Abdominal Cuts is a weight loss product containing CLA, GLA, ALA, fish oils and sesamin. Abdominal Cuts is claimed to reduce abdominal fat, boost metabolism, reduce water retention, suppress appetite and promote deeper sleep. It is produced by Corr Jensen Labs and marketed by Revolution. Abdominal Cuts is sold through multiple third party sellers including GNC.
How does Abdominal Cuts work?
The Abdominal Cuts formulation is based on good fats. Good fats are believed to be essential for many bodily functions. However, recently some good fats have been shown to promote fat burning and lean muscle building. The problem is that, on average, these good fats only promote modest weight loss, and thousands of milligrams per day are required to do the job.
Abdominal Cuts ingredients
A single serving (3 capsules) of Abdominal Cuts consists of a 2400 mg proprietary blend of the following ingredients:
1) Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): There is some evidence that CLA is beneficial for weight loss. A recent clinical trial meta-analysis (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007. 85: 1203-1211) concluded that a dose of 3.2 grams per day of CLA produced a modest loss in body fat. There is also some evidence that CLA increases lean body mass in obese subjects at a dose of 6.4 grams per day (Journal of Nutrition. 2007. 137: 1188-1193). However, it should be noted that CLA can have side effects such as increasing inflammation and insulin resistance.
Because Abdominal Cuts is a proprietary blend, it is not possible to gauge how much CLA is present. A full day’s dose (6 capsules) contains 4.8 grams of ingredients, so it is possible that Abdominal Cuts contains the 3.2 grams shown to be beneficial in clinical studies. However, it definitely does not contain the 6.4 grams of CLA shown to help increase lean muscle mass.
2) Gamma linoleic acid (GLA): GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid. GLA’s role in weight loss has not been clearly demonstrated.
3) Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA): ALA is an omega 3 fatty acid. There is some evidence that ALA lowers serum cholesterol and blood lipids (Journal of Human Hypertension. 1990. 4: 227-233, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1986. 44: 336-340).
4) EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): EPA and DHA are key components of fish oil. There is some evidence that fish oil can affect the level of leptin in rats (Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol . 2005. 289: R486-R494). Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in appetite and weight management. However, this benefit has not been conclusively demonstrated in clinical studies.
5) Sesamin: Sesamin is a phytoestrogen found in cereals, fruits, vegetables and flaxseed. Sesamin is included in some weight loss supplements due to its ability to increase fatty acid oxidation (Metabolism. 1999. 48: 1303-1313), especially when it is combined with fish oil (Biochim Biophys Acta. 2004. 1: 80-91). Unfortunately, at this time, there are no human studies to support sesamin’s claimed fat burning characteristics.
6) Vitamin E: A fat soluble vitamin, a potent antioxidant and a natural preservative.
Abdominal Cuts conclusion
It is impossible to determine if the key ingredients in Abdominal Cuts are present in high enough doses to be fully effective. A full month’s supply (at the 6 caps per day) is about $90. A month’s worth of CLA can be purchased for less than $20, and since the weight loss effectiveness of the remaining ingredients is unproven, it is hard to justify spending the extra money.
Abdominal Cuts website
Abdominal Cuts is sold by Corr-Jensen Labs. Their website features a presentation of each of their products, including overviews, what to expect, product details and ingredient listings.