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Easy 100 is a popular fat loss supplement that has been making the rounds quite consistently for the past few years. The rapid rise in popularity experienced by Easy 100 can be easily explained by the huge amount of attention it received after winning the 2012 Physicians Choice Award – a well-known award that is said to be bestowed on companies that embrace naturopathic medicine and support naturopathic physicians, their practices, and their patients.
One thing that becomes quite apparent with Easy 100, is that it makes some somewhat incredible weight loss claims. The supplementation of Easy 100 is said to create the loss of 2 pounds per day, with a guaranteed weight loss of 12 pounds of 6 days. Moreover, it is suggested that losing 100 pounds is entirely feasible (and even easy) with the addition of easy 100 to your diet.
Now, while these claims are lofty (even by the standards set by weight loss supplements), it does not mean that are not true. To gain an underrating of how Easy 100 works (and the potential side effects associated), we are going to have an in depth look at the ingredients included within its formula, and how they interact with the human body.
Now, the first thing that does stand out is that fact that Easy 100 only has 4 ingredients. This should actually be seen as a positive, as it almost guarantees that this formula does not contain any fillers.
Looking into it even further, this means that as there are only four ingredients, each should be provided in a dosage high enough to actually elicit a response. It is not uncommon for some weight loss products to have 20 (or even more!) ingredients. If you have 20 different ingredients in a 2 gram serving, you can pretty well guarantee that none of them are provided in a high enough dosage to interact with the body in any capacity.
Gamma linoleic acid (or GLA for short) is an omega 6 fatty acid. Omega 6 fatty acids are frequently considered essential fatty acids as they are necessary for the maintenance of health and cellular function, but cannot be made by the human body (and as such must be obtained through diet).
Most Omega 6 fatty acids obtained through diet come from vegetable oils, which are consumed in the form of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is then converted to GLA, where it is then transported around the body where it is then used in a number of metabolic processes.
The supplementation of GLA has shown to cause significant reductions in systemic inflammation , which has been further suggested to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and may even reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.
From a weight loss perspective, the consumption of additional GLA has been suggested to increase the metabolic activity of brown fat. Brown fat is fatty tissue found in the human body that is active (actually uses energy to function), and plays a role in maintaining body temperature. By increasing the activity of our brown fat, GLA has been suggested to increase the amount of energy we burn at rest, thus increasing our ability to lose weight .
Moreover, GLA has also been suggested to act as an appetite suppressant when consumed orally. It could be expected that by reducing appetite, GLA may lead to a reduced caloric intake throughout the day’s duration, which in turn could lead to weight loss over time.
While early animal research did indeed suggest promise for GLA as a weight management product, its effect have been somewhat minimal in comparison to other essential fatty acids (such as conjugated linoleic acid) when consumed by humans.
Chitosan is a naturally occurring compound that is extracted from the shells of shrimps and crustaceans. Chitosan has recently been suggested to limit the amount of fat our body can digest and absorb in the gut from the other food we eat, and as such has been occurring commonly in a number of different weight management products.
Chitosan has been said to limit the amount of energy we consume from the food we eat, which can reduce our daily energy intake – without physically limiting the amount of food we eat. Once consumed in supplement form, chitosan is thought to bind with the fat molecules found within our digestive system, which then pass through our digestive tract untouched and unabsorbed.
As a result, it has been thought that the supplementation of chitosan will cause substantial weight loss through the restriction of our daily energy intake.
A recent review of the literature evaluated the effectiveness of Chitosan as a weight loss supplement, looking that the combined effects of Chitosan supplementation over 14 different studies, each lasting 4 weeks in duration. It was found that on average, over 4 weeks, those taking Chitosan lost approximately 2kg (or 4.4 pounds) more than those taking a placebo .
Although it is important to note that in the grand scheme of things that a loss of 2kg over 4 weeks in overweight and obese individuals is actually quite small, and is likely less than what would be incurred through a change in diet and an exercise intervention.
Calcium pyruvate has become increasingly popular in the weight management industry. You see, when the body metabolises glucose for energy, it creates calcium pyruvate as a by-product. This is then used to shuttle compounds around the body, where they can then be used for energy. This process is said to slow the deposition of fat in the adipose tissue, and make it more available to be broken down and used for energy.
It therefore seems plausible that the supplementation of pyruvate may increase the breakdown of fat for energy, while also reducing the body’s ability to store fat.
The supplementation of calcium pyruvate (30 grams per day) has been shown to improve the rate of fat loss in obese women, during a time of energy deficit, when compared to those not receiving a calcium pyruvate supplement (9 pounds compared to 6 pounds over 3 weeks) .
Although it is important to note that these women were both obese AND in a calorie deficit, so while calcium pyruvate may have contributed to the weight loss, it is unlikely it was the root cause. Moreover, considering that the serving size of calcium pyruvate in Easy 100 is well below what was received by the females is in this study, its effectiveness is most likely reduced heavily.
While relatively new on the supplement market, green coffee beans have made a bit of a splash in recent times, and as a result they have become a frequent ingredient in a number of new weight management supplements.
Green coffee beans are ultimately just regular coffee beans that are yet to be roasted, and as a result contain an active compound known as Chlorogenic Acid (which is typically removed from the bean during the roasting process).
It is Chlorogenic acid that has been suggested to cause weight loss in humans when ingested orally. The human research on the supplementation of Green coffee extract has shown some promising signs, causing measurable reductions in fat mass when consumed by overweight and obese adults, irrespective of exercise .
Despite the relationship observed between the consumption of green coffee extract and weight loss, it is hard to discern whether these are caused by the Chlorogenic Acid found in green coffee beans, or the caffeine content of the coffee beans.
As Green coffee beans are coffee beans (obviously), they do contain a relatively high level of caffeine. We know that caffeine has the capacity to promote weight loss through increases in metabolism and the breakdown of fats for energy.
It is also worth mentioning that a number of the studies appearing within the referenced review were designed and published by those same companies that sell green coffee extract as a weight loss supplement. As a result, there may be some bias within the data.
The 4 key ingredients within easy 100 have shown some promise as weight management supplements, showing small associations with reductions in fat mass. Although it is important to note that while these ingredients sound logical, the human research does suggest they may not be as effective as first thought.
On a more positive note, these ingredients have not been shown to have any real negative side effects (particularly in comparison to other weight loss supplements). So while they may only influence weight loss slightly, they will not have any negative health implications associated.
Upon review, I can pretty well guarantee that easy-100 will not cause 2 pounds of fat loss each and every day. While the ingredients have shown some promise in animal research, they appear to be less effective in humans, only producing extra weight loss during times of calorie deficit and in overweight and obese individuals.
Moreover, Easy 100 is an extremely expensive option, particularly considering it is not particularly effective. You would be better off saving your hard earned pennies and investing in a personal trainer and some quality dietary advice!
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry! You can contact him via the "About Us" page.