About Caraxanthin Diet
If you’re trying to lose weight and have been searching for a little extra “edge,” you’ve probably heard about the Caraxanthin Diet, which claims to be one of the most effective weight loss plans available today. Specifically, the Caraxanthin Diet claims to target internal fat that surrounds your organs—not your muscle—and to boost your metabolism.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
How Caraxanthin Diet Works
Created by Bryan Owens, the Caraxanthin Diet claims to “trick” your body into releasing stored fat, which can then be burned as energy. On top of this, the Diet is claimed to target only fat that surrounds your internal organs, which can improve your overall health, and help you to lose less muscle during the process. Finally, because many individuals often find their weight “yo-yoing” while dieting, the Caraxanthin Diet claims to help you feel fuller, and to prevent your body from entering “famine” mode.
While there are very few specifics on the company’s website, the Caraxanthin Diet appears to be centered around dietary shakes and reduced caloric intake. These shakes are claimed to boost Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (or HCG for short) levels within your body, which then boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. As a result, they’re often called “HCG accelerators.”
Again, although few specifics are provided, it appears the Caraxanthin Diet can be used without any increase in exercise, and claims to be safe for men and women of all ages.
Caraxanthin Diet Pricing & Refund Policy
During our research, there was no pricing information available on the Caraxanthin Diet website. In fact, when you click on the Buy Now button, you’re redirected to a page where you’re required to enter an Invite Code, presumably sent to you from someone who is already a member.
If you don’t have any invite code, you’ll be required to submit your email address, at which point you’ll be placed on a waiting list.
If you have questions or concerns, you can contact a company representative at 801-341-9864.
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About the Caraxanthin Diet?
The Caraxanthin Diet is manufactured by Nature’s Health Systems based out of Highland, UT. When entering “Nature’s Health Systems” into the Better Business Bureau website, you’ll be redirected to a company named Supplement Training Systems (STS), although we were unable to confirm whether or not this company is related to Nature’s Health Systems.
Outside of the BBB, we were unable to locate any online customer reviews during our research.
What’s the Bottom Line About the Caraxanthin Diet?
Here’s the short answer: If you want our honest opinion, we’d strongly recommend staying away from the Caraxanthin Diet. Far, far away. Here’s why:
First, the story about how the Caraxanthin Diet came to be is pretty ridiculous. In short, we’re supposed to believe that some random stranger called a well-known supplement expert completely out of the blue, did some research, and then came back to this “expert” and told them that they needed to formulate a whole new supplement that had never been seen before. We’re just not buying it.
Second, there is almost no information about the program’s details on the Caraxanthin Diet website, just a bunch of hype. In fact, we had to leave the company’s website and perform some fairly in-depth research just to figure out some broad information about the program. On top of this, there are no ingredients listed, although we learned that most of these “HCG accelerator” shakes contain an unproven amino acid mixture. Which leads us to the fact that:
There is absolutely zero clinical evidence showing:
- HCG can help you lose weight, or that
- Any of these “HCG accelerator” supplements—such as those in the Caraxanthin Diet—increase HCG within your body, or have any other weight loss benefits.
In fact, the Caraxanthin Diet website even expressly states that any of the benefits attributed to it are anecdotal. So where did all this hype surrounding HCG and weight loss originally come from?
The benefits of HCG helping people lose weight was first outlined by Dr. ATW Simeons in his “Pounds and Inches” manuscript first released in 1954. After its release, HCG became widely used in the weight loss industry, until studies completed during the 1970s and 1980s showed that it didn’t help with weight loss, and in some instances, actually increased the risk of cancer.
Because Dr. Simeons’s studies were completed using injectable HCG, supplement manufacturers began marketing oral HCG products, which were eventually banned in 2011 after the FDA “prohibited the sale of "homeopathic" and over-the-counter hCG diet products and declared them fraudulent and illegal.” As a response to this, supplement manufacturers changed tactics again, this time by marketing supplements that claim to boost HCG production in your body, instead of adding it directly.
As with many other weight loss supplements such as Green Coffee Bean Extract, Raspberry Ketone, and Garcinia Cambogia, HCG supplements gained immense popularity after being featured on the Dr. Oz daytime TV show. In March 2012, the show featured an HCG study conducted by Sheri L. Emma, MD, which concluded “The HCG group lost an average of 13 pounds in a month, and the Placebo group lost an average of 15 pounds in a month. The weight loss in each group is similar. The striking difference is that the HCG group lost only 2 pounds of muscle, but the Placebo group lost 5 pounds of muscle.” To put this in perspective, this means that the HCG group actually lost less weight than the placebo group, although the HCG group did lose less muscle in the process
However, keep in mind that this study was conducted using injectable HCG as well. This is because HCG can only enter your bloodstream via an injection, and cannot be increased by taking an unknown substance comprised of a variety of amino acids. With this in mind, there is still zero evidence showing that HCG—injectable or otherwise—can help you lose weight. In fact, we found one study on the National Institutes of Health website that put it perfectly: “There is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity.”
Bottom line: Save your money, and talk with your physician about truly effective weight loss options.
5 out 6 people found this review helpful
For me, it works perfectly
I agree that there is a lot of hype in the caraxanthin diet page, but nonetheless, I tried the concept and liked it a lot. The shakes mentioned in the article are absolutely optional. I didn't use them at all. The idea is, to lose weight fast in a first phase, by reducing calorie intake to about 500-600 kcal a day (slow carb style) while taking caraxanthin, which is a blend of Caralluma Fimbriata (reducing appetite) and Fucoxanthin (supporting fat loss). That also explains its name. At least for me, this combination worked perfectly: I lost 30 pounds in 4 weeks without any stalls and very seldom felt hungry.
After that you are supposed to slowly turn your energy consumption back to normal in 2 phases, one for establishing the new weight with a mild slow carb diet and the second to further approach normal eating habits while starting a light workout. Optionally these phases can be accompanied by "Alphacosanol" which is more or less the PAGG stack recommended by Tim Ferriss in "the 4 hour body".
So losing fast and then trying to stabilize makes a lot of sense to me, although that may not be to everyone's taste.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend