Does Leptovox really help you lose weight? Well it seems to have illicited strong responses here. Pretty interesting. Well if you really want to get the "real skinny" on Leptovox you should read this story. The guru of supplements said it was an ABSOLUTE SCAM.....
I've received a "zillion" e-mails recently from visitors all wondering if Leptovox works as described. One visitor said the sales pitch she received said Leptovox could help shed "40 pounds in 30 days."
This of course, is a totally bogus claim. The only way to lose 40 lbs. in 30 days is to have liposuction. I'm serious.
On an even more serious note, I would tread very, very carefully if you are considering the purchase of Leptovox. There are a LOT of reasons why. Let me explain...
First of all, this product appears to be almost completely identical to the product Lipovox (reviewed here). As far as I can tell from reviewing the two separate product web sites, the formulations vary by only a single ingredient. Lipovox contains salmon oil powder, and Leptovox contains idebenone. Other than that, the ingredient profile is the same.
At first, I thought Leptovox was a copycat product of Lipovox (or vice versa). However, I'm beginning to wonder if Leptovox is being sold by the same people who are selling Lipovox. Why do I have that impression?
This glowing "review" of Leptovox for example, is not posted by an unbiased, enthusiastic user, but by the main eBay seller of Lipovox. It is the same retailer who I have received "not too glowing" reports about his/her customer service record (you can read visitor feedback on Lipovox here!). Of course neither web site posts real contact and company information, so its impossible who is selling it, from where (and that's never a good sign. Professional, ethical companies interested in building their brand are always forthright about who they are).
From what I've seen, the only reason to sell the exact same product under different names is to "screw" your customer. And it's not the first time I've seen this done.
I'll be posting customer feedback on Leptovox as soon as I receive it -- so please, if you have something to say about Leptovox please contact me with your comments!
In the meantime, here's some "far from positive" commentary on the Leptovox product and its retailers...
Click here for Leptovox feedback! (Link opens in new window!)
Secondly, this product appears to be sold only on eBay and direct via the product's Web site. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with this, except that I can't remember the last time I encountered a trusted brand name retailer who only used eBay and the Internet as a marketing medium.
In my experience, retailers who gravitate to these marketing mediums do so to avoid accountability to consumers and avoid the problems associated with marketing a product with grossly exaggerated claims through retail outlets (retailers would be inundated with product returns, and would then be looking to the creators of the product to refund their investment). It's also a fantastic way for a retailer to avoid the wrath of the Federal Trade Commission -- and I can guarantee you that if either one of these products had a large enough profile, the FTC would squash them like a couple of bugs.
Net marketing also allows "fly-by-night" companies access to a large marketplace they could not access otherwise. Sad to say, but the 'Net is a perfect place for unscrupulous marketers to flourish.
The Lipovox web site posts eBay testimonials as "proof" their product works (Leptovox does as well, but these comments are even less credible than those posted on the Lipovox web site -- no name, or buyer ID is referenced for any of the comments).
Don't be fooled.
Testimonials mean very little. Even on Ebay, they are relatively easy to fabricate. I've also received visitor feedback that the Lipovox retailer is actively discouraging the posting of negative feedback. And of course, feedback is always anecdotal and needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
The gold standard for "proof" is the placebo controlled, randomized, double-blind, peer reviewed study. Products, whether they be natural supplements or drugs, are always tested against a placebo, because for some people the mere suggestion that they are taking something powerful and helpful is enough to bring about significant results (this is not meant to be insulting, it's just the way it is!).
The products also need to be tested by people who do not have a vested interest in the product (for obvious reasons) and neither the attending physician or the patient can know whether the placebo or the real deal is being administered (even if the attending physician does not have a vested interest in the sale of the product being tested, s/he may still subconsciously lead the patient one way or the other, should they know what form of the product they are receiving).
None of this has been done for Leptovox, or any of the ten "superfoods" referenced on this Web site.
Third, the claims made by the retailers of this product are ridiculous, outrageous, and not backed by any credible scientific study of any sort. The "anti wrinkle" anti-obesity" and "anti-acne" claims do not have any basis in fact. While antioxidants do neutralize free radicals that are responsible for aging process, their effects are subtle and do not lead to quick and dramatic changes in appearance. Heck if that were the case, even a $4 bottle of vitamin C sold at your local grocery store could qualify as a "youth tonic."
Both the Lipovox and the Leptovox sales pages reference the work of Dr. Perricone, and his appearance on the Oprah show in an attempt to add credibility to their claims.
There are two issues with this...
Neither Dr. Perricome or Oprah have anything to do with either of these products, and certainly do not endorse them.
Secondly, Dr. Perricone is hardly an impartial spokesman on the supposed powers of these amazing super foods. After all, Dr. Perricone has a vested interest in selling his high priced products on his NVPerriconeMD web site. And, according to Wikipedia...
"... critics accuse him of making outlandish, unrealistic promises in order to sell books and products. His claims, they say, are backed by very little scientific research, and any research he has done himself has never been published in medical journals, where it would be subject to scrupulous review."
While no one can argue that nutrient-dense, anti-oxidant superfoods will offer value -- especially to people who adopt a sensible diet and lifestyle in addition to taking these pills -- just how much, and how they manifest themselves, is not something that has been demonstrated conclusively by any credible scientific studies.
And just how much benefit is offered by products of indeterminate strength and potency like Leptovox or Lipovox is certainly a matter of serious debate.
The Lipovox sales page does not reveal the potency of the "magic" formulation, other than to tell us that it contains the 10 superfoods listed on the site. The Leptovox web site does post an illustration of the product label on their web site, but interestingly, two of the ingredients referenced on the web site (ALA and DMAE) are not present on the label.
In the end the bottom line is simple...
I'm not bashing super foods or antioxidants. I have no doubt that if you incorporate these into your diet -- forgoing "less beneficial" eating habits -- you will experience some benefits. But from a supplement produced by an unknown company (one that does not post any company data or contact information on the web site) and sold only in a market that breeds unscrupulous behavior? A company that doesn't even have a label illustration that matches the listed ingredients?
In the end it's very simple... the benefits of Leptovox are grossly exaggerated, ridiculous, have not a single iota of proof to validate them, and frankly, are insulting to you the consumer.