Review: TruLife’s Herbal System Detox, Collagen Cell Renew & Berry Eyehealth

This post contains not just my review of the products but also some information about what causes stomach bloat. TruLife Herbal System Detox

I was sent the trial kit you see in the picture above, plus a set of the Herbal System Detox (10 bottles). I like how these come in ready-to-drink bottles and contain natural ingredients. Where taste is concerned, I think it generally needs more work.

1) Herbal Detox: You’ll have to drink it in the morning. It actually tastes really nasty, just like herbal medicine. But the good news is you can refrigerate it. Also, if you’re feeling groggy in the morning, this chilled herbal drink will get you instantly alert.

I didn’t notice any weight loss though. Results vary from individual to individual, I guess.

2) Collagen: You drink this at night. It tastes just like jelly in molten form. The taste is more acceptable than the herbal one, for sure.

3) Berry: Drink this whenever you’d like. It tastes the mildest and I can’t say I like this more than the one from BRAND’S but it’s a good effort nonetheless.

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Because I’ve been experiencing some stomach bloat, I sent my questions to Mr Foo Vin Wee, TCM Specialist and Head of R&D for TruLife, who shared the following:

Bloatedness is caused by the lack of ‘qi’ in the body. The lack of ‘qi’ can be caused by many different reasons. It can be caused when food does not process smoothly and accumulates in the stomach and intestines. Another common cause is that we do not practise healthy eating habits or [when experiencing] stress. There are many ways of improving ‘qi’ in TCM such as taking herbal medicine to nourish the balance in our bodies. TruLife offers Herbal System Detox, a convenient alternative in the form of ready-to-drink bottles.

Herbal System Detox contains active ingredients such as Green Tea, Lotus Leaves and Hawthorn fruit that helps weight loss. Lotus Leaf extract has been proven to prevent the increase of body weight through the preventive action of formation of fatty tissue. It slows down the absorption of fat and carbohydrates, increases energy expenditure and accelerates metabolism. Hawthorn fruit helps to digest accumulated fatty food and meat.

(Mr Foo has over 25 years of experience in the development of traditional Chinese medicines, health and skincare products)

I definitely have a bad habit of eating too fast. I really do need to learn to slow down so I can chew it all properly and have it digested faster. Maybe, a smaller spoon will do the trick. And I can then say goodbye to bloating. Ha! 😀

my LIFE INC: A Fascinating Online Lifestyle Store PLUS A Giveaway!

[Giveaway worth S$400 at the end of this blogpost!]

my LIFE INC. is a new subsidiary of Eu Yan Sang International and their online lifestyle store (https://www.mylifeinc.me/) offers a curated range of very interesting products.

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I managed to get my hands on a Sprayology set via my LIFE INC. If you don’t already know, Sprayology has a number of celebrity fans:

Melissa Rycroft
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Lisa RinnaLisa Rinna

Carrie Ann InabaCarrie Ann Inaba

(more pictures here)

And now I have my own set too! My Sprayology – Weight Loss Essentials set:

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Besides its compact packaging (slip a Sprayology bottle into any clutch or purse) and affordable pricing, I love how Sprayology actually works!

– Tried And Tested –

I initially wanted to find out if this S$100 set would indeed help me lose some weight. But I decided that the most pressing issue at that time was my terrible cough which just would not go away despite the many cough syrups I had tried.

I contracted that really bad cough from celebrating my birthday in Jakarta. The air pollution was so horrendous that, pardon me, I don’t think I’ll be visiting that city again.

I returned to Singapore only to have my dad ominously proclaim that my cough has to be what the Chinese call “百日咳”, the literal translation of which is “hundred day cough”. (@_@)

Within the Sprayology set is a spray called the ‘Life Detoxer’, which “neutralizes daily toxins” and is a “homeopathic oral spray with St. Mary’s Thistle” – a herb which is known for helping the liver repair itself. 🙂

I read what was printed on the box and thought that weight loss can wait, I have to test if this product works first:

The Life Detoxer “relieves common symptoms of exposure to indoor and outdoor environmental toxins (including second-hand smoke), such as respiratory difficulties, coughing, lung and liver toxicity, and sluggishness”.

The best part has to be that it’s so easy to use: Just 2 sprays under the tongue, 3 times a day. The bottle slips easily into a small handbag and you can even use this spray when you are in a taxi or train – people will just think you are freshening up your breath! 😀

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My cough cleared up in about a month’s time, and thankfully not a hundred days or I would have coughed my lungs out. I didn’t even have to take any yucky medicine or herbal teas! 🙂

~ Get Yours Now! ~

The individual bottles retail at S$48, and S$100 for a set of 3. Get them here: https://www.mylifeinc.me/

You’ll also find other products like healthy Way Better Snacks, pet care and baby care products.

Enjoy FREE delivery for orders over S$50! 😀

3 Other Items From my LIFE INC On My Shopping List:

1) Organic Chocolate Bars Christmas Bundle $36

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2) Harmonic Christmas Travel Set $36

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3) Natural Alternative’s bath products: $3 to $25

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Website: https://www.mylifeinc.me/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mylifeinc.me

More information about Sprayology here: http://www.sprayology.com/

– GIVEAWAY – 

The lovely folks at my LIFE INC. are kindly sponsoring FOUR sets of Weight Loss – Vitamin Spray Pack for you, my readers, to WIN! Each set has a retail price of S$100!

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How To Win:

1) ‘Like’ my myLIFEINC/Sprayology giveaway post on my Facebook page

2) ‘Like’ myLIFEINC’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mylifeinc.me

3) Comment on THIS blogpost and tell me which item (from myLIFEINC’s online store https://www.mylifeinc.me/) you would like to have for Christmas, besides this weight loss pack of course 😀

E.g. “The Organic Fairtrade Extra Dark Chocolate Bar – youremail@gmail.com” <-Remember to include your email address so I can contact you if you are one of the winners! 😀

* This giveaway is open ONLY to residents of Singapore. International fans, stay tuned for other upcoming giveaways! 😀 *

My ‘Slimming Quencher’ Experience – Day One of Four

I read the reviews by fellow bloggers Daniel and Calvin regarding the Slimming Quencher. Both lost at least 3 kilograms over 4 days with the help of the Slimming Quencher. Hence I paid $96 for this 4-day meal replacement programme.

I’m going to document the process in greater detail than what’s available online so you can decide for yourself if you’d like to take this weight loss route too. 🙂

Day One

Because of the 8 Intestinal Cleanser capsules I took last night, I woke up in the morning with a stomachache. Rushed to the toilet and did my morning dump (regular stools, just darker in color).

After I’d had two cups of water, there was a sudden tummy rumble again. And I rushed to the loo. Let’s just say it was an explosion of watery stool.

I’d just gotten back to my desk when there was a rumble again and I fled to the other washroom in the house. Another explosion.

I seriously contemplated bringing my laptop into the toilet and just sit on the toilet bowl all day, working and poo-ing. *WARNING: Ensure your house is well-stocked with toilet paper. Don’t start crying when you have to poo at 30-second intervals and find you’ve run out of toilet paper. 😀

Mood-wise, I occasionally felt murderous. 😀 And the smells wafting from the kitchen as Mum cooked breakfast… oh man.

Taste of the Slimming Quencher: There are some erroneous reports floating about in the media that say this tastes delicious. It is anything BUT delicious. (Have those reporters REALLY tasted it?) It tastes somewhat like vomit coming up your throat – that nasty, sour taste. And because of the spices added, it’s ‘spicy’ all the way down. Kinda like drinking chilli powder mixed with lemon juice.  It’s supposed to contain honey – I can see it but I don’t taste it. 😦

Keep sipping, though. It’s supposed to work like an IV drip in the hospital. Every 10 minutes or so, you need another intake of fluids.

By midday, I was still feeling full, strangely. I’d thought I’d have collapsed, crawled around and begged to be fed some food. But *burp* nope.

After the initial 3 ‘bombings’ in the morning, there were no other major back-to-back episodes.

A 4th bombing, then a 5th and numbers 6 and 7 in the evening.

I came to realize that the drink was keeping me satiated. I even burped at times when I drink too much of it at one go. But I kept getting the psychological urge to go grab some food or cook something, even though I’m not really hungry. Interesting, huh?

Then dinnertime. Oh man. My stomach started growling non-stop. This was made worse when my sister and I decided to watch the latest episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ in my room and she brought her dinner along with her. The smell of that fried fish nearly turned me into a zombie too as I lurched at her and made all sorts of strange zombie noises which are supposed to mean ‘Hand Over The Food NOW!!!’. But eventually I resisted the urge to eat. (@_@)

Then when the fiance came over, I actually cooked dinner for him. Nothing fancy, just instant noodles with vegetables, prawns, an egg, a tomato and tofu. I’m amazed at my willpower – I didn’t snatch the bowl of noodles from him even though it looked and smelled oh-so-good!

Each time I feel or ‘think’ I am hungry, I reach for the bottle of Slimming Quencher solution. It still tastes bad to me and kinda suppresses my appetite. And the spicy substance going down my throat puts me off food for a while.

If I’d known it tasted so bad, I’d not have started on this. But since I’m almost done with Day One, I’ll just have to hang in there. Apparently, it starts getting better from Day Two onwards. Jiayou!~

Read about the Slimming Quencher Day Two and Three & Four

Read about my previous experiences at slimming centres: Part One and Two

I’ve checked out 4 slimming centres – so which treatment is most effective?

Part One: How I lost 1.3kg in 2 days 

[This post is Part Two] The previous post detailed my slimming treatments at Jean Yip and London Weight Management. I was subsequently on the lookout for a slimming centre which can do a body fat analysis using a machine instead of some consultant’s bare hands ( I really don’t want anyone else touching my tummy anymore), actually help trim away fat instead of inducing water loss, and have little to no hard-selling. Am I asking for too much? Hmm…

Here’s my experience at two other centres: Body Perfect and Beyond Beauty

3rd stop: Body Perfect, Tampines, 25th October 2012 (Thurs)

I’d bought a copy of Simply Her magazine and one of the vouchers given out entitled me to a complimentary session of SureSculpt Contouring at Body Perfect.

The Tampines outlet was a little difficult to locate – it’s near the carpark entrance to some building. I had to locate the DBS bank before I could find it.

It all started off pretty well. They actually did a muscle mass, fat mass, water mass, etc analysis for me using just one machine. I thought it was great! I trust that little printout from the machine more than any number of words a consultant spouts.

[I’m not showing you the ‘sensitive’ information 😛 ]

Then came the catch. Apparently, the contouring treatment will not be sufficient. I’ll have to top up another $38 ($40.66 with GST) for a fat burn treatment. The consultant said only those with an ideal weight would not have to go for the fat burn treatment and just the contouring would be enough. My argument was that no person with an ideal weight would go to a slimming centre, right? And if the fat burn treatment was so necessary, it should be included with the contouring treatment or clearly stated on the voucher. I gently turned her down.

So… I went for only the contouring treatment.

Once again, the transparent paper undies were given to me (I am so hating these now. Why can’t they provide colored undies? I’ve been to spas where black paper undies were handed out… It preserves one’s dignity(?) a little more? And I was also given what looks like a dishcloth or rag for me to wrap around my chest.

The consultant used a measuring tape to help take some tummy and hip measurements. I was impressed. This time, I can do a before-and-after comparison and see if their treatment is indeed effective.

Then a lady came in and wrapped my problem area (i.e. tummy) with what was perhaps 5 cold bandages, from which water/solution started to drip in a while. I was told to stand on a towel for 20 minutes. I could neither lie down nor sit. The bandages were wrapped around my waist tightly, like a corset of some sort. Thankfully, I had my iPad with me. 😀

20 minutes later, the bandages were removed and measurements taken again. How many centimetres did I lose? It was a stunning…

Wait for it…

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ZERO!

That’s right! The lady who removed the bandages also took the measurements for me and she was blushing slightly when she said there’s no change at all – I’d basically stood around for 20 minutes for nothing. (>_<) But I suppose it was still her rightful duty to ask if I’d like to sign up for one of their packages. The answer’s no.

At the very least, there was no hard-selling. Not much of any selling, in fact, except at the start. $38 was a small amount to pay but I didn’t like the fact that customers weren’t told upfront about it – that the SureSculpt contouring will not be effective without the fat burn treatment first.

Overall satisfaction with the experience: 2/5 – The people were nice enough – I quite liked them.

Overall satisfaction with the weight loss: 0/5 – I don’t think I lost any weight. And I definitely did not lose even a centimeter off my waist. (@_@)

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4th stop: Beyond Beauty, Tampines, 29th October 2012 (Mon)

A friend of mine received some vouchers upon purchasing an insurance policy and she gave them to me. I decided to utilize the one from Beyond Beauty and try their ElectroSlim treatment. I think it’s most unfortunately named – I was slightly afraid something would go haywire and I’d get electrocuted. (@_@)

As mine’s a free treatment, I fully expected them to try to sell me something. But the consultant wasn’t pushy at all. She just mentioned that I can opt for their fat burn treatment as well, at a special price of $77 (‘cos it’s their 7th anniversary) instead of the usual $188 or so. [It was quite strange that the consultant was plump – she’s at least 1.5 times my size. And she never once said I’m fat (unlike at the other centres I visited) or I’d hand her a mirror.] 😀

I said I’ll just try the ElectroSlim treatment and see how it goes.

Turns out, they are using a machine similar to the one at Jean Yip.

This time round, I got to keep my underwear on (no paper undies! yay!!!) and the treatment time was 20 minutes.

Electric pulses were used to target the fat around my belly and it felt both ticklish and like someone was kneading my belly. The consultant said my belly area will feel slightly numb after the treatment and that this is normal. Indeed, it felt as if the electric pulses would never go away, till just before I reached home.

After the treatment, I put on my clothes, retrieved my slippers from the shoe cabinet myself (there was no one around to assist me) and walked out to the reception, was asked to sign on the registration form and I was free to go. Wow. This place deserves top marks for the lack of hard-selling!

Strangely enough, though, no measurements were taken. They didn’t want to know my height or weight nor waist measurements. It was as if I’d just wanted a haircut. (@_@)

Overall satisfaction with the experience: 3/5 – They make me puzzled. No hard-selling at all? Seriously?! I’d even stated on the form that I’m a “tutor” and not a blogger so there was no reason why they’d not unleash their best salespeople on me. Hmmm. The treatment was pretty comfortable, I did not die from electrocution and I very nearly fell asleep too.

Overall satisfaction with the weight loss: 1/5 – There was NO measurement at all. As if they didn’t care whether I lost any weight or inches. But the treatment did FEEL effective. No way to be sure though.

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Conclusion: I’ve visited 4 slimming centres (both the famous ones and the not so famous ones) and have only this to say – none of them offer the perfect solution to my problem.

My cousin, Janet, left a long comment on my first post [Thanks, cuz!] and generously shared about her slimming experience. If you missed it, here it is:

All these sound (ah…) so familiar. I’ve been duped repeatedly by slimming centres claiming this and that but after spending tens of thousands, nothing is lost except my hard earned money, precious time (yes, I could have spent it more meaningfully) and that all important self esteem (brutally bruised since young for being a fat girl). You can be sure that whatever is lost is water during such treatment. Actually, if you tried weighing yourself upon waking, after urinating, after drinking, after a meal and after (excuse me) poo-ing, there will be some weight difference. I even had 900 grams difference before and after I cleared my bowels. And, once you’re onto the programme, they’ll start you on a dieting plan. C’mon, we all could start to lose weight if we starve ourselves, couldn’t we. But who wants to keep starving? How is this sustainable? And why should we be starving to lose weight when their machines and treatments are supposed to do the trick? So, all these claims of one treatment and you’ll lose up to ? grams or kilograms are tricks they get to fleece more money out of us. Once you’re signed onto a package, before it ends, they’ll tell you about another new treatment or ask you to convert existing ones and top up another few grand to get the latest treatment. It’s purely preying on our deepest desire and bruised esteem of wanting so much to look slimmer. Ultimately, it’s really the diet and exercises, a change in lifestyle, that makes the difference. So, I hope your readers would stop wasting all that money, a lesson I’ve learnt after 20 years of spending it on slimming centres, diet programmes and diet pills.

So, what’s the secret to losing weight fast?

There’s liposuction, of course. But no secret.

You work out and eat right, and work out some more.

Having said that, I’m all for detox programmes. Sometimes, exercise can’t help if you have water retention issues or bloated-ness, for instance. I’ll be embarking on a 4-day fast next month to address these issues. And I’ll be glad to share the results so stay tuned to find out more. 😉

*All my slimming endeavors thus far are not sponsored nor am I endorsed by these companies. Friends have asked if I’ll get into legal trouble for sharing these experiences on my blog but hey, I’m just stating the truth (what I liked and what I didn’t) in the hope that people don’t go for trials without knowing what they are getting into.

If you’ve found the two articles thus far useful to you, leave me a comment here or email me at gracewwg [at] gmail.com. Your constructive feedback gives me motivation to bring you even more. 🙂

Update: What’s really worked for me is a good diet and proper exercise. So feel free to fill out this contact form if you have questions for me:

I Lost 1.3kg In Two Days From Slimming Treatments At Jean Yip & London Weight Management

I’ve long been fascinated by the claims that slimming centres have made, and the incredible weight loss stories we are bombarded with everywhere in the media. Hence, I’m setting out to discover for myself what goes on behind those doors – are the treatments really effective? Do the consultants conduct themselves professionally? Are the salespeople employing hard-selling techniques to get consumers to sign up – and is there any way to escape?

I’ll be blogging about the experiences in their entirety so read on and comment here or send me your questions, if any.

Here’s Part One, with my first two slimming treatments at Jean Yip & London Weight Management.

1st stop: Jean Yip, Sengkang Compasspoint, 19th October 2012 (Fri)

How did I secure this treatment? I actually signed up on Facebook for one of their hairstyling promotions. As it turned out, the hairstyling department sent my details over to the slimming department [They think I look fat in my Facebook profile pic is it?! The audacity!] . So they called and I went for a free slimming session. Here’s what happened…

Completed a very basic questionnaire about my eating habits (what I usually eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, supper). No machine-assisted body fat analysis – the sales consultant used her bare hands to probe my love handles and thighs, that’s all. 😛

Was told to strip and put on a rather transparent pair of undies and bandage my breasts chest like I suspect some lesbian women do. Hmm… couldn’t they have told me to wear a tube top instead?

Got my height and weight measured. (And oh wow, I’ve recently lost weight actually!)

First up was the Detox bit and I was hooked up to a machine for 30 minutes. It was supposedly for lymphatic drainage. It caused little vibrations on the chest, tummy and thigh areas. I was told I could sleep during these 30 minutes but I was too nervous to fall asleep, I guess.

Also, the other lady who was in charge of carrying out these treatments left me alone in the room most of the time. I was bored to tears. There was no TV, no clock even. I had to ask her to get me my handphone when she next came into the room.

Oh, and they served me water in a chipped (!!!) cup. I was shocked that they did that! Unsuspecting customers might get cut!

After Detox was the Body Cleansing. I was first led to a steam room to “open up my pores”. I kinda suffocated in there despite the wet towel she gave me to cover my nose. Back in the room, the lady covered my body with something like a body scrub (containing sea salt), then wrapped me up in a white plastic sheet (I commented that it looks like a body bag) then piled on some towels and a huge wrap-thingy. I ended up looking like a Subway sandwich or popiah roll, if you will.

I spent 30 minutes staring at nothingness. Come to think of it, there wasn’t even ambient music playing. I stared at the places on the walls and ceiling where the paint was peeling, the hole in the wall that was stuffed with tissue paper and the door (willing the lady to come back in soon to relieve me of this suffering). Our brains really need to be constantly stimulated, huh? When there’s absolutely NOTHING to do at all, it’s terrible.

Even if they had an LCD TV in front of me showing nothing but 30 minutes of Jean Yip commercials, I WOULD WATCH IT!!!

She came into the room twice to check on me. And when the wrap was finally off, I found myself drenched in perspiration. What with the heated bed and the many layers piled on me, it was hard not to perspire, actually.

I was so thirsty, I drank a sip of water when she wasn’t looking. Apparently, I’m not supposed to drink till my weight’s been measured again. Oops! 😛

Then a quick shower and it was time for the measurement and “consultation” aka sign-on-the-dotted-line.

How much weight did I lose? A grand total of 400g! The figure might be greater had I not drunk some water initially. XD Still I suppose it was mainly water weight lost, not fat.

How much does the package cost?

10x Detox = $1,500

10x Body Cleansing = $1,800

10x SlimUp = $2,100

Total = $5,400 (with additional bonus of body wraps, etc)

When I stated that I’m not prepared to pay $5,400, the consultant then revealed that she can use her “points” to get me a discount of 20%. Hence, I’ll only have to pay $4,320. So there are still people in this industry using this fake “points” system huh. 😉 Well, I have only this to say – perhaps their companies should give them MORE points to give away, and we can all have more affordable treatments. 😛

I hesitated so she tried various permutations (Detox + Body Cleansing only, Body Cleansing & SlimUp, etc). She finally said that if I needed more time to consider before making a decision, I can leave a $300 deposit in order to secure these discounts. I asked if I’ll be able to get my $300 back if I change my mind later and she said no, I can only redeem treatments worth $300. I mentioned the Lemon Law and she said that it does not apply to her company. What???

I think the fact that I stated I’m a blogger prevented her from giving me her namecard. I asked for one and she brushed me off. I’ll state something else as my occupation next time. 😉

Overall satisfaction with the experience: 2/5 – It wasn’t that traumatic though it was BORING!

Overall satisfaction with the weight loss: 3/5 – The fiance said 400g is close enough to half a kg, so yes, it’s quite a bit eh! But I drank 2 cups of water after, and I guess I piled it all back on. (>_<)

2nd stop: London Weight Management, City Square Mall, 22nd October 2012 (Mon)

How did I secure this treatment? It was via an Omy.sg invite. Apparently bloggers who sign up can get 6 free treatments worth a total of $668 and a set of slimming products. I thought it sounded pretty good.

Here’s the catch: When I received a call from London WM after online registration, it turns out I will only have to visit their centres twice (instead of 6 times, like I’d thought) There’d be 3 treatments per session. Hmm…

I made an appointment but couldn’t turn up ‘cos I was suddenly struck by either gastric flu or food poisoning, I know not which. But I SMSed the consultant to say I couldn’t make it and this was her reply…

I felt her reply was so callous, it didn’t deserve a response from me.

Anyhow, when I was feeling much better, I went to their outlet at City Square Mall and was pretty impressed by the posters stating that there is a “guaranteed 8-16cm loss or more in ONE slimming session”. So… logically speaking, after 2 sessions, I’d lose at least 16cm in total???

It’s pretty similar to what happened at Jean Yip – the consultant uses her hands to feel my belly fat without the aid of a machine. Then she walks me through a checklist regarding my ‘Medical & Physical History’.

I’ve been to New York Skin Solutions before so the sales techniques used at London Weight Management came as no surprise – I believe they are under the same parent company.

What I have yet to get used to is how the consultant will attempt to sell you a package BEFORE you’ve even tried their treatments. They tend to give you the most obnoxiously-priced package at the start so whatever they offer you AFTER your treatment sounds reasonable in comparison.

So… I was basically offered the package with 10 times of this and that, for a total of $3800. Obviously I said this was unacceptable as I’ve not even tried their treatments ONCE, how can I commit to coming back many more times and paying close to 4 grand?

Then the shocking statement uttered by the consultant… “Let’s not talk about cm or inches lost. Let’s talk about grams. If you lose 100grams or more after the treatment, you sign up for this package immediately, without thinking or hesitating”.

Having been a salesperson myself, I was both shocked she said that, and kinda impressed she dared to. I felt like I was being bullied into signing up. And the consultant DID seem like a Singaporean ah lian. She’s Singaporean, as a matter of fact – I asked.

What treatment did I undergo? An aroma steam bath ($80), lavender sea salt therapy ($300) and the Thermo Hot Blanket ($60). [I add up the prices and multiply it by 2 and it doesn’t add up to the $668 package us bloggers were supposed to get. Someone in the company is bad at addition?]

Before the treatment began, though, I was shocked when the consultant asked me to lift up my shirt and pull my shorts down so she could take photos of my belly, butt and thighs. Seriously?! In the consultation room? Shouldn’t we have proceeded to a private room in the back or something? It was a very uncomfortable experience.

After taking the photos, she went to print them out and with the printout, circled the areas that needed shaping up. [Over the phone, when making the appointment, I’d been assured that no photo-taking was necessary. Guess they lied to me. But as my ‘face’ wasn’t in the pictures, I decided to let this little deception slide]

I was then asked to drink a full glass of water before taking my height and weight measurements. Well, of course, if you give me a full glass of water and make me drink it, my weight is definitely gonna go up, right?

And then, once again, it was the see-through paper undies and a robe. The $80 aroma steam bath was basically a steam room (or rather, cubicle) with a pathetic slice of lemon sitting in a bowl.

The lavender sea salt ($300) seemed pretty watery and the hot blanket ($60) was similar to the one at Jean Yip. I was wrapped up once again for 30 minutes, in a room with no TV but with music playing. The people at Jean Yip say I should not sleep while wrapped in the blanket as sleeping causes one’s metabolic rate to decrease, while the people at London say I should sleep.

The consultant did come back in to check on me every 10 minutes or so, and at the 30-minute mark, she was concerned that I wasn’t perspiring enough. So… she added another 10 minutes to the treatment time. I was rather concerned. I suppose she’d want to dry me out totally till I resemble a dried prune and proudly announce I’ve lost lots of weight. 😛

I took a quick shower before getting my weight measured again. Guess what? The consultant wanted me to fry my hair to a crisp with the hairdryer so I’d not bring an extra gram onto the weighing scale. She even took the hairdryer and blow-dried my hair for me. Can you believe it?! I don’t have thick, long hair so I really felt she was overdoing things.

Moment of truth: I lost 900g that day. I couldn’t believe my own eyes actually. Considering how no detox was done for me (unlike at Jean Yip), the results were pretty good.

Then came the time for sales pitch #2. The initial 10 sessions of everything could be cut down to just 5 sessions each and the price would be halved. And I can get an additional 10% discount too.

I hemmed and hawed and said I’d have to discuss this with a “friend” and see if “she” would like to sign up together with me. If “she” didn’t want to, then I’d not sign up as well.

The consultant then brought in her supervisor as well. And I was presented with an offer I almost couldn’t resist.

I’d get all of this for a very low price of just $321, inclusive of taxes:

The supervisor said this package would originally cost $800 but she could utilize the “points” (not again!) that she and my consultant had. So I only had to pay the all-in price of $321.

At other centres, perhaps I’d sign up immediately but I didn’t want to be bullied into paying for more packages each time I came for my treatments under the $321 package. This package seems to be the ‘bait’ to get me on board and more will follow. 😉

Overall satisfaction with the experience: 2/5 – I felt so exhausted mentally and emotionally after wriggling my way out of signing that document. I think others would have just given in to the salespeople and signed anyway. I wish they didn’t seem so overly eager to close the deal.

Overall satisfaction with the weight loss: 4/5 – 900g is nothing to snort at! I was really impressed! I’m just concerned about whether there was any health risk in staying under the hot blanket for that additional 10 minutes.

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Ultimately, I hope this sharing will assist you in making an informed decision about whether to enrol in a slimming programme or not. My personal experience is that working out in the gym and attending classes like Body Pump and Body Combat gives me a lot more satisfaction (perhaps from the endorphins released) and aching arms and legs too. While there is no body ache associated with going for slimming treatments, you may feel the ‘pinch’ as these treatments don’t come cheap. I’ll be going for 2 more treatments at other companies and will share my experiences in another blogpost so stay tuned! 🙂