Getting toned is a term most people don’t really understand. For a lot of people, toning means working up a certain muscle group until they get large enough to look sexy or strong. For others, toning is synonymous to cutting that is cutting fat out of your body and that’s the term we’re going to take with ISO TONE.
ISO TONE prides itself as a non-stimulant, cortisol-supportive at burning supplement that does away with the usual ingredients many fat burners already have. From the looks of things, ISO TONE is largely fat-based. Granted the research around fat as a fat burner is abundant, does ISO TONE provide the right kind and amount of fat? Let’s find out.
About ISO TONE Review
ISO TONE is a fat burner that aims to reduce fat by means of using fat in their supplement. They also claim to get your body toned, tightened, and spike your metabolism. On top of that, they also promise not to cause jitters mainly because they don’t have any stimulants in their formula. Formula notes:
- Stim-free. Not for stim junkies.
- Fatty ingredients. Makes use of healthy fats in place of the usual fat burners.
- Simple stack. Short enough to be focused, perhaps?
ISO TONE Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 45
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopherol)||13 IU|
|Omega Lean Fat Burning Matrix||1,600 mg|
|Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) Oil Extract (seed) [(std. to 80% Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)], Fish Oil (std. to 18% EPA/12% DHA), Borage (Borago officinalis) Oil Extract (seed) (std. to 20% gamma-linolenic acid), Flax (Linum usitatissimum) Oil Extract (seed) (std. to 50% alpha-linolenic acid), Sesame Seed Oil|
Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water
|Directions for use: As a dietary supplement, take one serving (two softgels), up to three times daily with meals. Please read the entire label before use.|
Makes use of CLA but mysterious dosing makes us think twice.
ISO TONE’s formula is one of the simplest and refreshing we’ve seen to date. It’s not powered by conventional fat burners and yet it feels so focused due to the relatively short burn stack. We see some familiar names and while familiarity is good, the hidden doses makes us look at ISO TONE with one eyebrow raised. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
Safflower Oil Extract
Standardized to 80% CLA, the first ingredients in the blend means it has the bulk of the weight which is good since Safflower extract is known for the dose-heavy fat burning ingredient CLA. CLA works on what science calls the PPAR receptor and helps signal the body to ignite fat burning processes. Since it’s efficiency depends on the available fat reserves, it works amazingly on the obese. “The supplementation of CLA for 12 wk in overweight and grade I obese Chinese subjects yielded lower obesity indices, with no obvious adverse effects.”
Standardized to 18% EPA an 12% DHA, supplementing with fish oil has been known to increase lean mass while also reducing fat mass. The problem with this ingredient is the dosage is really minimal as studies make use of at least 1 g.
Borage Oil Extract
Standardized to 20% GLA, Borage oil is known to exhibit not just fat-storage-preventing properties but also speeds up brown fat metabolism which results to more fat breakdown. Dosing is too small compared to clinical trials but maybe there’s synergy here somewhere. We quote “It was suggested that dietary gamma-linolenic acid attenuates body fat accumulation through the increase in gene expressions of uncoupling protein 1 in brown adipose tissue. An increase in hepatic peroxisomal fatty acid oxidation may also contribute to the physiological activity of gamma-linolenic acid in decreasing body fat mass.”
Flax Oil Extract
Flax seed is known for being a great source of healthy fats which improve cardiovascular health as it can lower bad cholesterol levels. Dosage is teetering on the bare minimum, though.
Sesame Seed Oil
It doubles as a vitamin E preserver and for cardiovascular benefits. Too bad it’s not a practical ingredient to use in supplements.
During the last decade, fat has become more or less the hero of our diets which was the exact opposite as far as the 90’s are concerned. Fats, specifically healthy fats, are readily available for energy so there’s no need for them to undergo the tedious process of becoming stored fat before being metabolized. That seems to be the sort of logic ISO TONE applied on their supplement and we can’t help but admire the effort they put into their formula.
For one, we see the likes of Safflower, Fish oil, and Borage, two rare but evidence-backed fat burning ingredients. They’re known to not just keep your metabolism running on a high but also prevents future fat buildup. Then comes Flax and Sesame oil, fats that are known to be particularly healthy for your heart.
With that kind of formula, it would look like a non-traditional yet functioning fat burner but unfortunately, the dosing is quite off. The problem lies with a minuscule serving size of just 1,600 mg. The ingredients would look like tuna crammed inside a small can as the general rule around fat is you always gotta have more for them to work. It clearly wasn’t the case with ISO TONE.
Even with all the synergy and optimism we can throw at ISO TONE, we can’t expect all ingredients to work as advertised or we’ll be setting ourselves up for disappointment.
ISO TONE Benefits
It’s made up of healthy fats and each are known to either promote healthy cardiovascular health or spike metabolism. We say you get a good balance of both.
Who Takes It?
Marketed towards those who know what cortisol is (everyone knows what this is) and also hate the use of stimulants so a decent but not so wide market. Stimulants are still popular but perhaps their ubiquity in supplements has forced people to opt for alternative fat burners such as ISO TONE. It’s also excellent for stack enthusiasts if only to supplement their pre-existing fat burners with healthy fats.
Any Side Effects?
You don’t have to worry about any stimulant-related side effects but the bottle does say it contains fish and soy as well as being processed in a facility that may also process other allergens.
ISO TONE Summary
- Short stack. Not too complicated to understand.
- “Fat” fat burners. Rare but effective way to burn fat.
- No stimulants. No stim-related side effects.
- Other ingredients. Just enough for function.
- Weak dosing. They threw potency out the window.
- Price. Not effective enough to justify price.
- Alternative burner. It won’t attract a lot of consumers.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (45 servings): $44.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on ISO TONE
Using fat as fat burners is rare in the supplement world mainly because they need large dosing. When they do have the right dosing, even the minimum, they can offer fat burning in ways most traditional fat burners can’t. With that said, ISO TONE did get the ingredients right but the dosing ended up becoming so-so.
Not only did they have weak overall dosing but they also made use of ingredients that needed a lot of weight to work. In principle, ISO TONE makes use of a sound formula but we’re sure it won’t stand on its own in the context of holistic fat burning.