Maybe you have seen the ads for Fullbar or Lipozene.
They both claim that using their product will help you lose weight by making you feel full and eat less.
Over all it is not a bad approach to losing weight and does work for many people.
HOW DOES EACH PRODUCT WORK?
Lipozene® creates a dietary fiber sponge that makes you feel full, thus reducing caloric intake and adding fiber to your diet. Lipozene® contains Glucomannan, a 100% natural fiber from the Konjac Root. It cost $29.95 for 60 capsules. Recomended use 1 to 2 capsules 30 minutes before meals.
The Story Behind Fullbar.
Fullbar creator: In working at my nationally recognized Bariatric Center of Excellence, I came to realize that there was a gap in what I could provide to people. Sure, I was treating those who had severe obesity, but what about everyone else? Now fast forward 4 years and over 50 formula changes later! Together with a food scientist, we created Fullbar, which uses the same principles in weight-loss surgery to help you loose weight. Fullbar's all natural ingredients help increase the sense of fullness that you feel before your main meal so that you eat what you want, but not as much. You still achieve appetite satisfaction, but with less food. When you don't have hunger pains, dieting is easier and you loose weight. Click here to view our TV ad that tells you more about how weight-loss surgery works and how Fullbar uses those same principles. We put Fullbar to the test and found that after a 3-month weight-loss study, people lost an average of 40% of their excess weight and 95% of trial participants were successful in loosing weight!** Individual results may vary.
How is Fullbar different than a regular granola bar or just eating bran with water? Our food scientist, Robert, is the best person to answer this question. Research regarding satiety shows that it is not simply achieved by eating a fiber source such as bran; there needs to be a combination of ingredients to provoke the response (this would be one reason why after drinking a fiber supplement, one does not feel satisfied). The combination of ingredients is: a fiber source, a protein source, shear bulk with low calories as well as water. This combination has the best effect in specific ratios which we have perfected here at FullBar™. So, yes it is much different than eating some bran and water before a meal, plus it tastes much better.
Well, there you have the marketing mumbo jumbo for both products. Fullbar is new and when you look at the ingredients, it contains 170 calories with 30 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fiber per serving. Lipozene is just Glucomannan with no calories, but you pay a huge price for it.
Here is my recommendation if you want to try this weightloss approach.
Just use a generic version of Glucomannan from Vita Cost and follow my Forever Changes Weight-Loss & Longevity Lifestyle Program.
NSI Glucomannan -- 2,000 mg per serving - 180 Capsules - $9.99
Recommended use... 3 capsules with a full glass of water - 30 minutes before a meal.
Here is what it does...
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is derived from the Konjac root. Konjac is a perennial plant unique to Asia, and cultivated in Japan. The fresh Konjac tuber contains an average of 13% dry matter, of which 70% is Glucomannan, and the remaining 30% is starch. Glucomannan is a polysaccharide consisting of repeating units of beta-D-glucose and beta-D-mannose joined together in a chain. Historically, Glucomannan has been used in traditional Asian foods such as noodles, tofu, and other food products. Konjac flour (made from the tubers) has been a healthy Japanese jelly called "konyaku" for over two centuries. By expanding in the stomach, Glucomannan can be useful for people trying to lose weight. Fiber-containing foods such as Oats are known to help reduce cholesterol, improve bowel functioning and assist in weight reduction by creating a feeling of fullness. However, many people have a hard time consuming enough fiber from food and turn to fiber supplements such as Guar Gum and Pectin to help fulfill their daily requirements and get that feeling of "fullness."
Glucomannan offers a significant advantage over these other forms of fiber - much smaller doses are necessary to achieve optimum results. When Glucomannan is placed in water, it can swell up to seventeen times its original volume. These qualities make it extremely effective and convenient as a fiber supplement. Several small controlled studies have found Glucomannan to be effective for reducing total cholesterol levels in otherwise healthy adults. Glucomannan reduced bad cholesterol (LDL) and, according to some studies, increased good cholesterol (HDL). In addition, Glucomannan may improve other risk factors for heart disease, such as high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure. Several studies have suggested that Glucomannan may also help the body to regulate blood sugar levels and, therefore, could be helpful in treating diabetes. Additionally, Glucomannan might be helpful for individuals who experience episodes of low blood sugar. In one double-blind study, participants showed significant reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as compared to a placebo. In addition, their systolic blood pressure (the upper number in the blood pressure reading) was also reduced. However, there was no significant increase in HDL cholesterol and no improvement in the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol in that study. Another study of individuals with diabetes tested for the effectiveness of Glucomannan fiber-enriched biscuits against wheat bran biscuits for better blood sugar control, and while using the Glucomannan biscuits, people had a significant improvement in glucose control, as opposed to the wheat bran biscuits. Other studies have also found evidence that Glucomannan can improve blood sugar control. However, while this evidence is promising, more studies need to be performed before Glucomannan can be considered an effective support treatment for diabetes.
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