Review: Pounds Lost™ Weight Loss Shot™

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Delivered up in small, two-serving bottles—much like the “energy” shots you see at your local gas station or convenience store—the Pounds Lost Weight Loss Shot claims to be clinically proven to help you lose…

“…up to 19 lbs. in 10 weeks and up to 3.5 inches off your waist!”

All advertising bluster aside, this is a very simple product. In addition to a blend of B-vitamins (niacin, B-6 and B-12), it contains only 2 other ingredients…

1. Caffeine: What weight loss product would be complete without caffeine? It gives you a boost of much needed energy, it’s cheap, and it has established—but mild—weight loss effects (see Am J Clin Nutr. 1989 Jan;49(1):44-50, Am J Clin Nutr. 1980 May;33(5):989-97). No surprise to find this here.

2. Cissus quadrangularis: Also known as “Veld Grape”, Cissus is a medicinal plant native to Africa, India, and other parts of Asia. It has traditionally been used to treat a variety of ailments such as bone fractures, ulcers, wounds, indigestion and asthma.

Cissus quadrangularis has gained popularity in bodybuilding circles as an analgesic and palliative for weight lifting injuries.

Lately though, it’s been finding its way into weight loss products, largely as a result of two studies (Lipids Health Dis. 2007 Feb 4;6:4, Lipids Health Dis. 2006 Sep 2;5:24.) that appear to validate its effectiveness for weight loss.

It also appears to be helpful for lowering blood sugar levels, decreasing serum lipids and “improving cardiovascular risk factors.”

On the face of it, this seems promising. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a problem: the lead author of these studies, Julius E Oben, has a patent on Cissus quadrangularis—which means there’s a potential conflict of interest here.

Additionally, despite being used for ages by bodybuilders to aid with weight lifting injuries, weight loss is something not typically reported by users of this substance.

So while it appears that Cissus is helpful, we really need some independent confirmation before we can recommend it as a weight loss aid.

Secondly, it’s impossible to determine whether this product contains an effective dose of Cissus. Certainly it’s possible, but given the ambiguity of the label, we can’t confirm this one way or the other.

So there you have it; the Pounds Lost Weight Loss Shot in a nutshell.

And, as you might have guessed, we can’t really recommend this product.

It’s not so much about the issue with the Cissus studies as with the product’s cost; we found a 6-pack on sale at GNC for $14.99. A 30-day supply will set you back $75. And a 10-week supply will drain over $180 from your purse or wallet.

Sorry, but it’s just not worth it.

Not even close.

Especially when you can buy 150 800 mg capsules of premium Cissus extract for under $30 (a 2-month’s supply), and a bottle of caffeine for less than $5. That would be a more sensible and cost effective way to experiment with the Cissus / caffeine combination, if you really felt you had to.

Not that we think you do, of course.

Pounds Lost Weight Loss Shots Summary
  • Simple formula available from a wide range of chain drug stores and online retailers.
  • Some clinical support for main ingredients.
  • Overpriced for what you get.
  • Independent clinical support for Cissus ingredient lacking.
  • Main ingredients readily available elsewhere for less money.
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Comments

  1. David Johnson says

    I have been on the Pounds Lost shot for about 3wks straight. I have no weight loss to report! I am also “very not happy” with the company because they are happy to debit my account, at this point, several times per mo and no results to me personally. It was my understanding that my acct would be debited once per month!!

    “A VERY NOT SATISFIED CONSUMER!!

    David Johnson

  2. Heather says

    The study they site has NO positive results posted on the government webiste. The company has a blatent typo on their website. Come on People, there IS not magic bullet. This is a RIP OFF!!! Don’t be sucked in,

  3. Becky says

    Bought the product at WalMart – headaches, dizziness, can’t see my computer screen clearly to do my work without it looking like it is in a foggy daze. Don’t dare take it tomorrow or long enough to see if it helps with weight loss.

  4. Laura says

    I just started taking Pounds Lost a week ago and found it to be a good food suppressent along with a high energy product. I can’t see any weight lost yet, but I’ll give it one more week for sure. Then its off to another weight-loss product.

  5. Helene says

    I’ve been to CVS and Rite Aid and guess what? They don’t carry your product! I’m not going to Walmart next! In fact you should send me a lot of FREE samples .In fact what you’re doing is false advertizing ,,,yep that’s what it’s called.Sincerely annoyed.

    Editor’s comments: Helene, this isn’t “our” product; this is an independent product testimonial feedback site; we do not sell or fulfill any products.

  6. Steve says

    I bought this product at CVS, and then went to Wal-Mart. I have been using it in the middle of the afternoon. So far, so good. Energy is good, and i have lost 7 lbs. Only problem was that i went back to Wal-Mart and they were out!

  7. Fay Vickery says

    I tried a trial offer of pounds loss after 10 days I called to cancel A week later they charged me $99.94 to my debt card. I have been trying for over 2 months to get a refund with on results. The product does not work

  8. Edward Lara says

    I just bought this today and tried it before working out, energy is good food seems to be supressed but maybe because im nt home and food isnt really around me, AND FOR ALL OF YOU OOKING FOR SOME FOR REALLY CHEAP, THE SELL THEM AT THE 99 CENT STORE ! 1 DOLLAR EACH SO I BOUGHT 10! SO PRICE ISNT THE ISSUE FOR ME LIKE FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

  9. Benji says

    I was skeptical at first. I did some research on this product, but didn’t find anything positive. I’ve seen allot of complaints about orders over the internet, the company charging more and not canceling orders, and so on. So I bought mine at Wal-Mart in the 6packs. They are only $4. I’ve been taking them for almost two weeks now, one in the morning to keep me awake at work, and another around 3pm to pep me back up to go for a light jog when I get home. Investing in these shots and taking them will make you semi conscious of over eating and splurging. I’ve only done 3-4 light jogs after work a week. On 4/16/12 is when I started taking them, and I weighed 201lbs, today 4/27/12 I weighed in at 188.5lbs. Thats 1lbs per day. WOW!!! This is the lightest I’ve been in over a year. I’ve been running 3-5 times a week for 16 years, but in the last two years my metabolism has slowed and eating like a horse is catching up with me.

    So in conclusion, buy this product at a store, take it twice a day, exercise regularly, eat less, and enjoy the new you!

  10. Jay Lance says

    I have been using Pounds Lost for 3 weeks now. I have lost 12lbs so far, no joke. I buy the 6pk at Walmart for $9.88. A little pricy but not as bad as others. It is not an “energy drink” per say but is an added benefit. It clearly states to use 15 minutes minimum before each main meal. Deviate from that, then ya, it’s probably not going to work the way you think it should. This product works more like Dexatrim, in that it controls your hunger and helps you eat less. I also drink 2 slim fast protein shakes for breakfast and lunch and eat a regular dinner with eating Adkins peanut butter cups for dessert. NOTHING worked for me before but now I can handle eating less during the day and don’t snack so much at night, which was my biggest downfall. Good luck to you. Hope it works.

  11. jacquie says

    I brought this product last night at Wal-Mart and will be trying it this weekend to see how it works. Will keep you posted on my results. I currently weigh 205 and this is the biggest that I have ever been, nopefully I will have something positive to report.

  12. C.L. Harv says

    DO NOT!!!! buy this product on there website!!! Go to any 99cent only store and get 1-bottle for 99cent. It is the exact same thing exact same ingredient. Alway shop around before buying any thing on the web. There are also other stores like: Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens that have certain weightloss product. So save your time and money and shop-around first. I have just started taken it, I am going to wait 2 and a half months, which they suggest you do beford judging this, and then I will write a review letting you know if it works for me.

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