Published On September 25, 2020
Hydroxycut is a very well-known weight loss supplement 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, which is commonly thought of as being among the fast diet pills on the market (in other words, a diet pill that can help you lose weight fast when combined with other conventional weight management strategies) is made by a manufacturer with the same name which makes and sells a full line of different dieting products.

Hydroxycut Does Not Have the Best Reputation

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.

Like Most Fast Diet Pills, Hydroxycut Contains Caffeine

At the time of this review, the official website for the product did not include a list of the ingredients for 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)
  • 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
The reason is that 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. The official website makes reference to a twelve-week study and an eight-week study to show 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. 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 Hydroxycut would be the best option for most people.

Update September 2020

Hydroxycut continues to exist, but has changed since the above review was created. It appears as though the company has cleaned up its act over the last decade and is more transparent about the ingredients within the formulas of the diet pills it sells. For instance, at the time of this update, the official site provided the supplement facts for all the OTC weight loss pills it sells as well as usage directions, and information about how the formulas works. In regard to studies, the company no longer focuses on providing research for its products, but on the ingredients that have been used, such as for C. canephora robusta, for which it provides a link to legitimate research. While it does seem like Hydroxycut has made certain positive changes, the fact remains that many of its products contain many ingredients and multiple stimulants. If you are interested in trying any diet pills from this brand, it is highly recommended that you first consult with your healthcare provider.
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