Most anyone who watches late night TV or day time soaps & talk shows has seen the commercial advertising Lipozene. Today you’re going to learn the very basic simple truth about this product.
As with most commericals and product claims on late night TV, getting you to buy is all about distracting & confusing the viewer and implying something without actually saying it (because saying what they’re implying would be an out right lie and that would be illegal).
But most of us here at PracticalWaysToSaveMoney have been studying commercials and marketing for years, and we can usually spot a load of crap after watching any commercial one, two or maybe three times. Very often we don’t even have to buy and use a product to tell you all about it. This is one of those times. And no, we’re not selling ANYTHING. This is just a straight out honest review (as are all of our reviews).
All it took to find out the truth about this product was three simple things:
1. We paid very close attention to the exact words spoken in the commercial and posted on their website.
2. We looked very closely (with a magnifying glass, no joke) at the fine print on our TV screen as the commercial aired.
3. We looked up the product ingredients.
What their commercials & website actually say about their product:
>> “Lipozene diet pills are clinically proven to help reduce body fat & weight” — Yes, but how much weight they don’t tell you. If you read the fine print you’ll find it’s less than 4 pounds over an 8 week period.
>> “78% of each Pound Lost is PURE BODY FAT.” — Yes, but they are hoping the only words in this sentence that register in your brain are 78%, Lost, Fat and let your mind and hopes take over from there.
>> “Lipozene diet pills are backed by multiple clinical studies.” — Yes, but “clinical” only means (or should mean) a study was done in a controlled and possibly scientific setting. It does not mean much more than that. Thousands of clinical studies are done every year. Some “clinical” studies look into the relationship between the size of a woman’s hips and her intellect or the noise made by herring when they fart. So “clinical studies” really don’t mean much w/o detailed practical data to back it all up.
>> “REDUCE POUNDS of Body Fat and Weight WITHOUT a change in lifestyle” — Yes, but again, they don’t say how many pounds. If you read the fine print you’ll find it’s less than 4 pounds over an 8 week period.
>> “Lipozene weight loss supplements are safe and effective.” — Yes, they are legally considered “safe” because they are made of a food that is legally allowed to be sold. And yes, they can be considered “effective” but how effective is the key. Again, if you read the fine print you’ll find it’s less than 4 pounds over an 8 week period. And you’re not guaranteed this 3 to 4 pound weight loss. Drinking enough water to fill you up before meals will do the same thing. Or, ingesting any low or zero calorie fiber will do the same thing.
The fine print:
During the commercial if you look close enough (like I said, the print was so small it took the use of a magnifying glass to read it on the screen of a 27″ TV) you’ll see, as we’ve been stating, the average weight loss in their “study” was 3.86 pounds over an 8 week period. That bears repeating; LESS THAN 4 POUNDS OF WEIGHT LOSS OVER 8 WEEKS!!
If you look closely at the commercial you can also see the ingredients of Lipozene is printed on the box: Amorphophallus konjac (dried Amorphophallus konjac in capsule form). Amorphophallus konjac is a plant. Konjac has been around for thousands of years and is also known as konjak, konjaku, konnyaku potato, devil’s tongue, voodoo lily, snake palm, or elephant yam. It’s native to warm subtropical to tropical eastern Asia; from Japan and China south to Indonesia. In short, the main function of this product is to make you feel full, which it can do because it’s mainly fiber and the best part is it has zero calories.
That’s it. That’s what it’s all about. But you don’t need to buy expensive Lipozene to get the same affects. You can buy any brand of glucomannan gum in pill/capsule form and it’s the same thing.
But before you buy or take glucomannan or konjac pills, please read the rest of the information below, which explains the different forms konjac comes in (noodles, rice, pasta, etc.) and the possible dangers involved in taking it in pill form or feeding it to children and the elderly or disabled.
BUY SMART: In my opinion you do NOT need this expensive hyped up product but if you feel the need to try it I recommend you make sure you get the money back guarantee in writing and use a credit card (not a debit card) so you are covered for fraud and you can initiate a charge back with your bank if they don’t refund your money when you ask for a refund (which I’m sure you will want to do).
Before I give you more information on konjac, glucomannan, and foods made form it, I should also mention that if your main reason for buying Lipozene or Glucomannan is to feel full and hopefully eat less and loose weight, I personally recommend taking whole ground Psyllium Husks in capsule form or powder mixed with juice or other liquid. Psyllium is the main ingredient in Metamucil and it was recommend to me by a doctor over 30 years ago for regularity and to help me feel full. When I use it regularly it works wonders. We’ve already posted a great article on Psyllium and I hope you’ll have the time to read it. And no, we are not selling anything and we do not get compensated for getting you to click on any link. It’s just another honest review of a product I’ve used for many years.
Please keep psyllium husks in mind when deciding whether or not to use konjac or glucomannan in any form, since it does the same thing (fills you up, gives you fiber) but is considered to be a better form of fiber (bulky, rough like whole oats and bran) and is generally healthier and safer. It has a negligible amount of calories and carbs (15 calories per serving). And the fiber basically cancels out the affects of the carbs on your body.
When comparing pysllium husks to konjac and glucomannon, the only possible drawback I can think of to psyllium husks is, as far as I know, that it isn’t used to make noodles or food products. But I personally don’t consider that a drawback for my purposes since I don’t like the noodles make with glucomannon. But that’s something everyone should decide for themselves.
See the information below for how you can get konjac or glucomannan in your diet in pill or capsule form from just about any natural supplement manufacturer, and in actual foods (noodles or all shapes and sizes) from many different companies. Both forms of konjac and glucomannan (pills and food) are sold in most health food stores.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KONJAC & GLUCOMANNAN GUM
Konjac is a plant composed of about 40% glucomannan gum. Glucomannan gum is the ingredient in konjac that everyone uses konjac for. Glucomannan gum is a virtually flavorless, zero calorie, water soluble fiber (that turns gelatinous when wet) that was used for many years as a food additive (as an emulsifier and thickener) in modern processed foods. The reason it’s used is because of all of these aforementioned properties. Glucomannan is usually processed and stored in powered form so it can easily be stored and then added to many foods to make them thick, or slick, or slimy, and/or bulky. If done properly, the consumer doesn’t even notice it’s there. Just about every American who has eaten processed foods has at one time or another (probably many times) eat something with glucomannan in it.
KONJAC IN PILL FORM
Glucomannan has also been sold in pill form for many years as a diet aid; it bulks up in your stomach, helps make you feel full, is a natural fiber, and (if taken properly and only occasionally) might* help move foods through your system. You can buy it from just about any company that makes vitamins and natural supplements. Nature’s Way is just one example (see bottle to the right) but they are not the only ones. If you shop around for glucomannan I’m sure you can find at least 10 to 20 different companies that sell it, and if you choose to buy it, you’ll be able to choose which one is the best price while also choosing a company much more reputable than the company hawking Lipozene at an inflated price.
KONJAC AS A FOOD (Noodles, Gelatine Desserts)
Konjac’s properties (taste, smell, texture) is usually only obvious to the consumer when it’s processed into eatable form of noodle. Even then it has virtually no taste but, depending on what form it’s in, it may have a slightly salty or fishy (oceany) smell or fake/plastic smell to it if eaten alone, with no meat, vegetables, or sauce added to it. Not very pleasant in my opinion. I know because I’ve eaten noodles made of konjac hoping a zero calorie noodle made of natural fiber would fill me up and help me loose weight. It didn’t work for me because the taste, smell, and texture (salty, fishy, slimy and slightly rubbery) was so unpleasant I couldn’t eat it. Konjac noodles are made in a wide variety of forms – flat like linguini, round like spaghetti, orzo shaped (served like rice), and even little round pearls (often used in soups). I’ve tried several, but still, I just don’t like the taste, smell, and texture.
I must be one of the few who hates it since these noodles (called Shirataki Noodles in Japan) are made and eaten all over the world. It’s so popular for those trying to loose weight that some people call it the “miracle noodle” because it’s a zero calorie food with fiber. And I’ve read that if you add enough flavor to it (with some kind of sauce) it’s not that bad as far as taste. I’ve tried it in home made soup, with my home made spaghetti sauce, and with various Chinese seasonings and sauces (which I’m use to cooking with), but I’ve yet to find a way to flavor it and make it taste good enough for me to eat, that isn’t adding too many calories, fat, or carbs. And even though I even tried drowning it in my favorite zero fat tomato sauce (just like I do with pasta) I still couldn’t get past that rubbery texture.
But besides the fact that I hated the texture (rubbery) my attitude is; if you have to add enough sauces and seasonings to it in order to mask the flavor then there’s a good chance you’re also adding too many calories and sugars/carbs and that goes against the entire reason for eating it.
Konjac is also made into a popular Asian fruit jelly snack, known variously in the United States as lychee cups. I’ve never tasted this. I’m assuming it’s an aquired taste, maybe if you’ve been eating it your whole life.
THE NAME GAME
Food products and pills made from konjac and glucomannan may have different names depending on what country you’re in. Shirataki is the most widely used word to describe the noodles. Glucomannon is the most commonly used name to describe it when in pill or capsule form (powdered) or when sold as a thickening agent for processed foods. Usually when other names are used it’s purely for marking purposes; to hype up the product image in order to get consumers to buy it, just like Lipozene does with it’s pills. Just like the makers of konjac noodles that call them “Miracle” noodles. But it’s all the same thing – konjac.
If you’re going to buy noodles of pills to try them out I suggest you stick with a well known or popular company or manufacturer, one who also sells at a fair price, and buy only a small amount to start. Buy one package of noodles to see if you like how they taste. Or buy one small bottle of pills to see if they actually make you feel full and curb your appettite. But don’t forget to factor in not just how much the package or bottle costs, but how much of a serving do you need to get the effects of fullness. In other words if the bottle of pills is expensive and you need 10 pills to feel full, it might not be a cost effective product for you. That’s why I suggested the alternative psyllium husks (as mentioned above). Psyllium husks are relatively inexpensive, I feel they work better to fill you up, and it’s a better quality & healthier type of fiber.
Just in case you’re interested, I purchased many of the konjac noodles I tried from KonjacFoods.com. I bought a variety of shapes (spaghetti, orzo, pearls) from Konjac Foods so I could try it in different ways; different meals and recipes. The KonjacFoods.com website has some very interesting and useful information about Konjac and glucomannon and for this reason I recommend it be the next stop on your search before you decide what to buy. I have no association with Konjac Foods. I only mention them because their products are the ones I ate most in my taste tests and because I found their website to have a lot of useful and interesting information. It’s also important to note that although I taste tested three different noodles from Konjac Foods and didn’t like any of them, I also taste tested several brands from the health food store and didn’t like those either. I just don’t like noodles made from konjac.
The people at Konjac Foods were very friendly and helpful, and returned my purchase price when I complained I didn’t like the taste and couldn’t eat it. But they’ve been in business for years and noodles made from konjac are very popular all over the world, so, I’m thinking there must be many people eating and liking this stuff.
If you’re going to try Shirataki noodles (konjac noodle) for the first time I recommend you buy one package locally from a reputable health food store, then if you find you like Shirataki noodles then you should look into buying in bulk from KonjacFoods – who I found to have the best variety and price.
IN THE NEWS & HEALTH WARNINGS:
Depending on how old you are and how much news you watch, you may recall years ago (and again in 1995 and 2001) when the FDA put out product warnings for certain foods and pills made of konjac or glucomannan due to a choking harzard; since it doesn’t melt in your mouth, some children and older or disabled people have trouble chewing it completely, and the dried pill or powder will expand when it comes in contact with liquids or saliva, people have been known to choke to death on it. This is documented.
* Glucomannan has been investigated for the treatment of constipation. Some studies claim glucomannan may relieve constipation by decreasing fecal transit time. Others reports claim glucomannan makes food move faster through your system, therefore keeping you from getting backed up or constipated. Others say regular use of glucomannan will make you dependant on it and cause constipation. Glucomannan has been studied for years, and the jury is still out.
* A health advisory was released by Health Canada stating the following: “natural health products containing the ingredient glucomannan in tablet, capsule or powder form, which are currently on the Canadian market, have a potential for harm if taken without at least 8 ounces of water or other fluid. The risk to Canadians includes choking and/or blockage of the throat, esophagus or intestine, according to international adverse reaction case reports. It is also important to note that these products should NOT be taken immediately before going to bed.”
I hope this article has helped you decide what to buy or not to buy and helps to keep you from wasting your money.
Wishing you all Happiness, Good Health, and Prosperity