appears to have been concentrated to five times normal strength.
- Gymneme Sylvestre (100mg): An Indian/African shrub extract that is often used in Ayurvedic medicine. It appears to have the ability to decrease sugar absorption rates in the intestine and may have value as a possible treatment for diabetes.
Starlight FatFree Side Effects & Health Issues
Starlight states FatFree is not intended for people who are under 18 years of age. Women who are pregnant or lactating are advised to get medical advice before starting supplementation.
People who are using prescription medication should time the doses so there is a two hour gap between taking the dose of medication and the dose of Starlight FatFree. The maximum dose of six capsules per day should never be exceeded.
Where To Buy Starlight FatFree
A bottle of Starlight FatFree costs $35 from the Starlight website, but interested parties will need to register with site and set up a new account before they can place an order.
Starlight also offers a multi-level marketing (MLM) business opportunity so, in theory, it should also be possible to buy Starlight FatFree from a distributor. However, we were unable to find any distributor-run sites.
This is unusual for an MLM company and suggests a lack of interest in the Starlight business opportunity.
A 30-day money back guarantee is promised.
Customer feedback is limited to a few short, but positive reviews published on the manufacturer’s website. All of the reviews have been placed by Starlight distributors and are unlikely to be unbiased because the distributors have a vested interest in the product’s success.
The Bottom Line
Although the key ingredient here is undoubtedly glucomannan, the other ingredients are not without promise and, on the face of it, Starlight FatFree does not appear to be without potential. However, the formulation is unlikely to have much (if any) value as a fat blocker.
The lack of reliable customer feedback is also an issue with this product. All the top diet pills have plenty of good reviews and generally come with a longer money back guarantee.
Thirty days does not provide customers with a long enough period of time to try the product and see if they are happy with the outcome. Starlight FatFree is not without promise, but there are several better options available.