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Hydroxycut Review – Does It Work For Weight Loss?

By Rob Poulos...

When your goal is to lose weight and you want to lose it fast, the marketing tactics for weight loss products can be very tempting, especially when you feel as though you’ve tried everything without success. But when you look carefully at all the information provided you might find that these products aren’t exactly what they claim.

Whether you’ve seen the commercials on television or heard anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of these products, none of us are above being swayed when its information we’re dying to hear. Today we’re going to review Hydroxycut weight loss supplement so you can decide for yourself if it can help you reach your fat loss goals.

What Is Hydroxycut?

Hydroxycut is a dietary supplement used to help with weight loss. Marketed by MuscleTech, it comes in a capsule that is taken 3 times each day, about thirty minutes before your main meals. After the first 3 days you are to take 2 capsules 3 times a day prior to each major meal.

You are apparently not allowed to snack while on a Hydroxycut regimen or eat anything after dinner.

[“Hydroxycut products claim to help boost fat loss up to 3 times more than exercise and a healthy diet!”]

How Does It Work?

Hydroxycut is purported to work for weight loss for several different reasons. First, it acts as an appetite suppressant so you feel less hungry throughout the day and don’t consume more calories than you need on a daily basis.

Hydroxycut also claims weight loss effectiveness by increasing your metabolism so that you burn more calories. When combined with the fact that it allegedly helps you consume fewer calories, you can see why this product is one of the best selling weight loss supplements in the world.

Finally, the goal of the Hydroxycut supplements are to boost the takers energy level while regulating blood sugar so you never feel spikes of hunger for no reason. If the manufacturer’s claims are true, then this is the right combination of factors for successful weight loss. Of course, as with most weight loss supplements, it works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

According to the manufacturers of Hydroxycut you will lose as much as three times more weight than if you only ate a healthy diet and participated in regular physical activity.


As with all weight loss supplements, you must make sure you read all the ingredients to make sure Hydroxycut is a product that you can safely use with other medications and any health problems you may have.

Some of the ingredients listed on the label include green tea, caffeine, garcinia cambogia (Indian herb) and gymnema sylvestre. Other ingredients listed on the website as the “key ingredients” include; wild olive extract, wild mint extract and lady’s mantle extract.

Nowhere have I been able to find a complete list of Hydroxycut ingredients.

Side Effects

There have been many reported side effects associated with using Hydroxycut, some were considered ddangerous and others were milder. Some of the documented side effects included liver failure, jaundice and damaged skeletal tissue. Some of the side effects reported to the Food and Drug Administration include fatigue, nausea & vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and light colored bowel movements.

I read that it was these side effects, along with seizures and heart problems caused the recall of Hydroxycut in 2009 by the FDA.

Since the 2009 recall the makers of Hydroxycut have created a “reformulated” product with a list of new ingredients that include caffeine, vitamin C, blueberry extracts and other ingredients.

How Much Does It Cost

The traditional Hydroxycut regimen costs about $30 for 72 pills, which is about 12 days worth of pills. When you consider that the makers recommend the program for 8 to 12 weeks, this could become quite a substantial cost depending on your means.

This cost is compounded by the fact that Hydroxycut works best when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program. Upgrading to a healthy diet and making sure you have everything you need to workout without injury—sneakers, workout clothes and perhaps a gym membership—can also become a significant cost when calculated.

Does It Work For Weight Loss?

Of course the question that everyone wants to know is, does Hydroxycut work for weight loss and the simple answer is probably. If you engage in a healthy diet and regular physical activity as recommended then you will certainly lose weight. However it is unlikely that you will lose three times as much while on this product compared to others, considering that in the course of this review I found out a New York Times study (2003) which concluded that unscientific research was used to reach the conclusions published all over their website.

The Times also found that the company behind Hydroxycut buried studies indicating that this product was ineffective (prior to recall) and covered up evidence of the most serious side effects. When you factor all that in with the fact that 1 day of of pills contains the equivalent of 1 pot of coffee’s worth of caffeine, you can see why the so-called metabolism boost occurs.

If you’re looking for a weight loss supplement to help give your fat burning a boost, you may want to give it a try, but we feel there are better choices out there, which we have discussed already on this site.

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