Trim Down Club is an online health and diet service that is designed to help members achieve their ideal body and weight simply by creating a profile with their website. Your profile will be evaluated by the team of health professionals and dieticians who guide you to the diet plan that they feel I right for you, based on what you want to achieve with your body.
The approach of the Trim Down Club offers a three-pronged approach to lose and keep the weight off:
- Meal plans designed for you specific needs
- Recipes that offer nutrition, flavor, and filling
- Advice from qualified dieticians and nutritionists as to what is safe to eat and what foods are best avoided.
Furthermore, one of the main appeals of Trim Down Club, is that it is a Club, meaning that there is community that is created by the users and operators of the site to provide support, advice, ideas, and to shar their own stories of struggling with weight.
How can it benefit you?
The Trim Down Club operates under the idea that everybody if different, and therefore the everybody’s approach to weight loss is unique. The reasons that so many people fail when they try diet after diet, is because those diets may just not be compatible. What Trim Down Offers is a personalized approach to achieving and maintaining the body that you want at a price that is affordable.
According to Trim Down Club, the reason so many diets fail is because people are taught the certain foods are healthy and nutritious but they have been misled. Artificial sweetener, concentrated orange juice, margarine, whole wheat breads.
They don’t count calories, or even consider what they advocate as dieting, instead they intend to educate the user about what foods are safe to eat, what foods may increase their weight, warn them against foods that are labeled “healthy” even if they’re not. Eventually, the goal being that the user will be able to manage handling their own diet and no longer need to rely on a nutritionist. You could that this saves money over the long run compared to those lose weight by depending on protein shakes.
What do you get when you join?
The website for the Trim Down Club actually offers a lot free content to visitors who have not even joined. The recipes that are posted by the nutritionist experts can be viewed by anyone, along their “Tips & Tricks” for eating healthy for different diets, environments, lifestyles, and fitness levels. The forums are available to view as well, though visitors are not able to post, they can see the nutritionist expert’s response to member’s questions.
So, what do you get when you join the Trim Down Club? Well you get to actually post on the aforementioned forums, asking dietary experts questions specific to you, your body, diet, and lifestyle, and received a personalized, informed response. The forums are also broken up into different categories, such as nutrition and diet, fitness, 60-day challenge, and more so you can connect with other users base more towards your lifestyle or goals, exchange advice, and provide support.
We did notice that most of the “expert” advice comes from one source – a poster named “Ossie – Sharon”. Ossie Sharon is a Clinical Dietitian-Nutritionist, so it would appear that she is a qualified source for users with questions, but the concern is that she seems to be the only one answering questions in all of the different forums that deal in different topics, while it would seem that the forums would be better served to provide more qualified experts to handle the range of different questions that get raised.
Furthermore, whining joining the program who receive several e-books to inform users about the healthiest ways to approach their new diet. Included in the e-books are the following:
Quick Start Guide: An introduction to the program as a whole, that doesn’t take more than 15 minutes, and explains how you are going to go about achieving the body you want.
Trim Down Main Program Guide: A guide that allows users to get a look at the most important information and tips directly from the nutrition industry. These tips allow users the knowledge regarding how to achieve the slim, muscular body they’ve dreamed of
Trim Down Club Cookbook: A collection of some of the best-tasting recipes that can be prepared within your own home and don’t require endless preparation. nstead they offer a variety of fat-burning foods that are tasty and filling.
Food Shopping the Proper Way: The site explains the myths of many foods that are carried in grocery stores, particularly ones that claim to be healthy or diet. Thanks to the information provided by Trim Down Club they inform customers as to which foods are truly beneficial and which brands are misleading.
Simple Express 14-Dy Meal Plan: Intended as an introductory plan for those who just want to give the plan a try but are have trepidations about diving in. New members will be provided a detailed-meal plan to follow for their first couple of weeks to see how their body reacts and if the program is for them,
Online Tools: A progress tracker in which weight loss and goals are monitored, a personal menu planner to make it easier to stick to a healthy diet, a journal to keep track of what foods have worked well for you and which to avoid, an instant menu that creates a simple recipe based on your dietary patters, and My menu that keeps track of every menu that you have created.
How and Does it Work?
Because people are so often on the move these days, they rarely have the opportunity to take the time to really consider their food choices and how they affect their body. Trim Down Club functions to train your body and brain to learn more about what foods are really most beneficial for your body, which ones claim to be, and which ones should be avoided.
The goal of Trim Down Club is to not help users lost weight by counting calories, using diet pills, or starving themselves. Instead they are more interested in Educating their users on avoiding foods with trans-fats or that are highly processed. To make the transition easier they make a promise to try to replace every food that you enjoy and can no longer eat, with a healthier option that your body can adjust to.
In the FAQ section of the site, it states that 80% of weight loss is diet and not exercise which is why they do not carry or sell exercise equipment. They do have special dietary plans of those are into fitness and active, but also make the claim that may of their users have lost weight without even exercising. They also state that you will notice a change in how your clothes fit within the first month of use, though they no commit to a specific number. They also claim that by following their diets, other health issues can be addressed such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
How much does Trim Down Club cost you?
Trim Down Club is currently offering potential new customers the opportunity to join for just $1.99 for the first month. It is offered as a trial during which users can cancel anytime, without penalty. But by signing up for the one-month trial, users are also committing to an auto-renew program that will charge them the full monthly fee as soon as the trial periods ends. This is stated on the sign-up page, but in small print in the lower corner of the page.
Then regular monthly price of the program is $9.90, and also comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, so users have two-months to decide if the program is beneficial to them without having to worry that they’re wasting money.
The company also claims that you can save a significant about of money by sticking with Trim Down Club. They state that the foods they recommend are easy to find at just about any local supermarket, and not just at the over-priced organic grocery stores. Additionally, many of the foods that user’s use often can be found online and purchased in bulk.
They also offer a bevy of tips on how to keep prices down when grocery shopping which Trip Club will help you with. Creating a grocery list and sticking to it, so you can operate within your bidget. Buying generic brands will provide just as much nutrition as better known brands, Farmer’s markets can cut out the middle man and allow you to by fresh, healthy foods direct, and finally, plan to cook big enough portions so that there leftovers that can last two to three days, saving time and money regarding what you need to cook in the future.
How to contact Trim Down Club?
For such an informative and user-friendly website, Trim Down Club does not provide much clear contact information and seems somewhat evasive regarding consumer or potential customers who have specific questions or concerns. They prominently display a link on their website labeled “contact us”, but all that does is lead to page that lists the five most commonly asked customer questions with answers provided, followed by a link to their FAQ page, which covers several more questions customers often have.
The FAQ and clear answers that they provide are thorough and helpful, but the lack of the option of speaking to or directly contacting an actual representative of the company can be frustrating when trying to get a specific issue solved.
Address: No physical address is provided.
Phone Number: No phone number is provided.
Email.com: No email is provided but there is a page on which questions can be submitted electronically.
Trim Down Club is owned and operated by B2C Media Solutions who operate out of San Francisco and, according to their Better Business Bureau page, have received complaints from customers regarding not receiving refunds for their purchases, but they still do maintain an A rating with the BBB. Additionally, it does not appear that they are the subject of or involved in any lawsuits at this current time.
What’s good about Trim Down Club?
First off, the Trim Down Club website is clear and engaging for the user. It looks up to date, has attention-grabbing images and clear, easy to identify links for array of common topics are listed on the top banner. Additionally, upon clicking the join button on the site you are offered a reduced price for the first month of just $1.99 and there is already a 60-day money back guarantee that is included so that allow the user to exceed the trial period while possibly getting their money back.
The customer service seems to be a strong point as they allow access to experts 24/7 for those who may have special dietary questions through their forums. Furthermore, the site offers options and recipes for those with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegetarian, or kosher to service a wider range of users.
Another strong point of the website is that you do not have to be a member to look through a majority of the site and actually find food advice, recipes, and tips for improving your weight. The recipes page is full of dishes that are submitted by both the experts and other users, and they offer clear directions for preparation. They also offer a tab to suggest different foods that are not often thought of diet foods, provide information regarding the best food for your specific lifestyle.
The regular price of $9.90 a month seems reasonable, if the user is committed to following the advice believes that this sight more than can be easily looked-up on the internet.
What’s bad about Trim Down Club?
In general Trim Down Club has a nice, informative, user friendly site, but when it comes to the payment page that brightly offers your first month at just $1.99 along with a prominently displayed 60-day money back guarantee, there is in small print stating that by signing up for the cheap first month, the user will be automatically charged the price of a full month after the trial is over. This is a method that is used by many different online retailers and is typically not a sign the company is confident in their product.
As mentioned, the site is pleasant to look at and offers many clear link, but seem short on details as to what the company actually offers. They claim to send guide and recipe books but it is never clarified if the books are real or e-books. Beyond that we searched for something tangible that they product offered, but there was nothing to be found. All the site seems to offer are forums for connecting with other users, asking questions from dieticians, and sharing recipes.
Furthermore, there have been some noticeably negative consumer reviews regarding Trim Down Club. There are not a lot of consumer reviews available online, because the club can only be joined through the official site and is not available on Amazon or another vendor. That said many of the consumer reviews that we could find continually stated that they felt the product was a scam, and consistently stated that they received unwanted emails offering product that they were not interested in and found getting a refund to a rather arduous process.
In checking out the forums they are split into a variety of different topics for user’s specific needs or goals, such as fitness, 60-day meal plan, and diet and nutrition. The forums are full of relevant dialogue but many of the questions that are asked of the nutritionist are answered by the same source. One would think that a site it is attempting to cater to all different lifestyles and approaches to weight loss would involve more professionals for a well-round approach. In that same vein, it would be beneficial to provide more background information on the doctors and nutritional professionals behind the site so users can feel more informed.
Finally, the contact information for the company is severely lacking. The forums are available for the users, but beyond that no address, phone number, or direct email address is provided.
Consumer reviews for Trim Down Club are overwhelmingly negative. The product is only sold through its website, which features subjective testimonials, that are hard to take seriously, but reviews found on other consumer sites are not a kind.
Here are some of the reviews that were able to be found online:
“It’s not worth the membership fee. They email constantly with coupons that I don’t want. They just want to make money off of you.”
“The plan worked okay, but I was annoyed at all the emails and ads you sent for other products.”
“The constant emails with videos attached are supposed to be helpful, but all they do give basic information that can looked up on google.”
The Trim Down Club is a unique product in that it does not seem to offer anything tangible to attract the users. The guides and books that they offer are e-books that could potentially be beneficial, but are also easily attainable elsewhere. The informative recipe page is well-designed, simple to follow and could potentially usher in many customers, but again there is no lack of healthy, inspired recipes that are available online.
The definite perk of signing up the system is the access to tools like a menu planner, my menus, progress meter, 8-week plan, and diet journal. Assuming that the user utilizes these tools as they are supposed to, them they should do good job of informing the user about the most effective diet patterns and how they break their bad habits. It can also be evaluated by the nutritionist experts so they can suggest the most effective changes you can make.
Additionally, the access to the forums allows the user to speak directly to a doctor or nutritionist about a question or concern they are having and will receive an answer generally within an hour or two. This is perhaps the best benefit of the Club because it can save money by not forcing users to spend money to visit a doctor. Over time, there is the possibility that the user will spend enough time learning to eat properly, what foods are healthiest, and absorbing the information that they receive from the forum, so that they no longer need to relay on the Club and enjoy the benefits of a long-healthy life.
The final and most important point are the borderline shady or at-least misleading business practice that it seems the company may be trafficking in. As mentioned earlier, they offer the first month of the service for just $1.99, with every subsequent month being $9.90. There is also 60-day money back guarantee that is offered by the manufacturer. But according to user’s who have used it in the past, dealing with customer service can be frustrating, and often getting a refund is near impossible. Furthermore, there have a been several complaints that upon signing up for this service, consumers were spammed with emails advertising products that they had no interest in purchasing. There are even some customers who have gone on to refer to the Trim Down Club as a scam. Fruther exacerbating the situation is that Trim Down Club does not offer much clear contact information, aside from a page through which questions can be submitted electronically.
Ultimately, Trim Down Club presents itself well, but even after exploring the site fully, it was somewhat unclear what exactly they were offering us and what we would be paying for. If they could streamline more clearly what they are offering and make it more tangible and appealing. As many users point out online, nearly all the tools that are provided by Trim Down Club are available elsewhere online generally free of cost.