Hydroxycut is a weight loss brand featuring certain products that are backed by clinical studies. The average Hydroxycut supplement features similar ingredients, which are made to reduce weight up to 10.95 pounds per 60 days, and 3.7 pounds in 8 weeks alongside diet and exercise.
There are more stimulant heavy products as well as reduced to no stimulant brands with several other proprietary ingredients. The company also claims that it’s the number one weight loss brand in America, with million of people already experiencing weight loss. How true are all these claims? Are results common and safe? Featured n this Hydroxycut review is all the details you need to know to make an informed decision.
Listed are some of the most common ingredients featured in their brands:
|Papaya||Saffron Extract||Caffeine Anhydrous||Amla Extract||Blackberry|
|Maqui||Green Coffee Bean Extract||Yohimbe Extract|
Papaya: Fruit that’s high in vitamin A and C, though the company does not mention whether or not its nutrients are still active. It’s often added due to its unique enzyme called papain, which breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Saffron Extract: A plant that’s one of the most expensive spices. Supplement brands will often add it due to its claimed effects on improving athletic performance. Web MD mentions that:
“Thee isn’t enough information to know how saffron might work”
It’s also been shown to produce multiple side effects such as:
Caffeine Anhydrous: Dehydrated form of caffeine often added in weight loss supplements due to its effects on raising metabolism and energy. Each Hydroxycut brand that uses this additive will add it in amounts ranging from 270 mg or less. This stimulant can produce several unwanted side effects such as:
Amla Extract: Also known as Indian Gooseberry, this herb is used to regulate glucose and improve overall cardiovascular health. Examine.com has added that this ingredient:
“very limited human evidence”
“not enough evidence to recommend Amla”
Some studies have also shown that it may have caused liver damage in some people.
Maqui: A berry used due to its high antioxidant profile. Reviews into its effectiveness have been mixed, and Web MD has mentioned how:
“not enough information to know if maqui is safe”
Green Coffee Bean Extract: Unroasted coffee beans, which are high in chlorogenic acid, an ingredient that is used to increase metabolism. Studies into its effects have shown it to be weak according to Examine.com, they mention:
“degree of weight reduction seems quite unreliable”
It’s believed that this ingredient is only effective due to its added caffeine, which may product unwanted side effects such as rapid heart rate, anxiety, and insomnia.
Yohimbe Extract: Tree bark that’s often used as an aphrodisiac and fat burner. Its claimed far burning properties are only shown during a fast, and still, it’s known for producing intense anxiety. Other possible side effects include:
These effects are often increased when mixed with other stimulants, which Hydroxycut formulas do tend to mix this additive.
The stimulant ingredients are all known to potentially cause unwanted side effects.
Other additives such as maqui, blackberry, amla, and saffron haven’t been proven to be effective for weight loss. All recent research shows them to be their understudied, or side effect causing.
Papaya extract may produce easier metabolize macronutrients, but it can’t be the only solution to weight loss sine on its own it’s unreliable.
The company does not do direct sells, but they offer a list of online retailers such as Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens.
Prices can change online and it’s unknown what the makers of Hydroxycut consider a standard price, if there is one.
Currently their most popular Pro Clinical brand sells for $30.48, and this is for a 72 capsule formula at 6 a day, this averages to a daily price of:
$30.48/12= $2.54 for a daily serving of Pro Clinical.
The problem with not having an established price is that 3rd party retailers can sell for whatever price they consider fair. This makes it impossible to know if you’re overpaying, or if you’re getting a fresh batch.
One often cited clinical study is featured on green coffee bean extract.
In this, groups added diet and exercise in 2 different trials. The 8-week study saw a 3.7-drop in weight, and the 60-day saw 10.95 pounds lost.
The clinical study was performed on 200 mg of a patented from of green coffee bean extract called Svetol.
The problem with this study is that the company who made it funded it, and they also used an amount that Hydroxycut does not add for all their products. Hydroxycut also never lists how much of it is used in brands that do contain this ingredient, so it’s unknown if they add a sufficient amount.
Another analysis into Hydroxycut showed that it lead to Rhabdomyolysis, or a breakdown of muscle tissue that causes dangerous protein that makes its way into the blood. This study by the University of Utah showed that it was:
“possibly associated with the ingestion of Hydroxycut”
This person had no further medical conditions that could have promoted this effect.
A case report by the Department of Medicine at the Griffin Hospital also confirmed that:
“Hydroxycut…has previously been linked to hepatoxicity”
This means it leads to liver damage, of which there have been numerous cases including one death.
Hydroxycut has been around since 2002 and the Iovate Health Sciences Inc company owns them. They can be reached via the following:
Phone Number: (888) 334-4448
Address: 381 North Service Road
Oakville, Ontario L6M 2R7 Canada
The company and Hydroxycut has had several; controversies:
Several reviews are available online, and although there’s currently several products, there are a few common reviews available from customers:
“mostly a glorified caffeine pill”
“All I want to do is sleep”
“I lost more weight without these”
“Don’t waste your money”
Side effects are one of the most common reviews from customers who used their stimulant formulas.
Their non-caffeinated products also have negative reviews, with customers claiming they failed to see any changes in weight even with diet and exercise.
The Hydroxycut brand is note worthy for the following:
Not only have there been multiple lawsuits against the company, but also they’ve been forced to recall their product after reports of liver injuries. In one case a person died from liver complications.
Their new formulas are either high in stimulants, or customers mention there are no weight loss benefits according to users. There’s also no guarantee of a dedicated price, as 3rd party retailers only sell these products at the price of their choosing.
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