According to the advertising I read, Liporidex is…
“Created and formulated by medical doctors.”
Unfortunately, over the course of the research involved in this Liporidex review, I was unable to find any evidence that this is the case, unless you want to count the glossy stock photo of “doctor-like” individuals on the product’s home page as such.
Those of you who are not new to the reviews published on this site will know that the “doctor formulated” claim is almost always 100% total bullsh*t. That’s especially true when the names of the doctors involved are not published.
As in this case.
What’s the difference between an unidentified doctor and none at all?
Obviously, the word of an M.D. has a lot of sway with the general public, and you can bet your you-know-what that if the makers of Liporidex had a real medical doctor they could parade around to add needed credibility to their products and boost sales, you can bet that they would.
So the fact that no doctor is identified can only mean 1 of 2 things…
- They don’t have one. So they are not. It’s that simple.
- They do, but that medical doctor (or doctors) won’t go on the public record to promote this product. That’s not exactly a rousing endorsement, is it?
Either way, this ain’t good.
And for the record, you don’t need to be a medical doctor to cobble together a weight loss product that contains a hot ingredient – like the green coffee bean extract that was featured on Dr. Oz – and a few other weight loss standbys, slap a label on it and call it your own. All you have to be able to do is read the product labels of the top selling products, pick and choose a few choice ingredients, and come up with something of your own.
The marketing team does the rest.
Seriously. If you don’t believe me, you can go make your own product – or have it formulated for you – here!
That’s how easy is it to get into the supplement business.
In the rare occasions that a product actually does have a genuine M.D. behind it, that doesn’t mean it the product is any better: earlier this year the FTC fined Dr. Allan Hirsch and the weight loss “sprinkles” product Sensa $26.5 million because in their words, “they deceived consumers with unfounded weight-loss claims and misleading endorsements.”
“The agency also alleged that Dr. Hirsch – who conducted two of the studies cited in the ads and wrote a promotional book about Sensa – gave expert endorsements that were not supported by scientific evidence, and provided the means for the other defendants to deceive consumers. The defendants falsely cited Dr. Hirsch’s studies as clinical proof that consumers could lose substantial weight without dieting or exercise. The defendants also allegedly misrepresented their role in a third study.”
So yes… “doctor recommended” or “doctor formulated” means nothing.
Doctor endorsements aside, this Liporidex review will give you more realistic view of this product’s value.
So what’s in it?
It contains 4 complexes…
- Thermogenic complex (325 mg): Contains green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones, green tea extract, decaffeinated green coffee extract, evodiamine and norcoclaurine HCL. Unfortunately, in a proprietary blend like this, it’s impossible to determine whether moderately useful ingredients like green coffee (which shows modest effect when combined with diet and exercise – see full review here) and green tea (reviewed here) are potently dosed to the extent that they offer some value. When the blend is so small (as it is here) it increases the likelihood that they are not. But we simply don’t know.
- Metabolic complex (183 mg): Basically, this part of the formula is all about caffeine (both caffeine and guarana are included), plus an additional stimulant (Bitter orange), a neuro-supplement (bacopa helps with mental acuity) and Bioperine to enhance absorption. Caffeine has mild thermogenic effects (see Am J Clin Nutr. 1989 Jan;49(1):44-50, Am J Clin Nutr. 1980 May;33(5):989-97, Am J Physiol. 1995 Oct;269(4 Pt 1):E671-8) but hardly constitutes a weight loss miracle. This element of the formula has only one purpose – to get you jacked on caffeine.
- CNS Enhancement Complex (113 mg): Apparently this part of the formula “enhances the central nervous system.” I can assure you, that with 4 ingredients (choline, phenylethylamine, l-tyrosine and vinpocentine) to be divvied up into a mere 113 mg, most of these are going to be present as label dressing only (or they add no perceptable value to the formula – they are there only to make the label “look impressive.”). It’s possible, of course, that it does contain an effective dose of vinpocetine, which only needs to be present at a 10 mg dose to have effect (it helps with cerebral blood flow and cognition), but we can’t be sure.
- Performance Extract (85 mg): With 3 ingredients (Rhodioloa, Quercetin, Ashwaganda) squeezed into a mere 85 mg, the performance extract is a joke. It serves as nothing more than label dressing here.
So now that you know what’s in it, what’s the bottom line on Liporidex?
Well, it’s true that some of the ingredients in this formula offer some modest value. They certainly do. It’s just that we cannot be sure whether they are present in effective doses. Supplements are just like pharmaceutical drugs in that adherance to dosage and standardized potencies are required to see any effect. None of that is revealed here.
In other words, if you buy this product, you have to “hope” the manufacturers put the right amount of core ingredients into the product.
I’m not much for buying on “hope.”
I’d be more likely to grab a couple of the most promising ingredients in isolation – so I know the dosage is right – and stack them together. For instance, I could buy a couple of bottles of Source Naturals green coffee extract (take 4 caps per day for dosage compliance) at iHerb.com for $34.00, and stack them with a caffeine pill (you can buy them anywhere; 100 tabs is between $3-5). It’s not significantly cheaper than Liporidex, but at least I know what I am getting.
But you may feel differently.
And do not fall into the trap of buying on the strength of the testimonials you find for this product on Amazon.com. Online testimonials mean nothing because you cannot authenticate them. As demonstrated in this series of videos…
… it’s really easy to fabricate testimonials online (the second video in the series is here).
Of course, I’m not saying the makers of Liporidex have fabricated their testimonials. I’m just saying it’s easy to do.
At the end of the day, all I hope to accomplish with this Liporidex review is to provide you facts. You have them. Now it’s up to you to make a decision.
Can I ask a favor? If you do decide to use this product, please do return to post a comment about your experience!