Losing weight can be difficult, especially if you are in no position to workout regularly, or if you are suffering some condition that prevents you from physical stress on your body. In this case, you may be tempted to use diet pills, which seems like an easy and safe way to lose weight, and do almost nothing else to add to the cause.
Today on the global market there are numberless diet pill options, from losing weight, a decrease of appetite, to burn fat and increase muscle mass. One such pill that gives all of the above is supposedly Lipozene, giving you the lose of weight and fat burn with excellent success rate and visible results in a short time without any special diet or need of exercise.
What exactly is Lipozene?
Lipozene is a brand name, containing only one active ingredient which is a water-soluble fiber glucomannan, which is extracted from a plant called Konjac, or you may also find it as an elephant yam. The konjac plant has been used for centuries in the Far East as a remedy for many conditions, amongst which asthma, constipation, normalizing blood sugar level, skin problems and many others.
This active ingredient of the Lipozene is very well known for its ability to absorb water with an excellent absorption rate. Only one capsule of glucomannan can absorb o whole glass of water and turns in into a gel. It is often used in the food industry as a thickening or emulsifying agent.
Of course, Lipozene also contains other ingredients (gelatin, stearic acid, magnesium silicate) all used as fillers and stabilizers, however, none of them will help you lose weight.
How do Lipozene works?
Glucamanna is a dietary fiber and it has been known that people who eat more of it, tend to lose weight. Lipozene can have many mechanisms that can help lose weight, amongst which:
– Gives you the feeling of being full – as Lipozene absorbs water, it expands and fills your stomach, and slows down the rate of digestion of the rest of the food you ate. This way you will eat less food and less often.
– Low in calories – Lipozene is low in calories, so you will full without any extra calories. Plus, as it slows the rate of absorption of other nutrients (protein and fat), you will get less calories even from the food you regularly eat.
– Promotes good gut bacteria growth which can make you less prone to gaining weight.
Does it “really” work?
There are always two sides of the coin, and these two sides come from the different end, one of which is the customers’ side, the positive one you will find online, while the other side is the scientific one, based on research and lab results and everything else scientists do!
First, the customers’ Lipozene reviews. Expected, on the main Lipozene sale websites you will find miraculous losing weight results, directly from the customers, with pictures and details. And not even losing weight, people are talking about quitting insulin therapy and solving constipation problems. There are very few complaints and low ratings, and usually, they are easily solved by customer service.
However, when it comes to Amazon, the picture is a bit different, or actually a lot different. The rating of Lipozene on Amazon is only 2.5/5, having many one stars, and only 19% of reviews with 5 stars.
The scientific community has its own opinion, and it does not promise a lot. There are not a lot of studies regarding Lipozene but it does conduct show a small positive effect. One such five-week study investigated the effect of glucomannan on a group of 176, of which half were given glucomannan, and the other half was given a placebo. The group that took the supplement lost 1.7 kg more than the other group, which is not a great result at all!
Other studies have shown that the effect of Lipozene slows down after six months, and thus recommends using it in combination with some calorie-controlled diet.
The commercials still give you different data, showing a success rate of over 88% and this is where things get interesting. Namely, the company that sales Lipozene, Obesity Research Institute, is not a research institute at all, because, you’ve guessed it, they don’t do any researches nor publish any. They only retail… And on top of it, they did have many problems with the law. In 2005 the Federal Trade Commission fined them with 1.5 million dollars for false advertising, because of the claim that FiberThin and Propolene (also glucomannan supplements) will help you lose weight.
Plus, there is a lawsuit from a group of customers for false advertising with no results, paying them 1.5 million dollars. Now the company has a “warning letter” because they declare the supplement as a drug, and the product is still not FDA approved as a drug!
Any side effects?
Despite the lawsuit and small scientific evidence, Lipozene is usually well tolerated, with little side effects like nausea, diarrhea, constipation (which is weird, because it should help with one!). However, just in case do consult your physician, especially if you are taking any medications, just to be on a safe side.
There is not enough evidence that Lipozene will help you lose weight, and the price of the product is not low so you could just give it a try. There is no danger of taking it, but if you lower the income of healthy nutrients to your body, you could damage your overall health in many ways. Plus, even if you do decide to take it, combine it with exercise and a healthy diet, this way you will get faster results, and in time when you get used to regular exercise and a healthy diet, you can wait to take the pills. And of course, you can try with cheaper options, glucomannan supplements that are not Lipozene, or natural ways to digest the supplement like shirataki noodles, which is a much cheaper option, and tasty too.