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Accelis: the panacea for obesity? (Part 2)

Thursday, November 27, 2008 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD




Today we continue where we left off yesterday in evaluating a new off-the-counter dietary supplement - Accelis.





The purportedly medicinal ingredients in Accelis can be separated into 3 main categories:

1) Non-stimulating stimulants
- Caffeine-free green tea extract
- Caffeine-free oolong tea extract
- Caffeine-free white tea extract

2) Sedatives
- Chamomile extract
- Passionflower extract

3) Active Ingredient
-Lagerstroemia speciosa

The inclusion of caffeine and other stimulants, as we shall see in future posts, is a staple of the weight-loss supplement. Indeed, caffeine is an established ergogenic (performance-enhancing) aid, which improves performance in physical as well as mental tasks. In addition to elevating metabolic rate, caffeine also influences substrate metabolism by promoting greater reliance on free-fatty acid (fat) oxidation while sparing muscle glycogen (carbohydrate) – a good thing if you want to lose more fat while exercising. Lastly, caffeine also acts to suppress appetite. Thus, the inclusion of caffeine in weight-loss supplements makes some sense – albeit, this practice comes with some health risks (i.e. elevated blood pressure, anxiety, etc.). On the other hand, including caffeine-free stimulants in Accelis is like buying a car without an engine – likely not very useful.

Given that Accelis is to be taken before bed, the inclusion of sedatives is appropriate – if you are looking for a sleep-aid, that is. Camomile tea is a common remedy for insomnia and restlessness, and is often ‘prescribed’ to me by my mother (Dr. Mom) with varying degrees of treatment success. Sedatives are generally included in weight-loss supplements to help offset some of the hyper-activity induced by the effects of the commonly-included stimulants (i.e. caffeine) – again, none of which are included in this product. This is much like purchasing a new ABS brake system for that engine-less, and thus immobile car I alluded to above.

Lastly, the “active ingredient” is Lagerstroemia speciosa, or more specifically, corosolic acid, which is found mainly in the banaba plant grown in the Philippines, and nearby areas. While I have been able to find some (limited but consistent) literature addressing the ability of corosolic acid to improve glucose tolerance (possibly via enhanced GLUT-4 translocation), there is very little evidence if any, reporting that this compound may induce significant weight loss.

In all, I personally doubt that taking this product will lead to any loss in body weight, although the effects of one of its ingredients on glucose metabolism are intriguing, and warrant further investigation. Until that time, save your money and stick with what works – diet and exercise.

In agreement with my lacklustre assessment of Accelis, a survey on a diet blog reports that only 4 out of 34 individuals who rated this product gave it a favourable (thumbs up) rating, while the large majority reported dissatisfaction with the product’s effect.

So there you have it – Accelis, like many of its relatives, largely fails as the panacea for obesity. It may, however, be a panacea for all that excess cash you are carrying around ($53.59 for a 40 day supply).

Peter

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1 Response to "Accelis: the panacea for obesity? (Part 2)"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    well you should all take into account that people typing "it did" or "did not work for me" are very poor feedback responses to prove one way or another weather it works. As somebody is trying to lose weight they tend to associate lbs lost on a scale with "I'm losing weight" this is not accurate, you may have lost weight but can't see it cause the amount of water intake is constant now that you are making an "effort" to go beyond the daily minimum required amount for good health. As this can not hurt you to drink more water seeing as we are hugely comprised of it in the end it can be a little bit deceiving on a weight perspective for the amount of water in your body , using this product the recommended water amount to drink along side it is more than the average out of shape person will drink normally per day (this comment is referring to your average use from out of shape folks who don't want to exercise but are willing to try to eat alright ,(not some sports nut taking them to kill a few pounds)the reason i used this category of person above is because you don't see a lot of healthy exercising people using a product like this then saying it worked for me and claiming it and swearing by it. They worked hard to lose the weight by eating right and exercising so that is why they lost the weight, and are to proud to post they lost it from a 20$ product even if they had taken for real with their workout and healthy eating plan. Most likely people who want the product to do all the work , are the only one's likely bothering to respond about it's effectiveness is my guess anyway so having said that people are drinking so much water in addition to their normal daily intake from other sources and also losing so much water in bodily functions and such that it's so different from weigh in to weigh in .... add in the following....environment , circumstance, personal daily choices, it begins to be apparent just how silly people's internet claims can be. To ever make a solid statement of any kind , true and exact , you need a real clinical trial and study of a given product done for months or even years ,with a certain group with the same people used and even then , there are a lot variables and i have not (continued)

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