Aimed at consumers who tend to overeat at the weekends, gain pleasure from high fat foods or simply rely too much on fatty convenience foods, LIPObind looks to prevent up to a third of fats from being absorbed. We see if this supplement that has been on the market for a number of years could work for you.
- No negative side effects reported
- Stocked by reputable UK retailers
- Can work out expensive
- Mixed feedback from consumers
- No manufacturer money-back guarantee
- Doesn’t reveal ingredient amounts
- Popular UK fat binder on the market for many years
- LIPObind is a Certified Medical Device that contains clinically proven ingredient Litramine
- Lacks full ingredient profile and positive consumer reviews
LIPObind was originally manufactured by Goldshield Healthcare Direct (Goldshield Ltd) who produces other familiar UK diet supplements you may have heard, such as APPEsat and DEcarb. These three brands that form the “Shape Smart” range were sold to Belgium pharmaceutical company, Omega Pharma in January of 2011.
Since having new owners the supplements have undergone a re-brand that has significantly improved their packaging. In some cases, as is the case for LIPObind, the formula has been improved to include additional ingredients (see ingredients section below).
We could not find LIPObind available direct from the manufacturer, despite other reviews indicating otherwise. This was no problem though as LIPObind is stocked by a number of retailers both online and on the UK high street. We popped into Holland and Barrett to pick up a sample to start our review.
After a little digging into Goldshield Ltd we found an upheld compliant by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in 2008 concerning how LIPObind was advertised. It seems that LIPObind was making a number of claims that could not be substantiated, so the ASA took the following action:
We told Goldshield to remove the claim “The NEW Clinically Proven Fat Binding Pill … A pill that has been tried and tested and proven to bind fat” and not to imply that the product could bind to fat in the absence of robust evidence that proved it could. We also told them to remove the claims “There are no gimmicks, no fad diets, no additional exercise routines that have to be undertaken, in fact you can still indulge yourself with your favourite treat every now and again”, “You can still treat yourself to a piece of cake without having to think twice and without feeling the usual pangs of guilt”, “Helps to Suppress Appetite”, “Helps to Decrease Food Cravings”, “Helps Lower Blood Cholesterol” and “Weight Management” unless they held robust evidence to support them.
In September 2009 another ASA Adjudication was upheld against the advertising of LIPObind due to:
the advertiser had not provided, and the broadcaster had not obtained, suitably qualified medical advice on the efficacy of LIPObind, the advertisement breached the Code.
The adjudications from the ASA may explain the lack of product information available by retailers stocking and promoting LIPObind.
As when taking most fat binders you take a fair number of diet pills each day, LIPObind is no different. You are recommended to take 2-3 tablets after each meal or 3-4 tablets if the meal contains high amounts of fat. You are advised to avoid taking more than 9 tablets per day.
LIPObind should be used as “part of an overall weight management plan” and used alongside a healthy diet plan and regular physical exercise.
- Lack of product information and no manufacturer website or contact details
- There is no manufacturer money-back guarantee
- Depending how many tablets you take could only last 7 days!
- Lack of positive consumer reviews
What Does LIPObind Claim To Do?
LIPObind claims to naturally reduce dietary fat absorption by up to 27% and to be an effective tool for managing your weight and to prevent and treat obesity.
The main ingredient binds to some of the fat from your meal making it too large to be absorbed in the small intestine, which gets passed naturally without any negative side effects.
Some retailers who stock LIPObind claim it helps to decrease food cravings, suppress appetite and lower blood cholesterol too.
So What Is LIPObind and What Are The Ingredients For LIPObind?
Although LIPObind claims to reduce food cravings it primarily works as a fat binder to reduce the calories consumed from fats in your diet. It does this by making some of the fats in your meal too large to be absorbed so that they are passed in the stools when going to the toilet.
Fat binders are not the most popular diet pills as they are clearly marketed towards consumers who eat particularly high fat content meals, making them not the first choice for dieters. That said, consumers have had success with clinically proven fat binders to reduce and manage their weight.
There is a lack of any detailed information about the ingredients in LIPObind. The main ingredient, Litramine, is produced by pharmaceutical company InqPharm who provide extensive data on the effectiveness and safety of the ingredient.
- Litramine: A natural patented and certified organic fibre derived from Opuntia ficus-indica (dried cactus extract). Extensive research has shown that it binds up to 27% of dietary fats without any known negative side effects. It is classed as an approved Medical Device for the treatment and management of weight loss.
- Vitamin A: Fat soluble vitamin essential for eye health and has been suggested to increase longevity, but little evidence backs up these claims.
- Vitamin D: Fat soluble vitamin that can be synthesised by exposure to sunlight, supplementation can be useful when sunlight exposure is reduced.
- Vitamin E: Another fat soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties that has a number of biological functions.
So What Does All This Mean?
LIPObind is stimulant free and 100% organic diet pill that uses a clinically proven ingredient called Litramine to naturally blocks dietary fats in your meal. There is extensive clinically data to support the claims that Litramine can block upt 27% of dietary fats by making them too large to be absorbed.
Unfortunately the full ingredient profile for LIPObind is not revealed on the box or by retailers who stock the product. This means there is no indication of how much Litramine is present in each LIPObind serving!
Does LIPObind Have Any Side Effects?
Although the ingredient amounts are not revealed there are no reported negative side effects with any of the ingredients within LIPObind.
You should not take the tablets within two hours of taking medicine that is fat-soluble, this also includes oral contraceptives. You should also ensure you are well hydrated and are required to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Caution: You are not recommended to take LIPObind if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 18.5.
Any LIPObind Reviews From Customers?
There is mixed feedback from LIPObind consumers. Although no consumer reviews are available on actual retailer sites stocking LIPObind, we found reports on Amazon.
Consumers have negative reports of LIPObind have commented its “stupid waste of time”, “rubbish” and “product was ok, I was expecting it to be better”.
Most of the positive Amazon reviews focused on the prompt delivery of the seller than the effectiveness of LIPObind for them. We should mention that one consumer was very happy with the results saying “… tablets do work, although they take 2 weeks to kick in….. they also take away hunger pangs too”.
So Does LIPObind Work?
Nearly all fat binders work in the same way using similar clinically proven ingredients. The mechanism of making dietary fat too large to be absorbed has been shown to be effective at reducing calorie intake, as a number of success commercially available fat binders have shown, for example Proactol Plus and XLS Medical Fat Binder.
The main ingredient in LIPObind Litramine has been rigorously tested and has been extensively studied by InqPharm who own the patent.
Unfortunately LIPObind FAILS to reference ANY CLINICAL STUDIES to backup the claims made. This means that unless you delve into the research by InQpharm you have to blindly rely on the marketing information on LIPObind.
The other problem is that LIPObind doesn’t reveal the ingredient amounts used. This means it is impossible to determine if enough Litramine is present in order to block dietary fats!
Where Can I Buy LIPObind?
LIPObind is available in a number of UK high street shops and online from reputable retailers such as Boots and Holland and Barrett.
The supplement may seem to be reasonably priced at around £25 for 60 tablets. Keep in mind that if you take 9 tablets per day the one box may only last 7 days!
Discount: Holland and Barrett are offering a “Buy One Get One Half Price” offer.
Find out more: Holland and Barrett
LIPObind fails to fully disclose the ingredient amounts and no clinical data is available to support any of the somewhat limited claims, unless you are willing to delve into the Litramine research! Even then it’s impossible to know if LIPObind contains enough to work!
On a positive note, LIPObind looks to be a safe and side-effect free supplement. The supplement is also well stocked by reputable UK retailers both online and on the high street.
LIPObind initially appears to be reasonably priced but take into account the number of tablets required per day and you soon realise that a box of 60 tablets will not last long at all! If you took the maximum recommended dose of 9 tablets per day, LIPObind could cost you over £110 per month (depending on retailer) for the 270 tablets required each month.
On top of this the lack of positive consumer reviews is a real concern too. For these reasons we have no choice but to reject LIPObind.