Don’t waste your time and money using Viva Slim weight loss supplement by ‘Brian Fox’ and/or ‘Laura Johnson’ because it is a scam! Yes, this supplement has two owners who are telling us conflicting stories of how they made it and in this review, you’re going to find out all you need to know about this product and why you should keep your distance from it. So let’s begin!
(This is a long one so I’d advise you use the Table of Contents below to navigate)
Viva Slim weight loss supplement was launched in September 2020. According to Brian Fox, this supplement helped his wife Katie to lose ’42lbs of liquid fat’ in just ‘weeks’. In the video presentation, however, Laura Johnson claims that she used Viva Slim to lose ’63 pounds of ugly fat.’ The latter attributes this feat to ‘a simple squeeze’ of a little-known ‘organ’ in your body that kills ‘cravings’ and can help you ‘burn 1800% more fat’ in just 10 weeks. Brian Fox, however, attributes it to a ‘2-second ritual’ which has been ‘scientifically shown to break open this “cellular fat gate…”‘
Brian Fox goes ahead to claim that ‘102,545 other men and women’ have used Viva Slim supplement ‘to change their lives’, and it will work for you ‘within just 7 days’ of using it. All you need is only ‘two drops’ of this liquid supplement every morning and night to see the fat melt away.
So how did we end up with two people essentially claiming ownership of the same supplement with different claims? Let’s find out!
Backstories of Viva Slim Supplement
Viva Slim supplement features two different backstories and we’re going to briefly cover both of them. So grab your popcorn and enjoy!
Laura Johnson’s Backstory (Video Presentation)
Laura begins by telling us that she gained weight after her first pregnancy and successfully lost 11 pounds after a rigorous routine of diet and exercise. All that changed after her second pregnancy though. This time around, she packed even more pounds, and ‘what had worked before didn’t work anymore.’ She then spends a few minutes lamenting about how she tried ‘everything’ to lose weight, only to end up frustrated and depressed because she kept adding more pounds. She also told us that she had daddy issues, especially because he routinely fat-shamed her while at the same time complimenting her ‘more beautiful’ younger sister Jennifer any time the family gathered together for Christmas.
Eventually, Laura says she was ‘pushed over the edge’ one day when her father fat-shamed her for trying to drink her mother’s delicious eggnog. That day, she decided to find out ‘the root cause of weight gain’ so that she could break free of the constant fat-shaming and get her slim body back. She begins her quest by asking the question: Why is it that some people don’t gain weight no matter what they eat, while others ‘just look at food’ and gain weight?
After finding the ‘root cause of weight gain’ (see the science section), Laura decides to solve it since no one else could. So she teamed up with one ‘Alex,’ the ‘lead researcher’ of Simple Promise (the company behind Viva Slim). He too struggled with weight issues but now looks like ‘a Greek god’ thanks to a ‘formula’ he discovered. Alex gave her the ingredients of his formula, which she later used to successfully lose 63 pounds. She then teamed up with Alex to make his formula available ‘to everyone’. The result? Viva Slim weight loss supplement.
Brian Fox’s Backstory (Text Version)
Brian Fox begins by telling us this sob story of how his wife Katie struggled for years to lose weight to no avail. Just like Laura Johnson, she tried everything but nothing worked. And of course, she got depressed and frustrated.
The breaking point came when she took her kids to the amusement park to have some fun. There, she made the unfortunate decision to ride the Ferris Wheel with her kids. According to Fox, the Ferris Wheel ‘groaned and screeched to a halt with my wife perched right on top.’ Then some ‘teenage boys’ pointed at her, exclaimed ‘Hey look, the fat lady broke the Ferris wheel!’ and ‘burst into cruel laughter.’ Then ‘100 people’ in the crowd looked up at her, with ‘a few of them laughing as well.’
The shame and ’embarrassment’ his wife endured at the amusement park was what motivated Brian Fox to find out the root cause of weight gain and solve it once and for all. His research findings lead him to consult his niece ‘Bailey’, a medical doctor and researcher who was also present at the amusement park when his wife was humiliated. Bailey proceeds to lecture Brian about the root cause of obesity (see science section), but sadly, didn’t give him the solution. So he left her, ‘defeated.’
The next weekend, he bumped into his old friend ‘Bob’ at a church cookout. Apparently, Bob was drawing a crowd around him because of his remarkable body transformation from a heavily pot-bellied, obese bloke to a chiseled, lean-bellied, muscular man. Bob tells him about this ‘dirty little secret’ that he learned from a small tribe in Cameroun, West Africa: Some ‘red powder’, which they sprinkle on their food. This was what Bob used to lose 57 pounds of fat.
Brian obtains this red powder from Bob, which he gives to Bailey. Bailey then uses it to complete the formula she was working on and gives it back to Brian to test on his wife. Sure thing, it worked! Then they decide to mass-produce it as a supplement. Months later, out came Viva Slim.
Science Behind Viva Slim Supplement According to Laura Johnson
According to Laura Johnson, Viva Slim is all about increasing the levels of the hormone adiponectin. She claims that adiponectin is actually the body’s main fat-burning hormone, as it opens up your ‘adipose organ’ to release the stored fat. Johnson goes on to explain that low adiponectin levels is the reason why some people have ‘carb cravings’ and can’t lose weight no matter what they do. She also claims that obese people generally have low levels of adiponectin. In fact, she outright declares that low adiponectin levels in the body is the ‘root cause of obesity.’
So what’s the solution? Simple: Raise adiponectin levels. And of course, Viva Slim can do just that because it contains an extract from the West African bush mango seed (Invingia gabonensis, IG for short). Laura proceeds to cite this study which showed that the IG seed extract helped the participants burn ‘1800% more fat’ when compared to placebo.
Science Behind Viva Slim Supplement According to Brian Fox
According to Brian Fox’s niece Bailey, the root cause of obesity is NOT lack of adiponectin. Instead, the root cause of obesity is a closed ‘cytokine gate’, which prevents fat from being released from adipose cells and burned. Bailey goes on to claim that the ‘cytokine gate’ is supposed to be shut down only during ’emergencies’ like stress and bad weather but these days, it gets shut down easily and frequently especially in overweight people due to increased ‘toxins’ in the environment.
So what’s the solution? Open the cytokine gate, obviously. And Viva Slim can help because again, it contains the miracle extract from IG which is also capable of opening the ‘cytokine gate.’ She then proceeds to cite the same studies used by Laura Johnson to prove her claims.
Viva Slim doesn’t contain just IG seed extract though. What are the other ingredients?
Ingredients of Viva Slim Supplement
The ingredients of Viva Slim weight loss supplement include
- West African bush mango (IG) seed extract
- African plum bark
Of course, Laura Johnson and Brian Fox spent time hyping the benefits of these ingredients for weight loss. Now while there is nothing wrong with these ingredients, we are dealing with a scam here so I highly doubt that this supplement even has them.
How Much Does it Cost?
A bottle of Viva Slim costs $49. There are two other plans:
- 3-bottle plan at $39 per bottle
- 6-bottle plan costing $31 per bottle
These plans come with ‘free shipping’ and what they call an ‘industry best 365 Days Money Back Guarantee.’ I highly doubt that they’ll honor their refund policy so I’d suggest you file a credit card dispute if you want your money back.
Now to the fun part of the review. Why is Viva Slim weight loss supplement a scam?
1. The Author(s) are Unverifiable (Do NOT Exist)
Laura Johnson says she’s a 41 years old nurse who lives with her husband Michael and two sons near Portland, Oregon. That’s all we know about her. And there is no way of verifying if she’s a real human being.
What of Brian Fox? Same story. He says he’s a ‘retired airplane pilot of 40 years’ who has visited 50 countries. Apart from that, there is no other information about him.
As far as I’m concerned, what you should be worried about is the fact that there are two unverifiable people telling us two different backstories of how they came up with a supplement with the same name, website, and ingredients. This alone should tell you everything you need to know!
2. Conflicting Backstories
The backstories accompanying Viva Slim are so different that it’s ridiculous. First, we have Laura Johnson telling us that she discovered the supplement after getting fat-shamed by her father, while Brian Fox claims he discovered the same supplement after his wife Katie got embarrassed and humiliated by teenage boys at an amusement park. Mind you, these owners clearly don’t know each other, and they used different methods to come up with the same supplement. Then they named it Viva Slim and put it up on the same website…
It’s mind-boggling, to say the least. Huge red flag!
3. Fake, Unverifiable Testimonials
The testimonials featured on Viva Slim are simply unverifiable. I’m also pretty sure that they are fake, because there is no way ‘102,545’ people have used Viva Slim to lose weight, and we can’t see any verifiable testimonials from third-party sources confirming it. All we are given is a bunch of text-based testimonials which anybody can type and publish.
4. Different Scientific Bases (Which Are Rubbish)
Viva Slim has two different scientific bases, which automatically means that we’re being lied to. More importantly, however, the idea that the extract from the African bush mango seed (IG) will open the ‘cytokine gate’ (according to Brian Fox) and/or increase adiponectin level to the point of burning ‘1800% more fat’ (according to Laura Johnson) is simply false and misleading.
Laura Johnson claims that lack of adiponectin is the ‘root cause of obesity.’ This is false. This same claim was made by the scammers behind Okinawa Flat Belly Tonic and as I said over there, there are many hormones that have more important roles to play when it comes to body weight. Saying that lack of adiponectin is the root cause of obesity is just plain wrong.
Back to the IG claim, Laura Johnson flat out lied when she claimed that a study found that IG burned ‘1800% more fat’ when compared to placebo. In fact, the study she cited in the video to prove her claim actually showed that the participants lost roughly 10 to 12% more fat than placebo. ‘1800% more fat’ is a fabrication!
Besides, the IG studies both Laura Johnson and Brian Fox cited were all done by one Dr. Julius Oben. The work of this researcher was also cited by the scam Bioleptin and over there, I mentioned the fact that the studies are reported to be of low quality.
Final Conclusion: DON’T BUY Viva Slim Weight Loss Supplement. It is A SCAM!
Blacklisted Website: getvivaslim.com
If you have made the mistake of buying this supplement, your best bet to get your money back is to file a credit card dispute with your bank. Don’t bother going through the scammers for your refund because from what you have learned in this review, we are not even sure who we are dealing with in the first place!
Alternatives to Viva Slim Weight Loss Supplement
Instead of wasting your money on Viva Slim supplement, here are legit weight loss programs and supplements you should try instead:
1. Eat Stop Eat.
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2. Trim Down Club.
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3. PhenGold Supplement
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4. HealthyWage (Get Paid to Lose Weight)
This program offers you cash rewards just for losing weight. As crazy as this sounds, they are the real deal and have been paying out thousands of dollars since 2009. This program is designed for those who have lost their motivation or need something to keep them focused on the goal of losing weight. Find out how it works by reading my comprehensive review or you can join now.
There are other weight loss programs and products in my Whitelist. So if any of the above-listed do not suit your unique needs, then head over there to find the one you need. Rest assured that they are NOT scams, and you’ll get your money back without question should you decide to do that.
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