Shedding off those extra pounds seems to be the dilemma of the current millennium. Because of this quandary, the weight loss products have taken the shape of a full-fledged industry. Where the problem is quite genuine, the solutions to this hitch are sometimes legitimate and mostly swindles.
To add to one’s misery, the range of products overwhelms the market each claiming to bring your weight down, easily and in no time, without any side effects and at a fair cost. It is a wonder why obesity is still a growing epidemic across the globe, are the products flawed or the consumer is not somber enough to deal with it.
Let us take the example of Hydroxycut, featuring a range of products for weight loss. The manufacturers of these supplements claim it to be America’s number one selling weight loss brand. The assortment of supplements by Hydroxycut target weight loss by different mechanisms, some are stimulant based while others are thermogenic in nature, some have added B-complex, multivitamins, and still others contain probiotic and herbal ingredients.
It will not be possible to review each supplement individually; however, a sneak peek through their prime items will be offered. We tried to gather some facts-and-figures about the competence of the company and this is what we could draw together.
Hydroxycut is marketed by a Canada-based company and is over a decade old, being established in 2002. The original corporation went by the name of Muscle Tech Research and Development and was later bought by Lovate Health Sciences in 2003-2004. The latter filed for bankruptcy a year later in 2005 most probable cause of which were the various lawsuits against this company against its use of a substance, ephedrine in its products.
There were also reports of liver disease, rhabdomyolysis and an incident of death of a person using the products of Hydroxycut and FDA intervention lead to a voluntary recall of the company’s products in 2009. The Hydroxycut was introduced into the market after reformulation in 2009. Despite all this, some medical literature still links many side effects to the use of Hydroxycut.
Regardless of all these facts, it was the biggest seller in 2009 and still is, according to the AC Nielsen FDMx sales data record.
The product range of Hydroxycut
The supplements follow two outlines
- Weight loss products
- Powerful weight loss products
The difference is obvious with the latter intended for a rapid and intense course of action.
The weight loss products include
- Pro clinical Hydroxycut
- Hydroxycut gummies
- Pro clinical Hydroxycut Caffeine free
- Hydroxycut instant drink mix
- Hydroxycut drops
The powerful regime includes
- Hydroxycut HD
- Hydroxycut black
- Hydroxycut platinum
- Hydroxycut hardcore CLA elite
- Hydroxycut hardcore elite sport
- Hydroxycut max
- Hydroxycut hardcore
- Hydroxycut hardcore elite
The ingredients of Hydroxycut
The remarketing of Hydroxycut products in 2009, the main ingredients are
- Caffeine anhydrous
- Lady’s mantle extract
- Wild olive extract
- Cumin extract
- Wild mint extract
- Green coffee bean extract ( in some products)
All the ingredients come under the guarantee by the FDA that the components from previous formulations are not present in Hydroxycut except for caffeine.
An ingredient common to most of the Hydroxycut product is C. canephora robusta that the company claims to result in a weight loss of 10.95lbs with a low-calorie diet after 60-days. The website provides access to a study that was carried out as a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, testing the efficacy of C.canephora robusta along with calorie-reduced diet. The results can be accessed at the website, which was obviously in favor of the Hydroxycut products. C.canephora robusta is an extract from green coffee beans that are not roasted and have a high chlorogenic acid content that aids in losing weight.
The other primary ingredient of Hydroxycut is caffeine anhydrous; there is no definite evidence of caffeine on weight loss. Some of the studies conducted were on animals and the results cannot be generalized for humans. However, caffeine does result in a slight loss of pounds on your scale owing to its appetite suppressant and thermogenic properties.
Some of other ingredients in Hydroxycut are
- Blackberry extract
- Amla extract
- Saffron extract
Hydroxycut makes use of different blends of these herbal extracts, vitamins, and Probiotics, in its variety of products but the main ingredient remains the same.
How safe is Hydroxycut
The question about the safety and efficacy of Hydroxycut arises from these aspects
- The controversial repute of Hydroxycut in the past
- The continuing reports of medical side effects originating with its use
- The quality of scientific research and studies quoted on the website is quite weak.
World Journal of Gastroenterology, October 2010, published a paper citing Hydroxycut as an example of “current and former weight loss products backed by potentially conflicted or low-quality research”
The paper also remarked at the studies revealed at the official website of Hydroxycut as “small, of short duration, reported no serious side effects, did not disclose relationship between authors and the product manufacturer or that funding was received from the product manufacturer”
We will enumerate only a few side effects of C.canephora robusta (green coffee extract), quoting from WebMD
- Insomnia, restlessness, and nervousness
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and upset stomach
- Irregular and accelerated heart rates
- Increased breathing rate
- Headache and tinnitus
- Calcium and magnesium deficiencies
- Depression and difficulty in concentrating
- Not safe for pregnant women
- Drug interactions with diabetic and blood pressure medicines
One of the products of Hydroxycut was taken off the shelf in 2012, after a case of atrial fibrillation was reported in an article (2010) and the culprit pointed at was, an ingredient of the Hydroxycut green tea. Another report was published in 2013 when an individual developed ulcerative colitis having used Hydroxycut hardcore.
The company provides specific instructions on how to take each dose of Hydroxycut product for achieving maximum effectiveness out of each supplement. It also pairs the safety of its products if used according to the directions given, implicating that the ultimate responsibility lies with the consumer.
Cost and customer reviews
The Hydroxycut products are quite cheap (well they have only two main ingredients), for instance, the price of Hydroxycut pro clinical is only about $9.22 per bottle. The products can be purchased at the online retailer shops, to which the links are given on the web page.
The majority of customers ranked it a 3.4 out of 5 stars where still others called it the ‘caffeine pill’ that did nothing for them except for a ‘racing heart’, ‘jittery effects’, ‘bad stomach’, and few more of the side effects we mentioned before.
The tale of Hydroxycut turns bad for us from the beginning with reports of terrible side effects, the recalling of the products at various times, the FDA health warning for its earliest products, company filing for bankruptcy, reformulation of products and so on.
All of these points in one direction; there is a lack of a systematic and efficient research on effectiveness and side effects of the ingredients used in Hydroxycut products. The supplements have not been evaluated by an independent third party laboratory system. If you are the one who can handle your caffeine ably, you may try it to give yourself a push.
However, a product that has even a single percent chance of harming your vital organs as lungs, GIT and brain, is NOT recommended by us despite all the positive customer reviews, sales data or the flashy testimonials and endorsements.