Marketed as one of 2012’s best fat burning supplements, we look behind the marketing hype to see if the science is really there.
- Some promising ingredients
- Incomplete ingredient profile
- Contains fair amount of caffeine
- Lacks clinical references
- No physical address for the company
- Comes from Utah, the diet pill scam capital
- Manufactured by XPI Supplements LLC based in Utah, US
- Recently re-branded to include different formula
- Each bottle contains 80 capsules (40 servings)
Manufactured by Xtreme Pharmaceutical Innovations, XPI for short, they are owned by XPI Supplements, LLC, who produce a number of muscle building supplements.
Liponox has recently been re-branded, so instead of the green bottle design you now have the striking red and black bottle. The marketing angle is still the same, that of an extreme fat burner that is about helping you lose “serious” weight.
If you look in-depth at the information available for this supplement it’s somewhat confusing. Some sources quote there is 107 ingredients in each capsule whilst the official site shows 13 at most! This is most likely due to the recent re-branding exercise, nevertheless is confusing for consumers and means some are getting incorrect and outdated information about Liponox!
The official Liponox website is professionally produced and contains easy to read information. Immediately upon visiting the site you are faced with Louann’s story who gives the personal touch to why Liponox has been effective for her gym work-outs.
Unfortunately there are no company contact information, simply a contact form and sales number that is almost certainly outsourced!
Apart from a few unhappy customers reported on some forums there do not appear to any rip-off or scam reports for Liponox or XPI Supplements.
Differing from the majority of other diet pills is that 80 capsules are included in every bottle. Each serving size is 2 capsules, one to be taken in the morning and again at lunch. You can take up to 4 capsules per day (2 servings) but you are suggested to begin with just 2 capsules.
- Makes bold claims not supported by clinical studies
- Incomplete ingredient profile with proprietary blend that hides a fair amount of caffeine
- May cause side effects with caffeine content
What Does Liponox Claim To Do?
Promoted as an “advanced fat burner” that has the answer to fast weight loss, Liponox claims to boost metabolism, suppress appetite and enhance energy levels.
By taking this supplement the manufacturer boldly claims they have found the answer to weight loss with combination of…
ingredients to trigger a loss of 4-6 pounds every 7 days with minimal effort!
Incredibly, Liponox claim you are guaranteed to lose 25lbs in just 30 days!
The makers of Liponox are very confident that their diet pill will work for you too! Although they say Liponox doesn’t work for everyone they claim…
LIPONOX has led to satisfactory results for 99.3% of its users
So What Is Liponox and What Are The Ingredients For Liponox?
Unlike the previous version of this supplement that contained an incredible hundred ingredients, Liponox now contains a more sensible mix of active ingredients. That said most of the ingredients are contained in a 500mg proprietary blend, what they call a “Lipoffeine Energy Blend”!
We were intrigued as to what exactly this blend is, but guess what, we couldn’t find ANY INFORMATION on this. In fact any search for this term simply returns information about Liponox! Most likely made up to sound impressive, nearly fooled us
Only three of the ingredients outside of the blend fully disclosed their amounts and although cite weight loss results fail to cite the studies to support their claims.
A serving size of 2 capsules contains the following:
- Irvingia Gabonensis (150mg): Also known as African Mango Extract, a popular superfruit that has been said to promote weight loss by suppressing appetite and regulating blood sugar levels. One study has shown participants to lose an average of 28lbs in 8 weeks and to reduce cholesterol levels.
- Cissus Quadrangularis (150mg): From a plant native in India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Southeast Asia and used in various ayurvedic classical medicines. A few studies have suggested this ingredient is an “ally” for weight loss, the reported average of 17.82 pounds cited by Liponox is not referenced to a study though.
- Phytosome Green Tea (150mg): Registered nutrient manufactured and produced by Indena Select and made from a combination of teas known to be high in antioxidants. There are clinical studies on this nutrient that show a daily intake of 300mg can promote weight loss when combined with low calorie-controlled diet.
- Lipoffeine Energy Blend (500mg): Some promising ingredients in here but without knowing the quantity it’s impossible to know how effective (if at all) they will be:
Green Tea (50% Caffeine), Guarana (22% Caffeine), Green Coffee Bean Extract (99% Caffeine), DiCaffeine Malate, Yerbe Mate (8% Caffeine), Black Tea (60% Polyphenols), White Tea (60% Polyphenols), Gotu Kola (10% Centella Asiatica), Oolong Tea 4:1 and Kola Nut (10% Caffeine).
So What Does All This Mean?
At first glance Liponox appears to be one of the few scientifically proven fat burners on the market. The striking multicoloured graphs are there to dazzle consumers and used, very effectively, to convince you it’s backed by science!
The use of a proprietary blend means it’s impossible to know exactly what’s in Liponox! Considering the majority of the ingredients in the energy blend have caffeine could well explain why it’s called an “Energy Blend”!!!
The fact is there is very little different about Liponox than other similar marketed diet pills that make bold claims.
Does Liponox Have Any Side Effects?
Although all the ingredients in Liponox are natural and considered to be safe, there is a fair amount of caffeine in each serving. As we don’t know how much caffeine is really present in the “Energy Blend” then we suggest exercising caution when taking this supplement. It seems that nearly EVERY ingredient in the blend is partly caffeine!
The manufacturer advises avoiding the supplement if you have adverse reactions to any ingredients included.
Caution: There is a fair amount of caffeine, so if you’re sensitive to this stimulant you may wish to avoid taking Liponox.
Any Liponox Reviews From Customers?
A few testimonials shown on the official website but no other independent reviews from consumers seem to be available.
So Does Liponox Work?
Liponox make a big deal about the “science behind” their supplement by citing four clinical studies in striking graphical format that have shown to promote weight loss. NONE of the studies that support the weight loss claims are referenced through, so we had to do our own checking!
One important thing to note, although the bottom (X axis) is not labelled in the graphs, we assume these mean the number of weeks.
Let’s take a look at each of these in turn to see if Liponox can really stand up to these claims.
1. Irvingia Gabonensis (African Mango Extract)
A popular ingredient ever since the media revealed its potential weight loss properties. The most cited “proof” that this ingredient promotes weight loss is from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon who studied 100 overweight participants during a 10-week trial. They found that participants taking African Mango extract lost on average 28lbs during the 10 weeks, losing an average of 3.2% of body fat (most likely the results depicted in the graph above).
We found the original study published in “Lipids in Health and Disease” in January 2009, for those eager to delve further into the science! (Click here to read the full study
This is the only ingredient in this supplement that if you take two servings per day (4 capsules) will give you the 300mg of African Mango extract required that’s been shown to promote weight loss in some studies (note some, not ALL studies).
But, and it’s a big BUT, taking 4 capsules per day means one bottle will only last 20 days and let’s not forget how much caffeine you could be taking in per day!!!!
2. Cissus Quadrangularis
The next prominently displayed ingredient is Cissus quadrangularis that XPI claim can help you lose 12.78lbs compared to 4.54lbs. One study we found that suggested Cissus quadrangularis extract may be useful in the management of weight loss and metabolic syndrome used two daily doses (514 mg each) of the Cissus formulation for 8 weeks (Read the study here). Their results showed the obese subjects lost 6.6kg (no change to diet) to 8.1kg (2,100–2,200 calories/day diet) of their body weight compared to 2.3kg in the placebo group.
So let’s get this straight, subjects took over 1g of Cissus quadrangularis (depending on your serving amounts is 3 to 7 times the dose used in Liponox!) and lost 4.3 to 5.6kg of their body weight more than the control group.
3. Phytosome Green Tea
One of the few studies on GreenSelect Phytosome published in the “Alternative Medicine Review” in 2009, has shown significant weight loss when combined with a low-calorie diet (Read the full PDF study here).
The participants followed a low-calorie diet that consisted of 1250-1350 Kcal for women and 1650-1750 Kcal for men in four meals per day, alongside 300mg of Greenselect Phytosome for 90 days to see an average weight loss of 14kg compared to 6kg in the placebo (diet only group). Based on these findings the manufacturer of this nutrient suggests that “Greenselect® Phytosome® may be a valid support in weight management”.
So there could well be a weight loss effect if Liponox consumers take 4 capsules per day and restrict their calorie intake, taken in 4 meals throughout the day! None of this information is present on ANY of the Liponox marketing information!
To sum up, it seems clear from looking closer into the ingredients is that there are insufficient quantities here compared to the studies cited by XPI! If you decide to double the serving size, as suggested when you’re used to the supplement, you could be taking a whole lot of caffeine each day.
Where Can I Buy Liponox?
Liponox can be purchased online directly from the merchant from $59.95 for one bottle of 80 capsules. Discounts are available for purchasing two or more bottles at once.
To tempt you to order 2 or more bottles of Liponox, they offer a FREE bottle of 3 Day Slimming Pill. These are advertised as “detox diet pills” but there is absolutely NO INFORMATION about this product. It’s likely to be a very cheap supplement that contains diuretics! We have written about so called detox diet pills in our article here.
Consumer Alert: If you decide to take 2 servings of 4 capsules per day then one bottle will only last 20 days, making Liponox an expensive supplement!
What About A Guarantee?
There is a 90-day money-back guarantee and they provide a direct customer support number and email address. To qualify for a full refund (minus shipping and handling fee of $7.99 for US and $15.99 for International orders) you need to have used 30 days of the diet pills first, then return your empty bottle and unopened bottles in re-saleable condition.
DO NOT BUY LIPONOX!
Whilst Liponox could be appealing to consumers looking for the more hardcore fat burner, it’s unlikely to live up to its claims.
As we found out when looking into the REAL science behind Liponox, there is in most cases insufficient ingredient amounts to trigger the sort of weight loss claims made. If you decide to take 2 servings of 4 capsules per day then one bottle will only last 20 days, making Liponox an expensive supplement!
The amount of caffeine in Liponox is a bit of a concern. The true amount is concealed in the “energy blend”, but considering that 6 of ingredients contain 10 – 100% caffeine, then it could be a fair amount. And certainly enough to trigger side effects in some consumers!
It’s almost seems as if the “Lipoffeine Energy Blend” is a mixture of ingredients that contain caffeine in some form or another!
It may be possible to lose some weight but you will certainly need to watch those calories, and the caffeine content will ensure you have more energy. But this supplement is unlikely to deliver on its somewhat bold marketing claims. We reject Liponox.