Who wouldn’t love to lose weight without changing their lifestyle? I know I would. Well, that’s exactly what Lipozene is selling! Is it too good to be true? Some say it is and others say it isn’t. We break through the debate to give you the truth.
Lipozene is a powder supplement that you take in with 8 ounces of water. You need to take it 30 minutes before each of your three meals (snacks are not addressed). Sounds easy enough.
Lipozene’s main ingredient is glucomannan. It’s a fiber that absorbs water. Therefore, the company claims that Lipozene works through a series of four steps.
The first step is when you actually take the supplement.
The second step involves the fiber coming in to the stomach, absorbing water, and expanding.
Step three is the feeling of fullness you get from the expanded fiber.
The fourth step is that you eat less due to feeling full. That means you’re only consciously involved in two steps of the process: taking the supplement and eating less because you feel full. Sounds like a bit of a hoax? From that description it is a bit exaggerated, but there is some science behind taking glucomannan.
Fiber itself has many health benefits! In fact, eating the recommended 30 grams of fiber per day can help you lose weight. It can also help you lower your blood pressure and increase your body’s response to insulin (due to your weight loss). The best part is that getting the recommended daily amount of fiber is equally effective as more complex, calorie-restriction diets. Imagine the benefits you could get from doing both! However, for those of us with busy schedules and crazy lives, making a simple, easy change like adding fiber could be the best option.
But don’t get too excited yet. Dr. Mercola cautions that not all fibers are created equally. Obviously, food options are better than supplements. Foods rich in fiber offer additional benefits such as readily absorbable vitamins and minerals.
However, if you don’t enjoy eating fiber-rich foods such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflower, or eat enough of them to meet your daily gram goal, supplements may still be for you. This is especially the case when you cannot opt for easy fiber options such as grains.
Carbohydrates are not inherently bad for you; however, if you are already diagnosed with diabetes or leptin resistance eating more carbs can be harmful to your health. In these cases, a fiber supplement could be a great option.
So there is some truth behind glucomannan’s ability to absorb water- as most fiber can. This may cause you to feel slightly fuller, but not to the extent advertised. However, it does slow stomach emptying which can be quite beneficial… Ok, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all of this information, so let’s break it down piece-by-piece.
Yes, glucomannan absorbs water. This expansion that occurs when the product reaches your stomach can help you feel fuller. It also slows how fast your body can absorb what you eat after you take it. This can lead to more even blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels typically spike right after a meal and are fairly low right before a meal. This fluctuation can be frustrating if you are diabetic or even if you experience symptoms of fatigue due to low blood sugar throughout the day. Therefore, everyone can benefit from this unique feature of fiber.
However, this bonus comes with a warning. Glucomannan will expand when exposed to water. This means if you already have difficulty swallowing, you may be in for a very unpleasant experience. Generally, it is recommend that if you are at an increased risk for esophagus or intestine obstruction you should avoid taking fiber supplements, especially glucomannan. But don’t fret, the fiber-rich food options are still available to you. Just opt for the natural instead.
The University of Michigan also agrees with Harvard that glucomannan has some great health benefits. Research has shown that glucomannan is helpful for constipation, as most fiber is because it acts as a natural laxative. It can also reduce bad cholesterol levels as you lose weight. Obviously, with its ability to slow food absorptions, it can be beneficial for those with diabetes and insulin resistance syndrome because it allows for steadier blood sugar levels. It can reduced diverticular disease symptoms. And it can even help children who are battling obesity as well as adults.
Like all supplement products, there are some filler ingredients. Lipozene’s are gelatin, magnesium silicate, and stearic acid. Many people complain that the gelatin is a filler that causes you to pay more than you need to. Depending on your circumstances this may be the case. However, many people take gelatin supplements to help supplement the cushion (cartilage) their joints suffering from osteoarthritis. Gelatin only helps cartilage minimally, but it doesn’t have any negative side-effects. So really, I see this as a bonus ingredient rather than a detriment to the integrity of the product. Just keep in mind that it means this product is not vegetarian or vegan.
Magnesium silicate and stearic acid, on the other hand, are harder to rationalize. They keep the powder from clumping together. This helps you get the right amount of the product each time because it is easier to measure lose powder rather than masses, but other than that it does nothing but up the price.
Lipozene has taken a lot of flak from people who say that their product is not unique. Regardless, the company does make an effort to be transparent to their consumers. They readily divulge their ingredients and they even funded their own independent research. Now there are rumors that the company had to pay the FDA for false advertisement. But this is very common for diet companies.
Usually, they just have to add a disclaimer that the results pictures they show are not typical results. So if the claim is true, it is not necessarily a deal breaker. And the best part of all is that there are no distributors to deal with. Now this is not to put down companies that use a pyramid scheme with distributors or sales people. Just sometimes you want to order your product and be done. You don’t want to hear about amazing job opportunities or how you can get extra discounts by paying extra money. Sometimes you just want to order your product and be done- no strings attached.
In their independent research (although we are always skeptical of the results in these cases) they found some fairly promising results. Participants in the study lost weight and 78% of that weight loss was fat (yes, no matter what you do you will lose muscle mass when losing weight). So this was great news. Also, the powder Lipozene product does not contain any stimulants like many diet supplements do. This means less potential side-effects!
Due to all of glucomannan’s amazing health benefits, it was surprising to see that the average customer rating was 2.7 out of 5 stars. Of course, there are those who liked the product. They easily fit it into their lifestyle and enjoy the weight loss and other benefits. However, there are those who are not sold that Lipozene is the way to go.
One customer had some unexpected side-effects when taking the product, but not your usual diet supplement problems. She reported that she was constantly inconvenienced by her need to go to the restroom while taking this product. As a teacher, this made Lipozene an impossibility for her. Some customers say that this urgency subsides with use, but many cannot wait that long. It is important to note here that if you go from barely having any fiber in your diet to the full recommended amount, you are more likely to experience this side-effect than those who regularly ingest fiber.
Another customer complained that the product is not worth its price. Lipozene is not a wholly unique product. In fact, there are many products like it on the market- one being Metamucil. With almost the exact same ingredient list, but very different prices, it is difficult to justify buying Lipozene. Additionally, another customer accused Lipozene of having to pay the FDA a settlement since their ingredients are fairly basic. However, there is something to be said for simple ingredients- they tend to work. But this doesn’t mean that you should overpay for them.
We give Lipozene a 3 out of 5 stars. The company is decent. The ingredient is great. The price; however, is not so wonderful. Although it would be a hit to their bottom line, if Lipozene would reduce the price of their product, it could easily bump up to a 4 out of 5 stars. We reserve the final fifth star because users may experience that initial urgency to use the restroom that is very inconvenient for most people’s lives.
For now, we stand by our 3-star rating. Hopefully, Lipozene will consider their pricing because this product could potentially afford some users great benefits. Until then, try to get natural forms of fiber or take a pure glucomannan supplement without the fillers.
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives. You can contact her via the "About Us" page.
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