I keep getting emails from people asking me to review Truvision, and finally I got the time to take a look at it. Spoiler: I think I might have sprained an eyeball from the eye rolling that I did during my investigation for this Truvision review, but that’s nothing new for me.
It’s important to understand that this review, like all of my reviews, is an opinion piece. There are always a few of you who send me ranting emails about how the product worked for you, and asking me how I can possibly be such a horrible person to judge something without actually trying it first.
I theoretically could try all the things I review, but I don’t need to. I don’t need to try a product to assess its claims and hold them against common sense, safety, and the existing science.
I don’t need to swallow supplements to look at a website and see the shiftiness and negative messaging that’s going on there. Lastly, if I was going to put random garbage into my body, it sure as well would be desserts and not some health and weight loss supplement.
If something works for you, then by all means do it. But it’s my job to let you know if a company is feeding you BS about their product.
Always consider also that your results may be due not to the supplement, but rather the other changes you’ve made to your diet and lifestyle at the same time.
What is Truvision Health?
Truvision Health is a company that sells health and nutrition supplements via MLM. I’m going to review Truvision’s ‘Core Products’, which are mostly weight-related, since those are what I think you guys are most interested in.
The basic idea that Truvision seems to be selling is an improved lifestyle and ‘better you’. I think anyone can get behind self-improvement, but how much of that can be attributed to Truvision products?
How much of their claims are legit? Does Truvision use credible science and research to back up their product claims?
We’re going to find out right now. Let’s do this!
The Research Behind Truvision
Let’s just get the research thing out of the way: Truvision has no research behind it. I know you’re probably surprised about this (not), but if they had anything besides testimonials to back up their products, they would probably make a big deal about it on their website.
I mean, if I came out with a product and I had research to prove to people how great the product was, I’d be posting it everywhere. A thorough search of the Truvision site comes up with nothing in terms of studies. And if you’ve read any of my other diet reviews, you know how I feel about testimonials (not worth the paper they’re written on).
The fact is, that in my line of work, if you’re going to make a claim, you should have something besides peoples’ opinions to back that claim up.
Another fact is that many testimonials out there are actually fake, so from Yelp to Amazon to Truvision and other products, you can’t really trust testimonials at all. Sorry to break that to you.
Just as an aside, in case I forget to mention it later, Truvision seems to use the word ‘natural’ a whole lot to describe its products. Always remember that ‘natural’ doesn’t mean ‘healthy’ or ‘safe’, and it doesn’t mean a better product or result.
Truvision’s Products and Claims
Let’s take a look at some of Truvision’s products and claims.
Perhaps eliciting the largest eyeroll of them all is the ReNU detoxification product.
I just can’t quite understand why people are still STILL falling for detox bullshit when by now, we all should know that detoxing your body is a fallacy.
The only people who benefit from detoxes are the ones who are taking your money for detox products, and I can’t stress that enough.
The ingredients in ReNU are the usual suspects, meaning mostly herbal laxatives and diuretics which won’t do a thing to improve your health.
This doesn’t stop Truvision from using scare tactics to sell the product, though: “…eliminating toxins that wreak havoc on your body” and saying how we’re bombarded with ‘toxins’ every day.
Of course, those are toxins that thi$ product reportedly remove$. I’d like to see if Truvision can actually name one of those ‘toxins’, and outline for me (and you) how ReNU eliminates said toxin. Not going to happen, though.
For the uninitiated: Making yourself poo and pee more doesn’t mean that you’re eliminating anything but normal waste products that your body produces.
Your body isn’t a toilet that needs to be flushed and unclogged of toxic waste; your organs do that, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Second on the eyeroll scale is the TruFIX product. According to Truvision, TruFIX ‘supports blood chemistry’, whatever that means.
I had to look at the product ingredients to figure out what TruFIX is actually for, because the product description is so cryptic.
This is a tactic that many nutrition supplement companies use: mention ‘chemistry’ or ‘hormones’ or ‘cellular XYZ’ and the product will sound deeply important and scientific and necessary to health.
As in, you must buy it!
Among the micronutrients and minerals in the product – ones that are readily available in food, FYI – there are the thoroughly debunked green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones.
Didn’t Dr. Oz get dragged in congress about raspberry ketones? Anyhow, these two ingredients, along with cinnamon (research on cinnamon’s effect on blood sugar is sketchy at best) and ALA (some positive research for diabetic nerve pain, of all things you’re NOT taking this supplement for) comprise the ‘Proprietary Blood Chemistry Blend’.
This proprietary blend – like all proprietary blends – doesn’t list the amounts of its ingredients. So even if you took TruFix for the cinnamon alone, we have no clue as to how much cinnamon it actually contains.
It could be a tiny amount, or it could be a huge amount.
Pretty much all of the products I’ve reviewed sell ‘proprietary blends’, and I always make the same comment: Why would you take something with unproven ingredients in unknown amounts? No thanks.
Truvision has clearly jumped onto the keto diet bandwagon with TruKETO, exogenous ketones which ‘train your body to burn fat’, and a supplement called reACTIVATE, a ‘ketone booster’.
I reviewed an exogenous ketone product a while back, and suffice it to say that exogenous ketones do NOT work like nutritional ketosis does.
Meaning, you can’t just take a (very evil tasting) drink to put yourself into ketosis; your body doesn’t work that way. You actually need to induce ketosis the old-school way, by eating a diet that’s 80% fat.
That sort of takes care of how I feel about TruKETO! As far as reACTIVATE, it appears to be a source of MCTs to contribute to your daily keto diet fat intake.
No biggie, but it’s probably not going to automatically ‘boost ketones’. Moving on…
Lastly, the Truvision TruCONTROL product. I had to shake my head in utter dismay when I read the product’s tagline: Control your weight, energy. Control your life.
Now I might be wrong, but doesn’t this sound like an insinuation that controlling your weight will bring your life under control?
So does that mean that people who fail to ‘control their weight’ have out-of-control lives? Or, are out of control?
Sigh. Aren’t we beyond this sort of weight-related passive-aggressiveness by now?
No bueno, Truvision, no bueno.
Disregarding the offensive messaging, TruCONTROL promises to increase focus and energy, and ‘revive’ metabolism.
Looking at the ingredients, I can see why the product would give a person more energy; it’s jam-packed with stimulants like caffeine, octodrine, cacao, Kinetiq (synephrine or bitter orange), theacrine, hordenine, and yohimbe.
That’s a ton of stimulant ingredients for one supplement, and they’re present with some vitamin B6 and iron, and some fillers.
I’m not sure how you’d actually ‘control your energy’ while taking TruCONTROL, because I, for one, would be through the roof.
Stimulant products like this one are a staple of brands that sell diet regimens, and they’re all pretty much the same. They may amp you up, but the metabolic jump you’d get, if any, would likely be inconsequential.
Still people fall for that ‘revive your metabolism’ BS because it sounds great. The truth is that metabolism doesn’t react to supplements in that way, and I’ve covered this in my Learning Curve: Metabolism post.
So where does all of this leave us?
In my opinion, Truvision is a diet supplement program that’s just like most of the ones I’ve reviewed.
There’s nothing proven, magical, or even special about any of the ingredients in the products. There’s no research behind them, and they are highly unlikely to fulfill their claims or, for that matter, result in ‘a better you’.
But even if you lost 1000 pounds or became the healthiest person alive, you still wouldn’t be ‘a better you’. You’d be a smaller you, or a healthier you, but you’d be the exact same person.
Weight loss supplements, detox, metabolism ‘revivals’, false promises, ‘taking control’…these things are engineered by companies and the media to make you feel like you’re not good enough.
That’s how they sell products! It’s a scam, and it’s not very nice.
You are good enough the way you are. If you want to be ‘a better you’, stop obsessing about your size and what’s ‘wrong’ with you.
Speak to someone to heal your relationship with food and eating. Help others. Be kind you yourself and everyone around you. Stop belittling yourself, and focus on what you offer the world, not what you’re lacking. Try to learn the intuitive approach to eating.
Don’t turn to nutrition supplements to change your life, and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not okay.