About the Lipozene Scam

By Isabel Prontes

  • Overview

    Lipozene is a fat-burning diet pill that is manufactured by the Obesity Research Institute, LLC. Lipozene is a diet pill that is often advertised on television, and many people consider this fat burner to be a scam and a con. The main ingredient of this product is glucomannan, which is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is extracted from the root of konjac (an Asian perennial fruit that is cultivated in Japan). Glucomannan has no fat burning properties, according to the Federal Trade Commission. That, and to a lesser extent, the fact that many people complain about deceptive billing practices with this product, is why many believe this diet pill is a scam.
  • Speculation

    Some people consider Lipozene to be a scam because the manufacturer, the Obesity Research Institute, was charged and fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2005 with making false claims regarding the product. The FTC states that the claims Lipozene has made regarding weight loss are unsubstantiated and misleading, and therefore are a violation of federal laws. People also believe that Lipozene is a scam due to deceptive billing practices. Many customers on consumer websites (such as Infomercial Scams and Rip Off Report) stated that Lipozene continued to charge their credit cards after they ceased ordering the product.
  • Function

    Lipozene claims to help reduce weight as well as body fat. It also claims to be both natural and safe. The weight loss product works by creating a dietary fiber sponge that causes you to feel full, so you don't consume as many calories. This product also claims to help individuals lose weight by increasing fiber in their diets. Many people who have taken Lipozene believe that the product is nothing more than an overhyped and overpriced fiber supplement pill. So essentially, you take a Lipozene diet pill about a half an hour before you eat (and take it with a lot of water) so you feel "full" easier and faster. However, it's not going to magically melt the pounds off your body.


  • Warning

    The naming of the product is also misleading. The "lipo" added to the name "Lipozene" leads consumers to mistakenly associate the diet pill with liposuction. The "lipo" makes consumers believe that this diet pill is going to melt the pounds away like a vacuum. Many consumer groups are upset by the insinuations of liposuction (such as the Rip Off Report) as Lipozene is essentially a fiber supplement.
  • Considerations

    The makers of Lipozene have had a history of creating other fat burning pills like Lipozene. A couple of these pills include Propolene and FiberThin. In the year 2005, the FTC fined the Lipozene creators for making false claims about these weight loss products. Just like Lipozene, both Propolene and FiberThin contained only glucomannan.
  • Potential

    Even though many people think that glucomannan has no fat burning properties, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there have been clinical studies that state that glucomannan decreases blood fat levels as well as "negative" cholesterol levels (LDL). In that sense, Lipozene might not 100% be a scam. However, lowering blood fat levels is not exactly the same thing as burning off fat.
  • Time Frame

    Lipozene is still being sold to this day even though the FTC fined the manufacturer for false claims in 2005. It also still makes the claim that the pill is "clinically proven to reduce body fat." Lipozene is readily available through the official website and through many online vendors such as Enutra Mart and Dab Nutrition.
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