Lipozene Review for Weight Loss

Are you considering weight loss with Lipozene? Reviews for the product make it seem like the pill is a slam dunk if you're trying to lose weight. But sometimes customer reviews don't tell the whole story.

For example, is Lipozene safe? And does Lipozene work without changing your diet and cutting calories? It's important to consider Lipozene dangers, costs, and effectiveness in comparison to other typical weight loss products before you make a final decision.

Reviews of the Science

The Lipozene website contains references to clinical studies. But they don't provide any details about how the research was conducted or where it was published for evaluation by experts in the field. They state: "Overweight persons in the active group and all persons in the 1st study lost on average at least 4.93 more lbs than placebo." They go on to say that "78% of each pound lost was pure body fat."

That statement sounds impressive but as a consumer, you don't know how long it took people to lose that weight or how the body fat was measured. Perhaps it took a month, a year, or even five years to slim down. More importantly, you don't know what people had to do to lose weight. Perhaps the group with Lipozene had to exercise and cut calories and the placebo group did not.

Because the research was not published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal there is no way to know if the study would hold up to scrutiny. And in fact, in reports regarding class action lawsuits, experts have questioned the integrity of the statements about studies.

The company also references scientific studies about Amorphophallus konjac as evidence that the product is effective. Amorphophallus konjac is a plant that is the source of glucomannan gum, the active ingredient in Lipozene. Glucomannan is a water-soluble, fermentable dietary fiber. Studies regarding glucomannan aren't very impressive.

For example, one study published in December 2013 in the Journal of Obesity concludes that glucomannan did not promote weight loss when taken for eight weeks. Another review of current clinical trials concluded that some studies did show limited weight loss with glucomannan, but no long-term evidence and no change in body mass index.

Dangers of Taking Glucomannan

Because repeated clinical trials have not been able to prove that glucomannan causes weight loss, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has determined that glucomannan has "little to no effect on body weight." So the greatest danger to you may be wasted time, effort, and money.

But the NIH also cautions users of possible risks of taking glucomannan. They list possible side effects including loose stools, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal discomfort. The NIH also warns consumers about the potential dangers of taking glucomannan in tablet form.

Does Lipozene Work?

Since the active ingredient in Lipozene (fiber) doesn't magically speed up your metabolism or burn fat, you still have to eat less or exercise more to lose weight on the pill. Yep, that means you still have to cut calories for Lipozene to help you lose weight. You may be able to eat your favorite foods (as the website advertises) but you'll probably have to eat far less of them.

Fiber simply helps you to feel full so you get hungry less often. But many of us eat for reasons other than hunger—like boredom or stress. And if you're overweight, you may be eating foods that are higher in calories. Lipozene doesn't address any of those issues.

You can get fiber from other food sources (like whole grain bread, vegetables or fruit), without paying a lot of money for pills.

Does Lipozene Work in Your Budget?

When determining the real cost of Lipozene, you need to calculate the cost of the pill per week and multiply it times the number of weeks that it will take you to reach your goal weight. Since you have no way of knowing how long it will take to lose weight, there is really no good way to calculate your total cost.

Buyers will have a hard time determining the real cost of Lipozene. According to the company, you should take 2 pills before each meal. The company recommends that you take the maximum dose of 6 pills per day. But trying to figure out the real cost of that recommended dosage gets tricky. You won't find the real number on the website, so we called the company to get an answer.

According to the customer service reps, when you sign up for Lipozene you get a 60-pill supply (two 30-pill trial size bottles). They refer to this as a 30-day supply. But if you take the dose they recommend (six pills per day), that supply would only last you ten days. After the trial, the company sends you automatic shipments of 60-pill bottles at 29.95 per bottle. So the total cost, if you take the recommended dose is roughly $90 per month not including shipping or handling

Lipozene does offer a guarantee. The company says that if you don't lose weight with their product you can get your money back. But in order to return it, you need to contact the company within 30 days and get an authorization number. In addition, the guarantee only applies to the internet and TV orders.

And how likely is it that you'll actually get your money back? Not likely at all if you use the company's business rating as an indicator. According to the Better Business Bureau, the Obesity Research Institute, LLC (a for-profit corporation) had an F rating because of the high number of complaints against them.

A Word From Verywell

If you're in the market for a product to help you feel full so that you eat less and lose weight, skip the Lipozene and eat more fiber. You can get plenty of fiber from natural sources like fruits, veggies, and legumes. When you get nutrients from real food, you have the security of knowing what you're eating. And even though people often complain about the high cost of fresh produce, it's a lot cheaper than Lipozene.

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