With dramatic results suggested to occur without any significant changes to your lifestyle, we see if this diet supplement is the real deal!
- Some promising ingredients
- Lacks full ingredient profile
- Lacks independent testimonials
- No company contact and address details
- Linked to a number of rejected diet pills
- Manufactured by Doakes Nutraceuticals, LLC in Utah, US
- Non-prescription over the counter diet pill
- Contains “ultra-potent extracts” but amounts not disclosed
Not to be mistaken for Lipo-Cal by Maximum International, Lipocal is a completely different product manufactured by Doakes Nutraceuticals LLC, who are based in Utah, USA. This company sell a number of other diet pills on the market, including Phytodren, Lipo30 and Phenphedrine to name a few. We have written previously about this company and its links to Gadd formulas and have a poor history in terms consumer satisfaction.
It can fairly easy to spot diet pills by this manufacturer, or its associates, as they follow a similar theme. The official website tends to be just one page in length, to clearly show attractive men or women (depending on the intended audience) next to hard hitting weight loss claims. Next is the list of fantastic ingredients that are guaranteed to work (oh there is mention normally of a 90-day money-back guarantee too, to give that added assurance!). After a few impressive testimonials, normally without any before or after pictures, you then have a few frequently asked questions.
Lastly there are normally three options for buying one, two or three months supply, the 2 month package is normally indicated to be the “most popular”. They all display are big saving from the “Manufactures Suggested Retail Price” (MSRP), they are very unlikely to have been sold at these prices in the first place! Of course to add that extra bit of reassurance you will see numerous “Site lock”, “McAfee” and “Paypal” logos too.
We also noticed that LipoCal copy a common practise amongst prescription drugs is to include the main active ingredient clearly on the bottle. LipoCal follow the same practise choosing the most medical sounding ingredient to place below the logo, namely “20-Beta-Hydroxyecdysterone”. We assume this is giving the illusion of being a medical prescription drug!
Taking LipoCal is easy enough, it should be taken twice each day with water 30 minutes before breakfast and lunch.
- Lacks any independent testimonials and official site has unconvincing consumer reviews!
- Ingredient amounts are not included, so impossible to tell if it works or any possible side effects
- Company details are not revealed and so any issues could mean you find it difficult to get in touch
What Does LipoCal Claim To Do?
LipoCal is marketed as an all in one diet pill that helps to reduce body fat, curb food cravings and boost energy levels.
By taking this supplement daily the manufacturers claim weight loss is MUCH EASIER and that you soon too could have a “leaner, sexier body”.
So What Is LipoCal and What Are The Ingredients For LipoCal?
There are 8 “rare plant extracts” according to the manufacturer; in fact there are 10 active ingredients in LipoCal in all. We are not sure where the “rare” bit comes in as many, if not most, diet pills include many of these ingredients, so it’s unlikely they are rare!
That aside, let’s take a look at these ingredients and what they are supposed to do:
- Green Tea: Contains polyphenols and some small amounts of caffeine and said to increase thermogenosis and stimulate fat burning. One study has shown that metabolic rate can be increased by 4% if taken in sufficient quantities. There is NO INDICATION how much Green Tea is included in LipoCal!
- Guarana (22% caffeine): This contains caffeine suggested to be slower release. Numerous studies have shown caffeine to be effective for weight loss in certain people. There is no indication to how much is in LipoCal.
- Yerba Mate (10% Caffeine): Another tree native to South America, Yerba Mate has many claims including weight loss benefits, heart health and even as a pain reliever. Contains some caffeine in small doses. Again no idea how much is in this pill!
- Damiana: Found mainly in South America, Damiana is also known by the name Turnera Diffusa and said to be a sexual stimulant and effective for weight loss. It is also said to increase your metabolism and increase energy levels. They also claim that it makes you fell fuller. No amount is given for this formula.
- Glucomannan: A water soluble fibre often known as Konjac root and seen in a number of diet pills as it’s suggested to help suppress appetite. When in contact with water in the stomach it swells to 50 times its size, which helps to feel full and less likely to eat your usual food portions. Unlikely there is enough in here as studies suggest you need AT LEAST 1,000mg per day!
- Pomegranate and FucoPure (Fucoxanthin): Pomegranate is rich in vitamin C, natural phenols and is high in fibre. Long history of use in food and Ayurvedic medicine, from remedies to combat diarrhea to heart and throat tonics. Initial research suggests may be useful for reducing blood pressure and could reduce heart disease risk factors. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate
Fucoxanthin is found in brown seaweed said to have benefits for combating diabetes, cancer and weight gain. Contains lots of iodine which may help promote normal thyroid function and maintain a healthy metabolism.
- ForsLean: A proprietary form of Coleus Forskohlii manufactured by Sabinsa Corporation who claims it initiates chemical reactions in the body in order to release fat from fat cells. The reference cited by LipoCal is vague, when we looked at the research the few studies into ForsLean. One showed it may help prevent weight gain the other saw 250mg taken twice a day to promote average weight loss of 1.3lbs per week! Again no indication if Lipocal contains anywhere near 250mg to have any effect. Source: http://forslean.net/clinicalusa.htm
- Super CitriMax: A patented natural ingredient that claims to be a more effective form of garcinia cambogia fruit, suggesting it can lower appetite and lower fat production. This is a good example of good marketing of ingredients with the use of “super” in the title! We have no idea what the “super” is meant to mean but sounds good.
- Ecdysterone (20-Beta-Hydroxyecdysterone): Said to promote muscle growth and fat loss and why it’s seen in supplements marketed towards athletes and dieters. Some have compared beta-ecdysterone with dianabol to see if it has similar effects to this anabolic steroid. One study has shown no significant effect when taking 200mg per day. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20-Hydroxyecdysone and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129166/
- Chromax: Seen in a number of diet pills but has been discredited and not considered to be an effective ingredient to promote weight loss.The National Institute of Health concluded:
Chromium supplements are sometimes claimed to reduce body fat and increase lean (muscle) mass. Yet a recent review of 24 studies that examined the effects of 200 to 1,000 mcg/day of chromium (in the form of chromium picolinate) on body mass or composition found no significant benefits” and “In several studies, chromium’s effects on body weight and composition may be called into question
So What Does All This Mean?
LipoCal clearly plays on looking like a prescription drug with the logo and label design. It’s not and contains ingredients seen in a number of other diet pills on the market.
No ingredient amounts are revealed, only that the formula contains 800mg of so called “ultra-potent extracts”! A claim that is impossible to verify.
Some of the ingredients in LipoCal do have promising weight loss benefits and have studies to support some of the claims. The lack of a full ingredient profile means it’s impossible to say if there is enough quantity for it to really work.
Does LipoCal Have Any Side Effects?
There is no information concerning side effects or even who this supplement is and isn’t for!
With no indication as to ingredient amounts it’s impossible to know for sure the possibility of side effects!
Caution: There is caffeine present and so particular sensitive individuals may experience side effects such as jittery sensations, increased heart rate, sweating, nervousness and insomnia.
Any LipoCal Reviews From Customers?
There are 7 consumer testimonials shown on the official site, all fairly recent from 2012. With no pictures or letters there is no way to confirm how reliable these testimonials really are.
There don’t appear to be any independent consumer reviews that don’t appear on what may well be fake review sites!
So Does LipoCal Work?
The manufacturer has made an attempt to reference weight loss claims for each ingredient to published studies. The problem is without knowing the quantity of each ingredient in LipoCal it’s impossible to know if sufficient quantities exist.
Remember, the ingredients will only work IF enough is consumed to have ANY effect.
Don’t ever buy anything that you don’t know what’s in it!
Where Can I Buy LipoCal?
Available only online and from the official website, one bottle of 60 capsules costs $49.95 (£34) with free shipping available on two or three bottle supplies.
It’s worth considering that LipoCal is based in the diet pill scam capital of the world, Utah. This and associated companies have a poor history in terms of ripping off consumers so we urge caution if wishing to buy this or related diet supplements.
What About a Guarantee?
The manufacture offers a 90-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your weight loss. In order to qualify you are required to return all ordered bottles whether they are opened or unopened.
Again considering the trust worthiness of this company and its associates getting your money-back may not be quite as easy as it sounds!
On the surface LipoCal looks to contain some decent ingredients that have some potential to promote weight loss. The problem is there is absolutely no indication of the ingredient quantities used in this diet pill!
We can’t help but think the manufacturer has used a few “patented ingredients” along with “medical” like branding to make LipoCal sound and look more impressive than it really is – a diet pill that can really deliver. All in all, LipoCal is very mediocre and at best may help you lose a few lbs but more than likely you will simply lose a few dollars!
Lastly, the very fact that the manufacturer has been linked to dodgy merchants with a less than good reputation in terms of customer care, we have no choice but to reject LipoCal.