Hydroxycut is a very well known weight loss product that is available over the counter and that is sold in drug stores, health stores, and online in many different countries around the world. The product is made by a manufacturer with the same name which makes and sells a full line of different dieting products.
Though Hydroxycut is well known for being a very powerful metabolism boosting product, its reputation was severely damaged in 2009 when a number of health concerns and dangerous side effects were associated with these pills. Following numerous reports of liver problems and one death, this product was taken down from the market by the FDA, with an extensive recall.
At the same time, the manufacturer voluntarily took down a number of its other formulations that had similar ingredients, despite the fact that they were not a part of the official FDA recall. After taking a step back to reformulate and come up with a new product, a brand new version of Hydroxycut was released and is now widely available once more.
The official website makes reference to a twelve week study and an eight week study that showed that the product is effective. However, it did not say who conducted the research, how it was done, or how many people took part. This makes it very hard to take the research seriously. While it could have been conducted reputably by a solid research group, it may also be based on the results from three dieters who work for the company, for all we know.
At the time of this review, the official website for the product did not include a list of the ingredients in this product, listing only caffeine. While caffeine anhydrous is the top ingredient in this formula (called “Hydroxyboost™” on the product label), the product packaging also reveals that there are two other complexes that make up the complete product. These are Hydroxyprovia™ (which contains lady’s mantle extract, wild olive extract, komijn extract, and wild mint extract), and Hydroxagen® (which contains acerola concentrate, goji extract, blueberry, pomegranate, and bilberry extract).
Although the exact quantities of the ingredients are not listed on the package, it can be assumed that the caffeine is extremely strong and that dieters are at risk of certain side effects from it (such as jitters, sleeplessness, anxiety, etc) because the official site recommends that users assess their individual tolerance to the product by taking one “Rapid Release Caplet” three times per day for the first three days. This is the lowest possible dose and will be doubled from the fourth day onward.
This risk of side effects and the fact that the user will need to take six pills per day – running the cost of the product’s use up very quickly – it is hard to think that this would be the best option for most people.