Growing up, I have always been on the heavier side. I think years of accumulated MSG, fats, carbs, paired with nothing more than flipping pages of a book for an exercise has resulted in me being heavier (and bigger) than normal. By normal, I mean, by how the docs view normal in terms of weight versus height and all that stuff.
So, I’m overweight and I’d be honest. I’m too busy to exercise. I mean, I have the time but I’d rather get some work done. And after work, I’d rather go home and read. And so once in a while, I’d flip through magazines or browse online for some lazier way to lose weight and I’d find numerous options – thousands of options in fact. I just don’t know which one to choose.
One that caught my attention one time is a product called the Thrive DFT Patch. So, it’s a part of a weight loss program, the product/program created by a company named Le-vel, where you apply the patch on an area and the ingredients are being absorbed by the skin and so on, and voila! it results in weight loss!
Now, don’t get too excited. Before you go order hundreds of patches for your weight loss program, you may want to read this review first. I looked this up and found some mixed reactions all over the internet, with netizens either praising or slamming the product. There are some that compare this to a pyramid scheme, a scam, and so on and we’ll discuss that as well.
So, let me introduce you to the company, the products, and share with you the Le-vel Thrive reviews that I’ve found online.
Say Hi to Le-vel!
According to the website, Le-vel Thrive is being led by both Jason Camper and Paul Gravette, both of whom have over 41 years of combined experience in the industry of health and wellness. It was founded in 2013; it not only focuses on giving you the good health you’ve always wanted (losing weight and being energized and all that being-able-to-focus-and-concentrate-promise), it would also give you the chance to attain the long-awaited and very much wanted financial freedom. So, with Le-vel Thrive, you get the body you want with the financial status you’ve always dreamed of.
The Thrive experience is Le-vel’s flagship product from the very beginning. With a base in Texas, Le-vel Thrive is already distributed just about anywhere in the US.
In fact, somebody must already be planning to recruit you right this very minute.
So, we’ve been hearing so much about the Thrive products. As I said earlier, there’s a lot to be said about this product. Some customers are happy, some are not, some are just furious.
And so let’s take a look at each of them, shall we?
As per the company, the Thrive experience is the most popular so far. For sure, this has already been tried and tested by everyone in the US. Let’s look at this experience.
Involved in this experience are three of their main products, the Premium Lifestyle Capsules, the Premium Lifestyle Mix, and the DFT Patch. It is said that for this experience, you are supposed to take these capsules/stick these patches every day for a period of 8 weeks.
Let’s take a look at the Premium Lifestyle Capsules. These are actually health capsules that are made for men and women (Thrive M for men and Thrive W for women). It’s supposed to assist in weight management, cognitive performance, could support healthy joint function, calm general discomfort, provide antioxidant support, provide lean muscle support, and give digestive and immune support. If you visit the Le-vel Thrive page, you’d find all these benefits listed in huge letters (left-hand side of the page). On the lower part of the page, you’d find a disclaimer that says these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Interesting…
At the bottom of the page, you’d find this:
When you visit the page, the text may be a little bit small and so I highlighted it for you.
Anyway, going back to the products, I am sure the reason why some companies would have multivitamins specific for men and another line specifically for women is that women have different needs as compared to that of the men. I would like to assume that’s the main reason. If you look closely at Thrive W and compare it with Thrive M, there seems to be no difference in the ingredients, nor was there any difference in the benefits it promises. Why have a line for M and another for W if there’s no difference?
Take a look.
Below is a list of the ingredients for Thrive W:
And the ingredients for Thrive M:
Now, compare both. They have the same ingredients, they have the same descriptions, and except for the color and the W and the M, there’s not much difference.
And oh! Before I forget, this may seem like a minor thing but since both supplements for men and women have the same amount of ingredients, it’s expected for them to have the same total proprietary blend. Look closely at Thrive W. Its total proprietary blend is 527mg while that of the men is 526mg. I know it’s just typo error and all that but then again, if you can’t perfect a minor thing, how can you do good on a major thing like health and wellness?
So, let’s get on with the Thrive experience.
Second in the list is the Premium Lifestyle Mix. It’s a supplement shake that comes in many flavors like apple pie, chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. According to its website, it’s supposed to be the “finishing touch to the Ultra Premium Product Line available”, whatever that means. It’s supposed to complement the capsule and the DFT (more of the DFT later).
Now, what can I say about these shakes?
First of all, I don’t always get why people go for meal replacement shakes but… let them be, that’s their choice. Meal replacement shakes, I’m ok, but this one here, I have a concern – which is that the Premium Lifestyle Mix contains something that may have a not-so-good effect on you, the consumer.
In case you may be wondering, it’s maltodextrin.
As per research, maltodextrin is a kind of a thickener that’s made from natural foods but are much too processed for it to be good for the body. In fact, as per my further reading, this is simply pure thickener, nothing more. More reading on this ingredient led me to know that it actually causes spikes in blood sugar, it suppresses the growth of probiotics, and as mentioned earlier, it does not have any nutritional value. It is just a thickener, nothing more. So aside from the fact that you don’t get anything nutritious out of it, your blood sugar and probiotics are also in danger! And this is supposed to be a health and wellness product.
Further reading, however, made me aware that this is not just specific to Le-vel Thrive. It is used in many replacement shakes. Now, what did I say about replacement shakes?
And what’s more interesting with this 8-week experience is the Le-vel Thrive DFT Patch. Now, here’s what I have to say about this.
According to their website, this is a “Derma Fusion Technology” patch that you put on your skin every day and it’s supposed to deliver the weight-managing ingredients into your body through this patch. So if with other brands, you take a capsule or a tablet, with Thrive, you put in a patch, same results (or Thrive has “better” results). But anyway, according to them, the patch is supposed to be beneficial in the areas of weight management, cognitive performance, etc. etc… age-defying and antioxidant support. And hold your horses. It says that Thrive is hard to explain and challenging to describe. This is something that can only be experienced. Oh, wow! You can’t just say it’s hard to explain. This is health and wellness industry and these things need explaining.
And what’s more is that for better results, while you stick that patch on to your skin, you still need to take the capsules and drink that shake. So that’s a lot of purchasing you need to do.
And so that was the 8-week Thrive experience.
And while I tried so hard to look for prices, I just can’t find any on their website. I think what you need to do is to go get a Le-vel Thrive distributor and purchase the experience from them. Not that I would but in case you’re interested, go find one near you.
So, I also tried looking for other products and of course, they have more but it’s the Thrive experience they’re always pushing to the forefront. So, there it is.
And again, just like the Thrive experience, the other products are not priced. You need to get a distributor to sell it to you.
The Thrive Business Opportunity
Speaking of distributors, when you purchase the Thrive experience from a distributor near you, you may also be recruited to join the club. Well, for once, you will be told that this is a good business opportunity and that this can be a way for you to earn some extra cash. In fact, some would tell you this could be the reason you would leave your 8 to 5 job and focus on this wonderful business opportunity.
So, how do you earn? Just like all other MLM companies, you earn by selling (or if you can’t sell it, you buy it yourself but that’s not earning, is it?) and/or you can also invite people to join your team and spread the “amazing” effects of the Thrive experience.
And just like all other MLMs, while it can be lucrative for some, it can also be bad for the others. You know you can only earn with MLM companies with focus and determination and that getting that brand new car or a luxury vacation requires a lot of hours convincing people to buy and/or to join. So, you know the drill.
But before you join the Thrive experience, ask yourself, “Would I be able to convince my peers to buy the product?” If that’s a yes, you may want to go ahead.
The Thrive Customer Experience
Browsing online through forums and blogs, you’d find a multitude of claims and complaints about their Thrive experiences. There could be Thrive experiences of bloggers, consumers, and even Thrive reviews from doctors who’d want to shed light on this latest weight management craze.
One such platform to look at when checking out MLM company reviews is the BBB or the Better Business Bureau. Although Le-vel Thrive currently has an A+ rating in BBB, negative comments still show up once in a while. To be honest, everybody has negative complaints but as for Le-vel Thrive, complaints would range from the product containing too much caffeine which results to blood pressure to go up, to the bad customer service, to even complaints about the money-back guarantee. On the other hand, there are also positive reviews claiming the products really worked, and that the capsules gave them so much energy to do their tasks and have time (and more energy) for other things. Personally, I would like to think that the positive reviews are made by the distributors but on the other hand, the negative reviews could also very well be from detractors. But do check them out and you be the judge. Mine is just my personal opinion.
In fact, if you get the chance and if you feel like it, you can try the products yourself. Just be careful. Make sure you check this out with your doc before you try. And let us know. Again, check with your doc before you try anything.
Is It a Pyramid Scheme?
A lot of you guys out there would ask about whether Level Thrive scams people into shelling out their hard-earned money and get little to nothing in return. You may even be asking whether the company is a pyramid scheme or not.
Well, first of all, let me give you a lesson on the pyramid scheme.
To know whether a company is a pyramid scheme or not is simple. Remember, a pyramid scheme is focused more on recruiting – no products involved, just plain recruiting.
Example, John recruits Maria. For Maria to be able to join the team, she has to pay $100, usually termed as an investment. Then Maria recruits a specific number of people, with these people paying the same amount as she paid, and so on. And while the people that are recruited pay that specific amount, the recruiters usually get a percentage of that amount paid as a “return on investment”. The recruiters of these recruiters also get something, and so on.
When you look at Le-vel Thrive, they have a product to sell. We even talked about their products – that Thrive experience. A pyramid scheme doesn’t have any product to sell. They recruit their “investors” and not sell. With Le-vel Thrive, there are patches and shakes and supplements that are being sold and marketed by its distributors and even if you get recruited, you are recruited to sell these products. You were not recruited to recruit.
And so the answer is no, Le-vel is not a pyramid scheme. I may question the validity of their claims being able to assist in weight management but the question stops there. Besides, you’d never know, unless you’re there to experience the Thrive experience; or unless you’ve seen someone try it and have seen results.
And while recruiting is part of their business model, the money that you earn is actually a percentage of the sales of your team, not as a result of an “investment”.
Remember that the only thing you invest in MLM companies such as Le-vel is your time. And while you invest the money when you purchase those products, there is a tangible product to show; products that you can use, share or sell.
And so to reiterate, it is not a pyramid scheme. I hope that’s clear.
What I Have to Say About Le-vel Thrive
OK. So what do I have to say about Le-vel?
I have always believed in the power of physical exercise. And although my exercise is nothing more than flipping pages of a book on a weekend, I have always believed in the science behind exercising and a healthy diet. And while certain products may (or may not) assist you in your weight management, I think a huge percentage of the weight management goes to the effort to go out there and get moving and sweating. Nothing beats that.
And if there would be products that promise you weight loss (or weight management even) in a matter of days or weeks, I know it’s tempting but before trying these out, talk to your doc. Because you see, once you let go of your hard-earned cash for these supplements, either you don’t see results or you’d see results that are not to your liking (side effects, rashes, palpitations, etc.). Or, who knows? You may see good results and get the body you’ve always wanted. But in all cases, not just with Le-vel Thrive but in all supplements and weight-management capsules and tablets and whatever-they-may-be-that-I-have-not-yet-mentioned, always consult your doc. They know better.