Metabolism Booster

Might work, but not worth the risk

Considering the backing company and scant information on MetaboUP Plus, I can’t recommend this product. There are other products that offer these ingredients and provide more information and better availability. I would recommend checking out these products first before you try MetaboUP Plus.

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  • Negative Side Effects

Two of the biggest reasons people have trouble losing weight are low energy levels and a metabolism that’s dead in its tracks. Unfortunately, getting energy and metabolism back up to speed is no easy task. MetaboUP Plus says it can help.

MetaboUP Plus is a new diet pill from the makers of Lipozene. Said to increase energy and metabolism with all-natural ingredients, MetaboUP is designed to support a healthy weight loss program.

However, I’ve never been impressed with Lipozene or any other products from this company. Could MetaboUP Plus be the exception to this rule?

Who Makes MetaboUP Plus?

Let’s start by looking at the MetaboUP Plus makers.

MetaboUP Plus, like Lipozene, is manufactured by Reno-based Obesity Research Institute. Despite this company’s formal-sounding name, Obesity Research Institute is just another supplement company.

Although Obesity Research Institute has been in business since 2003, it hasn’t left an impressive trail behind. Obesity Research Institute currently holds a D rating with the Better Business Bureau and has 110 complaints on file. All these complaints have been filed within the past 3 years, and Obesity Research Institute has only responded to a few.

Although we don’t have access to these complaints, we do know that most complaints centered on problems with the product or billing and collection issues. Another 18 complaints centered on advertising and sales issues.

This isn’t surprising when you consider that the folks behind Obesity Research Institute have had run-ins with the law before. In 2005, the Federal Trade Commission fined the Obesity Research Institute owners $1.5 million for misleading claims about their products. They came under fire again in 2009 when a lawsuit against Lipozene cost them $325 million.

The Obesity Research Institute owners are also linked with other companies that together bring in aggregate gross sales of $41 million. These companies are located throughout the western U.S. and most are tainted with some legal slip-ups.

Knowing this, I’m already biased against MetaboUP Plus. But for now, I’ll put aside that bias and evaluate MetaboUP Plus on its own merits.

What’s in MetaboUP Plus?

Not much is said about the MetaboUP Plus formula, apart from a list of 7 ingredients. Obesity Research Institute doesn’t tell us any ingredient quantities or even a total blend amount. This makes it difficult to judge effectiveness as well as side effects.

All we have to judge the MetaboUP Plus formula by is its ingredients. These include:

Green Tea

Among the most popular weight loss ingredients, green tea extract increases metabolism and burns fat by raising internal body temperature. In fact, green tea helped overweight test subjects lose a 30-pound average in 3 months during a 2009 study [1].

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea shares a mother plant with green tea: camellia sinensis. Oolong, however, is partially fermented while green tea is unfermented. This allows oolong tea to stimulate the central nervous system, heart, and muscles to increase metabolism. It also improves thinking skills and mental alertness.


Caffeine performs the same functions as green and oolong tea. It also increases energy levels. These benefits were tested in a 1978 study, in which participants taking caffeine extended their workout by an average of 15 minutes as compared to the control group [2].

Guarana Seed

Guarana seed is another caffeine source, though it has one advantage over traditional caffeine. Guarana is a fatty substance, even in powder form, which means it releases into the body more slowly. This prevents the energy “crash” you sometimes see with caffeine.

Kola Nut

Kola nut is an energy booster. Native to West African, kola nut treats fatigue and depression while preserving muscle tone. It also prevents diarrhea. Like green tea, oolong tea, and guarana, kola nut owes its weight loss benefits to caffeine content.

Cayenne Fruit

Cayenne fruit contains the active compound capsaicin, which raises body temperature to break down fat. Capsaicin is also an anti-inflammatory, which can reduce your risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Vitamins B6 and B12

B vitamins raise energy levels and improve mental acuity. This could improve your workouts. Vitamin B6 also treats sore muscles.

There are some decent ingredients in MetaboUP Plus, but without more information on their quantities, I can’t say whether or not it will be effective. Considering the company history, I can’t believe it will be.

What’s the Best Way to Use MetaboUP Plus?

MetaboUP Plus is meant to support a diet-and-exercise plan, so you should be eating a low-calorie diet and exercising regularly. Obesity Research Institute also says they designed MetaboUP Plus to be taken with Lipozene.

In case you’re not aware, Lipozene is a 1-ingredient supplement that contains glucomannan. Glucomannan is a powerful fiber said to suppress appetite.

With these 2 supplements, you would see appetite suppression and a boost in both energy and metabolism. These benefits are great for weight loss, but many products offer them with just 1 product.

How Much Does MetaboUP Plus Cost?

It doesn’t look like Obesity Research Institute sells its own product. The only places it is available is on for $19.99 and on Walmart.

Walmart, however, only sells MetaboUP Plus in stores. This means pricing varies depending on where you shop.

Hopefully MetaboUP Plus will have greater availability in the future, but for now, these are your options.

Is MetaboUP Plus Worth Trying?

Considering the backing company and scant information on MetaboUP Plus, I can’t recommend this product. There are other products that offer these ingredients and provide more information and better availability. I would recommend checking out these products first before you try MetaboUP Plus.


[1] Di Pierro, Francesco, Anna Borsetto Meghi, Angela Barreca, Maurizio Lucarelli, Andrea Calandrelli. 2009. GreenSelect Phytosome as an adjunct to a low-calorie diet for treatment of obesity: a clinical trial. Alternative Medicine Review: Vol. 14, Issue 2.

[2] Costill, D.L., G.P. Dalsky, and W.J. Fink. 1978. Effects of caffeine ingestion on metabolism and exercise performance. Medicine and Science in Sports: Vol. 10, Issue 3.