Medical Minute 9-8: Slim Capsule Debate

By: Vanessa Welch Email
By: Vanessa Welch Email

Inside a small tanning salon there's a strange looking machine. And it's re-shaping Nina Labbe's body. Right now, she's getting the latest figures on her figure. She's even lost five pounds.

Seven days of 20 minute sessions in high heat..up to 180 degrees…. And lots of sweating inside the slim capsule.

"Nina as well as many members have had awesome results," said Dawn Hamilton/Salon Business Development Director.

Sybaritics makes these pods. A company spokesman tells us right now there 35-thousand machines like this worldwide. He adds that there have been nearly four million sessions in the pods, resulting in 50-million dollars in revenue. While the company does *not* claim slim capsules possess any health benefits, IT does claim it increases your core temperature. And that every degree it goes up, your metabolism is increased by six-percent.

"I don't understand how that would happen and for sure I didn't see any scientific reports demonstrating this," said John Pilcher, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon, New Dimensions Weight Loss.

Bariatric Surgeon Doctor John Pilcher believes people who use the machine sweat out pounds of water weight that will eventually come back.

"I've battled with being overweight my whole life."

Stephanie Covarrubia is about to get gastric bypass because of that struggle. She says she's tried just about everything to lose weight.
She believes the slim capsule is a gimmick.

"I would say, you haven't tried it."

"You're going to have people who don't believe in a product even when it does work."

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BACKGROUND: About one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged two to 19 years are obese. (Source: CDC)

STANDARD DIET: If you were to list the factors that increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, intestinal disorders – just about any illness – the standard American diet has them all: (Source:
• High in animal fats
• High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
• Low in fiber
• High in processed foods
• Low in complex carbohydrates
• Low in plant-based foods
FIGHTING THE FAT: THE DEBATE -- The Slim Capsule works where the body is tucked inside a capsule and heated with LED bulbs and heating elements. The head sticks outside the unit, while a fan blows cool air on the face. Before getting into the Slim Capsule, you apply lotion and oil to your “trouble areas.” These two products help break down cellulite. You also wear a zip-up suit that helps your body reach top temperatures. The first Slim Capsule sessions gets you to about 150 degrees. The temperature is increased in following sessions until your body core reaches 175 degrees, which is tolerable because your head is outside the station. Sessions in the capsule last from 20-30 minutes.

The company that markets The Slim Capsule says it detoxes pulling toxins out of the body. It reportedly tones, firms and contours the body, burns calories, increases metabolism and circulation. There are also light-emitting diodes (LEDs) -- head-to-toe lights they say help with anti-aging and firming of the skin. Some doctors say heat does not increase metabolism and burn calories, the women who use the Slim Capsule say their bodies, skin and stretch marks look better, and it's motivating them. It’s up to you to decide. (

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