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The weight loss supplement industry is saturated with fat loss pills that claim to produce incredible results with no effort. Most of them aren't worth the cost of getting them shipped to your door. That's why it is refreshing to come across a product that features ingredients that have scientific studies standing behind it.
LipoFuze is not only one of the most popular dieting pills on the market; it is one of the most popular supplements, period. It is claimed to eliminate cravings and binge eating, boost metabolism AND increase lean muscle mass. If those claims stack up, that makes it more than a fat loss pill – it makes it an overall body transformation supplement.
LipoFuze contains ingredients that target that really hard to lose weight around the belly. This means that you'll lose the fat and not the muscle. Most of the ingredients used in Lipofuze have clinical studies to back up their claims.
Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit grown in Asia. It contains Hydroxy Citric Acid, which is a compound that has been proven effective in the regulation of carbohydrates within the body.It does this by blocking an enzyme that converts carbohydrate into fat (1).
The official Lipofuze website cites a study in which those study participants were able to lose an average of just over 8 pounds in 8 weeks. This compares to a placebo group, who lost an average of just over 5 pounds in the same time period. There are, however, no references cited for this study.
Green Coffee Bean are coffee beans that haven't been roasted. That gives them a higher level of chlorogenic acid, which prevents the build up of fat storage on the body.
Chlorogenic acid has also been seen to improve cardiovascular health (2).
This ingredient was recently featured on Dr. Oz, who called it ‘the secret ingredient in your medicine cabinet to help you lose 10 pounds.' It helps to lower your cholesterol and boost your metabolism.
African Mango is also a very effective appetite suppressant.It will help you to feel fuller, so that you can last between meals without binging on your favorite naughty foods.
The active ingredient in African Mango is a compound called Irvingia Gabonensis. Studies have proven that Irvingia Gabonensis lowers fat stores by reducing appetite (3).
Green tea extract is a herbal product obtained from green tea leaves. Unlike many green tea extracts on the market, the extract used in LipoFuze, Green Select, is completely caffeine free. It is also more bioavailable than regular green tea, making it able to be better absorbed by the body.This extract contains the maximum concentration of active compounds, with 60% polyphenols and 40% ECGC.
Green tea contains a large amount of what are known as catechins. These are responsible for most of the health giving benefits of green tea.The more catechins there are in the mix, the more catecholamines there will be.
Adrenaline and noradrenaline are two catecholamines that have been proven to mobilize fat stores. In one study, the catecholaines in green tea were shown to boost the metabolism by 4% (4).
Research has shown that supplementing with green tea extract can accelerate exercise performance,induce fat loss and specifically help to reduce abdominal fat. In a 12 week study, participants who took green tea extract lost an extra 7.4% of abdominal fat compared with a placebo group (5).
Caffeine is the world's most popular supplement. It's use as a stimulant is widely known. However, recent studies have also shown it to be an effective fat loss agent.
A clinical trial mentioned on the Lipofuze website suggests that it may be able to induce thermogenesis and fat oxidation. Results of the double blind clinical study showed that weight loss among the high caffeine intake group was greater than among both a lower caffeine intake group and a placebo group. This followed through to reductions in Body Mass Index (BNMI), body fat percentage, fat mass and waist circumference.
Caffeine's fat oxidation properties lies in its ability to increase the level of fatty acids in the blood so that they can be used for energy. In this way it leads to faster and more efficient burning of stored body fat (6).
Higenamine has been touted as a replacement for the potent but banned stimulant ephadrine. It is derived from the Nandina fruit tree. It works by boosting the levels of free fatty acids in the bloodstream. This leads to enhanced fat burning.
An unreferenced clinical study is cited on the official Lipofuze website. It showed that supplementation with higenamine, in conjunction with Yohimbine bark extract and caffeine, increased the levels of free fatty acids in the blood. It is suggested that working out boosts the fat metabolizing effects of higenamine.
To date, however, there are no independent clinical studies to verify the effects of higenamine.
Purple tea has been gaining popularity lately due to its high concentrations of polyphenols. It contains 81% more polyphenols than green tea. The polyphenols are contained in GHG, which inhibits fat storing enzymes.
Cissus Quadrangularis is a member of the grape family. Studies have shown, that when it is used in conjunction with African mango, it produces a synergistic effect, whereby the two results from the two ingredients together, as far more effective than if you took either of them alone.
Cissus Quadrangularis has been shown in clinical trials to induce fat lipolysis. At the same time it lowers blood sugar levels (7).
Chromax is a derivative of chromium. If you are pre-diabetic, or have issues with carb control in your diet, then this ingredient will help you to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Lipofuze contains a lot of ingredients, and many of them have clinical studies to support them. That already puts it head of may of its competitors. However, the results that you can expect from taking these ingredients cannot live up to the promises promoted on the Lipofuze website.
The most effective ingredients in terms of fat loss are likely to be Irvingia Gabonensis and African Mango. Both of these are high in fiber, antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Apart from these two, however, the other ingredients are fairly stock standard in most weight loss products.
Despite the claims made by the manufacturers of Lipofuze, this product does not contain any ingredients that directly stimulate muscle maintenance, yet alone muscle building.
Lipofuze comes with a number of potential negative side effects.
Side effects from Green Tea have been known to include constipation, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and insomnia.
Irvingia Gabonensis may produce such side effects as bloating, gas and trouble getting to sleep.
Caffeine has a number of well known side-effects, including increased pulse rate, tingling of the skin, hot flushes, nausea and headaches.
The recommended daily intake of Lipofuze is two capsules. Take one capsule with water before breakfast and the other just before you eat your lunch.
LipoFuze is not the breakthrough fat loss pill that many of the over inflated reviews claim it to be. It contains a number of stock standard ingredients that you would expect to find in a weight loss product of its type. The only real unique ingredients are Irvingia Gabonensis and African Mango. As noted, however, these come with some potential side effects.
We believe that Lipofuze will provide you with some beneficial results if it used as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle. That means that you should be exercising regularly and following a sensible, clean diet if you wish it to have any effect. Even then, the results will vary from person and person and will not be as pronounced as what the hype would suggest.
If you begin a course of Lipofuze without any false expectations of miraculous results, it should provide you with decent, though not startling, fat loss benefits.
(1) The Use of Garcinia Extract (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight loss Supplement: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010674/
(2) The effect of chlorogenic acid enriched coffee on glucose absorption in healthy volunteers and its effect on body mass when used long-term in overweight and obese people – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18035001
(3) IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19254366
(4) Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049
(5) Green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced abdominal fat loss in overweight and obese adults – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19074207
(6) Caffeine and coffee: their influence on metabolic rate and substrate utilization in normal weight and obese individuals – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7369170
(7) The effect of Cissus quadrangularis (CQR-300) and a Cissus formulation (CORE) on obesity and obesity-induced oxidative stress – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17274828?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
Steve Theunissen is a freelance writer living in Melbourne, Australia. He is a former gym owner and personal trainer and is the author of six hardcopy books and more than a hundred ebooks on the topics of bodybuilding, fitness and fat loss. Steve also writes history books with a focus on the history of warfare. He is married and has two daughters. You can contact him via the "About Us" page.