Lipozene: Should You Try It Or Go The Old Fashioned Route

Lipozene review

Lipozene has claimed that it will help its users lose weight with little to no effort on their part as far as diet and exercise.  People will jump on that bandwagon quick.  Who wouldn’t want to lose their weight fast and without having to do a thing?  A company really needs to be sure they can deliver such unrealistic results before making these exclamations. 

The company behind Lipozene is Obesity Research LLC based in California and founded in 2003.  The name implies that they do some type of scientific research or have credentials of the sort, but they, in fact, are strictly selling diet pills.  In 2005, Lipozene received a judgment over one million dollars for false advertising.  The Federal Trade Commission went against them due to misrepresenting weight loss claims that were a violation of federal laws.

Lipozene has also been involved in two more class action lawsuits.  These were also for false advertising claims along with false claims about weight loss in general.  They carry a B-rating within the Better Business Bureau who has 52 logged complaints on their company. 

HOW LIPOZENE WORKS

This company touts itself as having a product that targets body fat as opposed to just eliminating water during the weight loss process.  Lipozene gives you a feeling of satiety in order that you eat less at mealtime.  You don’t need to change what you are eating.  It will just allow the volume of food that you take in to be decreased. The fiber contained within the active ingredient has the ability to absorb many times itself in water and will form a gel within the digestive system which will then cause the food taken into the stomach to leave much more slowly.

Fullness.  It provides you with a feeling of being full by slowing down the digestive process and keeping you fuller for a longer period of time.

Calories.  The product allows you to remain in a calorie deficit throughout the day by taking in a smaller volume of food with each meal.

Fuel.  It gives your body the fuel it needs for good gut bacteria which is known to reduce risks of obesity.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in Lipozene is derived from the root of the Konjac plant and is known as  Amorphophallus Konjac, also Elephant Yam or, more commonly, Glucomannan. This is a water-soluble fiber or thickener as well as emulsifier.  It is known to absorb upwards of fifty times its weight of water.  This active ingredient has been shown to assist with weight loss when it is combined with a balanced diet of 1200 calories.  Having only 1200 calories, though, is sure to bring about weight loss in and of itself with no dietary supplement assisting.

The inactive ingredients of Lipozene include gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, and magnesium silicate.   These ingredients don’t provide any benefit to the supplement nor do they cause any type of side effects on their own.  They are basically merely filler ingredients.

DOSAGE

It is very important when you take Lipozene that you remember to drink at least eight ounces of water with each dose and continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Because of the thickening agent, there is the possibility for blockages to occur within the throat or in the intestines without proper hydration. 

The recommended dose is :

– 2 capsules X 3 meals per day with 8 ounces of water taken 30 minutes prior to meals.

Each dose that you take contains 1.5 g of Glucomannan which will equal out to 4.5 g per day.  The recommended amount of this fiber that you should have to achieve weight loss for an obese or overweight adult should be between 2 – 4 g per day.  The recommended intake of fiber that adults should have in order to be healthy is 30 g per day which includes 6 – 8 g of soluble fiber.  There are loads of healthy foods on the market that will provide well over the amount of soluble fiber that this dietary supplement does and may encourage weight loss just as well.

SIDE EFFECTS

Any kind of a dramatic change in your fiber intake will result in gastrointestinal side effects which could include stomach pain, gas, diarrhea/increased bathroom usage/flatulence, bloating or nausea, or constipation. If Lipozene is taken in large doses, these results could occur because it is a fiber supplement. 

There are some oral medications that could interact with this product which may render these medicines to be not as effective.  This is because the gel that is formed acts like a barrier.  You should always let your physician know when you begin any dietary supplement program so that they can keep watch over your prescriptions.  While taking Lipozene, your daily medications should be taken at least an hour prior to taking the supplement.

The blue dye that was used to tint the tablets has been known to cause alarm for discolored stools, allergic reactions including rashes as well as difficulty breathing, and it has proven to be toxic with the slight possibility to be fatal.

BENEFITS

Lipozene’s main benefit is it’s soluble fiber content.  This one active ingredient when taken at 3 g per day has the capability of improving instances of constipation, controlled blood sugar levels and control over diabetes, decreases in cholesterol levels, improved gut health, lowered risk of heart disease as well as Type II Diabetes. 

PRICE

If you shop online, you will be able to find a trial offer of Lipozene for $29.95 that is for 30 capsules which you will take a maximum of 6 per day meaning the bottle will last for approximately 5 days.  It does not tell you anywhere how much it will cost to go on after the trial period.  Several customers complained that they got caught in an automatic renew cycle with the company and could not get out after doing the trial offer.  It may be a better bet to buy it retail somewhere like Walmart where they have it over-the-counter for $19.99.  It would save a lot of headaches, a lot of money, and give you a chance to just try it out.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

There were a handful of customers who felt Lipozene worked exactly as they said that it would.  They weren’t hungry at mealtime and lost weight quickly, some even forgot to eat.  This could have a little bit to do with mindset too.  If you really want something to work, you will modify your behavior to make sure that the outcome is good.  This is not suggesting that the product didn’t work, but taking a tablet alone will not bring the kind of long-term results that most people are hoping for.

Most of the folks who took the tablets said that they did not work.  They, in fact, put on weight by taking them.  They felt they had been ‘ripped off’.  They didn’t receive the ‘full feeling’ that had been advertised and simply had no results of any kind.

There were multiple complaints about the billing and customer service aspects of the company. 

CONCLUSION

In one breath, there is a message that you don’t need to change anything about your diet or exercise program in order to reap the weight loss benefits of this program.  In the next breath, they say to take this supplement in conjunction with a 1200 calorie diet in order to achieve a successful weight loss regimen.  Neither seems believable.  Simply taking a tablet and not changing your eating habits or exercise routine can only result in short-term goals if any.  You can’t take the tablet forever, and once you stop, the weight goes back on. 

By eating a mere 1200 calories per day, you’re going to lose weight even if you don’t take the tablet, particularly if you add in an exercise plan.  What do you need the tablet for? If you’re counting and restricting your calories yourself, you don’t need Lipozene to further restrict you.

If you want to lose weight in a healthy, natural way, you should eat whole, nutritional foods and have yourself involved in some type of activity on a regular basis.  Relying on supplements to do the work for you is not the way to go.  Our bodies get into bad shape the old fashioned way, and we need to get healthy the same way.

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