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 testimonials 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's dangers, costs, and effectiveness in comparison to other typical weight loss products before you make a final decision.

What Does the Research Say?

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

That statement sounds impressive, but it's not clear how the body fat was measured. More importantly, you don't know what people had to do to lose weight. Perhaps the group taking Lipozene happened to exercise and cut calories more 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 holds 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. This plant that is the source of glucomannan gum, the active ingredient in Lipozene. Glucomannan is a water-soluble, fermentable dietary fiber. But studies regarding glucomannan aren't very impressive.

For example, one peer-reviewed study concluded 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.

Glucomannan Dangers

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."

The NIH also cautions users of possible risks of taking glucomannan. Possible side effects include 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. 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.

Is Lipozene Affordable?

To determine the real cost of Lipozene, you would need to calculate the cost of the pill per week and multiply it by the number of weeks that it will take you to reach your goal weight. But since you can't predict how long it will take to lose weight, there is no good way to calculate your total cost.

According to the company, you should take 2 pills before each meal, for a recommended maximum dose of 6 pills per day. When you sign up for Lipozene, you get a 60-pill supply (two 30-pill trial size bottles). The company calls this a 30-day supply, but if you take the dose they recommend (six pills per day), 60 pills will only last 10 days.

After the trial, the company sends you automatic shipments of 60-pill bottles at $29.95 each. 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.

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 fresh produce, while sometimes expensive, is a lot cheaper than Lipozene.

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