Acai Berry Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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The Acai Berry Diet involves supplementing the acai berry into a low calorie diet.

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is the berry of an Amazonian palm tree with a long history of traditional usage in Brazil.

Dr. Perricone highlighted the berry as the number one antioxidant food on the Oprah show.

Oprah herself mentioned that she has incorporated the berry into her diet, which caused an explosion in the popularity of acai berry based weight loss plans.

Acai Berry Diet Basics

There isn’t a specific acai berry diet, but rather dieters use acai berry in conjunction any other weight loss plan they prefer to follow.

It is often paired with a colon cleansing product or with other nutritional ingredients that are said to enhance weight loss.

The acai berry is promoted primarily for its antioxidant effects, which exceed that of other foods that are high in antioxidants such as blueberries and red wine.

Advocates of the acai berry diet claim that these antioxidants will enhance general well-being and vitality which will support weight loss.

Acai berries are also said to have many other benefits

  • Improves digestion
  • Cleanses and detoxes the body
  • Boosts immunity
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Increases mental clarity
  • Enhances vision
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Slows down the aging process

Not all of these claims can be supported by scientific research and much of these possible benefits are speculations at this stage.

Weight loss?

In regard to the effects of acai berry on weight loss; promoters of the diet say that the berry has a combination of essential fatty acids, amino acids and phytosterols that work in unison to improve metabolism, enhance digestion, and reduce appetite.

Fact: In Brazil people are given acai to help them gain weight!

Exercise Recommendations

There are no specific exercise recommendations.

Costs and Expenses

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Acai from Amazon.com

Acai berry supplements are available as capsules, powder, puree, or juice form.

The cost can range from around $40-80 per month depending on the dosage taken.

We recommend buying acai from a health food store or from safe vendors online such as Amazon.

Avoid any website that offers “a free trial” of acai!

9 times out of 10 they will automatically bill your credit card for future automatic shipments that are extremely difficult to stop.

Warning! This has also given rise to many acai berry scams.

Pros

  • Scientific research does support some of the health claims made for acai berry.
  • High antioxidants can reduce the risk of diseases commonly associated with aging such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Antioxidants are beneficial for dieters who are physically active as they neutralize the free radicals that are produced during exercise.
  • Many dieters have reported a reduction in appetite and greater energy levels.

Cons

  • There are many reports of scams with websites selling inferior products and billing customers for ‘free trials’ of acai berry products.
  • Claims made for weight loss effects of the berries are unsubstantiated.
  • Does not encourage dieters to make lifestyle changes.
  • Supports the idea of a quick fix approach to weight loss.
  • Can be expensive.

Conclusions

The acai berry does have some important nutritional benefits, however by consuming a range of fresh fruit and vegetables and other foods that are high in antioxidants, it is possible to reproduce a similar enhancement of the dietary intake.

If dieters experience weight loss on the acai berry diet it will be due to the effects of simultaneously following a calorie restricted diet rather than due to any special effects of the acai berry.

Acai berry supplements may support general health and well being while dieting such juices can do that, but cannot be relied on as the sole factor for successful weight loss.

If you decide to try acai berries it is recommended to find a high quality reputable source and to view it as an addition to your weight loss program rather than the main focus of the plan.

See Also: Acai Berry: Fruits of Paradise for more indepth information on Acai Berries.

    References:

  • Schauss, A. G., Wu, X., Prior, R. L., Ou, B., Patel, D., Huang, D., & Kababick, J. P. (2006). Phytochemical and nutrient composition of the freeze-dried Amazonian palm berry, Euterpe oleraceae Mart.(Acai). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 54(22), 8598-8603. link
  • Udani, J. K., Singh, B. B., Singh, V. J., & Barrett, M. L. (2011). Effects of Acai(Euterpe oleracea Mart.) berry preparation on metabolic parameters in a healthy overweight population: A pilot study. Nutrition journal, 10(1), 45. link
  • Schauss, A. G., Wu, X., Prior, R. L., Ou, B., Huang, D., Owens, J., … & Shanbrom, E. (2006). Antioxidant capacity and other bioactivities of the freeze-dried Amazonian palm berry, Euterpe oleraceae mart.(acai). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 54(22), 8604-8610. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: July 23, 2015. Disclaimer
  • Linda

    You are very right about the scams out there. I signed up for the free trial offer and $580.00 of unauthorized charges on my credit card later, I had lost no weight and I am still tring to get my money back. Be warned. The site looks very legitimate they advertise for the Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse together read the Terms and Conditions and call the number offered.

  • Annon

    Why would you sign up for something like that online???
    Will people never learn?
    Idiot!

  • j_satx

    Yes, these promoters are ruthless and they provide your credit card information to other vendors who simply enroll you and charge your card. This constitues fraud and is illegal – buy it at your local health food store/GNC, etc. Beware…very…j

  • Bianca

    As for me, accai berry 500 free trial size did work. you have to call an cancell if you do not want it to automatically charge your card, its all in the fine print before you summit your payment.

  • Rita

    Acai in well known in Brazil for being a “breakfast” type of food for the natives. Acai paste is eaten usually with bananas, and is very tasty if mixed with granola.
    This entire promotional scam going around knows nothing about Acai.
    I was born and raised in Brazil, and as a child I was reccomended to eat Acai because it is rich in iron,which is good when you suffer from anemia (it was my case). the other reason that doctor reccomended was to help me to GAIN weight because I was very skinny. Yes, acai actually helps you to gain weight. The funny thing is that I was raised with the idea of eating acai to put on weight, and now there is all these fuzz about using as a weight loss suplement. All I can say about Acai, is that it is a wonderful antioxidant, excellent to prevent and help anemic children and is also very tasty. I don’t believe in pills or supplements, sorry..

  • Jonetta

    I agree with the others. I,too signed up for the free trial offer, but I have had a very difficult time reaching any one of the phone to remove the charges that I received from both Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse(which $87 each was charged by the 3rd day). When you finally do talk with someone on the phone, I received confirmation of cancellation which had yet to be enforced or my refund since 11/08. It was also very difficult for me to return the product, by the time I was able to get a return merchanize no.,I was charged again. Buyer’s please beware! It would be better to talk with someone first before you order this free-trial product. READ THE FINE PRINT!!!!

  • Eliza Kelly

    Definately beware of the scams out there. Always make sure you do a google search on the advertisers domain before purchasing – you might find many posts by other who have been ripped off!

  • Maggie

    This sis not work for me. I did everything I was supposed to and lowered my calorie intake to 1500 to get better results, but I didn’t lose a pound on the whole two months on this product. And I did the free trial thing as well, and was immediately billed four days later and it took forever to get a refund.
    Maybe it works for some people, but please be careful! There are probably a whole lot of scams for this out here!

  • Jacqueline

    I mistakingly ordered the Accai Berry Breeze and got it sent to me anyway and was charged for it after I cancelled it then I called the company which put me on hold for 12 minutes before anyone came on the line and was told that I could keep it for 20.00 more or send it back at my expense and still be charged the 4.95 for it. This is totally a scam beware and stay away from the Accai Berry Breeze!!!

  • Jess

    Listen its a scam. It is only a nutritional thing as long as you eat healthy no fatty oils or fat at all and i mean like the fat hanging off of that steak. and make sure u eat vegatables! and just run or speed walk about 4 miles a day. my brothers friend has been in the army since Feb. and he has to run 4 miles EVERY day. and hes already “buff” and has lost a good number of pounds.

  • Michelle

    People! Don’t sign up or suscribe to any web sites to get Acai berry products! You can go down to your local Health shop or alternative medicine stores and buy it from there, a friend of mine bought it from her local health shop the other day. It’s probably cheaper at your local health shop anyway.

  • melissa

    i ordered the thunder freeze dried acai berry capsules online and i lost five pounds the first week without even changing my usual diet whatsoever. Very impressive I love it.

  • steph

    aww why would you order? come on now! well you live and learn, hopefully yall have learned..anyway i just bought some acai juice and it tastes great! I am wanting health benefits from it rather than weight loss but i do feel like it calms appatite, that can lead to some weight loss..i like that ‘rita’ (who was raised in brazil) commented that it is good for anemia, i tend to have anemia so that is another good health benefit!

  • TARA

    A WAY TO NOT GET CHARGED EXTRA FEES ON YOUR CREDIT CARD IS TO PUT THE FREE TRIAL ON A PRE PAID CREDIT CARD… DUUUUHHH
    i just recvd my free trial in the mail, gona try it along with my exercise. I have heard great thing about it 🙂 then if i like it i will go to a retail store and purchase the product and not get scammed 🙂 have a great day

  • Frances M. Antonini

    I had an order shipped to me and lose track of time . I only wanted to pay for the Shipping of $3.78, but then I get chraged with $74.00. I would like at least half the amount returned to my credit card. NOW>>> I have not seen it as yet, since we last talked, October 12th.-14th.. Thank you ,Frances Antonini

    • ted

      @Frances this is not the company you bought Acai from, everydiet.org is just a website that reviews diets. Sorry

  • Clare

    It doesnt work that’s all I can say.

  • nazneen

    ive just ordered this acai diet i swear 2 god my husband is in police if u charge me extra or give my card details to anybody i will get u arrested asap n thats my promise

  • dev

    Sorry to say, as a senior police officer you have no rights to prosecuting if you accept the t&c’s. Your husband should tell you to go to holland and barrett.

  • Marion

    anybody ever hear of paypal??they protect you from things like this!!

  • lynda

    thanx linda,, 4 warning me i signed up 4 the free acai/colon clense trial yesterday ,giving credit card details .ive just canceled the card 10pm and thankfullythey hadent got 2 it yet must have been a lynda moment !!!!

  • kim

    no one should ever buy this product im serious

  • Doug

    Scam is not the word.Armed Robbery is the word! $255.15 dollars later for this so called free trial.Never even received the a sample!!! Hope and Pray one of your people come to my town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ilonah

    Hi Can anybody suggest where to buy acai berry juice in UK? I am intruige by it, I just order a free tial 4 days ago but still havent recieved the goods. I read that acai berry capsules in Holland ang Barette are not 100%real?

  • Rykel

    Hi guys, I am an acai berry juice distributor. Hopefully I am not offending the rules if I post the homepage address for my product, but if you are keen to purchase directly with the largest acai berry company in the world – indeed, this is THE brand that was featured on Rachel Ray show, drank at Oscars and is the Official Juice of the Boston Red Sox etc. – without dealing with middlemen,

    Thanks!

  • tim abell

    try simplysuppliments.co.uk,around £14 a bottle tablet form,buy one get one free so you get two for one on most products,ive used simplysuppliments for ages and they are a good reputable company,no scams and reliable,acai berry works for me i go to the gym every morning and have struggled to lose last few pounds,this helped and it didnt break the bank,cheers:-)

  • pinkgirls

    this product does not work so plz people do not go an waste ur money on such rubbish.i was so convinces that this works an after trying it is does nothing to u.DONT BE FULLED THIS IS SHIT.!!!8-(

  • Diego

    It’s good to know that I was able to read these comments before I actually signed up for the FREE TRIAL…Thanks guys 🙂

  • Kelly jean

    people never order it offline,go to a local vitamin store ask bc there are diff brands and try it for yoursel,i have done this,it def. gave me more energy,good luck

  • colour of life

    Antioxidants are good, but the science doesn’t seem to back up the incredible claims for acai berry. I think the advice on the page is good; balanced diet, exercise. I would also add more real food, less processed food. Is it a complete coincidence that weight explodes when we start eating so much fast food and processed food?

  • yelitza olmeda de leon

    Hola. Le dejo saber mi testimonio de la pastillas Nuage Resveratr,l. No sirven el resultado es pesimo y lla estoy por my 3 pote y no rebajo ni una onza. No se cual es la pastilla que hace efecto que las personas utilizaron,para que las personas rebajaron.

  • yelitza olmeda de leon

    dont used it not good product.

  • iris

    I do not even know which company I ordered the free trial from some guys in UK. They have been taking money out of my account 2mths in a row. One for $139 and one for $135. So much for a free trial !! They have sent no products except for the ‘free tial’ I think it is really shameful the way people are being treated. Does anyone have the E-mail address of PO. Box 13579 Linlithgow E49 9AH UK? I sent them a letter about how I feel about this scam but who knows if they will respond.

  • Agnes

    Hi I would just like to say a big thank you to all of you who have written the reviews.Today I ordered berry and colon cleanser free trial before I read your reviews. After reading your reviews I have cancelled my order. Contacted my cc company and cancelled my card. Although the customer service person had told me she had cancelled my order the cc company told me the transactin had gone through. She also told me the company are taking large amounts from cc accounts. Thank you all once again

  • Marcie

    Never purchase these off the internet, even if the website does look safe!
    your better off buying them from a place like ‘Holland & Barrett’ at least then you know what exactly your buying and your not getting scammed!! Just be careful if your buying online!

  • patty

    warning!!!!!!!!!
    i signed up for trial offer and $420.00 was charge to my debit card and the product It doesnt work i try to cancelled but no body help me………..$120 was charge again.

  • mary

    if you are getting charges to card…report the card stolen and have it cancelled and replaced. a new number will stop the charges

  • Claire

    Does Acai berry’s actually work? I was considering buying them from my local holland and barrett but i want to know if they actually work first and how much weight you normaly loss in the first month. When taking Acai berries what do you eat?

  • Allie

    I wouldn’t suggest buying online – it is best to go to your local health / vitamin store or contact a naturopath (they should have good industry suppliers which will be high quality). Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret Angel) swears by this diet (along with yoga of course!) – good luck with your dieting and love yourself 🙂 x

  • charlotte

    This is good for the first few days. i lost 5lbs in 3 days, but after that its not good and you put the weight back on again.
    i suppose its like any other diet.
    but everybodys different

  • lucy

    what is the lowest price for it? and where would i be able t opurchase it from? i tried online but it didnt look to good. x

  • lara

    it doesn’t work
    wat a waist of money

  • marie

    I do believe some are scam. In Sept. I order a free simple and 2 weeks later I had not received anything. I called them and this lady said that she was going to send it again, and to call back by the end of the month. I did and got not a very good impression of the costumer service I received: THEY LEFT ME HANGING ON THE PHONE FOR MORE THAN A HOUR, AND ON TOP I was listening to everything they were saying, this guy and a girl. But I told her when I first had talk to her before to cancel any further order on my card. So I did get my trial offer, but never payed a dime. Any ways, I would like to ad and advise people out there that I had some side affects from it, wish disturbed me a bit. Like High blood pressure, sweats, dizziness and besides others. It wasn’t until I went the doctor that I realize it.

  • lonc

    that shit don’t work!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wish i could get my 500 dollars back…..;(

  • di

    product does not work and customer service is terrible.still trying to get a refund since december 2009.

  • diana

    i know ome are scams but i ordered mine from ebay coz its safe there than other sites d i los 8 kilos in 2 months nd i m happy with that plus i work in a takeaway shop and i didnt ate junk foods i used to eat ips everyday but with acai i ont get that hunger any more ,theres alot of bottles of acai bu not every product work dipend which 1 you choose some are not real

  • francine

    I order it and never received it yet its been like 3
    weeks so im kinda wondering what happen

  • Alexis

    I bought the product online didn’t receive it until like 3 or 4wks later. I canceled mine an there still charging my card. I’m not very happy.

  • Lee

    Hi everyone,
    I have had the same problems being the silly person i am… this stuff is just as bad as the nigerians with the “give me money and ill give you a million dollars” scam. I ordered both Acai Berry and Colon Cleanse EACH for my friend and i to try – it was free postage for the free trial. Not even 15 days after ordering this product (let alone receiving it) I was charged $115.17 PER BOTTLE! Although it was advised on the webpage (which i now cannot locate as it “takes too long to respond”)a charge of 19 pounds would be charged to my credit card per bottle – I dont know if my math is correct but im sure this is not right!
    Unfortunately cancelling these orders did slip my mind an today i received another package in the mail with one of the two bottles. Which i take responsibility for, but have just rang and cancelled – It was good as i was only on hold for 5 minutes and talking to the lady for two.
    She advised me both orders have been cancelled. Does this mean i get a refund or do i just have to wear these ridiculous costs?

    If anyone needs to call them I rang (full international code included)

    0011432682205934

    This is definatley a scam and i wish i had of seen all these conversations before hand, no one can afford this.. these assholes need to be taken down!

  • Rex

    I can’t believe so many people are not serious about getting the weight off. Acai is a magnificent tool, (note tool), for getting weight off quickly. Maintaining the lower weight is a lifestyle change requirement. Personally I get a free trial every 3 months just as I service my car regularly. Remember, when you put the weight back on, its mostly fat!

  • Tracy

    I saw the reveiw from the channel 7 lady and decided to give acai berry and colon clense together a try. But right under her reveiw was the price which was 1 something down and some money a month also for each product. So I went to my local GNC store because I didnt feel like I should have to spend large amounts of money to loose weight. So I picked up an acai berry dietary supplment and a colon cleanser and have been taking it for a week now. I lost four pounds! I stomach is very trimmed, I can fit into my size 5 jeans again, I have plenty of energy and my appetite is gone. Sometimes I have to make myself eat because I dont think about food as much anymore. Hope this helps! Good Luck!

  • rootytoot

    I have just cancelled my order with the company as i was still in the 15 day trial period, but i still dont trust them not to just keep on taking my money so i have cancelled my bank card. My bank also gave me a number for their fraud team and advised me to phone them tomorrow to investigate it further. My advice to anyone is not to bother in the first place and to cancel your bank card! I am just keeping my fingers crossed that this is enough and that the crafty sods don’t still find a way to get at my money. Think i am gonna be having a few sleepless nights over the next month or so until i feel like enough time has elapsed and that i am safe from them!!

  • KIM

    First of all, NOBODY should be paying $500 for a vitamin. Secondly,DO NOT buy any of it online. Go to GNC, ask for the berries (they are trained and know everything about the suppllements they carry), and pay the $30 for the decent sized bottle. You’re clearly not very interested in getting healthier if you’re not willing to get off the couch.

  • Casey

    Does anyone have the number to the company where i can actually get a hold of them??

    • ted

      Casey, this is just a general review of an Acai Berry diet. There are hundreds of companies online selling the acai supplement and most are dodgy, so it would be hard for someone to give you a number.. You are better off buying it from vitaminworld or the likes..

  • Nick

    hi,
    i’ve actually bought my self a bottle.12 US $
    A complete waist of money. There is no magic berries.
    I do Martial arts and, because of my “eating healthy” i’ve tought to implement this in my diet.
    After two months….no changes. Not significal!

    A real Bullshit. Maybe mine was a cheap one….maybe….

  • Emily Baskett

    i braught acai berry from holland and barrets for £7. pound it really works i have been diating now for over 6 months on slimming world since taking acai about a month ago i have lost more waight then i ever have on slimming world am am loosing around 4/5 pounds a week .

    DONT BUY ON LINE GO TO A HEALTH SHOP

  • Hallie.

    Diana, when you ordered it off ebay, what was the company called, or the product? do you remember?

  • yaz

    i want to know how to cancel the order, its rubbish!

  • Jen

    I tried a $30 bottle of the acai berry. I didn’t loose any weight on it. I thought it was a complete waste of money. I’m doing a balanced diet now. Low carb, low fat, just plain eating healthy diet. I’ll start going back to Zumba classes next week and I expect to see weight loss happening! Those of you that spent $500 on the pills, I understand the frustration with trying to loose the weight and getting desparate enough to spend a large amount of money on anything that sounds like it will work! I’m there myself, but I don’t have the money to spend on diet pills that don’t work. That’s why I’m doing the eating plan that I’m doing now. No diet pills for me ever again!

  • Jess

    It tastes yuck

  • Sebastyne

    None of these reports tell you if you are losing fat or muscle. Most fast diets work because muscle is really easy to lose, it weighs more than fat but the fat stays put! I wouldn’t trust any report that trusts scales only, because the more muscle you lose, the harder it will be to burn fat. The only way to know if you’re losing fat or muscle is to measure fat percentages.

  • John Gorton

    Have you tried to look up and find an actual diet for the acaia berry.?? Can’t find one.. and if you do, its no different then what you should be doing anyways.. Everyone makes these claims og hudge weight loss, well I’ll tell you this much. Im down to 104kg’s from 118kgs (nothing to do with the Berry !! and all I wanna do is get bellow the 100kg make.. One month on the acaia berry and colon clensing diet and 1.5 kg..Mind you I havent lost anymore then what I would have doing what I’ve been doing..Its a crock..!!Save your money…this wont even let me vote bellow average..

  • M

    I saw an ad on the Nutrition Specialisrts Health Journal website for a free trail offer of AcaiOptimum and AdvancedColon Cleanse. I saw similar links on other web sitea as well and they all take you to a certain site to place your order. I ordered my free trial offer of each and paid a minimal S&H fee. Over three weeks later (once your credit card is charged) I received my product. When I tried to fill out my mail in rebate it said my credi card will be charged twice and I will get one of the charges rebated to me. This is not free, it is more like buy one get one free and it takes 40 days after the second charge to get your money in the form of a gift card. What a rip. BEWARE!!!

  • David

    I started to eat verry healthy and do the two TBS of the acaiberry diet concentrate in the morning and try to eat around 1000/ 1500 calories a day and i have been looseing around 1.5 lbs every 2/3 days, I eat small side salds eveyday for lunch and lot of fish and no red meats, no suger pop, and stay away from sweets! I have lost around 28 lbs in the last 7 weeks, and im only 15 lbs away from my goal weight.

    David E in Washington ST