Leanbean Fat Burner for Women
Leanbean is a fat burner supplement specifically designed for women. According to the company’s website, the product “was designed for female fitness models looking for an added edge to help them burn fat faster”.
Leanbean claims to help women strip away the last layer of unwanted fat revealing a flat tummy, toned arms and legs and a rounder bum as well as boosting energy levels in the process. Sounds quite good right?
With the vibrant coral colour, the packaging definitely stands out. I took a closer look to see what’s actually in Leanbean Fat Burner and if it lives up to the claims.
- No proprietary blend – all ingredients and their amounts are showing on the label
- Contains green tea extract – a proven natural thermogenic ingredient
- Contains natural and effective appetite suppressants – Glucomannan and Cayenne Powder
- Suitable for vegetarians – it doesn’t contain gelatin
- Premium priced product
- Contains ingredients with little scientific evidence behind their effectiveness – Acai Berry and Garcinia Cambogia
- The amounts of Green Tea Extract and Glucomannan are on the low side
What other people say about this product
There are a number of customer testimonials available on the Leanbean website which seem very positive. However, the faces of people are not clearly visible on some of the pictures which makes me wonder. I’ve also found some youtube testimonials of the product which seemed genuine and positive about Leanbean.
Dosage – How to take Leanbean Fat Burner
One bottle of Leanbean contains 120 capsules. With the serving size of 4 capsules per day, one bottle will last you for about a month.
The company recommends taking one capsule four times a day with a meal or snack. One before breakfast, one before lunch, one in the afternoon and one before your evening meal.
It can be a pain to remember to take it four times a day, but there is method in the madness. The company states that by spreading out the dose evenly throughout the day you are ensuring an even supply of ingredients to the body.
Leanbean is not the cheapest products out there. It is a premium priced fat burner with one bottle costing around £35 or $59.
1 month supply / 1 bottle – $59 / £35 / €40
2 months supply / 2 bottles – $118 / £70 / €80 – includes free shipping in the UK and the USA
3 months supply / 3 bottles – $185 / £110 / €140 – plus you get 1 bottle free (4 in total), free worldwide shipping and a free e-book workout guide
Where can I buy it?
Leanbean is only available from the company’s website. It is not available from Amazon or Ebay or other supplement retailers.
Leanbean contains twelve natural ingredients. All ingredients and their amounts clearly stated on the label so you know exactly what you are getting.
There are six main ingredients in this formula with a combination of thermogenics and appetite suppressants.
There is 6g of Green Coffee in each serving of 4 capsules of Leanbean Fat Burner.
Green coffee beans are unroasted coffee beans. They contain a chemical called chlorogenic acid. It has been linked to weight loss amongst other health benefits.
When coffee is roasted, the amount of chlorogenic acid in the beans is reduced. Therefore, drinking loads of cups of coffee won’t give you the same effect as green coffee would.
Studies carried out on humans showed promising results of chlorogenic acid’s ability to reduce absorption of carbohydrates, resulting in weight loss – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18035001
The second main ingredient of Leanbean Fat Burner is Acai Berry. Each serving contains 800mg. This ingredient has been called a “super food” and has gained popularity in the past year or two.
It is true that Acai Berry is rich in antioxidants, but so are other dark coloured berries. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great.
But this is where the proven health claims end. When we looked for studies about Acai Berry and weight loss, we couldn’t find any in the scientific journals.
The studies referred to on the Leanbean website are both pilot studies. This means that they were conducted on a small number of people. 17 in total in the two studies combined to be specific. These studies have also been uncontrolled, which means that these results can’t be treated as significant.
As a double action fat burner, Leanbean also contains natural appetite suppressants like Glucomannan. 1 serving of 4 capsules contains 500 mg of this dietary fiber.
When glucomannan is mixed with water it swells up in your stomach, therefore making you feel fuller and reducing the likelihood of cravings throughout the day.
Research has shown this natural dietary fiber to be an effective and safe appetite suppressant. However, as with the green tea extract content of Leanbean, glucomannan content is on the low side too.
Another main ingredient of Leanbean, Garcinia Cambogia is derived from a tropical plant. Each 4 capsule serving contains 400mg of this ingredient. It claims to work in two ways assisting weight loss, both by curbing appetite and by inhibiting fat production in the body. The active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
Some evidence also shows that taking Garcinia Cambogia can elevate serotonin levels in the body which in turn also decreases appetite. A 2008 human study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition by Yonei and colleagues found no dietary efficacy of Garcinia Cambogia.
In addition to this, a 2011 review of randomised clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of Garcinia Cambogia published in the Journal of Obesity by Onakpoya and colleagues found that Garcinia Cambogia can cause a small amount of weight loss short-term – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010674/
It seems that Garcinia Cambogia may have some weight loss properties, but the evidence certainly does not support claims of it being a miracle product when it comes to weight loss.
There is also a need for further research in terms of its side effects as due to its ability to elevate serotonin levels, it can cause potential problems when people are taking it with certain antidepressant drugs.
Green Tea Extract
Leanbean contains a lower dose of Green Tea Extract at 200 mg per 4 capsules. Green tea extract is a staple ingredient of quite a few fat burners out there due to the number of studies that have shown the effectiveness of this natural thermogenic – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140132
Green tea extract works by increasing the body’s metabolism which in turn results in better fat burning. As an added bonus, it is also high in antioxidants.
However, the amount of green tea extract in a daily serving is rather on the low side. Therefore, it is questionable whether it will bring you the results you are looking for.
Last but not least, Leanbean also contains 200mg of Turmeric Powder per daily serving. It has been used in Asian cooking for a long time and it has been known to contain an antioxidant compound called curcumin.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to obesity. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties have been studied extensively. Leanbean claims to help reduce this chronic inflammation through the use of Turmeric Powder and therefore helps with achieving fat loss.
In addition to the six main ingredients, Leanbean Fat Burner also contains some supporting ingredients in smaller amounts.
Cayenne Powder is a supporting ingredient in Leanbean’s formula. It acts both as a thermogenic increasing metabolism, but it also acts as an appetite suppressant. 4 capsules contain 60 mg which again is a bit on the low side compared to other fat burners out there.
Black Pepper Extract
20mg of Black Pepper Extract is added to the formula to help enhance the effect of other ingredients in the product.
This fat burner also contains Raspberry Ketones. 4 capsules contain 8mg of this ingredient. Raspberry Ketones are a natural compound that gives raspberries their distinctive aroma. However, it is also found in other berries.
Some animal studies have shown promising signs of Raspberry Ketones helping the body break down fat. However, to date, there have been no human studies conducted that could support the claims made by supplement manufacturers that raspberry ketones are the new miracle ingredient for fat burners.
In fact, the two studies referenced on the company’s website have both been conducted on rodents, not humans. As good as the results may sound, there is a potential difference between how rodents and how humans react to an ingredient.
This fat burner also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Chromium as supporting ingredients.
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Potential side effects of Leanbean Fat Burner
On the Leanbean website under the FAQ section, the seller states that this product is “completely safe”. Although as the product states all ingredients and their amounts on the label, there is very little risk of unwanted side effects.
However, if you are allergic, sensitive or intolerant to chilies or caffeine, there is still a chance that you could experience some side effects.
Also, if you are taking this product in the afternoon, it might cause problems with sleep due to the caffeine content.
Final Verdict on Leanbean Fat Burner
With all this in mind, I’ve given Leanbean Fat Burner a respectable 4 out of 5 stars.
This fat burner product is clear about the ingredients and amounts in its formula which is a must when you want to avoid nasty side effects.
There are a number of customer testimonials on the Leanbean website which seem very positive. However, the faces of people are not clearly visible on some of the pictures which made us question their authenticity.
The product contains some proven natural thermogenic ingredients like green tea extract, cayenne powder. It also acts as a double action fat burner and it contains glucomannan, a natural appetite suppressant.
All this is fantastic. However, the doses of green tea extract, cayenne powder, and glucomannan all seem to be on the low side. Therefore, it is questionable whether the ingredients are sufficient for the product to be effective in burning fat.
Also, some of the main ingredients in the product like Acai Berry and Garcinia Cambogia have little scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness as a fat burner.
Finally, the price. This is a premium priced supplement which might not be in everybody’s price range. However, there are some good deals available when you buy 3 bottles.
All in all, this is not a bad product.
Check out their website at www.leanbeanofficial.com
Supplements should never be taken in place of a healthy diet and regular physical activity. You should always aim to get these two key pillars right first.
If you need some help with exercise, you can check out my post on Muscle Building and Fat Burning Exercises.
Alternatively, you might want to invest in an online workout guide like Boss Workouts or hire a personal trainer if you prefer that.
You can also check out my post on healthy meal ideas in aid of weight loss if you need some inspiration.