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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