A simple and yet effective way to suppress your appetite, that allows you to control food cravings? We take a look at this self-proclaimed “fastest selling weight loss programme in the UK”!
Aduki Diet Pros
- Includes green tea (how much though?)
Aduki Diet Cons
- Ingredient amounts not disclosed
- Unreliable before and after pictures
- Lack of money-back guarantee
Aduki Diet Review
Aduki Diet Facts
- Adzuki beans found in East Asian and Chinese cuisine
- Two versions: Aduki Normal and Aduki Extra Strength
- The “Fastest selling weight loss programme in the UK”… really?
The official Aduki Diet site is fairly basic and in our opinion not given too much love and attention. The stock image used in the header of the attractive, slim blonde on the beach looks great, but the contact information in the header looks to be added as an afterthought.
That said it’s great that the contact details are clearly displayed and means you can easily get in touch with the manufacturer!
There are two strengths of Aduki Diet capsules, normal or extra strength. The manufacturer advises opting for their best seller, Aduki Extra, but if under 40 years of age and have less than a stone to lose then the “normal strength” is suitable. As to the difference in terms of ingredients or amounts between these two products we are not quite sure!
You are advised to take up to two capsules, one at breakfast followed by another one at lunch if required or as the manufacturer says “should you need a little extra help”. This means that one bottle will last 30 days if you decide to take 2 capsules per day, making it fairly expensive.
Aduki Diet Warnings
- Lacks full ingredient profile and NO information on the differences between Aduki versions
- Lack of any real clinical evidence that this supplement work
- Questions over the “before” and “after” images seen on other sites
What Does Aduki Diet Claim To Do?
The first claim made by this supplement is that…
The Aduki Diet is the easy way to lose up to 3-5lbs per week.
An impressive claim and one that’s not usually made for a UK diet supplement, especially as the advertising regulators are strict on what is in many cases unsubstantiated claims!
In the “how it works” section, The Aduki Diet claims to be….
simple and effective and works by controlling your appetite. Without food cravings your calorie intake will plumet (up to 40%!) and the weight will come off.
So What Is Aduki Diet and What Are The Ingredients For Aduki Diet?
The Aduki Diet capsules appear to work primarily as appetite suppressants so that you reduce calorie intake by simply eating less.
There are 6 active ingredients specified by the manufacturer but unfortunately NO ingredient amounts are listed! This means there is NO indication of how much is in capsule, and to be honest NO idea if sufficient amounts are available.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients, starting with the namesake of this product, the Adzuki bean:
- Adzuki Beans: Also pronounced Aduki too (hence the name of this supplement) and are widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas. High in fibre the beans are mostly used as a sweetener in Asian cuisine and when boiled with sugar in many Chinese dishes, such as red bean paste. The manufacturer claims the beans can promote regular bowel movements and the fibre may reduce levels of bad cholesterol. Other “evidence” is anecdotal and there don’t appear to be any clinical trials on this! Wikipedia mentions nothing about weight loss.
- Green Tea: Potent antioxidant thanks to the polyphenols and in certain amounts with caffeine can promote thermogenosis, which stimulates increased fat oxidation. Unclear how much and of what type of Green Tea extract is included in this supplement!
- Lotus Leaves: This perennial aquatic plant comes from the tropical regions of Asia and the Middle East. A popular ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine that’s been used to treat a number of conditions, including diarrhoea, vomiting with blood, blood in the urine, fevers and reduce muscle spasms. High in phytochemicals that can help to fight bacterial and fungal infections.
- Radish Seeds: Said to be beneficial for the treatment of another of conditions, these include; weight loss, jaundice, urinary disorders, piles, cancer (really?), kidney disorders, insect bites, fever etc etc. In terms of weight loss, the Aduki Diet claims they can help fill your stomach and satisfy hunger without the calories. Again no references to proper clinical trials to support these claims and no idea of amounts either!
- Poria: Said to be widely used in Asia and animal studies have suggested could be a potential immunomodulator and anti-inflammatory agent for managing diabetes and even cancer. Whilst no clinical studies support specific amounts doses used range from 3 to 45 g daily. Clearly nowhere near enough in Aduki Diet capsules!
- Collagen: A group of natural occurring animal proteins and said to have beneficial effects on joint and bone, as well as for weight management and sport performance. Again no amounts specified and no links or clinical references to support claims.
So What Does All This Mean?
The Aduki Diet is marketed on the inclusion of Adzuki beans that make up one of six ingredients in this supplement. There is no indication of the amounts and the references to clinical studies to support the claims are tenuous, at best!
All in all, The Aduki Diet contains a group of ingredients that are likely to be far below what any of the clinical studies say has any beneficial effect.
Does Aduki Diet Have Any Side Effects?
The Aduki Diet is not addictive and claims to be suitable for healthy individuals, over 18 who have no health complications.
Caution: Seek professional medical advice if you’re taking any medication or have any medical condition. Although not stated, as with all dietary supplements not recommend taking this if you’re pregnant, a nursing mother or have a BMI of under 18.5.
Any Aduki Diet Reviews From Customers?
There are a number of testimonials on the official website, including some before and after pictures.
When checking the before and after pictures we were disappointed to find some of these pictures on other sites. A few of them can be found on Alizonne preventative and cosmetic medicine website.
So who has copied who? Unless the same people have taken the Aduki diet and used cosmetic therapies
Update:Since publishing our review the testimonial pictures in question have been removed from the official website.
So Does Aduki Diet Work?
Tricky to answer this one as we have no idea how much of the ingredients stated are actually in each capsule!
The evidence that Aduki beans are effective at suppressing appetite is fairly weak. As with any high fibre nutrient it can help in helping you to feel full and bulk up the content in your stomach, making it less likely that you wish to eat more. For this to work a large amount of fibre content is required and unlikely to be sufficient in one or even two capsules!
We can see no real rational for the inclusion of some of the other ingredients, at least as to their effectiveness, if any here.
For example, the manufacturer claims that Lotus Leaf has been clinical shown to prevent the formation of fatty tissue in rats, and then highlights ONLY when combined with L-Carnitine. So you would assume that L-Carnitine would be included here, guess again! Why mention a study that suggests the ingredient can help with weight loss (or weight management) when they require another ingredient that’s not even here…. puzzling.
Another example can be found when looking at the information on Collagen. The manufacturer references a study that uses 5g of Collagen per day… clearly there is nowhere near 5g in the Aduki Diet capsules, so these claims are not relevant!
There is very unlikely to be anywhere near sufficient ingredients in this supplement to support the claims, weight loss or otherwise made by The Aduki Diet.
Where Can I Buy Aduki Diet?
The Aduki Diet is available from the official website with payment options including Paypal, Google Checkout and good old fashion cheque!
Costs range from £30 for the Aduki or Aduki Extra Trial pack of 24 capsules. Both the Aduki Diet Regular Strength and Aduki Diet Extra Strength cost £60 for 1-2 months’ supply. You can also find it on Ebay for similar prices.
Buying the trial pack or one bottle will cost an additional £3.95 for UK postage and £10 for outside the UK for shipping. Free delivery is available when buying two or products at the same time.
Consumer Alert: If you take 2 capsules per day then one bottle of Aduki Diet Regular or Extra Strength will ONLY LAST 1 MONTH!
What About a Money-Back Guarantee?
There is a refund policy that states you can return the product unused within 21 days to claim your money back. This is not a money-back guarantee but only a slightly longer policy required by the distance selling regulations.
The rather annoying ticker below the header states how easy the Aduki Diet is for weight loss, ending with “What have you got to lose?” With the fact is there is little compelling evidence to suggest this supplement can work, an answer would be around £30 to £60, depending on how much you order!
There is no indication if sufficient ingredients exist to have much, if any, beneficial effect on health and weight loss. For fibre to effectively suppress appetite you need to eat a lot, more than likely you can sensibly find in two capsules!
The potential cost of the Aduki Diet is a concern too. If you decide to take 2 capsules per day to get that “extra benefit” then one bottle of 60 capsules will only last 30 days. This means it could potentially cost you £60 per month!
The lack of ingredient amounts, questions raised concerning the before and after pictures, and potential cost mean we are going to reject The Aduki Diet.