The essential question “Does Lipozene work?” can only be answered by answering some corollary questions: “How does it do its work if it works at all?” and “How well does lipozene work?”
Lipozene is a brand name for a weight loss product described by its makers as a natural solution to the problem of weight loss. A standard dose of Lipozene contains 1500 mg of glucomannan as its active ingredient. Glucomannan is a water soluble substance that nutritionists classify in general terms as dietary fiber. This substance is most often derived from a root called konjac and has been utilized in the treatment of dietary-related disorders and conditions such as constipation and diabetes. Although Lipozene originally incorporated Propol, a highly purified form of glucomannan, that substance is no longer part of the product and konjac-derived glucomannan has taken its place.
The putative effect of glucomannan on the enzymes that control the hunger reflex in the human body is to trigger a feeling of fullness without the usual absorption of fats that the consumption of other more common carbohydrates and dietary materials initiates.
The use of Lipozene for the purpose of weight loss or as a substitute for more traditional treatments like diet pills is the object of a certain amount of controversy and concern. Anecdotal accounts of side effects related to the use of weight loss products containing glucomannan abound. Side effects described include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, gas, nausea and bloating. However, these effects can also be attributed to transitioning from a diet lacking in fiber to one containing considerably more fiber and dietary fiber is essentially what glucomannan is. Also unsupervised use of konjac and Lipozene have clouded the picture. Regardless, side effects often disappear over time.
Another “side effect” cited as a feeling of “fullness” is precisely the feeling that Lipozene is designed to induce in patients that are taking this medication with a view to curtail excessive consumption of food and absorption of fat. What Lipozene promises is minimizing fat intake in patients without resorting to drastic measures such as gastric bypass surgery on the stomach and small intestine or the use of fat burner medications and diet pills that heighten the incidence of high blood pressure and other health problems.
Like any medication, natural or synthesized, Lipozene will likely induce somewhat different effects in the various patients who take it. Perhaps the makers of Lipozene error on the side of promotion of their product as natural and free of side effects while the FDA errors on the side of caution in not sanctioning the product for use in the treatment of weight loss. Simply put, medicines that do do something good will generate side effects in some patients no matter what.
Other weight loss products such as Orlistat are notorious for side effects, such as oily, loose stools. Yet their effectiveness is acknowledged as well. Once a product is approved for use side effects start to be called “treatment effects” instead, it seems.
Because Lipozene can be effective and because there can be, in rare instances, more serious side effects Lipozene should be administered under the care of a licensed medical doctor. Typically it is taken in up to 2 capsules, 3 times a day before every meal, for a total maximum dosage of 6 capsules per day.