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Lipozin reviews

Lipozin

Lipozin reviews

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Lipozin is a nonprescription fat burning diet pill. Its manufacturers claim that its customers have a 95 percent success rate through its use and that it is one of the most effective products in its category. It also claims to include clinically proven ingredients to help its users to reach their weight loss goals.

In an unidentified study that is mentioned on the official website, it states that over 60 days, its users lost 10.95 pounds while the placebo group lost just over 5 pounds. No reference on the website could be found at the time of this review with regards to who conducted the study, how it was conducted, how many people were involved, or whether or not it was published in a peer reviewed medical journal. The fact that these details were not provide suggests that it is a study that was conducted by the company itself, or in a manner that would not be considered to be “proof” by the medical community.

At the time of this review, the ingredients listed on the website for the Lipozin formula were: Vitamin B12, chromium, green tea leaf extract, guarana, caffeine, hoodia gordonii, and cha de bugre. Anyone who has any experience in diet pills can see two primary issues, right away. The first is that this product contains several ingredients that are stimulants, and the second is that it contains several substances that are not proven in terms of their effectiveness in promoting weight loss or even in their safe use by humans.

Several of these ingredients, such as hoodia gordonii, have received a lot of hype and media attention, but that is the closest that they have ever come to a large, trusted, scientific study that would indicate that a specific dose in pill form will help to provide any degree of measurable weight loss.

The stimulants in Lipozin – green tea leaf extract, guarana, and caffeine – mean that many dieters will experience side effects through the use of these pills. Though smaller doses of these ingredients, or individual doses of them, may be used without problems by many people, the fact that these ones are combined increases the risk that they could result in symptoms such as shakiness and jitters, headaches, anxiety and nervousness, sleep struggles, diarrhea, and other discomforts.

It is highly recommended that anyone considering the use of this product should speak with a doctor, first.

Hoodiadrene reviews

Hoodiadrene

Hoodiadrene reviews

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Hoodiadrene is a form of diet supplement that is made of the very popular and yet unproven extract of hoodia gordonii. In this case, however, it is combined with a fat burning formulation that is called Z Plex. Although most evidence at the moment suggests that hoodia diet pills don’t have much to offer dieters, it is only fair to examine the manufacturer and the formula further to give this product a chance as it may be worth a try despite the fact that its name links it to more hype than substance.

These pills are manufactured by a large supplement producer called Newton Everett Biotech, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is distributed by another large company, called Biovea.

Although hoodia based products are typically marketed as being appetite suppressants, in this case, the supplement is said to be a powerful thermogenic. Pills of this nature are said to function by increasing the body temperature so that more calories can be burned off as heat instead. This can give a small boost to the fat burning of an inactive dieter or can help to considerably increase the fat burner of someone who exercises while using the product – particularly when using cardiovascular exercise.

This does, however, also suggest that Hoodiadrene – like all thermogenics – will be associated with some uncomfortable side effects, despite the fact that he website advertises that there are no dangerous side effects associated with this product. The issue is that many of the ingredients in the formula, such as synephrine and caffeine, are powerful stimulants that are associated with side effects. Synephrine, especially, has had its safety questioned many times and is connected to side effects such as increased blood pressure, higher heart rate, headache, nervousness, jitters, sleeplessness, and more.

According to the directions on the package for Hoodiadrene, the first ten days require the product to be taken three times per day, with three capsules taken at each meal (for a total of nine capsules per day). After that time, the dose is reduced to one capsule taken three times per day with meals, in the case that the dieter feels that it was too strong for the first ten days. Considering the claims that the distributer made that there are no strong side effects connected with its use, it is interesting that the instructions provide a recommendation in the case that the product’s effects are too strong.

The conflicting nature of the information provided about Hoodiadrene makes it a good idea to avoid it and choose a more reliable product for weight loss, instead.

Healthy Trim reviews

Healthy Trim

Healthy Trim reviews

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Healthy Trim is a weight loss supplement that is also known as Healthe Trim. It is available without a prescription and is manufactured by Healthy Life Sciences. It is marketed as being a supplement that is “all natural” and that is entirely safe for healthy individuals to use.

Among the ingredients that make up the long list in this formula include common substances such as green tea leaf extract, as well as others such as poria cocos, coix seed, and cassia seed, among others. The last ingredient on this list is hoodia gordonii, the greatly hyped and never proven appetite suppressant.

That the top ingredient on this list is green tea indicates that this product contains caffeine. Caffeine is a known appetite suppressant and energy booster, which can be helpful in encouraging weight loss, depending on the amount that it contains. This product could have enough of it to make a difference, considering that it is in the first ingredient, but as there are a large number of ingredients, this could also mean that even the top substance is only a small amount. Equally, if there is a high level of caffeine, this risks bringing about side effects such as shakiness, nervousness, headaches, and others.

The directions for Healthy Trim suggest that it be taken twice per day, skipping breakfast, and that lunch and dinner be the only meals, which are quite light. A tiny amount of food like that will indeed lead to temporary weight loss, but after a while, it will also cause the metabolism to slow down. This will make it increasingly difficult for a dieter to be able to lose the extra weight and, if the dieter returns to a healthy, calorie controlled diet, it could lead to a rapid weight gain because of the slowed metabolism. This suggests that adhering to the diet recommended along with this diet pill is neither practical nor healthy.

Anyone considering the use of this product should first consult with their doctors. Not only is there a risk that Healthy Trim could conflict with another medication or supplement being used by the dieter, but it could also cause issues with certain medical conditions.

At the time of this review, the official website was no longer selling any of its products directly, though there is evidence in other reviews that suggest that it had been selling its own products in previous months or years. Third party marketplaces and distributors are still selling these pills for varying prices.

Proshape RX review

Proshape RX

Proshape RX review

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Proshape RX is among the dozens, if not hundreds of nonprescription weight loss pills that are based on the greatly hyped ingredient, hoodia gordonii. This is among the ingredients that has grown in popularity the most quickly among all diet pill substances, which is surprising, in itself due to the great competition in this industry, but it is also shocking because this ingredient does not have any clinical evidence to support claims that it helps with weight loss or that it is even safe for human use.

The primary basis for the claims that Proshape RX and other over the counter diet supplements make regarding this ingredient is from its traditional use by bushmen in South Africa who used it to keep hunger down when they were headed out on long hunting trips and into the desert.

Other ingredients in Proshape RX include chitosan, white kidney bean, beet root, white willow bark, L-methionine, fenugreek, and green tea leaf. This list does not generate any greater confidence in an experienced shopper for diet pills. The reason is that there are a number of extremely common ingredients in this product and the majority of them are not proven to provide any weight loss benefit.

White kidney bean, for example, is often found in products that claim to suppress the body’s ability to absorb carbohydrates. However, this ingredient has never been shown to have this effect in any reputable medical studies. The only thing that this substance could provide is some fiber, which – in large quantities – help to shrink the appetite, but there is no indication that there is enough fiber in this product to make a difference.

White willow bark should be used with great care as it has several properties that are similar to aspirin and could therefore be unsafe for people with a number of different types of medical conditions. Moreover, it is known to conflict with many medications as well as other supplements and over the counter pills.

The official Proshape RX website claims that the use of this product will help to achieve safe and rapid weight loss and that the pounds will start to come away within two to three weeks from having started the use of the product. It is meant to be taken three times per day, with one pill being swallowed before every meal. According to the official website, it can be ordered directly from the site, or through a telephone number provided on the website.

Hoodia Bites review

Hoodia Bites

Hoodia Bites review

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Hoodia Bites are among hundreds of different weight loss products that are currently available for sale and that include the greatly hyped ingredient from which it has been named. If you are considering the use of this product, you may be interested in considering the ingredients, first, so that you can identify the difference – or lack thereof – between it and the other options that are based on hoodia.

Although hoodia has been marketed as a “magic bullet” for weight loss, there have been no major studies on this ingredient that have shown that a capsule, caplet, or tablet that contains it can help in weight loss or even that they are safe for use by humans. This ingredient is essentially untested, but it has not stopped dozens upon dozens of supplement manufacturers from making weight loss claims about it.

What is different about Hoodia Bites is that instead of coming in the form of a pill to swallow, it is a chocolate flavored chew. The claims about it are the same as other hoodia based pill products, but this one promises to begin working in five minutes.

The ingredient’s popularity is based on the story behind its use by southern African tribesmen who used to chew the native succulent (a cactus like plant) when they were on long journeys in the desert when they would not be able to bring enough food with them. A molecule called P57 is the active ingredient in this plant. Despite a great deal of hype, no reputable medical or clinical study has said that this molecule can produce any effects that will lead to a reduction in body fat.

On the official website for Hoodia Bites, there is reference to a small study that a Dr. Goldfarb has conducted with the participation of seven patients. It indicated that the ingredient was effective. That said, this study was extremely tiny, was not placebo controlled, and was never officially written up for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

The ingredients in this formula include 250 milligrams of hoodia gordonii. That is the only active ingredient and the rest are simply the substances that make up the capsule, itself.

Before considering the use of Hoodia Bites, it is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor. The odds are that he or she will recommend another strategy – and possibly another diet pill – to help you to more safely and effectively reach your weight loss goals.

SlimZil Reviews

SlimZil

SlimZil Reviews

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SlimZil is a weight loss pill that is manufactured by Life Smart Labs. That company is also the manufacturer of a number of other diet supplements as well as energy boosters and male and female enhancement products.

Many of the products on the Life Smart Labs list are based on hoodia or acai, and SlimZil is certainly no exception to that rule. Its ingredients are not fully listed on the website. Instead, it simply states that it is a “high potency” product that contains “Acai, Hoodia, Green Tea, and more.” This doesn’t provide the dieter with very much information, except that many of the ingredients in its formula are based more on hype than having been scientifically proven to reach weight loss goals.

Acai berry was the center of a massively overhyped scam in which a fruit from the Amazon region was suddenly labeled as a dieting miracle – even though absolutely no clinical evidence suggested that it promoted weight loss in any way. It didn’t take long for research to indicate that while this is a very healthy food that is quite high in antioxidants, it provided no greater weight loss benefit to eating any other source of antioxidants, such as blueberries – essentially, nothing at all.

Hoodia is a cactus like plant from Africa which has been involved in a similar type of hype. Regardless of the fact that the best scientific research has been conflicting, and there have not been any safety or effectiveness studies performed on humans – particularly in the supplement form as opposed to eating the plant, itself – many companies promise that it is a miracle ingredient for suppressing the appetite. Never has it been linked with actual weight loss.

Green tea has been shown to boost calorie burning when taken in exceptionally high quantities, but as SlimZil’s full ingredients list and substance quantities have not been revealed, it is impossible to know whether enough has been used for any impact at all.

As the full ingredients list has not been provided and the information about the product on the official website is exceptionally minimal, and as the ingredients that are identified are based on hype, not science, it is likely a better idea to look elsewhere for a safe and effective weight loss solution. If you are considering this product, it is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor, first, as the odds are that he or she will try to talk you out of it.

Hoodia Mint

Hoodia Mint

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Hoodia Mint is a weight loss supplement that contains hoodia and xylitol, which is designed to give the product a fresh and minty flavor. Each of the tablets provides the user with a serving of 1000 mg of hoodia, which is a greatly hyped substance that is claimed to help to suppress the appetite, despite the fact that supplements containing this ingredient have never been successfully proven in reputable scientific study to accomplish this goal, nor have they been tested on humans for safe use.

The story behind the popularity of hoodia comes from the history of its use among the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Africa. They would use the cactus like plant to help stave off hunger in times of famine or when heading off on long hunting trips in which they could not return home to eat. This traditional use of the substance has led many diet product manufacturers to claim that the extracts from this plant will help dieters to reduce their hunger and therefore lose weight more easily. However, it has never been shown that the processed version of the plant can help to reduce the appetite, and clinical research on humans have not proven it safe. At the moment, hoodia appears to be more hype than substance.

Xylitol is a common form of sweetener that helps to give the product a minty taste along with the peppermint and vanilla flavorings that it contains. None of those substances are linked with weight loss, but are meant only to make sure that the product has a pleasing taste.

What makes this product different from other hoodia based supplements on the market is that this tablet can be chewed, sucked on, or swallowed whole. This may be very appealing to dieters who struggle to be able to swallow pills. The recommended dosage of this product is three tablets on a daily basis. Every package of Hoodia Mint contains 21 tablets. Therefore, if taken according to the directions, it provides enough of the product for one week of use.

Another unique element to this product is the minty taste. This not only makes it more palatable, but it also helps to combat what they have labeled as “dieters breath”, which can occur when bacteria accumulates in the mouth because fewer calories are being consumed.

Overall, the actual claims – other than breath improvements – have not been medically proven.

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Mega Hoodia

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Mega Hoodia is a weight loss pill manufactured by Vipro Lifescience. The official website mentioned the product and that it is designed to be an ayurvedic and herbal slimming product, but that is essentially the extent of the information that could be found at the time that this review was written. Therefore, the information in this review was gleaned from third party websites selling the product and other professional and consumer reviews.

As far as could be found, it looks as though Mega Hoodia’s only active ingredient is 500 mg of hoodia gordonii. This is a cactus like plant from South Africa that has been a part of one of the most widely hyped weight loss crazes in North America and other parts of the world. This caused a tremendous wave of products based on this ingredient (or versions of it) to hit the shelves. Unfortunately, there was far more enthusiasm than there was evidence that the ingredient actually worked.

The basis for the popularity of the main ingredient in Mega Hoodia was that it had traditionally been used by bush people in the area local to where it grows naturally in order to help to suppress the appetite at times when food was scarce, and by hunters who would be away for long periods of time and could not return to their homes for food while they were on their expeditions.

So far, science has been showing that dieters taking products based on hoodia do not lose any more weight than they would without it. This is not specific to Mega Hoodia, but as the only active ingredient in that product is hoodia, it likely does apply. Although these announcements caused many products based on hoodia to fail, Mega Hoodia has managed to hang in there.

This may be because it contains a great deal more of the ingredient than most of its competition. The average supplement with hoodia contains about 250 mg. Clearly, Mega Hoodia contains double that average amount in each serving, which is two pills.

The manufacturer also stands out in that it now claims to have a CITES certificate for the hoodia that they import for the product. This is not a common achievement in hoodia products as it is an expensive process and it does require some effort to do it legitimately. Equally, its certification does not mean that it is effective. The FDA has released a warning about hoodia as its safety and effectiveness have not been properly tested in humans.

ALRI Tri-Lean System reviews

ALRI Tri-Lean System

ALRI Tri-Lean System reviews

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The ALRI Tri-Lean System is a program designed for weight loss that is made up of three different types of supplements that are packaged in one kit which – according to the manufacturer – will provide the dieter with the ultimate fat burning system.

The three ALRI Tri-Lean System supplements are Special Tactics, Lean Dreams, and Hyperdrive 3.0. Each of them has its own specific purpose to help the user to achieve his or her weight loss goals in a way that would be faster and easier than without their use.

Special Tactics is meant to block fat absorption, and to boost the fat burning process in the body. Lean Dreams is a supplement designed to support a healthier sleep. Hyperdrive is designed to be an appetite suppressant and a fat burner. Though the manufacturer makes strong claims about the benefits and effectiveness of each of these supplements, none are supported with scientific or clinical research.

Each of the ALRI Tri-Lean System supplements is made up of a proprietary formula. The HyperDrive supplement is primarily includes cocoamine, guarana extract, and hoodia gordonii. The main ingredients in Lean Dreams are oleamide, L-tryptophane ethyl ester, and ziziphus jujubaPE 2%. The Special Tactics proprietary formula includes primarily theobroma cacao extract, polygonum, and multiflorum proprietary extract.

Though neither Special Tactics nor Hyperdrive have caffeine listed specifically within their ingredients, they both include a number of caffeine sources, including guarana, theobroma, and green tea. Neither label makes special mention of this truth. In fact, the packaging for this product specifically says that it is “stimulant free”, even though green tea and guarana are both ingredients that contain stimulants and will cause a user to experience the same side effects that they would experience from a product that contains caffeine.

Though hoodia has attracted a great deal of media hype about being an appetite suppressant, it has yet to prove itself effective for either the suppression of the appetite or weight loss in general. So far, double blind placebo based studies have shown that there is no statistically significant difference between placebo groups of dieters and those who were giving hoodia.

The Lean Dreams supplement does contain typical natural sleep aid ingredients. It also includes valerian root, magnolia, and melatonin, which are all commonly used in sleep supplements and can have positive effects on sleep when used regularly.

Among the advantages of ALRI Tri-Lean System are that even though it is made up of a proprietary formula, its ingredients are still all listed online. Though it does not list caffeine among its ingredients, many parts of the formula are caffeinated, and that is believed to cause a boost in metabolism and energy.

Among the drawbacks of ALRI Tri-Lean System are that the quantities of the ingredients are unknown because it is a proprietary blend. The way that the product is labeled is also questionable as it calls itself stimulant free, though it clearly contains ingredients that have stimulants in them. Moreover, when compared to the competition, this product is quite expensive. Also, it contains unproven ingredients as well as those that have been proven not to work.

Herbalean Pills

Herbalean

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The Herbalean formula has been designed by its manufacturers to be used as a weight loss and energy supplement. This drug contains a number of extremely powerful ingredients that, while they have been known to assist in weight loss, are also very well known to cause potentially dangerous side effects. In the case of ephedra, for example, the ingredient has been banned outright by national health organizations such as the FDA and Health Canada, making it illegal to produce, buy, or sell in those and many other countries. This being said, while Herbalean does contain illegal and unsafe ingredients, it can still be purchased online.

The ingredients of Herbalean include Chromium, Ma Huang extract, Paullinia sorbilis extract, Lotus root extract, Hoodia Gordonii, Garcinia Cambogia, White willow bark, Citrus bigardia extract, Konjac root, Uva Usi, Ginger root, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Bee pollen, Green tea, Pyruvate, and 77 trace minerals.

To take a closer look at some of the primary ingredients in the product, let us start at the beginning. Though Chromium has been researched using many studies, the results have been highly conflicting and therefore there has been no true conclusion as to whether or not it has any impact on weight loss at all. That being said, the Mayo Clinic states that it is likely harmless.

Ma Huang, on the other hand, is included for its ephedra content. Though it may help with weight loss, it can also be highly dangerous to the health and is banned by the FDA.

Hoodia Gordonii, though popularly believed to help with weight loss has never been shown in any reliable clinical studies to have any statistically significant impact on a dieter’s ability to lose weight.

Garcinia Cambogia is an ingredient used for its hydroxycitric acid (HCA) content. This ingredient has been shown to be able to help with weight loss but it also has the potential to be exceptionally hazardous to the health. So much so that in May of 2009, the FDA issued a warning against another brand of pills called Hydroxycut, which had produced 23 reports to the FDA over health concerns related to the liver which are suspected to be linked to the HCA ingredient in the drug. The manufacturer of that drug voluntarily recalled its product and many responsible websites no longer carry any product that contains HCA.

Green tea can help with weight loss when taken at a dose of at least 300mg per day. Though the precise concentration is not provided, its place on the ingredient list suggests that there is not enough green tea in this product to make any difference.

The cost of Herbalean is rather steep at $49.95 per 60-capsule bottle, especially considering the number of health risks and the fact that one of its ingredients has been banned in many countries.

Therefore, this review of Herbalean finds that the supplement provides too many dangerous ingredients combined with too many ineffective or inadequately concentrated ingredients to be worth using for weight loss.