TV commercials for Lipozene say “please remember that lipozene is intended for those who seriously need to lose body-fat and weight.” Thats a powerful statement because it says to me that if you only need to lose a few pounds, then lipozene may be “too strong.” That statement made me want to review Lipozene so that you would know what the TV commercials don’t tell you. Lipozene is made by a company called the Obesity Research Institute. According to the video that is found on the Lipozene website, Lipozene is a ‘weight loss breakthrough” and is “clinically proven help reduce body fat and weight. Pretty impressive statements. Let’s take a look at Lipozene and its ingredients and Lipozene research and see what we can decipher about this weight loss supplement. Also see my review of Metamucil and weight loss for more information.
It appears from the supplement website (Lipozene.com) that Lipozene (sometimes spelled Lipozine) is composed of only one ingredient: Glucomannan. On the box, they call this “Amorphophallus Konjac.” but that is just a fancy name for glucomannan fiber.
Glucomannan is a fiber that expands in size – like a sponge – when it comes in contact with water. This stretches the stomach, which makes the brain think that you are full. If you think your full, you might not eat as much. This is the way that Lipozene – and other glucomannan fiber supplements – are supposed to work.
Other weight loss supplements with glucomannan that Ive also looked at include:
Another name for glucomannan is Konjac Root. If you search this site for “Konjac” you’ll find other supplements that contain this fiber. Still another name for this fiber is “PGX.”
When I checked, Lipozene.com listed 3 studies to show that Lipozene works. Here are the studies:
- 1984 study: Effect of glucomannan on obese patients: a clinical study
- 2005 study: Glucomannan and obesity: a critical review
- 2008 study: Effect of glucomannan on plasma lipid and glucose concentrations, body weight, and blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis
Notice the word “Glucomannan” is in the name of each of the studies. This says to me the weight loss evidence is for glucomannan and not Lipozene.
Just to double check, I then searched the National Library of Medicine for “Lipozene” and no studies showed up. I also searched ClincalTrials.gov and likewise found no studies.
Therefore, I’m forced to conclude at this time the Lipozene -itself -has no clinical proof that it works.
The weight loss research is actually on glucomannanand not Lipozene.
This is important to remember if price concerns you. In other words, buying the fiber, glucomannan, is a less expensive alternative to Lipozene.
Besides what the product webiste lists, there are many studies on glucomannan and weight loss. For example, In a weight loss study from 2010 glucamannan fiber was found to be helpful in 29 overweight women men over the course of 14 weeks.
There are other studies showing glucomannan works as well.
See my thoughts on what weight loss supplements work for more about glucomannan fiber and other things that may help also.
Lipozene And Blood Pressure
Many people have asked me if Lipozene would affect their blood pressure. Since Lipozene is basically a fiber called glucomannan, I don’t think it would have any negative effect.
As always, it’s best to run this past a doctor or pharmacist for a second opinion. That said, I would not recommend the Metabo Up supplement if people have high blood pressure or heart conditions.
What Is METABO UP?
METABO UP is the other supplement mentioned on the Lipozene website and TV commercial. When I wrote this review, METABO UP contained these ingredients:
- green tea
- kola nut
- vitamins B6 and B12
Since green tea and kola nut contain caffeine, in theory, they may have a modest effect on increasing metabolism and perhaps weight loss if combined with eating fewer calories. But, how much caffeine is in METABO UP? Is it more than a cup of green tea? The website does not say.
It is worth mentioning that according to FTC documents filed in 2005 when the FTC investigated the Obesity Research Institute, METABO UP contained not only green tea but also chromium and bitter orange.
Bitter orange can accelerate heart rate and raise blood pressure. This ingredient shows up in many fat burner supplements because it looks like ephedra (which is banned from supplements in the US).
One reason why ephedra was banned stems from this t terrible- but true story.
Who Makes Lipozene?
According Lipozene.com, the company is called the Obesity Research Institute. With a name like the Obesity Research Institute, one might think the organization conducts and publishes peer reviewed studies on weight loss and obesity.
When I goggled the name Obesity Research Institute, the only website I found was WordPress site called ObesityResearchInstituteLLC.com. When I found this site (on 12/6/10) the only post I saw was about Lipozene.
I cannot find an actual building called “Obesity Research Institute.” According to the Better Business Bureau, the Obesity Research Institute is located at 4910 Longley Ln STE 101, Reno, NV 89502-7933. If you click the link you can see what the address looks like. From that picture, I see a company called Innotrac which is an fulfillment center. In other words, this is the company that ships Lipozene.
That said the BBB gives Obesity Research Institute a rating of “A+” as of 6/12/15. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
In 2005 the Obesity Research Institute was marketing two other glucomannan – fiber supplements called Fiber Thin and Propolene. Advertisements for these supplements generated legal action by the FTC that caused the Obesity Research Institute to pay $1.5 million.
This is the number of Lipozene customer service 1-800-409-9768.
Lipozene Return Policy
I recommend calling customer Lipozene Customer service first before returning any products. That way you will know the best way to do this.
How Much Does Lipozene Cost?
The website for Lipozene indicates that a bottle of Lipozene will cost $29.95. If you order, I suggest you call them rather than ordering on the website. If you do, ask if they will add a “fuel surcharge’ of $1.35 to each order they receive. If you return Lipozene within 30 days they will refund your money but not the shipping and handling you pay to send it back to them.
Here is Lipozene on Amazon for those who want to compare prices.
Lipozene Side Effects
I am not aware of any negative side effects from Lipozene when I wrote this review. That said, here are some potential issues to keep in mind. See your doctor if you think any of this applies to you.
Glucomannan is a fiber that expands greatly when it comes in contact with water. As I mentioned in my review of Glucosulin, in theory, this could be dangerous if the pill becomes lodged in the throat. This is one reason why I like glucomannan powder more than capsules.
If the product caused reductions in food intake, in theory, a lowering of blood sugar may also occur.
Rapid drops in blood sugar can make people dizzy as they become hypoglycemic. If METABO UP contains bitter orange (check with the company to make sure it doesn’t), then this could be potentially dangerous for people with serious health issues like high blood pressure or heart disease.
Who’s The Women In The Lipozene Commercial?
The woman you see in the Lipozene commercial is Stacey Travis. She is an accomplished actress and has appeared in many TV shows and movies that I’ve been a fan of over the years including Big Bang Theory, and Seinfeld. Here is her link on the internet movie database.
Does Lipozene Work?
Even though I am somewhat skeptical of Lipozene, it’s quite possible that the glucomannan fiber in Lipozene may promote weight loss if it causes people to eat fewer calories. Those who eat for reasons other than hunger (peer pressure, depression etc.) may not notice any reductions in body weight.
Even though there is some weight loss research on glucomannan, I could not find any peer reviewed studies on Lipozene itself. Research on the ingredients in Lipozene is not the same as research on the ingredients in lipozene. That said, because Lipozene appears to have similar amounts of glucomannan as used in studies, its possible some people might notice benefits.
What do you think?