Marketed as an “all-natural pre-workout thermogenic fat burner” for men and women, Liporidex Max claims to suppress appetite, burn off fat rapidly and boost your metabolism to provide sustained levels of energy.
But can two capsules each day really provide you with all this? We’re going to cut through the fluff and give you the truth about Liporidex Max.
On visiting the Liporidex website, you’re not met by the usual onslaught of glamorous models and muscle-bound hunks. Instead, a more serious, clinical looking website awaits you.
When looking at the ingredients list of Liporidex Max, the immediate concern that greets us is the number of ‘fad’ ingredients that have no scientific support. This includes Raspberry Ketone; a buzz word in the weight loss industry, but pretty much useless in terms of clinical weight-loss efficacy.
Seeing as we’re off to a bad start already, it’s not reassuring that, scrolling through this product’s reviews on any given retail website, the comments sections are littered with complaints of side-effects ranging from nausea and headache to ongoing jitters and anxiety problems.
One of the first advertising points that the manufacturers of Liporidex stresses is that individuals who suffer from stimulant allergies or have any medical condition involving the heart or high blood pressure should not take this supplement. This gives us an indication of the diet pill’s strength, but this does not necessarily equate to its efficacy.
The Liporidex Company (based in San Diego USA California) manufactures three weight loss supplements and the key difference is their content.
As suggested by the name, the strongest of the three with the highest levels of stimulants is Liporidex Max. The ingredients include caffeine, green coffee, bitter orange, and Guarana.
According to the Liporidex Max Website, the supplement offers several key actions:
• Lose more weight than dieting or exercise alone
• Reduce body fat
• Prevent calorie storage
• Increase energy levels
• Suppress appetite
• Increase metabolism
• Rejuvenate the body with antioxidants
While Liporidex Max claims to be “clinically-proven” in aiding weight loss, no studies or published research is available on the website. To gain a better understanding of the workings of Liporidex, we need to take a closer look at the ingredients individually and piece together a picture of what they might do.
The ingredients found in Liporidex Max that are proven to be effective are all stimulants.
This comes from two key sources: green coffee bean extract and guarana extract. The green coffee bean is a popular ingredient thought to promote weight loss . Guarana is a Brazilian fruit which contains caffeine.
Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant and many of us consume it from multiple sources in our day-to-day lives. Caffeine’s effects on weight loss rely on its abilities to increase the basal metabolic rate and therefore increase the body’s calorie consumption within a given amount of time.
Bitter orange (Citrus Aurantium)
Unlike the first two ingredients, bitter orange’s stimulant effects are due to its synephrine content.
Supplementation of synephrine has been proven to cause an increase in an individual’s basal metabolic rate. Usage of this supplement should be carefully monitored due to its effect on blood pressure and heart rate .
Although the amounts of synephrine contained in Liporidex Max are probably safe in of themselves, it is crucial that we consider the loading that is taking place due to the numerous sources of stimulant within the product .
This ingredient is a heavy stimulant. PEA will cause a short-lived high effect as it is quickly metabolized. This ‘high’ makes PEA an attractive supplement – especially amongst those consumers looking for an energy boost in the gym.
PEA can cause serious health problems, however, and the use of PEA and analogs has been clinically-proven to positively correlate with degeneration of heart valves  and regurgitation between heart chambers (which is as gross and dangerous as it sounds).
The remainder of the ingredients found in Liporidex Max are unfortunately ineffective when it comes to assisting with weight loss.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is a common ingredient found in weight loss supplements and is well known for its health-promoting qualities. It’s efficacy when it comes to weight loss promotion is questionable though.
While green tea itself does contain caffeine, which would fire up the metabolism , much like the other stimulants we’ve already discussed, the extract included in Liporidex Max is mainly made up of green tea catechins.
This means that the inclusion of green tea extract mainly just adds to the antioxidants in the product. While antioxidant properties are beneficial and can play a role in cancer prevention, they will not assist in weight loss, which is the main effect driving Liporidex sales.
Vitamins B6 and B12 are further examples of ingredients that are included in Liporidex Max that are beneficial to health but do not have any measurable effect on your ability to lose weight .
Raspberry ketones are another popular supplement, but their usage and advertisement are mainly based on false facts and industry hype. Scientific research carried out in animal models supplemented with raspberry ketones showed a reduction in fat and lipid levels. The downside is that people are not rats; it has been calculated that you would have to consume 2% of your body weight in raspberry ketones to produce the same effects as was seen in rats during lab testing .
L-Tyrosine is a natural amino acid synthesized within the body and is a precursor to dopamine. The idea behind L-tyrosine and its inclusion in this weight loss supplement is that if you are able to feed the brain’s pleasure centers with increased levels of dopamine, appetite will be reduced and fewer calories will be consumed .
L-Tyrosine is also found within cheese. Hilariously, Liporidex is likely to have no greater effect on your mood and satiety than you would achieve from eating cheese – though it will contain less saturated fat.
It’s also important to remember that Tyrosine is not an essential amino acid and you can produce it without any dietary source.
The Rest: Herbal Extracts
The remainder of the ingredients found in Liporidex max are herbal supplements and ‘holistic therapies’ that stem from traditional Chinese and Indian medicine.
Rhodiola Rosea Root, Ashwagandha Root, Quercetin, and Evodiamine are all claimed to possess qualities that reduce fat, cure anxiety and depression and enhance power and performance. There is no medical evidence to support these claims, so their inclusion in Liporidex is best characterized as ‘filler’.
Ashwagandha root is also a member of the nightshade family of plants and has been used as a herbal remedy to induce abortion in the past – this should be approached with due caution.
The supplement seems to work for some people; there are simply too many positive online reviews to dismiss this. Even though the ingredient profile is inadequate (especially compared to many market alternatives), many consumers seem pleased by the results that they have achieved. What they might not have noted is the negative effect it has taken on their heart health.
There are two types of ingredients in Liporidex. The first type is effective but injurious, such as PEA. The second type is ineffective but innocuous, such as quercetin. The fact is that serious fat-burning doesn’t occur healthily – it is almost always a trade-off of health to fat loss. We always choose the former: slow fat loss is still fat loss, but PEA-related heart problems are relatively permanent.
Many of the ingredients remain unproven clinically and there is a likelihood of side effects and drug interactions. This ranges from simplistic effects such as some usual stimulant side effects (dependent on each individual’s sensitivity) to more serious matters.
Liporidex Max is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, allergic to stimulants, has heart disease or high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, or caffeine-sensitive. So, basically, anyone that is overweight.
The ingredient Ashwagandha Root should be avoided if an individual is attempting to conceive as traditionally the root has been used to terminate pregnancies.
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The high number of positive customer reviews are impressive, but the downside of Liporidex Max is that there is no real reason that it should help you lose weight.
The ingredient profile is far from transparent: most of the ingredients included in the supplement are unproven and some of them are potentially detrimental to the consumer’s health.
 Westerterp‐Plantenga, Margriet S., Manuela PGM Lejeune, and Eva MR Kovacs. “Body weight loss and weight maintenance in relation to habitual caffeine intake and green tea supplementation.” Obesity 13.7 (2005): 1195-1204.
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.
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