GNC makes a line of weight loss supplements called GNC Total Lean.
It’s a pretty comprehensive line up, which you can tell partly because of the inclusion of a product called Waterex.
The purpose of Waterex is to balance the fluid level in your body so you’re neither bloated nor dehydrated.
Keeping balanced fluid levels also allows you to maintain a steadier weight throughout the day, since it’s not fluctuating all day with how much water you’re retaining.
We took a look at Waterex, the promises, the ingredients, and the customer feedback, and we’ll let you know what we came up with as far as a recommendation for against using it.
What Is Waterex?
Waterex is part of the Total Lean weight loss line, so you can view it as a weight loss supplement.
But it’s not a weight loss supplement in the most conventional sense. It doesn’t burn fat. It doesn’t improve energy. It doesn’t suppress your appetite.
What it does do is maintain just the right fluid levels in your body to where you have all you need, but you’re not holding onto the extra that can make you feel bloated and heavier than you want to be.
It might not be exactly what you would expect based on some of the claims that it makes, but it definitely does help to prevent bloating and prevent troublesome water retention.
How Waterex Works
We all know that extreme sweating or a bout with vomiting can lower your electrolyte levels below where is necessary to keep your body functioning smoothly and properly.
Electrolytes carry either a positive or a negative charge, and transport electrical impulses and transmit nerve signals, contracting muscles.
They also maintain the correct fluid balance as well as the proper acidic-basic balance required for the body to function properly.
That’s why there are times when elecrolyte replenishment becomes necessary.
Ordinarily, the foods we eat contain enough electrolytes to keep the balance, but when there’s extreme sweating due to extreme heat, prolonged exercise, or illness, lost electrolytes may need to be replaced. That’s where Waterex comes in.
By replenishing the right minerals and nutrients, it helps you maintain the proper fluid balance in your body, even while you’re dieting and exercising.
Waterex is not a conventional diet pill or a conventional diuretic.
It’s more about balancing fluids than it is about ridding yourself of them.
The core of the Waterex formula is found in the two electrolytes, Potassium and Magnesium.
These minerals help you retain the proper fluid balance without finding yourself with too much or too little.
Beyond that, the formula is a big shot of Vitamin B6 for energy and mainly herbs, some of which are thought to be diuretic:
- Corn Silk which may remove excess fluid from body tissue.
- Parsley Herb Powder which has been known to be a fast acting diuretic.
- Fennel Seed
- Hydrangea Root Powder
- Juniper Berries Extract
- Garlic Clove
- Elderberry Fruit
- Horsetail Rush Stems which is used to prevent edema.
- Uva Uris Extract
The recommended dose is 2 capsules per day.
Waterex comes from GNC, which means they should have a large following.
I heard from one guy I know that GNC pushed it as an add on when you’re buying weight loss or cutting products.
The reason is probably because it’s so cheap, they figure they can get you to say “why not?” and pick some up.
But for a heavily pushed GNC product, there are relatively few customer reviews out there on the internet.
It seems most of them come from customers who used it because of their specific problems with water retention.
Here’s a sampling:
“Quality item, works well for me… lost 7 pounds so far but need another 20… I have always had water retention, not everyone does.”
I have been taking rhis for 5 weeks and have seen great results.
No more bloating, not even during htat monthly time.”
“Waterex by GNC is wonderful for those who want to take a safe water pill every day.
It helps regulate excess water retention.
The pill is a capsule and is very easy to take.”
Waterex Side Effects
We have found no indication that Waterex causes any particular side effects, though it’s important to remember that some degree of mild side effects are always possible. It is advised that you drink plenty of water while you’re taking Waterex.
Waterex Pros and Cons
Advantages of Waterex
- It’s inexpensive.
- The ingredients are all natural.
- The few Waterex reviews we found landed mainly on the favorable side.
- GNC offers a money back guarantee.
Disadvantages of Waterex
- It’s marketed as a weight loss product, but losing water weight is not and effective way to lose weight permanently.
Water weight is known to be the first weight that comes off and the first weight that comes back on.
I suppose if you continued taking Waterex forever, the water weight wouldn’t come back, but that’s not really feasible.
- The formula is entirely limited to balancing water retention when those benefits could easily just be added to another pill with more functionality.
Where to Buy
Waterex is a GNC product so it’s available to pick up at their stores.
The 60-count bottle is good for 30 days, and carries a price of $14.99. GNC members can get it for $11.99. Online, it’s available through Amazon.com for $9.35. If you buy it at GNC, you’ll be covered by a 30-day money back guarantee.
You certainly may get some short term benefit from taking Waterex.But I wouldn’t recommend using it long term as any kind of weight loss solution.
Water weight is not the weight you want to focus on when you’re trying to lose.
Yes, if you’re in a competition and you need to look ripped, Waterex can help.
But the idea of it being helpful for real and sustained weight loss just doesn’t hold water.
Simply going with cheap water retention pills could be a cheaper and more effective supplement option than these, as they are little more than overpriced water retention pills.
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User Questions and Answers
Will this help me with my THC levels and help me pass drug test -Tarik
No, not at all. It helps keep you from retaining water, but it doesn't clean out your system.- Rob
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When is the best time to take waterex and is this something you can take a few times a week -Tara
The label doesn't specify time of day, so you can probably take it whenever it's convenient for you. And yes, as far as I understand, you can take it every day or just when needed.- Rob
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I had liposuction a moth ago I'm swollen I was wondering if the pills can help me -Liz
I'm not familiar with liposuction or its recovery process. I'm sure your doctor can advise you whether a water pill would be a good idea.- Rob
Can you take waterex with phentermine? -Brittany
I would check with the doctor that prescribed the phentermine, just to make sure there are no negative interactions.- Rob