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Ideallean Fat Burner: An Evidenced-Based Reviews

Ideallean is the latest fat burner designed specifically for women. According to the adverting claims, the product features include: natural energy, specially formulated Ideallean Fat Burn Blend Plus, natural appetite suppression, enhanced weight loss results, increased metabolism.

The question is: Does Ideallean fat burners work?

First off, I see no reason to add a gender specific fat burner to your weight loss regime. Women and men may store fat differently. But when it comes to weight loss, the difference isn’t significant. What’s more, most of the fat burners designed for women (yes, including Ideallean) do not have clinical evidence to suggest that their formulas are more effective for women than they are for man.

So.. what’s in Ideallean fat burner?

The formula consists of: Ideallean Fat Burn Blend and Neuro Energy Blend.

Ideallean Fat Burn Blend
L-carnitine: L-carnitine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) that is naturally produced in the body. It helps the body turn fat into energy. Because it plays such role, supplementation of carnitine has been proposed to aid weight loss. However, the related studies have been largely contradictory.

In a study conducted in Italy, 66 elderly persons were given 2g of L-carnitine daily for 6 months. The study indicates that supplementation of L-Carnitine results in increased lean mass and decreased fat mass. [1]

Another study performed on 84 elderly persons found that supplementing 2g of L-carnitine daily led to reduction of total fat mass and increase of muscle mass. [2]

A study conducted on 36 moderately overweight premenopausal women concluded that L-Carnitine supplementation combined with aerobic training is ineffective for weight loss. [3]

As you can see, the general dosage of L-Carnitine seen in the above weight loss studies ranges between 2-6g daily.
One serving of Ideallean contains only 150 mg of L-Carnitine – it’s hardly enough to elicit any effect.

 

CLA: also known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid, it’s a non-essential fatty acid found mostly in meat and dairy products. It’s marketed in dietary supplements form to aid weight loss and body building. Despite the advertising claims, the scientific evidence is insufficient. In a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials, it’s concluded that

“The evidence from randomized clinical trials does not convincingly show that CLA intake generates any clinically relevant effects on body composition on the long term.” [4]

Green Coffee Bean: it’s a concentrated source of Chlorogenic Acid and is often touted as weight loss miracle. The thing is: the research isn’t reliable. According to a meta-analysis of five randomized clinical trials conducted in UK

“It is concluded that the results from these trials are promising, but the studies are all of poor methodological quality. More rigorous trials are needed to assess the usefulness of GCE as a weight loss tool.” [5]

As well, the related studies seem to have potential conflict of interest.

As of now, there’s no good reason to include green coffee bean in your weight loss regimen.

Theobromine: it’s an extract of cocoa plant. It’s a stimulant and a diuretic. There’s no evidence that shows theobromine may aid weight loss.

Green tea extract: it’s another popular ingredient in fat burners. Unlike green coffee extract, this one actually offers a ton of benefits, including weight loss [6][7], improved metabolic rate [8], reduction of belly fat [9], and lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

According to examine.com [10], for significant fat loss effects, you will need high doses, such as 400-500 mg EGCG equivalent per day.
One serving of Ideallean contains only 50mg of green tea (50% EGCG) extract.





Neuro Energy Blend
Caffeine Anhydrous: it’s simply dehyrated caffeine. According to Livestrong.com [11], there is no difference chemically between anhydrous and regular caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant commonly fond in coffee, tea, guarana etc. Research shows that it can enhance exercise performance [12], accelerates fat loss [13], and improve strength [14].
Ideallean fat burner contains 100mg of caffeine – the ideal dosage for those who are new to caffeine as fat burner.

Noopept: a peptide promoted and prescribed in Russia and neighboring countries as a nootropic.

B-phenylethylamine (PEA): is a trace amine and influencer of many neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. It’s often sold as nootropics and weight loss supplements, though the related scientific proof is lacking.

Fucoxanthin: it is a carotenoid found in most brown algae and heterokonts. Early rodent studies indicate that Fucoxanthin is useful for weight loss [16][17]. As well, a recent human study shows that combination of Fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil promote weight loss in obese non-diabetic women.

The problem is: there’s a possibility of low bioavailability of these compounds in humans [18].

In other words, your body may not benefit from supplementation of Fucoxanthin.

My verdict? The research is too preliminary to make proper recommendation.

Summary
The Ideallean fat burners do contain few useful ingredients. The formula may give you the extra edge you need to shed off the extra pounds. It’s not expensive to experiment either – a bottle of Ideallean fat burner (60 capsules) is currently selling at $19.99 .
It’s important to remember that Ideallean is not a magic pill. It’s clearly stated on the official website:
“To get the best results, you still need to work out hard, work out smart, and get your nutrition right.”





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