We are not the first to raise these concerns about this supplement. Read on for more information about Lipovarin.
- Provides ingredient quantities
- Expensive to use in long term
- Possible side effects
- Possibly faked reviews
- Unhappy customers
- Manufactured by Sterling Grant Laboratories
- Available in 90 capsules or 150 capsules
- Daily dosage of 6 capsules
Lipovarin is a thermogenic fat burning diet pill that is manufactured by Sterling Grant Laboratories. It seems to be marketed towards women primarily, with the website mainly featuring images of slim women in swimsuits and bikinis. However, the testimonials do feature some men reviewing the product, so this is definitely not just for women.
We have been unable to find any information about Sterling Grant Laboratories, other than that they have been operating since 2007.
The testimonials provided on the website make the product look very promising. The testimonials are for a mixture of Lipovarin on its own and the “3 week rapid weight loss system”. However, it seems that some of the before and after images may have been taken from other websites.
We have managed to uncover fraudulent testimonials before by checking in Google if the images exist elsewhere, as the search displays other websites that have used the identical image.
How to Take Lipovarin
The number of capsules that need to be taken each day, 3 with breakfast and 3 mid-afternoon, is incredibly high. This means that a 90 capsule bottle will only last 15 days, whilst a 150 capsule bottle will last 25 days. Therefore, in the long term, using this product can be very expensive.
Lipovarin is sold through the official website, as well as on Amazon. However, it seems that the Amazon retailer is a third party, called All Web Nutrition. Customers who have sought out a return from All Web Nutrition during the 30 day money back guarantee period have universally been unhappy with the experience. Customers who want to obtain a refund need to provide a satisfactory reason for returning the product.
One consumer’s review mentioned:
I was told that I needed to write them a letter explaining why I was dissatisfied. I told the lady “Because your Lipovarin is no good and doesn’t work” She replied, “That’s not a good enough reason.” She gave me an authorization number and said I needed to return the empty bottle by UPS and they will also keep 25% of the money I paid for this product.
The company requires customers to have proof of return, in the form of a UPS tracking number, in case the product “goes missing” or isn’t received- this dramatically increases the cost of return postage, which All Web Nutrition do not cover. After this, the company provide a refund of 75% of the cost of the diet pill. The other 25% is a non-negotiable restocking fee, even if the product is unopened and unused.
This returns policy has led to some people reporting this product as a scam to ripoffreport.com.
- Poor returns policy
- Suspicious customer testimonials as images taken from other sites
- Expensive to use in long term
What Does Lipovarin Claim To Do?
Lipovarin claims to boost the metabolism, suppress appetite, and support the thyroid, all of which boost weight loss.
So What Is Lipovarin and What Are The Ingredients For Lipovarin?
The following ingredients quantities are found in three capsules of Lipovarin, which is one serving of the diet pill.
Two servings should be taken per day, once in the morning before breakfast, and once mid-afternoon. The official website recommends avoiding using these pills after 5pm, to avoid sleep disturbances.
- Metabromine (theobroma cacao) fruit extract (330mg) (6% Theobromine- 20mg): The active compound in theobroma cacao is Theobromine: it is often claimed that Theobromine can aid weight loss by stimulating the central nervous system and increasing the metabolism. Despite these claims, as well as the claims that it is an appetite suppressant, clinical evidence is limited with mixed results.
- Advantra Z (citrus aurantium) (350mg): Also known as bitter orange extract, this ingredient contains synephrine. A review of numerous studies concluded that use of synephrine resulted in an increase to the participants resting metabolic rate and energy expenditure, and moderate weight loss was seen in studies lasting over 6 weeks. However, there are some concerns about its safety being under-researched and the numerous side effects that have been associated with it.
- Green Tea leaf extract (camellia sinensis) (100mg) ( 30% tea polyphenols- 30mg 20% tea catechins- 20mg): Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism temporarily. However, the metabolic increase caused by green tea is limited. One study found that the use of green tea was not enough to counteract weight gain following a very low calorie diet.
- Serotain (250mg) (18.5% 5-hydroxtryptophan- 45mg): At first we thought that this was just Serotonin, poorly spelt. But our research shows that Serotain is developed by Benchmark Botanicals. Serotain acts as a mood enhancing agent and enhances the presence of serotonin in brain. Serotain creates a naturally positive mood for dieting. It contains 5-HTP, which may have a positive effect upon mood, as well as possibly acting as an appetite suppressant.
- Caffeine (200mg): Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism, causing a small increase in the number of calories used by the body. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Rhodiola Rosea (100mg): This plant has been shown to increase endurance in rats forced to swim for long periods of time. It may also help to improve recovery time after exhaustive exercise. There is little clinical evidence based upon humans.
- Taurine (200mg): animal research and initial human tests suggest that taurine may help you burn unwanted fat, as well as boost energy levels, making it useful for supplementation alongside regular exercise.
- l-carnitine l-tartrate (15mg): supplementation of this ingredient has been found to improve fat oxidation.
- 7-Keto (7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone acetate)- (50mg): 7-Keto is the registered name for 3-acetyl-7-oxo dehydroepiandrosterone, and is thought to speed up the body’s metabolism. Studies on overweight and obese participants suggest that the use of 7-Keto combined with moderate exercise and a reduced-calorie diet significantly reduces body weight and body fat compared with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet alone. 7-Keto is also known by several other names, including 7-oxo-DHEA, and 7-Keto-DHEA.
- Coleus Forskohli (10% Forskohlin) (100mg): A plant belonging to the mint family that is thought to boost the metabolism. However, the clinical trials performed using this ingredient have shown no weight loss, even when the participants’ lean muscle mass increased and fat mass decreased.
So What Does All This Mean?
This is a large number of pills to take per day, but it means that Lipovarin does have a significant amount of each ingredient. This includes both caffeine and citrus aurantium; caffeine increases the potency of citrus aurantium, which has been associated with a wide range of side effects. These are both stimulants that affect the nervous system in order to boost the metabolism.
Some of the ingredients in this diet pill have no clinical support, whilst others may only have minimal effects upon the metabolism. Remember also that other than citrus aurantium and caffeine, the interaction between these various ingredients have not been clinically tested.
Does Lipovarin Have Any Side Effects?
Side effects associated with caffeine include headaches, increased urination, jitteriness, dehydration, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and problems sleeping. Caffeine enhances the effects of citrus aurantium, which carries its own set of side effects, including increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients.
Taurine is regarded as safe for use in appropriate amounts, for up to four months use at a time. Little is known about its long term safety. On the opposite end of the scale, there has been very little research into the safety of 7-keto, and so its safety is rated as unknown.
Whilst metabromine is considered safe in general (hence its use as the primary ingredient in chocolate), it can cause allergic skin reactions, constipation, and might trigger migraine headaches. It can also cause digestive complaints including nausea, intestinal discomfort, stomach rumbling, and gas.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Avoid if you are sensitive to stimulant ingredients, have high blood pressure or any other cardiac related health problems. Not intended for those under 18 years of age.
Any Lipovarin Reviews From Customers?
We have been able to find customer reviews on Amazon.com and on some review style sites, which primarily discusses customer feedback, rather than focusing upon a full review.
Reviews are mixed, with some customers noticing results straight away, whilst others have found no weight loss, despite taking the product religiously and working out frequently.
I have used Lipovarin for 2 weeks now, with absolutely NO effect. It does make my heart race a bit, but only slightly. After 2 weeks, I have not lost one pound, nor has my hearty appetite been suppressed, nor have I ever experienced this “chocolate high” crap. What a waste!!
Too many pills with zero results. I have nothing positive to say about this product. The price is outrageously high for a dud. There are much better and more economical products to be found in vitamin shops/nutrition stores.
On Amazon, there are accusations of fake reviews being posted.
A friend had me look at this and as I was scrolling through the reviews. If you are thinking of buying this product…don’t. Go take a look at the review from July 16, 06 by Kitty V. and the review on July 26th, 06 by Tammy R. They write the same exact thing, the only difference is the names, state and date. Well one does give a 4 and the other a 5 rating. Can you say scaaammmm! LOL Try this at your own risk…I would trust the poorer ratings over the good ones on this one for sure.
So Does Lipovarin Work?
Customer reviews are mixed, but many of the positive reviews seem to be fabricated or at least paid for, using almost identical terminology as each other. The negative reviews suggest that the product does not work, with several people gaining significant amounts of weight over several weeks of using the diet pills, whilst others have lost merely a pound or two over a month. Considering that many reported this amount of weight loss per week from diet and exercise alone, it seems safe to say that for many, Lipovarin just does not deliver upon its weight loss promises.
Where Can I Buy Lipovarin?
Lipovarin can be purchased from either the official website or from Amazon.com.
There are two bottle sizes, 90 capsules or 150 capsules. These sound like a big supply of the diet pills, until the dosage of 6 capsules per day is considered. The official website offers discounts on multiple bottle orders, as well as free shipping when ordering more than one bottle of the product at once. One bottle of 90 capsules (a 15 day supply) costs $34.97 from this website, and a bottle of 150 capsules (a 25 day supply) costs $49.97. Three bottles of the large bottles of 150 capsules costs $123.75, and 3 bottles of the smaller bottles of 90 capsules costs $85.47.
On Amazon, one bottle of 150 capsules sells for $31.49 plus $6.95 shipping, and two bottles is offered at a slight discount of $61.99 plus $6.95 shipping.
What About A Guarantee
There is no information at all on the official Lipovarin website about their returns policy, or where to send any returns. We can only presume that there is no returns guarantee from the manufacturers.
All Web nutrition, who sell the product through amazon, supposedly have a 30 day money back guarantee. However, they only refund 75% of the product’s cost, insist that consumers return the product via UPS, and will only issue an RMA number if the customer’s reason for returning the product is acceptable, or if the consumer makes enough of a fuss and demands a return. It seems that their customer representatives can also be rude over the phone, and some customers requesting a return via email have been ignored.
Overall, we recommend that customers are wary of purchasing Lipovarin!
Many of the customer reviews on Amazon appear to be fake, and the returns policy through amazon is incredibly weighted in the retailer’s favour. It is almost as if they expect customers to try to return the product, and need to find a way to make some money from the product. Buying through the official website is no better. There is little information about the manufacturer, and there is no mention of any returns policy, which could end up leaving customers out of pocket, should they desire a refund.
Consumers have reported little or no weight loss in many cases, with a few even gaining weight whilst taking the diet pill.
The ingredients profile shows that numerous ingredients used in this diet pill are not proven to increase weight loss, whilst others, namely citrus aurantium, cause a wide variety of unpleasant and even dangerous side effects. This is despite the company assuring the consumer that citrus aurantium has “similar metabolism boosting effects of that of Ma Huang without the negative side effects”.
Their product information is misleading to the customer, by providing leading statements such as “This is done without any FDA banned ingredients!”. Whilst the ingredients are not banned by the FDA, they are not FDA approved either, and the product has not been evaluated by the FDA in any way.
In our opinion is no redeeming feature of this diet pill, other than the company does give out ingredient quantities. But considering they mention different ingredients in the sales pitch that aren’t even mentioned on the ingredients list, even this isn’t really a positive.
We have no choice but to reject Lipovarin.