CentriLEAN Review: A Proven Weight Loss Miracle?
You could be forgiven, should you stumble across the CentriLean web site and be exposed to the advertising present on it, for believing that CentriLean is a cutting edge, scientifically proven weight loss “miracle.”
After all, the advertising states that CentriLean is a clinically proven weight loss solution that burns belly fat. And here’s the amazing part…
It does it all without you having to change your diet, or your lifestyle. In other words, if you keep doing what you’re doing and you take CentriLean, you’ll lose weight.
What could be easier?
Well, we hate to always be the bearer of bad news, but our job is to keep the supplement retailers’ claims firmly in accordance with reality, and your money safely in your pocket, where it belongs. So here goes…
First of all, there have been no published clinical studies performed on CentriLean. There have been studies performed on the product’s primary ingredient, but not on this product itself.
What’s the difference?
Well, just because an ingredient included in a product has been studied does not mean the results extend to the product in question. For example, we do not know the potency or dosage of this product, and therefore cannot determine whether the amount of ingredient present correlates to the amount used in the positive studies. Second, stating your product is “clinically tested” when it is in fact not, is plain dishonest.
So what’s actually in CentriLean?
It appears to contain one ingredient only; amorphophallus konjac, or, as it is more commonly known, glucomannan. Despite its impressive sounding name, glucomannan, or konjac, is a simple fiber supplement.
Now don’t get me wrong—that’s not a bad thing.
In the full review of glucomannan, for instance, you can check out a large number of clinical references that demonstrate this ingredient’s benefits; not only for weight loss, but for its ability to lower LDL cholesterol, blood lipid levels and blood sugar levels.
And what about its weight loss abilities?
One study (Int J Obes. 1984;8(4):289-93) showed that 1 gram of glucomannan, taken with 8 oz. of water one hour prior to meals, has a significant influence on weight loss—almost 6 pounds of fat lost in two months, with no changes in eating habits (it should be noted that this equates to .75 lbs. of weight per week… hardly on “par” with the sort of results promised by the retailers of the more outrageous glucommannan-based weight loss products. It’s also well below what you could expect to attain on a well constructed diet and exercise plan).
In other words, glucomannan certainly helps, but it’s no miracle pill. And the reason why you lose weight with it is the same reason you would lose with any fiber supplement; it fills you up so you eat less, and stay satisfied longer. Badda-bing, badda-boom. Simple.
One of the things that makes glucomannan worth experimenting with is its cost. You can buy a full month’s worth of glucomannan (at the recommended dosage of 3 grams per day) for around $10.
CentriLean, on the other hand, is incredibly expensive—a 30 pill bottle costs $40. And there’s no indication of how long these will last you at the dose used in the positive clinical study referenced above. The largest capsule size most people can tolerate is in the 500-600 mg range. If CentriLean contains 500 mg per capsule, you’d need 6 per day to obtain the necessary 3 grams per day. The bottle would therefore last a mere 5 days.
The CentriLean retailers also offer a “$1” trial as a lure to get you to try the product. Don’t do it. You will be added to an automatic billing program, where you will be sent fresh product regularly and charged accordingly.
Although we haven’t received any feedback about the CentriLean program yet, feedback to this site indicates these offers are nearly impossible to unsubscribe from (for more on what we call “the free trial scam”, please watch this video!).
Glucomannan, as a low cost, weight loss experiment is worth a try (you can buy a month’s worth of the NOW brand glucomannan from our recommended online retailer, BodyBuilding.com, for around $10!).
CentriLean, on the other hand, is extremely expensive—why pay the extra money for a product that is essentially glucomannan? Doesn’t make any sense to us.