Never before has the modern market exploded with a plethora of supplements for all sorts of health issues. People have finally recognized the importance of promoting individual health and well-being; so happily, the demand to lead healthier lifestyles has increased over the last few decades.
With the explosion of diet supplements, it is confusing to discern which really work and which just don’t make the cut. Let’s see what this particular supplement, Accomplix, can really do for you.
The Science Behind Accomplix:
Accomplix official website put out a statement dated Sept 13, 2006: “Did you know that not all diet supplements work the same way? While many may simply increase your metabolism with heavy stimulants, Accomplix works to attack the underlying cause of weight gain—hormonal imbalance.” As we still far from truly understanding hormones and medications regulating them have proven far from perfect so far, this claim is stratospherically iffy. Their other claims of increasing metabolic processes and balancing blood sugar levels are much more grounded and viable.
What’s In A Pill?
Accomplix approaches the problem of weight reduction by targeting brain chemistry and genetic make-up. How this is accomplished, however, is a mystery as there are no discussions on how each ingredient actually works toward this target.
One glance at the supplement facts on the label simply shows you that there isn’t anything that actually differentiates Accomplix from other diet supplements. Each pill contains the ubiquitous chromium dinicotinate, vitamins B-6,B-12 and C and a proprietary mix of hoodia gordonii, banaba leaf extract, clary sage, cinnamon bark, guarana, green tea and other herbs and minerals.
At the top of the list in the pill’s proprietary mix is hoodia gordonii. Although hoodia has not been proven to be an appetite suppressant, it is still marketed extensively as such. Research which involved injecting a pure extract of hoodia gordonii called P57 directly into rats’ brains only proved that hoodia was rapidly broken down by the liver and so that large dosages may be needed to have any effects as an appetite suppressant. The giant pharmaceutical, Pfizer, had actually given up their rights to hoodia in 2002. Because of the difficulty in synthesizing P57 along with some complications to the liver caused by other components’ interaction to it, Pfizer says, “…hoodia has a long way to go before it can earn approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”
Accomplix other ingredient, guarana, is caffeine-rich. Caffeine is a good weight-loss ingredient as it boosts metabolism and energizes the body when used in correct amounts. Banaba leaves have positive effect on blood sugar levels and thereby weight loss. Other ingredients in Accomplix also have good weight loss potential. What’s more, Accomplix is totally ephedra-free.
How Accomplix Busts Weight:
Accomplix claims weight loss by targeting hormone-causing weight gain; but we highly doubt it. Looking at their ingredient list, it is much more possible to say that Accomplix can help you lose weight by kicking up your metabolic rate and controlling your blood sugar levels.
This diet supplement isn’t your “thin-in-an-instant” magic pill. Sure, Accomplix helps you lose weight but only if you invest in a low-calorie eating plan and some exercise. You will feel your pounds drop significantly after two weeks on the diet pill as long as you move and eat sensibly as well. Slow weight drop is better than a rapid one. It is a fact that the faster you lose weight, the faster you get it all back.
On the Balance Scale:
• Does help you lose weight as long as a reduced-calorie diet and exercise are incorporated
• Weight loss is slow but then the pounds lost are much harder to gain back
• Lose more weight than if you were simply to go on a regular diet and exercise program
(Two studies over 8 weeks show an average of 12.54 pounds lost with Accomplix vs. 3.53 pounds in the placebo groups. Both studies had the same diet and exercise regimens.)
• 100% Ephedrine free
• Does not need a doctor’s prescription (although, we recommend you get your doc’s approval)
• The Accomplix website says that their success rate is about 87% in those who have tried it. Not bad, considering no supplement can claim to work for everyone.
• Not FDA-approved
• Exact quantities of ingredients are vaguely listed.
• Hoodia as a major component isn’t a proven appetite suppressant. Neither is it an FDA-approved ingredient.
• Not for people on prescription drugs
• Dubious claims to address hormonal related weight issues.
• Not for those looking for a quick-acting weight loss pills
The Bottom Line:
The official website of Accomplix is still vague about how its ingredients work, particularly in correcting weight by addressing hormonal imbalance. Claims like these shouldn’t be made lightly without scientific evidence and discussion. We don’t doubt, however, that Accomplix does its job; but just how safely, who knows? The Accomplix site is rather vague on its ingredient proportions and how they work.
Weight Comment’s Rating: 3 / 5
Accomplix earns some stars for actually delivering on weight loss promises but loses points to insubstantial claims and trust issues.