STUDY: Herbal Weight Loss Pill Works – But The Reason Why is Shocking

By on July 25, 2013
With more than half of Americans struggling with their weight, the need is clear: People need an easy solution for weight loss.

And now researchers at U.C. Davis say there may be a solution–a supplement called LOWAT.

“LOWAT® is a patent-pending weight management ingredient consisting of Piper betle leaf and Dolichos biflorus seed extracts that has been clinically studied to support a healthy weight loss,” says the makers of LOWAT through their website. “These two plant extracts are combined together in an optimal 2:3 ratio for an increased weight management benefit.”

The evidence is definitely there–according to a recent study, obese people who took the LOWAT supplement twice daily lost up to nine pounds in just eight weeks. That’s a little over two pounds a week.

For U.C. Davis researchers Judith Stern, it’s great news–but raises questions as well.

“Most of these things I just think don’t work,” says Stern. “Nine pounds in eight weeks. That’s significant. The study included diet, meaning limiting calories and exercise.”

Those who took placebo, unfortunately, didn’t experience the same results.

What is LOWAT?

For those unacquainted with Ayurvedic medicine, LOWAT is an unfamiliar blend, containing a mixture of two ingredients commonly used in Indian medicine, according to CBS Local. The ingredients include Piper betle leaf and Dolichos biflorus seed extract, which, in layman’s terms, are mangosteen and flowers.

For thousands of years Indians have used these ingredients to treat certain ailments, but its use as a herbal weight loss pill is entirely new–but it seems to work.

“LOWAT® has been studied in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research to support loss of body weight 2x better than placebo after eight weeks,” says the makers of LOWAT. “A significant weight loss of around 9 lbs was seen at week eight.”

As to why these ingredients help make weight loss easier, LOWAT won’t elaborate–but Stern believes not all the credit is due to this supplement. Instead, she says that those who took this pill were also put on a calorie-restricted diet, which could account for the high weight loss.

Still, that doesn’t explain why more people lost weight on this pill versus placebo. The placebo takers also ate the same diet.

Editors at Diet Spotlight say there may be a different reason why these participants lost so much weight.

“Seeds are known to have diuretic qualities, which is likely the reason they are included in Lowat,” says the editors of Diet Spotlight. “Diuretics increased urine output by pulling water from fluid stores in the body. Pulling more water increases urination and causes the dieter to constantly run back and forth to the bathroom.”

Could it just be a cause of a constant need to go? No one knows for sure, but it would explain why dieters lost significantly more weight taking the LOWAT supplement.

As for any side effects, Stern says it’s hardly a concern. Nausea and headache were the only reported symptoms, and happened so randomly that it wasn’t considered significant.

Readers: Have you tried a herbal weight loss pill before? What were your results?

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