If you’ve been reading up on diet aids with a view to losing weight, the chances are you’ve come across Lipozene, a natural weight loss supplement that claims to be “clinically proven” to help you slim down. If you’ve really done your research, however, then you’re bound to have seen conflicting views on the product, with some claiming there’s little – if any – evidence that it works.
Here’s the lowdown on Lipozene and its ingredients to help you decide for yourself whether it’s worth giving a try.
So What Is Lipozene?
Lipozene is a natural weight loss supplement that, according to the product’s website, is “clinically proven to help you lose weight and pure body fat”. The Obesity Research Institute, which markets Lipozene, also says its product is “safe and effective” and can help people lose weight without even changing their lifestyle.
How’s It Meant To Work?
The active ingredient in Lipozene – i.e. the part that’s meant to help you lose weight – is called Glucomannan. Derived from the root of the Konjac plant, this water-soluble fiber is thought to have a number of potential health benefits, including for constipation, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes.
Lipozene’s manufacturer claims that the fiber expands and forms a gel in the stomach, making you feel full so you don’t want to eat as much.
Could Lipozene Be Your Key To Weight Loss?
Let’s just say the jury’s still out on this one. Lipozene’s website features a handful of clinical studies suggesting Glucomannan may indeed help people shed pounds – but the evidence is hardly overwhelming.
In one small study, published in the International Journal of Obesity back in 1984, 20 obese people were given Glucomannan fiber or a dummy treatment, without changing their eating or exercise patterns. Glucomannan users typically lost 5.5lbs within eight weeks, as well as lowering their low-density lipoprotein (so-called ‘bad cholesterol’), while non-users gained weight.
A more recent review in the journal Alternative Therapies, published in 2005, examined 12 clinical studies involving Glucomannan and came to the conclusion that it “may possess properties that promote weight loss”. The research is by no means conclusive, however, and many companies with Glucomannan in their products – including the company behind Lipozene – have been told off by regulators for making claims without having enough evidence to back them up.
Surely It Can’t Do Any Harm…
On the whole, Lipozene appears to be safe. We can’t guarantee it’ll work for you – but then no weight loss product is certain to work for everyone, otherwise we’d all have achieved our target weight! And since it’s affordable, available without a prescription and easy to use, you may well decide it’s worth a shot. Although, remember to take your capsules with a full glass of water, as Canadian regulators say you risk choking on them or blocking your gut if you don’t.
It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re considering using Lipozene as a way of losing weight, you’d do well to ignore the manufacturer’s claim that it can help you slim down without changing your lifestyle. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise should form the basis of any good weight loss regime, regardless of whether or not you decide to try out a natural weight loss aid.