The Modere Lean Body System: A ‘Transformative’ Experience?
The last time I reviewed Modere was in 2017, and because it seems to be popular right now, I figured it was time to revisit this brand for a Modere Lean Body System review.
This latest Modere offering comes in appetizing-sounding flavors like coconut-lime and chocolate, and promises some pretty interesting things. But how does the Modere Lean Body System stack up in terms of claims versus current research?
Let’s take a look.
Modere is an MLM company offering everything from nutritionals to dishwasher detergent to skin creams. But it’s the nutrition products I’m interested in, because while you might be the kind of person to spend $12 USD on three bars of Modere-branded soap, I think that what you actually put into your body – and why – can have the largest impact on your life. It also happens to be my expertise.
The company promises that their Modere Lean Body System will help you ‘achieve a total body transformation.’
Apparently, the ‘innovative technology’ and the combination of the three products will ‘transform your body’ in 6 ways:
Support fat burning metabolism
Block fat transport
Inhibit fat absorption
Reduce fat cell size
Reduce fat cell formation
Improve muscle tone and body composition
I love how so many of these companies use the word ‘transformation’ in their marketing. When was the last time a product transformed your body? It sounds so promising, but is it reality? If something was that transformative, why wouldn’t it be sold everywhere?
Honestly, when I see that word, I consider it a red flag. And I’m usually right.
Modere has lots of anecdotes and before and after photos to ‘prove’ the efficacy of the LBS, but as I always say, anecdotes aren’t research, and before and afters can easily be falsified. This happens all the time.
The research behind Modere’s products is sketchy. In fact, they have no actual studies on their website, just ‘results’ of studies they’ve done on their collagen product. The other products have no research at all behind the products themselves.
Funny enough, I’ve actually read these exact papers on collagen for my blog on collagen, and needless to say, they’re of poor methodology, and not too groundbreaking. They’re also sponsored by Modere.
But collagen won’t do any of the ‘transformative’ things claimed above, so let’s look at the nutritionals in the System.
The Modere Lean Body System works with three products: Trim, Activate, and Burn.
Much like Modere’s M3 program, you then get to choose three habits you want to change, out of five options: stop eating fried foods, stop drinking soda, walk 7500 steps, drive 5 12oz glasses of water, or eliminate white flour, rice, and sugar.
I’m assuming here that you can still consume brown sugar, maple syrup, and all those other non-white-sugar foods that our bodies treat just like white sugar. Alright then.
There’s no specific diet plan that goes along with the Modere Lean Body System. It’s just an ‘eat a healthy diet, take our supplements, download MyFitnessPal, and hope for the best’ sort of situation. Modere has a very basic nutrition plan with number of servings of vegetables, proteins, fruits, carbs, and fats for different calorie levels, and some ‘healthy recipes’ available to users.
So what are these three supplements, anyhow?
Are they really that powerful and innovative that they can do everything that Modere claims they can? Let’s investigate.
I have to start out by saying that a follower send me a picture of Trim – the actual product, not just the bottle – and it looks like diarrhea on a spoon. It’s actually a conjugated linoleic acid supplement. CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s found in some foods like grass-fed meat and dairy.
If you can get past the look of it, Modere claims this about Trim:
“Plant-derived conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, has been clinically shown to decrease body fat when used as part of a healthy diet and exercise program.. Not only does CLA support fat metabolism, it actually helps block fat transport from the bloodstream into fat cells, inhibiting fat absorption, reducing fat cell size and reducing fat cell formation. The result is a more sculpted, lean body.”
Hmmm, does CLA really do all of those things? The research says, ‘not really.’
I’ve seen plenty of supplements trying – and failing – to make CLA a thing, but it’s not…at least for humans.
Unfortunately for Modere and the people who are gulping down Trim in the hopes of ‘blocking fat transport,’ the research on CLA is unreliable and highly variable, but mostly unremarkable in terms of fat loss. And because Modere doesn’t provide their own studies on Trim, we need to assume that the research they’re using either doesn’t exist or is animal research that the company is trying to extrapolate to humans. That doesn’t work in real life, because we aren’t animals.
Just for clarification, I’m telling you that according to the research, CLA does not support fat metabolism. It doesn’t help block fat transport into fat cells, or inhibit fat absorption.
Modere also claims that Trim “supports a reduction in fat cells and improves muscle tone.”
The fat cell reduction claim is a blatant lie, since fat cells can’t be ‘reduced’ in number without liposuction or another cosmetic procedure. Our fat cells can increase in quantity, but they’re with us for life. Physiology. Isn’t it wonderful?
The muscle tone claim is also bullshit. How in the world can a supplement affect muscle tone? It’s physiologically impossible, which is why bodybuilders spend so much time at the gym…instead of taking Trim.
I have to roll my eyes when I think of saying once again that thermogenic supplements DO NOT WORK, but here we are. Pretty much every single diet program has their own version of ‘Burn,’ and my response to all of them is the same: if thermogenic supplements worked at all, nobody would be overweight. We’d all just pop a supplement and boom! Weight loss.
But thermogenic supplements don’t work. Neither does eating chili pepper, drinking cold water, or doing whatever else people on Pinterest says ‘burns fat.’ Well, except for exercise. There is no food or supplement that will raise the metabolic rate high enough, for long enough, to result in an appreciable loss of weight.
But, let’s take a look at Burn anyhow.
Burn’s main ingredients are a type of seaweed called fucoxanthin, and a spice called berberine, also known as barberry. Burn also contains chromium, which has been touted as a ‘craving buster’ and blood sugar reducer for years, and caffeine, for energy.
Fucoxanthin has one human study, done in 2010. Compared to a placebo group, only the group receiving the highest dose of fucoxanthin – 8mg/day – had what I’d call a significant increase in metabolic rate – from 8698 to 10613kj/day. This group had only 4 people in it, and
the results have never been replicated in another study, although there has been plenty of time for that to happen. What does that tell you?
Also, as is the issue with a lot of these sorts of supplements, we have no idea how much fucoxanthin is actually in Burn. Modere claims that Burn has ‘3x the amount of fucoxanthin than leading brands,’ but what is that number, even? We don’t know. Is it even close to 8mg? We can only guess.
Berberine as a supplement has been known to increase insulin sensitivity. But most of the studies on this ingredient have been done on diabetic rats and in lab dishes, not in people. And there is nothing out there that suggests that Berberine affects cravings.
Modere specifically claims that the combination of berberine and chromium in Burn helps with glucose metabolism and cravings. While chromium has been known to mildly decrease fasting glucose levels in diabetics, it’s understood that it doesn’t affect any other health parameters.
And when Modere makes a claim about berberine and chromium decreasing cravings, they’re overreaching like crazy. There is one study about this, done on women in 2008 that seemed to show a reduction of carb cravings with chromium supplementation. The methodology and outcomes are poor (both the placebo and the chromium groups had reduced cravings!), the study is small, and the women received 1000 micrograms of chromium picolinate a day. A daily dose of Burn contains 240 micrograms of chromium picolinate, which is obviously a lot less.
You all know how I feel about cleanses, and Activate is no different. Taken for 3 consecutive days once a month to ‘eliminate toxins and rejuvenate cellular health,’ this aloe-based product is garbage, and I’ll tell you why.
When a company recommends that you take something at night ‘for a gentle cleansing experience,’ you know that you’re in for a laxative effect that’s better experienced in your home instead of at the office. And the ingredients in Activate check all the laxative boxes: aloe, which ‘speeds up intestinal motility,’ psyllium, an insoluble fiber bomb, and pectin, which is a soluble fiber. It also contains dandelion, which can have laxative and diuretic effects.
My question is this: why in the world would you ever need to take Activate? And to the people who are selling it: can you name even ONE toxin that is not eliminated by our bodies’ natural functions? Nope, nope, nope.
So let’s collect our thoughts here, and hold those Modere Lean Body System claims up to what we just read:
Support fat burning metabolism – no.
Block fat transport – no.
Inhibit fat absorption – no.
Reduce fat cell size – no.
Reduce fat cell formation – no.
Improve muscle tone and body composition – what? No.
Oh Modere, let’s stop swindling people into buying your useless products, shall we?
Making people take diarrhea-looking CLA that has no research behind it, followed by Burn, that definitely doesn’t increase metabolism, and then giving them diarrhea with Activate, is not okay.
It’s fake. Fake hope, fake research, fake anecdotes, fake claims.
The Modere Lean Body System doesn’t even approach being able to stand up to the claims the company makes about it.
Oh, and it’s $200 a month. Save your money and take a vacation instead.