You want to be healthy and stay in great shape, right? Of course! Who doesn’t want to be? That’s why it’s hard to resist weight loss supplements, though Leptigen is a product that may be worth resisting.
The manufacturer claims to offer an “ironclad” money-back guarantee, though many consumers would beg to differ. According to the maker, Leptigen contains thermogenic and lipolysis-inducing agents, which are supposed to amp up the metabolism and get rid of fat. However, when it comes to this product, do they really?
Who is the manufacturer?
Nobody really knows. Leptigen’s website is silent about who makes or sells the product. To contact the company, you have to leave a name, phone number or e-mail. The website reveals nothing about whether a pharmaceutical company manufactured the product, and does not say where the company is located.
What are the ingredients?
Leptigen’s ingredients include two central agents, Meratrim and ChromeMate. Supposedly, Meratrim contains fruit and flower extracts. The first, sphaeranthus indicus, is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat epilepsy, mental illness and diabetes. There is not a lot of information about the flower extract being a weight loss product. The second ingredient garcinia mangostana is also known as mangosteen. Mangosteen is traditionally used to treat mental illness and tuberculosis. The information claims the two work together to aid weight loss.
ChromeMate is a form of chromium known as chromium polynicotinate. The information claims that ChromeMate regulates blood glucose levels. The theory is that blood glucose strongly impacts weight loss, since people eat more when glucose levels drop and eventually gain weight. However, there is concern about chromium and Leptigen side effects. The body contains chromium so taking more could possibly harm the liver.
The product’s ingredients also include green tea extract and caffeine. Interestingly, there have been reports that green tea extract does not help with weight loss. The company claims that caffeine stimulates the metabolism, but too much caffeine makes one feel lousy and nervous, and can eventually lead to an emotional crash.
The website indicates the Food and Drug Administration is not monitoring its products.
What research has the company done?
The manufacturer backs up its claims with some confusing research. One study states “exercise training combined with chromium nicotinate supplementation,” resulted in some beneficial changes. The research concludes that exercise must be combined with chromium nicotinate to see weight loss. In addition, it recommended further study of chromium nicotinate.
The website notes a clinical study following 100 people who took Meratrim. The people were on a 2,000 calorie diet and a thirty-minute exercise program. They eventually lost weight. However, people could follow the same regimen without Meratrim and still lose weight, which begs the question whether the Meratrim helped at all.
How is it being received?
In a word, poorly.
For their “best value” option, one bottle of Leptigen costs $89.95, which will bring you to an insane grand total of $269.85 for the package – on top of which, delivery costs may be extra.
A recent review questions the company’s free trial offer, who said the free trial is a scam. They paid the shipping cost and two weeks later, $89.95 was deducted from their bank account. In addition, the bank noted the deduction was reoccurring. The user has not lost any weight and doubts the supplement’s effectiveness. Similarly, other Leptigen reviews noted the same type of problems.
Another individual expressed concerns with the free trial. They paid $3.95 for shipping and handling and got the product quickly. However, money was also deducted from their bank account. The user claims they never agreed to this. Attempts to get a refund, by calling customer service, were unsuccessful. Eventually, the user had to cancel his debit card. Another consumer’s concern was that the product does not work. The user did not lose any weight in three weeks of use. He was told he had to ship the product back to get a refund, which the company requires in hopes that the product will not be shipped back.
Yet another customer expressed issues with the free trial. Customer service stated that the product had to be returned within 14 days, but likewise said that the company’s money-back guarantee did not apply to the trial period. After threatening to call the Better Business Bureau, the customer was given a refund. It is interesting that their website promises refunds for any reason whatsoever.
What do we recommend?
Do yourself a favor and do not order this product. It is definitely not worth the hassle. There are a lot of safer and more proven ways to lose weight.