Lipofuze: The Bottom Line…
When I first reviewed Lipofuze in 2009, it contained a ridiculously high number of ingredients (14!), the amounts of which were concealed within a proprietary blend.
The current formula represents a distinct improvement. Not only are there fewer ingredients, but they are provided in known amounts.
In addition, Lipofuze contains a “classic” combo, green tea extract + caffeine, that has demonstrated benefits for weight loss.
What about the other ingredients?
I like the addition of Chromax – blood sugar management is important to the success of a diet, even if it doesn’t cause the scale to move much. The CoQ10, Lactobacillus and vitamin D don’t provide much of a boost either, but they’re healthful, so no harm, no foul.
The Irvingia gabonensis and Cissus quadrangularis extracts are question marks – for reasons discussed in Part II. Let’s just say that I consider them both to be “experimental” ingredients – promising, perhaps, but no more than that.
So, what’s the bottom line?
From an ingredients perspective, I’d say Lipofuze is ok… I’ve certainly seen worse. In addition, the amounts of the Chromax, Irvingia extract, Green Select Phytosome and Cissus extract are taken from the cited studies. Whatever else you can say about them, they’re not “label dressing.”
Does that mean Lipofuze is worth a try?
Well… not quite. There are three issues that prevent me from giving it a “thumbs up.”
1. Lipofuze is more expensive than it looks.
One bottle of Lipofuze contains 30 servings; and one serving contains the following amounts of key ingredients:
- Chromax: 500mcg
- Green Select Phytosome: 150mg
- Irvingia gabonensis extract (IGOB131): 150mg
Problem is, the studies utilized these amounts:
- Chromax: 1,000mcg
- Green Select Phytosome: 150mg twice per day (300mg)
- Irvingia gabonensis extract (IGOB131): 150mg twice daily (300mg)
To get the same amounts, one would have to take two servings of Lipofuze per day, rather than one. Thus, a container will last only 15 days.
Unfortunately, Lipofuze is NOT cheap. Two bottles will set you back US $89.95! This is much more than a month’s worth of other, solid formulas (like Lean System 7) cost.
2. The claims made for the product are exaggerated.
The makers of Lipofuze don’t just claim that the product will help you lose weight… they go waaaay beyond that. Remember the list at the top of Part I? It states that Lipofuze can also “eliminate binge eating” and “build lean, sexy muscles.” Specifically, they state it will “tone your arms” and “firm up your abs.”
Neither binge eating nor muscle building were addressed in the highlighted studies – this is so much hot air. Sorry to disappoint, but the only way to “tone your arms” and “firm up your abs” is to hit the gym. Period.
3. The owners of lipofuze.com have an “F” from the Better Business Bureau.
Indeed, the Lipofuze web site features two addresses (“Contact” and “Returns”) that are quite familiar to me, and not in a good way. They’re associated with other questionable products, for which I’ve seen numerous customer service complaints. While I haven’t seen (too) many complaints about Lipofuze itself, better safe than sorry.
For these reasons, I cannot recommend this product.
If you’re interested in some of the more promising ingredients in this formula, however, there’s no reason that you can’t experiment with them on their own. For example, you can buy…
- 60 600mg caps of Green Select Phytosome green tea extract from Swanson for $14.99
- 60 150mg caps of IGOB131 Irvingia gabonensis extract from Vitacost for $16.99
- 60 1000mcg caps of Chromax from Swanson for $9.99
When you throw in shipping and handling, you’ve got a solid month’s worth for approx. $50 US. Generic, store-brand caffeine is also available at your local supermarket or drugstore for under $5.00.
In the end, experimenting with ingredients from reliable discount retailers can save you both money and frustration, should customer service issues arise. If you’re at all interested in Lipofuze, this is the best, and safest way to proceed.