The battle for weight loss rages on. People are still looking for the most effective way to cut down the pounds. Somehow, some people still believe in ‘miracle pills’, those dietary supplements that claim to be able to cut down the pounds from your body weight. Of course, there are several reasons why these pills can actually work – they either increase your metabolism rate so that you burn down more fats or prevent your body from absorbing too much calorie and fat – but you can’t simply cling on these pills alone and leave the healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and responsible eating. The key principle of any weight loss effort is, after all, creating a deficit between the number of calories that you burn and the number that you eat.
In the following article, we are going to discuss two recently popular diet pills, which are Lipozene and Garcinia Cambogia. Do they really work? How do they compare against each other? What are their side effects? We will try to answer these questions below. So, get yourself a cup of warm coffee, if that is your thing, and continue reading!
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What is Lipozene?
Lipozene is a brand name of a dietary supplement that is sold by Obesity Research Institute LLC. It is a weight loss supplement that promises exceptional results. It seems to be a very convincing product, especially due to the name of the seller, which contains the words “research” and “institute”. Lipozene contains only one active ingredient, which is glucomannan. You can get glucomannan from the roots of the Konjac plant a.k.a. the elephant yam.
Glucomannan itself is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is often used for various purposes. It has an extraordinary capability to absorb water. As a food additive, it is used to act as an emulsifier or a thickener. It has several potential benefits; it is believed to be useful to help in treating constipation, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. However, the FDA has not really approved any glucomannan product for the treatment of any of the said conditions.
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia Cambogia is the common name for a tropical species of the Garcinia fruit that is native to Indonesia. The scientific name is Garcinia gummi-gutta, whereas Garcinia cambogia is actually a former scientific name. The fruit appears like a small pumpkin, and has a color that is a mixture of green and pale yellow. Garcinia Cambogia had received quite a lot of media attention due to the rumors about its effects on weight loss, which began in late 2012 when Dr. Oz promoted Garcinia Cambogia extracts as “an exciting breakthrough for weight loss”. However, before the buzz, Garcinia Cambogia has been used widely in cooking, particularly in traditional curries of India, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian countries. It is also used commercially for fish curing.
Lipozene vs. Garcinia Cambogia: How do They Work?
Since the core and the only component of Lipozene is glucomannan, a dietary fiber, the product works pretty much the same way as most other fiber supplements. Fiber is indeed an important nutrient for the body, but a dietary fiber for weight loss works in two ways. First, when the fiber gets into contact with water, it absorbs the water and forms a gel-like substance. This gel-like substance will fill the digestive tract and make the digestion process move more slowly. Because your digestive tract is still full, you will not get hungry as quickly as usual, thereby effectively reducing your appetite and food intake. By the way, such mechanism also makes your body absorbs micronutrients more effectively. The second way the fiber can help in weight loss is by bonding fats and lipids. The gel-like substance is known to be able to bind certain lipids during the digestion process, thus reducing the amount of fat that your body absorbs from the foods.
On the other hand, people allegedly claim that Garcinia Cambogia can help in weight loss by inhibiting the body’s ability to create fat cells and by curbing the appetite. Garcinia Cambogia contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is said to be able to inhibit the citrate lyase enzyme in the body, which is responsible for building fat cells. The incredibly sour taste of the fruit may also reduce your appetite.
Lipozene vs. Garcinia Cambogia: How Effective are They?
Although glucomannan itself has potential benefits for weight loss, various clinical trials haven’t shown that Lipozene can actually deliver significant results. In 2005, the company was fined by the Federal Trade Commission because of their misleading statements about weight loss results acquired from a similar glucomannan-containing product. So, you can say that it is not entirely better than other glucomannan supplements. Nevertheless, it can indeed work to reduce your appetite and bind some fats, but the final results still depend on how much that you eat and how consistent your work out.
The same goes for Garcinia Cambogia. Although it was promoted by Dr. Oz, there is no real scientific evidence yet that supports Garcinia Cambogia’s effectiveness for weight loss. It may somewhat reduce your appetite, but all the final results also depend on your lifestyle factors.
Lipozene vs. Garcinia Cambogia: What are the Possible Side Effects?
When consuming Lipozene, or any other fiber supplement, make sure that you take it with enough water. Consuming it without enough water may make the fiber expands before reaching the gastrointestinal tract, possibly causing choking. It may also cause abdominal discomfort, constipation, or diarrhea. Such side effects typically occur when you suddenly increase your fiber intake. A wise idea is to increase your fiber intake gradually before taking the whole dose.
Garcinia Cambogia may possibly cause nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, and headache. Be careful if you have a stomach ulcer or anything like that, because Garcinia Cambogia is very sour and may worsen the condition. Also, do not eat too much Garcinia Cambogia because there is a study that indicates the extract may have liver toxicity. Finally, avoid Garcinia Cambogia if you consume a SSRI, TCA, dextromethorphan, pethidine, pentazocine, or tramadol drug, because the combination may cause the serotonin syndrome.
Lipozene is a dietary fiber supplement that has glucomannan as the primary ingredient. It has potential benefits for weight loss, though not significant enough and probably not much better than other similar products. Garcinia Cambogia, on the other hand, is actually a sour fruit that is allegedly claimed to be beneficial for weight loss, but still lacks a real scientific evidence. Each has possible side effects, though Garcinia Cambogia’s side effects seem to be more dangerous. Therefore, Lipozene is probably a safer option. Anyhow, there is no such thing as a miracle pill. A supplement is just there to help you enhance your progress a little bit further, but the final results greatly depend on your lifestyle factors.