Lipotrim is a weight loss system developed by Howard Foundation Research. The company is based in Cambridge and was founded in 1985 by Dr Stephen Kreitzman. People who wish to try and lose weight with the system have to stop eating normal food and stick to a calorie-controlled diet that only consists of Lipotrim products. That could be quite boring because the options are extremely limited.
The Lipotrim range consists of:
- Chicken soup
- Weight loss shake (choice of three flavours)
According to the information presented on the official website, Lipotrim products are low in calories but provide the body with all the nutrients it needs. However, many customers state sticking to the Lipotrim diet caused them to start losing hair. A reaction like this suggests nutritional deficiencies.
Product Availability and Pricing
Lipotrim used to be only available from a few doctors who had enough faith in the system to recommend it to their patients. This remained the case for over a decade, then Howard Foundation Research decided to make the products available via pharmacies. However, finding a supplier may be hard.
At the time of this review, the company’s GP index only contained five clinics. Finding a participating pharmacy may be a little easier, but Lipotrim is not available from Boots or any of the larger pharmacy chains.
Finding a supplier is only half the problem. Lipotrim is only made available to people who are considerably overweight and are willing to commit to making a change for the better. People who try to obtain Lipotrim via a pharmacy will also have to fill out a medical questionnaire.
Anyone who is deemed to be a suitable candiate for the system will have to visit their supplier once every week, so the doctor/pharmacist can monitor their progress and provide them with a 7-day supply of Lipotrim products. Suppliers are permitted to set their own price, but the RRP is £45 per week for women and £60 for men.
Does Lipotrim Work?
The calories provided by food give the body the energy it requires to go on functioning. When the diet does not provide enough calories the body has to find energy from elsewhere so it begins burning its fat. People who are faithful to the Lipotrim system (and don’t cheat), will experience such a shortage of calories they cannot fail to start burning fat.
The NHS suggests a safe weight loss rate of no more than two pounds per week. Many Lipotrim customers report losing much more, and the system appears to be very harsh on the body. Hair loss appears to be a common problem, as are complaints about bad breath.
This is very worrying and may explain why there are not more GPs endorsing Lipotrim. A lot of customers also state the weight they lost returned quickly as soon as they stopped using the products. To be fair, Howard Foundation Research offer customers a special range of maintenance products that are designed to be used alongside normal food, but it is unclear how effective they are and nobody is likely to wish to continue paying for a maintenance system for the rest of their lives.
Lipotrim Customer Feedback
Many forums, including NetMums and Pharmacy Researcher, have threads about Lipotrim.
A few average comments read:
The simplest and most natural way to lose weight is to stick to a calorie controlled diet (preferably combined with exercise). Many people find this hard to do so they buy supplements that can take the edge of their hunger and provide support in other ways.
Lipotrim does not provide people with any support at all. It just drops them in at the deep end and forces them to exist on a diet that provides a very limited amount of calories.
Many people appear to have managed to live with the resulting hunger pangs and have managed to lose weight, but customer feedback suggests the amount of weight lost is more than the NHS considers to be safe.
The fact that hair loss is an issue also suggests Lipotrim is not a healthy way to lose weight, so it is good that weekly check-ins are required, but there may be a conflict of interests because any supplier who decides to stop providing the products will also be out of pocket.
Does Lipotrim help people to lose weight? It is pretty clear that it does, but the combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is a better option and a quality supplement can ease the weight loss process by providing dieters with any extra support they may need.