Fat Stripper is a weight loss supplement made by the company LA Muscle (whose global headquarters is, ironically, in England). According to the company’s website, Fat Stripper:
- Is engineered for rapid weight loss
- Is especially effective for getting rid of fat from the stomach and thigh regions
- Is super-effective for men and women
- Has no side effects!
Pretty impressive claims! So, let’s see what the research says about this product.
Fat Stripper Ingredients
Fat Stripper is composed of the following ingredients:
- Chromium Picolinate
By looking at the scientific proof for the ingredients, we can get an idea of how effective the product might be. Here is the peer-reviewed evidence for each ingredient as it relates to burning fat and weight loss:
Choline. I could not locate any published peer reviewed evidence that choline burns fat or promotes weight loss in humans. One study noted that high intakes of choline may increase colon cancer. While I usually don’t put too much stock in just a single study, this is pretty serious stuff.
Methionine. I was unable to find any published per reviewed evidence that methionine burns fat or promotes weight loss in humans. Methionine may raise levels of homocystine which in theory means it may increase /accelerate the development of heart disease. In fact, research suggests that orally taken methionine impairs blood vessel dilation (so stuff like nitric oxide might not work as well). This may be due to methionine raising homocystine levels.
What about methionine and cancer? Does methionine raise the risk of cancer? Other research hints this may happen.
Inositol. No published peer reviewed evidence appears to exist on inositol helping weight loss or burning fat in humans.
L Carnitine. This is likely where the name of the product comes from. As I wrote in my book, Nutritional Supplements, What Works and Why, Carnitine is a taxicab molecule – it transports fat to the mitochondria (fat-burning batteries) of our cells, where it can be burned for energy. The idea is that if you can transport more fat into the mitochondria, you would burn more fat and lose weight.
But, the majority of the research on L carnitine (in humans and animals) does not show that it promotes weight loss. Some of that research even combines L carnitine with diet and exercise.
L Carnitie Side effects
People who are hypothyroid should talk to their doctor/pharmacist before using carnitine. Carnitine may reduce thyroid hormone levels
L Carnitine Trivia
Many people ask me where the “L” in L carnitine comes from. It’s chemistry-speak and means that the molecule is “left handed”.
Betaine. No published peer reviewed evidence appears to exist showing that betaine burns fat or promotes weight loss in humans.
Chromium Picolinate. Chromium is in most weight loss products despite the overwhelming proof that it does not burn fat or help weight loss or build muscle. Ironically, at least one study from the early 1990s found that chromium picolinate caused women to gain weight . I don’t think chromium causes weight gain but I also don’t think it helps weight loss.
Can Fat Stripper get rid of fat from the stomach and thigh regions?
The website for this product says that a Fat Stripper is “especially effective” for getting rid of fat from the stomach and thighs. But, the company does not give any proof that for this (or any proof of weight loss at all!) so I would discount this claim. We naturally lose fat all over our bodies at the same time. Unless a doctor does liposuction, we can’t just lose weight from certain areas.
Fat Stripper side effects
The website boldly displays “No side effects” but as you can see from my short review, several of the ingredients in this product are thought to have side effects ranging from cancer to heart disease to lowering thyroid hormone production.
Does that mean that Fat Stripper has the same side effects? I don’t know because I could not find any peer reviewed studies on Fat Stripper itself or the unique blend of ingredients in this product.
So, if there is no published, peer reviewed research, how does LA Muscle make the claim “no side effects”? How do they know? Do I think Fat Stripper will cause heart disease or cancer? I don’t think. I'm guessing the levels of ingredients are too low to do anything especially if people take it for only a short time. But, based on the research (and lack of it) I see, I don’t think Fat Stripper works either.
What do you think?