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Ex-model ‘nutritionist to the royals’ accused of making misleading claims in slimmer product

Ex-model ‘nutritionist to the royals’ who was at Harry and Meghan’s wedding is accused by experts of making misleading claims over her Slim Me weight-loss supplement

  • Harry and Meghan wedding guest Gabriela Peacock’s Slim Me product criticised
  • The Czech former model turned nutritionist has a £95 per month dietary range
  • Ms Peacock, 39, uses ingredient glucomannan described as ‘clinically proven’ 
  • But weight loss experts say the evidence supporting its claims are flimsy at best 

A model turned nutritionist who was a guest at Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has been accused of making misleading claims over her weight-loss supplement.

Gabriela Peacock is facing criticism over her Slim Me product which claims to help people shed excess pounds and is sold with the help of social media influencers. 

But health experts say the promises that her supplement will help people to lose weight are misleading and lacking in significant scientific evidence.

Gabriela Peacock (pictured centre) is facing criticism over her Slim Me product which claims to help people shed excess pounds and is sold with the help of social media influencers

The former Czech model, 39, a friend of Princess Beatrice, has even been described as ‘nutritionist to the royal family’, uses an ingredient called glucomannan.

The natural fibre is supposedly ‘clinically proven’ and is in a number of other weight loss products, such as the £14.49 Boombodd and £12.99 Skinny Sprinkles smoothies.

Ms Peacock’s own brand, Slim Me, which is part of a range of dietary supplements sold by GP Nutrition, costs up to £95 for a month’s supply was sold previously in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. 

While glucomannan is recognised by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), health experts say evidence linking it to fat loss is not strong.

Ms Peacock’s product has not been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) but the other, similar products such as Boombodd which also contain glucomannan, has had three notices by the ASA for ‘irresponsible messaging and misleading weight-loss claims’.

Dr David Nunan, senior researcher at Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, told The Times: ‘The evidence does not support glucomannan as an effective weight-loss intervention or supplement.’

Ms Peacock's own brand, Slim Me, which is part of a range of dietary supplements sold by GP Nutrition, costs up to £95 for a month's supply was sold previously in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols

Ms Peacock’s own brand, Slim Me, which is part of a range of dietary supplements sold by GP Nutrition, costs up to £95 for a month’s supply was sold previously in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols

Adding Ms Peacock’s claim that Slim Me was clinically proven was based on ‘selective reporting of one or two trials’.

Another expert said: ‘The studies that have been performed on glucomannan have very small sample sizes and show either no significant effect on body weight, or very modest effects, less than 1kg weight loss over 60 days.’

The day before the royal wedding in May last year, Ms Peacock shared an article she contributed to containing her nutrition advice with the caption: ‘Find out some insider tips on how the royals are preparing for the big day!’ 

The day before the royal wedding in May last year, Ms Peacock shared an article she contributed to containing her nutrition advice with the caption: 'Find out some insider tips on how the royals are preparing for the big day!'

The day before the royal wedding in May last year, Ms Peacock shared an article she contributed to containing her nutrition advice with the caption: ‘Find out some insider tips on how the royals are preparing for the big day!’

Ms Peacock said: ‘The efficacy of all of our active ingredients within GP Nutrition products is extensively supported by widely available scientific evidence’. 

She also added that she would welcome further scientific research. 

Slim Me, Boombod and Skinny Sprinkles have been contacted for comment. 

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