About Cocoa Burn
Based on cutting edge research, Cocoa Burn is a nutritional supplement that’s claimed to be a natural, incredibly simple way of helping you lose visceral (e.g. belly) fat, build lean muscle, and lower your blood sugar levels by 33%, all in as little as 3 weeks. In fact, Cocoa Burn is claimed to be so effective that it can help you lose 30 pounds in 90 days.
On top of this, Cocoa Burn is claimed to give you energy, strength, a sharper mind, and a new outlook on life, and to help fight allergies, alleviate angina, treat high blood pressure, cure urinary tract infections, and more. As such, Cocoa Burn’s manufacturer claims you’ll experience a “total health transformation.”
To accomplish this, Cocoa Burn is claimed to rebalance your insulin levels, so that your body can burn more fat and you’ll lose the urge to overeat and binge on sugary foods, which is achieved though a “perfect blend” of chromium, green tea, cocoa powder, and brown seaweed.
If you’ve struggled to lose weight in the past, all of the big promises made by Cocoa Burn’s manufacturer will certainly seem appealing. But once you clear away all the hype, can you really expect all these amazing benefits, or just more disappointment and a deflated bank account?
Before we get to that, let’s start with the basics and talk about insulin.
What is Insulin Resistance?
According to EndocrineWeb, “Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).”
After the foods you eat are digested in your stomach, the sugars they contain basically just float around in your bloodstream, since they can’t be absorbed into the cells directly (a process known as diffusion). So, in order to help the process along, insulin attaches to these sugar particles and signals to each cell that it’s time to allow them through.
Once this occurs, the sugar is “digested” by the cell, which produces energy.
However, when you consistently eat too much sugar, your pancreas has to work hard to produce enough insulin, which, over time, can actually cause your cells to become resistant to the hormone. In other words, they no longer process sugar, which leaves it roaming freely in your bloodstream. This, in turn, can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease if left unchecked, as well as an increase in visceral fat, which is what we’ll talk about next.
Let’s Talk about Your Belly
Compared to most of the other fat that appears on the human body, which is just underneath the surface of the skin (also known as subcutaneous fat), visceral fat goes much deeper and can be much more difficult to lose. And because it appears in the abdominal area, visceral fat can surround our important internal organs, such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines, and can also lead to hormonal imbalance. Why?
Because visceral fat “secretes a protein called retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) which has been shown to increase resistance to insulin.” However, although the Cocoa Burn video claims this fat is ““brimming with unhealthy, toxic chemicals,” this isn’t exactly the case. Instead, as we can see, visceral fat only causes a hormonal imbalance, although this could potentially be just as harmful.
Now that we know more about insulin resistance and visceral fat, can the ingredients found in Cocoa Burn help address either of these issues?
Is Cocoa Burn Effective for Treating Insulin Resistance?
First, it’s important to note that because the Cocoa Burn video specifically states that the supplement can treat a variety of medical conditions, this means that the manufacturer is potentially overstepping the boundary between a supplement and a drug.
With this said though, is there anything special about the ingredients it contains? In other words, can they provide any of the benefits claimed by Cocoa Burn’s manufacturer?
Getting right to the point, there is insufficient clinical evidence showing that green tea or cocoa powder can help you lose weight. Granted, this doesn’t mean they won’t provide any benefits, such as the caffeine in green tea for increased alertness, and cocoa for reducing high blood pressure—just none related to weight loss.
Interesting note: If you’d like to find out how one reporter tricked the world into thinking that chocolate can help people lose weight, be sure to read our article Think That Clinical Study is Legit?
On the other hand, brown seaweed (or any seaweed, for that matter) is a very fibrous plant that might help you feel fuller, faster, thereby reducing the amount of food you consume. Seaweed also contains a chemical known as fucoxanthin, which has been shown to potentially promote cellular fat burning in mice, although no human trials have been conducted.
Last but not least, chromium has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin function in individuals with type 2 diabetes, although this won’t necessarily translate into weight loss.
As it turns out though, if insulin resistance is causing your weight gain, do you need Cocoa Burn in the first place?
Can Insulin Resistance be Addressed Through Other Means?
If you’re looking to save money and address your insulin resistance naturally, there are many tried and true methods of accomplishing this, including regular exercise (especially strength training), balancing your carbohydrate consumption, increasing protein intake, avoiding sugar, and more.
In fact, as we saw in the previous section, these tactics might work much better to control your insulin resistance than any of the ingredients contained in Cocoa Burn.
With all of this in mind about the supplement itself, let’s take a look at who makes Cocoa Burn.
Cocoa Burn’s Manufacturer
Cocoa Burn is brought to you by Life Essentials Nutrition, LLC based out of Stevenson Ranch, CA, who makes a variety of flavor-of-the-day, high priced supplements containing other clinically unproven ingredients.
Although the company’s URL has been registered since January 2014, they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau and no additional information was available about them elsewhere online.
Cocoa Burn Pricing & Refund Policy
Each bottle of Cocoa Burn is priced at $49.95, and comes with a 90-day refund policy. On top of this, the company claims that if you try Cocoa Burn and are dissatisfied, they’ll refund your full purchase price, plus $10.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Life Essentials Nutrition’s customer service department at 855-580-6655.
Is Cocoa Burn Your Weight Loss Solution?
Is it possible that Cocoa Burn can help address your insulin imbalance? It’s technically possible, although you might be able to achieve similar (or even better) results simply by exercising regularly and taking an inexpensive chromium supplement from your local pharmacy. However, is it likely that Cocoa Burn will accomplish this and provide a decent value for your money? Probably not.
On top of this, based on our experience, we don’t think Cocoa Burn’s manufacturer will stand behind their $10 bonus if you decide to return the supplement, so you might end up losing S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied.
Instead, because you can’t tell if you have insulin resistance without completing blood work, we’d recommend making an appointment with your physician. Then, if you find out that you’ve become insulin resistant, your doctor can probably recommend more effective options based on your specific diagnosis.