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June 01, 2023
The women's fat burner sub-category of weight loss supplements, which didn't even exist a few years ago, has surfaced as one of the most hotly contested of all weight loss supplement categories. With milder, less stimulant-heavy ingredients than most men's fat burners, women's fat burners are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of females trying to lose weight.
Two of the most popular frontrunners in this category are Trimtone and Leanbean. They both claim to provide the ultimate supplemental solution to help women burn fat, with passionate advocates for each one. But which is best? In this Leanbean vs. Trimtone head-to-head comparison, we go beyond the hype to find out.
After careful analysis of the ingredients and dosages, having looked at a lot of verified user reviews online, and getting personal anecdotes from some female personal training clients, I've concluded that Leanbean is a better fat burner than Trimtone.
While both of these fat burners are pretty conservative in their dosages in comparison to men's fat burners, Leanbean provides more of what you need to make a difference. Take glucomannan as a prime example. This is the key dietary fiber in both products that expands in the stomach to fill you up, curb cravings and suppress the appetite. The accepted dosage to get results, based on clinical studies, is 1000 to 3000 mg. You get 1000 mg in Leanbean, which just gets into the effective range. Yet, Trimtone only gives you 100mg, which is nowhere near enough to have an effect.
Leanbean also includes a couple of favorite energy boosters that are absent from Trimtone- vitamins B6 and B12. There's also choline to boost the metabolism. While it's true that Trimtone does include caffeine anhydrous, which is not in Leanbean, the 120 mg is probably not going to make much of a difference when it comes to shedding some pounds.
I have also had personal training clients who have tried both of these fat burners. The general consensus is that LeanBean does a better job of suppressing the appetite and boosting energy levels. Neither of my clients who took Trimtone (one for six weeks and the other for three months) thought that it provided noticeable benefits on their weight loss journey.
Trimtone is a female fat burner supplement made from all-natural ingredients. It is manufactured by a company called Health Nutrition. It is claimed that Trimtone will help you lose weight by speeding up the body's natural fat-burning process, inducing thermogenesis, as well as curbing cravings, increasing energy levels, and boosting mood.
Trimtone has been specifically designed for women. The recommended dosage is a single tablet, taken 30 minutes before breakfast. Health Nutrition market Trimtone as a no-fluff, no-fillers, and no-fake stuff product that only gives you clinically proven fat-burning ingredients in the doses that will make a difference.
Unlike many fat burners, Trimtone does not have a laundry list of ingredients. In fact, there are only five ingredients in the product. Health Nutrition markets this as a benefit, claiming on its website, "Unlike some other fat burners for women, it isn't overloaded with any unnecessary ingredients. Our formula may look simple, but it packs a powerful punch. Each capsule is fully loaded with only the necessary, proven ingredients you need to support your goals and deliver results."
Leanbean is a fat burner that can be used by both men and women. However, it is designed and marketed as a female-specific product. It is produced by a company called Ultimate Life. There are six all-natural ingredients in Leanbean that are meant to promote healthy weight management and help you achieve your fitness goals.
Ultimate Life claim that Leanbean will achieve these results through the following five mechanisms:
As already mentioned, there are only five ingredients in Trimtone to combat stubborn body fat. Health Nutrition claims that they're all the fat-burning compounds you need, so let's find out for ourselves.
Caffeine anhydrous is the dried-out form of caffeine. Caffeine is well known for its ability to stimulate the central nervous and perk us up when we're feeling drowsy. But it has also been shown to have a thermogenic effect on the body, increasing the body's internal temperature. The increased heat requires energy from calories. The body must then use even more energy to bring the internal temperature back to a state of equilibrium.
Caffeine may also promote fat breakdown or lipolysis. In a 2005 rodent study, a daily dosage of 0.1% of the body weight of the rats involved in the study led to a significant increase in fat burning during the 21 days of the study. The researchers identified the active ingredient in this effect as being catecholamines.¹
Those who want a little extra boost and can look into caffeine supplements for a higher dose.
Green coffee extract is made from unroasted coffee beans and contains large amounts of chlorogenic acid, a substance thought to have potential advantages for metabolism and weight loss. By preventing the absorption of carbs and boosting fat burning, chlorogenic acid has been linked in some studies to possible advantages for lowering body weight and fat mass.² Green coffee extract may also lower inflammation and boost cardiovascular health, which can be advantageous for general health and well-being.
Green tea is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as catechins. Research suggests that catechins may promote fat loss by increasing energy expenditure while also promoting thermogenesis and fat burn. There is also some interesting research suggesting that the catechins in green tea help to reduce the number of carbohydrates that are stored by the body.³
Glucomannan is a type of dietary fiber that expands in the stomach. By taking up room in the stomach in this way, it helps you to feel fuller faster and prevent unhealthy food cravings. While other supplements use high dosages of glucomannan that may cause stomach blasting, Trimtone has a much milder dosage at 100 mg. However, this appears to be a seriously low dosage compared to other products and clinical dosages, which tend to be between 1000 and 3000 mg.
In one study, people who took glucomannan for weight loss for eight weeks lost an average of 5.5 lbs without making any other adjustments to their diet or exercise program.⁴
Grains of Paradise is a spice with West African origins. It is rich in a substance called 6-paradol that may help with metabolism and weight loss. Studies have indicated that 6-paradol might be advantageous for boosting thermogenesis, the process through which the body burns calories to produce heat. In addition, grains of paradise might be advantageous for lowering inflammation and enhancing metabolic health, which could be advantageous for overall health and well-being.⁵
In one study, women who took 30 grams of Grains of Paradise daily for one month lost a significantly greater amount of body fat than women who took a placebo. The dosage of Grains of Paradise in Trimtone is 40 mg.⁶
Leanbean contains one more fat-burning ingredient than Trimtone. Just two of them are the same. Let's dig into the Leanbean fat loss formula to see what extra benefit it may provide.
Pyridoxine, or vitamin B6, is a water-soluble vitamin required for the efficient operation of numerous enzymes in the body. The inclusion of vitamin B6 in Leanbean is intended to assist healthy nervous system function, energy production, and metabolism.⁷ In addition to the role it plays in the metabolism of carbs, proteins, and lipids, vitamin B6 is also thought to be important in the control of hormones that influence metabolism and energy levels.
Vitamin B6 might also be useful for lowering inflammation, enhancing cardiovascular health, and promoting normal brain function.
Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is needed by several of the body's enzymes to operate correctly. It is frequently added to dietary supplements in an effort to enhance general health and well-being while possibly boosting metabolism.
Vitamin B12 has been added to Leanbean to increase metabolism, encourage the generation of energy, and support the proper operation of the nervous system. B12 boosts the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids by affecting hormones that influence metabolism and energy levels.⁸
Vitamin B12 may also help lower inflammatory markers, boost cardiovascular health, and promote normal brain function.⁹
Choline is an essential nutrient that is crucial for the healthy function of the body's cells and organs. It has been added to Leanbean to increase metabolism, encourage fat breakdown, and support healthy liver function. Choline participates in the metabolism of lipids and is essential for the movement and digestion of fat in the liver. Choline may also help to lower inflammation and enhance cognitive function.¹⁰
Due to increased popularity, many have started using choline supplements on their own.
Glucomannan is the first ingredient that is common to both Leanbean and Trimtone. The difference is in the dosage. At 1000 mg, Leanbean contains ten times the amount that you get in Trimtone. The typically recommended dosage is from 1000 to 3000 mg. This indicates that it is chronically underdosed in Tritone and just on the cusp of the lower range in Leanbean.
The fruit extract cabbage palm extract, commonly referred to as acai berry extract, comes from the acai palm tree, which is indigenous to Central and South America. Anthocyanins and flavonoids, which are abundant in cabbage palm extract, are thought to be able to lower inflammation, enhance cardiovascular health, and lower the risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes and cancer.¹¹
Green coffee beans are those that have not been roasted. They are especially high in chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to potentially boost the metabolism and promote weight loss. Studies suggest that chlorogenic acid may inhibit carbohydrate absorption and boost fat metabolism.¹²
As we've seen, Leanbean not only has more ingredients than Trimtone, but they are higher dosed. The most striking dosage difference is regarding glucomannan. Leanbean contains ten times more of this dietary fiber than you get in Trimtone. While there are 120 mg of caffeine anhydrous in Trimtone, Leanbean is a completely caffeine-free supplement. Both products contain green coffee extract, with Trimtone having 2.5 times as much as Leanbean (100 mg vs 40 mg).
In general, despite the higher amount of green coffee extract, Trimtone seems to be generally underdosed in comparison to Leanbean. The higher amount of glucomannan, along with the inclusion of the B vitamins and choline, makes Leanbean the winner between these two weight loss supplements when it comes to ingredient profile.
Health Nutrition claims that the combination of ingredients in their Trintone fat-burning supplement product will combine to provide the following results:
Many natural ingredients found in Trimtone are thought to work synergistically to boost thermogenesis and encourage weight loss. Grain of paradise extract is one of the main components of Trimtone that may cause thermogenesis. It contains the active ingredient 6-Paradol.¹³
Brown adipose tissue (BAT), a kind of adipose tissue that produces heat via the process of thermogenesis, has been demonstrated to be activated by 6-paradol. When the BAT is turned on, it produces heat by burning calories, which can boost energy use and perhaps result in weight loss.
Other ingredients in Trimtone, such as green tea extract and caffeine anhydrous, might also be advantageous for boosting thermogenesis and metabolic rate.¹⁴ A compound found in green tea extract by the name of EGCG has been proven to have potential advantages for raising metabolic rates and fostering fat oxidation.
Glucomannan is the key ingredient in Trimtone that is meant to curb cravings. However, as we've seen, the dosage, at 100 mg, is far too low to have any appreciable effect of appetite suppression.
By boosting fat lipolysis and increasing fat burning, Trimtone may increase energy levels. Caffeine anhydrous is the key ingredient designed to overcome fatigue and increase energy levels. However, the dosage, at 120 mg, may be too low to provide a noticeable effect.
Maintaining a positive mood can be challenging when you're trying to lose weight. Trimtone contains a number of ingredients that are believed to help boost metabolism, including green tea extract. This extract contains l-theanine, which has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress and promote relaxation.¹⁵ This amino acid is unique in its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and increase the production of the key mood-enhancing hormones serotonin and dopamine.
When taken as recommended, Trimtone is regarded as safe for the majority of healthy adults. It may, however, have adverse effects on certain people, particularly those who have specific medical conditions or are on specific drugs,
Possible negative side effects include:
Some of the Trimtone ingredients may interact with specific drugs or health issues. For instance, there may be interactions between caffeine, some antibiotics, some anti-depressants, and blood thinners. When not consumed with enough water, glucomannan can create digestive problems or obstructions as well as interfere with several drugs and medical conditions.
The makers of Leanbean highlight three key benefits you'll get from taking their product:
Leanbean's key benefit is linked to creating a feeling of fullness. This will help you to control your caloric intake, helping you to maintain the daily negative calorie balance that will help you achieve long-term fat loss. The key ingredient to create this feeling of fullness and reduce the appetite is glucomannan.
With increased energy levels, you will be more likely to sustain the exercise and nutrition program that is essential to achieving weight loss success. Two key ingredients that promote energy and help offset feelings of tiredness and fatigue are vitamins B6 and B12.
Leanbean supports healthy metabolism through the inclusion of ingredients such as choline. It has been shown to promote lipid metabolism, leading to increased fat burning.¹⁶
Being a completely natural health supplement that is moderately dosed, Leanbean is unlikely to cause any major side effects. Like any supplement, though, it may cause such minor side effects as bloating, nausea, gas, and sleep interruption.
Leanbean may interact with certain medications. The choline in Leanbean may interact with blood thinners and anti-depressants. Similarly, green coffee bean extract may react with certain medications. It may also inhibit the absorption of certain nutrients.
Both Trimtone and Leanbean should be taken by people who are exercising and following a sensible, healthy weight-loss diet. Neither product is designed as a stand-alone weight solution but rather as a supplement to healthy weight loss lifestyle habits.
Both products are also specifically designed for women.
The Trimtone product label recommends taking one capsule per day with water before breakfast.
The daily dosage for Leanbean is six capsules per day. This dosage should be divided into three servings of two capsules spread throughout the day. The first dose should be taken thirty minutes before breakfast, with the second dosage being a half hour before lunch. Take the final dose 30 minutes before dinner.
Both Trimtone and Leanbean should be taken with a large glass of water.
Trimtone costs $49.99 for a 3-day supply. If you order a two-month supply, you get a third bottle for free. So, three months' worth of Trimtone will cost you $99.99. Shipping is free if you order three or more bottles.
Leanbean costs $59.99 for a 30-day supply (180 capsules). When you buy two bottles for $119.88, you get free shipping in the US and UK. All purchases come with a 90-day money-back guarantee.
So, from a purely dollars and cents perspective, Trimtone represents the better value for money.
Based on our analysis of verified user reviews across a range of online venues, as well as our own experience, Trimtone does not seem to be especially effective in helping lose belly fat. The majority of people report no improvement or slight increase in weight loss when they take this product. As a personal trainer, I have had a few female clients who have taken Trimtone, all of them with little to no noticeable benefit.
Both Trimtone and Leanbean require time for the ingredients to build up in the body. As a result, you shouldn't expect to see any results in terms of energy increase and fat burn boost for 2-3 weeks.
A key feature of Leanbean is the inclusion of 1000 mg of glucomannan, which is the dietary fiber that promotes a feeling of fullness. This feeling of fullness will help you lose excess fat. Here are four comparable fat burners that have the same or a higher amount of glucomannan as Leanbean:
No, Leanbean and Trimtone are not FDA-approved. Dietary supplements are not required to receive FDA approval before being promoted and distributed to the general public. However, producers of dietary supplements are required to guarantee the security and effectiveness of their products and are required to adhere to FDA regulations for good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
So, which is the better fat-burning supplement?
Leanbean and Trimtone are both fat-burning supplements that feature lower dosages and avoid high amounts of stimulants as they appeal primarily to the female market. Both of them also contain fewer ingredients than you would typically find in a general-purpose fat burner. A key feature of both products is their claimed ability to suppress the appetite and create a feeling of fullness. A common ingredient to achieve this is glucomannan, a dietary fiber. However, Leanbean contains ten times more of it than Trimtone. This, and the inclusion of other proven ingredients, such as the vitamins B6 and B12 and choline, give Leanbean the advantage, making it our winner in a head-to-head match-up with Trimtone.
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