Clinicallix Fat Burner Review And Information
The makers of Clinicallix claim their product is effective because it is based on the science of 3 “scientifically proven” compounds. Some of the claims?…
- Boasts a “clinically” tested formula (untrue, no published scientific studies have been performed on Clinicallix).
- Contains “precisely formulated amounts” of the various ingredients—whatever, these amounts do not correspond with the amounts used in the referenced studies.
- Offers “guaranteed fat burning results”—impossible, since there are simply too many contributing factors in any single individual’s weight loss program (calorie consumption, exercise, etc) for this claim to be true.
What makes Clinicallix SO effective, insist the retailers, is that it includes “breakthroughs” in weight loss technology… interesting, since none of the ingredients in this formula are either new or particularly revolutionary.
So inquiring minds want to know… what’s in Clinicallix?
According to the web site, it contains 3 compounds, comprising nearly 4,000 mg of ingredients. That’s a fair bit, and it means you will be taking 3 capsules, 3 times per days (as confirmed by the product’s FAQ section, which reveals a bottle of Clinicallix delivers 300 caps) to be able to consume this dose comfortably. Let’s look at each compound individually…
1) Compound #1: Consists of Guarana (750 mg), Yerba Mate (400 mg), and Damiana (200 mg), and references a clinical study (see J Hum Nutr Diet. 2001 Jun;14(3):243-50) as proof of this trio’s effectiveness.
And yes, there is some evidence that this combination of ingredients can delay gastric emptying, which basically means it helps you feel fuller faster, resulting in reduced caloric intake.
This, of course, can lead to weight loss, provided the number of calories you consume falls below what you expend.
Several comments of note as this combination pertains to Clinicallix…
First, study participants were given three capsules (each one containing 112 mg yerba mate, 95 mg guarana and 36 mg damiana) prior to each main meal.
If you do the math, here’s what you get…
- 1008 mg yerba mate daily (3 caps before each of the three main meals)
- 855 mg guarana daily
- 324 mg damiana daily
Clinicallix contains a mere 400 mg yerba mate, and falls short on both the guarana content (750 mg, compared to the 855 mg used in the study) and the damiana (200 mg compared to 324 mg) as well. This is a significant difference. In short, this product contains nowhere near the precise amount of ingredients used in the referenced studies. Claiming to duplicate or exceed its results therefore, are incredibly premature.
Secondly, if you actually read the study documentation, you’ll find that these studies were performed on individuals who were attending a general practice for mild moderate overweight, and none of them took any drugs or were following any particular diet. Participants were instructed to do nothing more than consume their dose of pills prior to each main meal. In other words, since each individual was essentially doing his or her own thing, the study results are less valuable.
For instance, if you happened to know certain study participants continued to vastly over consume calories, wouldn’t that make the results more valuable? Conversely, perhaps some participants were exercising moderately and eating smarter? Doesn’t that diminish the value of the results? In short, to really be able to assess the weight loss characteristics of these ingredients, you’d need a much more controlled study—where every participant consumed identical calories, and so on.
In fact, while it seems clear that the yerba mate, guarana and damiana combo significantly slows gastric emptying, how this really impacts weight loss is somewhat less defined. The study authors say essentially the same thing themselves…
“Further clinical studies with dietetic monitoring of energy intake, dietary quality, satiety ratings, body weight and body composition are now indicated, and examination of the active principles contained in the three herbal components may prove rewarding.”
2) Compound #2: Contains 1000 mg of glucomannan. Glucomannan (reviewed in full here) is essentially a fiber supplement. Studies show glucomannan has the ability to lower LDL cholesterol, blood lipid levels, blood sugar levels (see full review for accompanying clinical references) and, lo and behold, even help with weight loss.
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 6 lbs. 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, and well within the realm with what you can achieve with any intelligently designed weight loss program).
Good news? Not really. You see Clinicallix only contains 1 gram of glucomannan—a mere third of what was used in the referenced study. Additionally, glucomannan may bind with and hinder the absorption of certain nutrients, meaning its inclusion may jeopardize the effectiveness of the other ingredients in this formula.
3) Compound #3: Contains garcinia cambogia (1500 mg), gymnema sylvestre (75 mg) and chromium polynicotinate (250 mcg).
There is a study (see Diabetes Obes Metab. 2004 May;6(3):171-80) that indicates this combination of ingredients can help with weight loss. The problem is this study used 4667 mg of garcinia extract (equating to about 2800 mg of HCA). This formula contains a mere 1500 of Garcinia cambogia. The study also used 400 mg of gymnema—compared to 75 mg in Clinicallix. As you can see, Clinicallix is seriously under dosed, and doesn’t contain anywhere near the precise amount of ingredients shown useful.
Even worse, the retailers have neglected to mention that participants in this study were limited to a 2,000 calorie per day diet and participated in supervised walking. In other words, they implemented a moderate diet and exercise plan in addition to taking the supplements.
As you can see, the retailers have no problem is stretching the “science” claim to suit their needs. When you deconstruct the studies and the ingredients profiles, you’ll see that Clinicallix is an incredibly overpriced product ($69) of undetermined effectiveness.
To put things into perspective, you can experiment with a full month’s worth of glucomannan at the full dose shown effective in the referenced study for less than $10. 2 bottles of NOW Super Citrimax (90 caps each – you’ll need 6 per day to approximate the dose used in the studies) will cost you less than $20. And the yerba mate, guarana, damiana combo? Forget it… this stuff has been around for ages, and I’ve never ever heard of anyone who found this combo useful.
Oh yes, and don’t be fooled by the claim that you can “add up all the pounds lost in the various studies” and expect to see similar results. Here’s what our scientific advisor Elissa had to say about this some time ago…
“Most people would think, ‘proven ingredients = proven supplement blend’ but there are some unproven assumptions underneath this assessment.
For starters, when it comes to supplements, 1 + 1 does not always equal 2. In other words, if taking compound A results in X surplus pounds of fat lost; and taking compound B results in Y surplus pounds lost, taking A + B does not necessarily result in a loss of X + Y pounds. Ultimately, all the different pathways converge: so pushing the system from multiple directions doesn’t guarantee a superior result.
Likewise, it’s assumed that there is no conflict between the different compounds, and that there’s a linear relationship between short and long term results (i.e., a compound that results in – say – 5 extra pounds lost in a 6 week period, means 10 extra pounds should be lost in 12 weeks, 15 pounds after 18 weeks, and so on).”
One other thing; I would be extremely wary of experimenting with this product because it is impossible to tell who or what company is behind it. No physical address is provided, no names are revealed, no contact data short of a 1-800 number and an e-mail address. In my experience, this is a huge red flag. If you don’t know who’s selling the stuff, it’s really hard to complain, to return products, or obtain remuneration for a low quality product.
Reputable companies do not hide from their customers.
I rest my case.