The name Abdominal Cuts gives an impression that this weight loss supplement will give people a 6 pack or at least give the abs a more “cut” appearance. But does Abdominal Cuts work? The name grabbed our attention as we are sure it did yours too!
So let us now review Abdominal Cuts so that I can save your time and energy searching for answers.
Abdominal Cuts ingredients-
- CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) 500 mg (from Safflower oil)
- GLA (gamma linolenic acid) 75 mg (from Borage oil)
- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) 50 mg (from flaxseed oil)
- EPA and DHA 150 mg
- Sesamin 25 mg (from sesame seed oil)
- Abdominal Cuts also has 6.7 mg of vitamin E which most likely works as an antioxidant.
All of the ingredients in Abdominal Cuts are fats and the vitamin E is used to prevent them from spoiling.
So, let’s look at each ingredient in Abdominal Cuts and see if any of these prove its efficiency.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Several studies have noted that CLA may help weight loss. More specifically, CLA seems to alter the fat to muscle ratio rather than cause weight loss.
Some think CLA causes the death of fat cells. The weight loss benefits of CLA usually start showing up when people use at least 1.8 grams per day. That’s a lot more than what you get in Abdominal Cuts.
People who have diabetes or metabolic syndrome or who are at risk of them –overweight people –should be cautious about CLA. There is evidence that CLA seems to increase levels of pro-insulin – the unrefined version of insulin. Pro-insulin does not work as well as fully formed insulin.
This means that people who take CLA supplements may not be able to process sugar (glucose) as well. This might raise blood sugar levels and increase the risk of type II diabetes. The technical name for this condition is “Hyper-pro-insulin-emia”.
There are different types of CLA. Unfortunately, the form of CLA that seems to help with fat loss also seems to be the same that increases blood sugar levels.
Most supplements are a mixture of CLA types. Therefore it’s hard to tell if CLA supplements increase type II diabetes risk or not. Still, it may be wise for people at risk for type II diabetes to have their sugar levels checked regularly if they use CLA supplements.
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
This is a fatty acid. Other supplements list GLA as Evening Primrose Oil. We can’t find much evidence for GLA as an effective weight loss product. In one research conducted over 12 week and 100 overweight women, GLA did not work. We had to go back to 1983 to find this study!
We can’t find any other research on GLA and weight loss. GLA is also found in Japanese Hokkaido weight loss pills so check out that review for more info.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
This is derived from flaxseed oil. The Abdominal Cuts website says that ALA can help with “physique improvement”. Supplement websites often use vague – yet smart-sounding terms and phrases – to sound like they know what they are talking about. For example, check out all the big words used to describe Jillian Michaels weight loss supplement. This product used some of the most bizarre words we’ve ever seen!
One study seemed to show that ALA helped obese mice lose weight. Another study, published in 2010 found that ALA increased calorie burning in mice too. But, where are the studies that prove ALA helps people lose weight?
Ironically, there is another study that showed ALA caused people to gain weight!
Fatty acids are basically just fat. Each gram of fat has 9 calories- That’s a lot! Therefore it kind of makes sense that people who eat a lot of fat – or fatty acids – might gain weight.
Sesamin (sesame seed oil)
When we searched the National Library of Medicine for “sesamin and weight loss” nothing showed up. We can’t find any studies that prove Sesamin helps weight loss. There is a study where the combination of sesamin and fish oil increased fat oxidation (fat burning) in the livers of rats.
But did those rats lose any weight? Remember, fat burning and weight loss do not always mean the same thing.
Fat Ingredients in Abdominal Cuts-
- EPA and DHA
- Sesamie seed oil
All of the ingredients in Abdominal Cuts are fats (fatty acids). We are pointing this out because, when you eat fat, you burn fat.
We know that sounds weird, but it is true.
The problem is that you burn more fat from what you eat, than your own body fat. This logic of “eat fat, burn fat” was the same reasoning behind the supplement called Slim Shots that we reviewed previously.
This is also one of the benefits behind paleo based diet plans like the Primal Diet. where you naturally eat more fat. However, since that fat also covers a lot of your daily calorie needs, a diet can’t be really compared with a high fat supplement like Ab Cuts.
This also technically means that you burn more fat when you eat pizza and other fatty foods too. It’s true! So why don’t you lose weight if you eat a whole pizza? Well, pizza has a lot of calories and many of those calories are stored as extra fat.
Calories are what weight loss is all about. The makers of Abdominal Cuts know this too and thus on their website they say, “Nutritional supplements must be used in correlation to a healthy diet.”That’s a fancy way of saying Abdominal Cuts probably won’t work if you don’t watch what you eat.
Is there any proof that people eating a healthy, low calorie diet along with using the Abdominal Cuts supplement, lose more weight than people who just eat healthy? The answer is- No.
Side Effects of Abdominal Cuts
Abdominal Cuts probably won’t hurt anyone who is healthy, but people who have health issues should run this product past a doctor before using. Theoretically, some of the ingredients may cause problems that you should be aware of.
For example, both fish oil and GLA might interact with blood thinner medications. As we mentioned above, CLA may raise the risk of type II diabetes and Alpha linoleic acid may increase prostate cancer risk.
ALA may also raise triglyceride levels – which are a risk factor for heart disease. We doubt if the level of ingredients in Abdominal Cuts will do any of these things (the blood thinner side effect is what is most concerning) but we thought it would be good to mention this since Abdominal Cuts is being touted to millions of people across the globe.
Extra ingredients in Ab Cuts Sleek & Lean
There are few extra ingredients in this version of Ab Cuts –
- Raspberry Ketones: Raspberry ketones became popular through the Dr Oz Show after it was discovered that when ingested in high doses, it could alter the formation of lipids and shrink fat cells.
- L-Carnitine: This is an amino acid that is involved in the conversion of fat into energy. It may be useful in helping you get rid of that stubborn fat that just doesn’t want to go away.
Overall, Sleek & Lean is a better version of Ab Cuts which includes Raspberry Ketones too.
Bottomline: – Does Ab Cuts really work?
Hard to say! In theory, eating fat might slow digestion and hence, make people less likely to get hungry and over eat. This could be one way that Abdominal Cuts might work. That said, because Ab Cuts has no direct published proof, it’s hard to say it with a guarantee.
However, CLA in Ab Cuts has some anecdotal weight loss testimonials in the fitness community and some experts believe, that in combination with a healthy weight loss diet, CLA can be an effective weight loss supplement.
But, overall, Despite very exciting and promising CLA animal studies, CLA pills have come up very short in delivering weight-loss results to humans. A review of eight clinical trials found a great variability in response to a CLA supplement and changes in body fat percentage. CLA dosage ranged from 0.7 grams to 6.8 grams per day. As for body-fat loss, some study participants lost nearly 7.5 pounds while others gained 1 pound of fat.
The new version Sleek & Lean is slightly better version than original Ab Cuts, but still a mediocre product.