We see whether this product stands up to the claims it makes, and whether it is a good choice of weight loss aid.
Absolutely Full is sold by Absolute Nutrition who are based in Connecticut in the US. Like every diet pill manufacturer, Absolute Nutrition claims to be “a world leader in manufacturing weight/fat loss supplements”. Their about us page provides the usual assurances of professionalism and quality, having worked in the industry for years, alongside professional athletes. However, to us this “about us” page seems very generic, providing very little actual information about the company. Absolute Nutrition do have a contact us page, listing their address, email and phone number, as well as providing a place to upload before and after pictures.
When it comes to the ingredients list, we noticed that several different retailers listed a different ingredients list to the official website. Absolute Nutrition describes the product as containing Luralean, a patented formula of propolmannan, which is extracted from
Amorphophallus japonica, a rare tuberous plant found only in the mountainous regions of northern Japan.
Propolmannan is apparently ‘many times more effective than typical glucomannan made from Konjac’. However, several different retail websites that sell Absolutely Full list the sole ingredient as Glucomannan. We cannot work out if Absolute Nutrition are misleading customers and selling a glucomannan based product labelled as something else, or if both All Star Health and A1 Supplements have listed the ingredient incorrectly. A1 Supplements have admittedly listed both terms, listing Glucomannan (as Luralean TS) as the single ingredient. This lack of clarity is disappointing, as the effectiveness of glucomannan and the claimed properties of Luralean are quite different, and so could lead to varying results.
Absolutely Full recommend taking 2 capsules 15 minutes prior to a meal with plenty of water. At least one 10 ounce glass of water is recommended, but “more is better”. This is because the active ingredient absorbs water to expand, taking up space in the stomach. The more water is drunk, the more the product will expand. It also reduces the chances of side effects later on, as consuming fibre without much water can lead to abdominal cramps and constipation.
With 30 servings per bottle of 60 tablets, using Absolutely Full before only the one meal per day will make the bottle last for one month, whilst using it before 3 meals per day will mean the appetite is suppressed throughout the day, but it will only last for 10 days.
It is really up to the individual what balance of frequency and duration will help them to achieve the most weight loss, but in either regard, a diet pill that only lasts for 10 days represents poor value for money, especially when considering the delivery charges of $7 or more per order that Absolute Nutrition charge.
Absolutely Full claims to be an appetite suppressant that helps the individual to feel fuller faster, as well as to help them be satisfied with smaller meals.
The official website claims that the product works in three ways:
Absolutely Full has a single active ingredient. Depending upon the website, the ingredient is either Luralean, or Glucomannan. Both work in identical ways, but Luralean is a patented extracted formula that the manufacturers claim is more absorbent and more effective than glucomannan. Because of the confusion with the actual ingredient present in Absolutely Full, we will look at Glucomannan specifically.
Most studies that look at the link between glucomannan and weight loss use between 3 and 5 grams of glucomannan per day, spread out over three doses. Studies that used these amounts found that glucomannan using groups lost more weight than placebo using groups, as well as lowering their blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol levels and systolic blood pressure. However, this weight loss is still relatively small, considering the amount of time that the trials covered.
In one study, overweight women were instructed not to change their diet or exercise habits, and to take either glucomannan supplements or a placebo. Those in the treatment group took 1 g of glucomannan 3 times a day for 8 weeks and lost an average of 5.5 pounds during that period; in comparison, those in the placebo group gained an average of 1.5 pounds, a significant difference.
There are some conflicting studies about the benefits and effects of glucomannan. Some find glucomannan clearly increases weight loss compared with a placebo, whilst others find no difference. Considering that the study participants were instructed not to change their diets or exercise regimes, the rate of weight loss is impressive in some studies.
An individual following a calorie restricted diet who was supplementing with a glucomannan product would inevitably see increased results in comparison to these studies. However, to properly replicate these studies, at least 3 grams, ideally closer to 5 grams, of glucomannan would have to be consumed every day.
Each serving of 2 Absolutely Full capsules contains only 1 gram (1000mg), and so at least 3 servings would be required every day.
Whilst the official website makes no mention of side effects at all, the main ingredient is supposedly Luralean. On the Luralean official website they mention the following possible side effects.
If you don’t drink enough water fibre can become a serious problem and cause a blockage in your digestive system. This is rare but is possible if you take in way too much and not enough water. Other side effects include abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea, and gas. To reduce these side effects just make sure to drink enough water.
Glucomannan and Luralean both can cause blood sugar levels to drop. Depending upon the individual, this could lead to light-headedness or dizziness, if blood sugar levels dropped too low.
Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Diabetics should consult their doctor before consuming any glucomannan-based or Luralean-based products.
There is only one customer review of Absolutely Full on Amazon, and it seems like there are no other reviews available of the product on other retail sites.
The customer review states:
works as hard as you do, but that goes for anything, any time you feel like a nibble, just grab a couple of these and you never get hungry. This one has less expansion stuff than another brand and takes more pills to do the same as a different brand.
This seems to summarise the product, quite well; any fibre based appetite suppressant is only going to lead to weight loss if you use it to quash hunger cravings, and then adjust your own diet accordingly.
Fibre based appetite suppressants are always weaker than their chemical counterparts, but tend to work better in the long term. Absolutely Full will probably help to reduce the appetite and lessen hunger pangs between meals, when used before each and every meal. We say probably because ultimately it is up to the individual to make dietary changes, eating less and listening to what their body wants rather than eating out of habit.
Fibre based appetite suppressants will not totally remove hunger cravings, only delay them for a few hours. Fibre based appetite suppressants are ideal for people who are on a calorie restricted diet but who are constantly so hungry they find it hard to stick to the diet.
Ultimately, we can find the benefits of appetite suppressants in general, but without customer feedback, it is hard to establish how well Absolutely Full actually works.
Absolutely Full can be bought from a number of retailers, and the prices that each website offers varies dramatically. Absolutely Full only comes in 60 capsule sized bottles.
Through the official website of the manufacturer, ABS Nutrition, one bottle is $19.99, plus a significant shipping charge of $7 or more, depending upon the weight of the order.
Amazon.com are offering the same sized bottle for $12.99 plus shipping. However, the best price that we could find was from All Star Health. They are currently offering a bottle of Absolutely Full for $11.39 plus delivery, and are also the only site that ships to the UK.
3 bottles of Absolutely Full are required for the recommended dosage and depending where you purchase them from can cost between $36 – $66 per month.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee on all products, minus shipping and return shipping costs.
Absolute Nutrition proudly write:
If after trying any Absolute Nutrition item you’re not completely delighted, simply return the empty product container … and we’ll send your money back –
NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
For such a seemingly cheap diet pill, the cost of using Absolutely Full quickly adds up, especially if the dieter wants to see actual weight loss results. Of course, we presume that you do want to see significant weight loss, and so would recommend 3 servings per day of two capsules. This would make a 60 capsule bottle last a mere 10 days, making this an expensive diet pill in the long term.
This is merely a branded glucomannan supplement; if you are set upon trying a fibre-based appetite suppressant, we suggest an alternative to this product is to purchase glucomannan capsules from your local health food store, which will probably work out much cheaper.
As there is a lack of customer reviews, we have no idea if the product has helped customers with their weight loss. Customer feedback is invaluable for gauging if a product actually works, and if there are any side effects that the manufacturer has neglected to mention. Without this, there is not enough evidence that this product actually works well.
The fact that the manufacturer and sellers of the product cannot seem to agree on what is actually contained in the diet pill is a cause for concern. Whilst in this case it is a simple difference between one generic ingredient and a stronger patented alternative, it highlights the fact that supplement makers do not even have to be that specific when informing the customer about the product.
Even with the promise of a money back guarantee, we can’t find enough reasons to recommend Absolutely Full as an appetite suppressant.
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