Fat burner: a huge scam? Advice to share
I am creating a topic to discuss fat burners, and share my experience with the use of one of them in particular:
Hydroxycut Hardcore made by the American
Muscletech . A reference, supposedly.
After going through many forums, discussions, consumer reviews, getting a few reviews and receiving recommendations, I finally went for it and bought it on the net. I consider that it is necessary to be able to judge in an “informed” way and not only with the “said ones”.
I didn’t have any weight to lose per se, but just a layer of fat that unfortunately covers my abs. So I carefully followed the dosage indicated on the pill box for a month, took care to favor an appropriate diet and practiced cardio several times a week, in addition to my usual weight training sessions.
Results? What a slab. The “booster” effect of the product (because it contains caffeine) was not felt at all, and this from the first intake. I didn’t burn more fat than if I hadn’t taken anything. In other words: cardio and diet are more than enough to achieve your goals. I don’t think it brings anything more. The burner is actually just a selling point, in fact. And for those who say they lose weight, it must surely be the effect of sport and the best diet that works, and not that of the product. This is also the reason why the manufacturer strongly recommends to associate the taking of the product with the two elements mentioned above, at least they take no risk …
In short, to sum it all up: I tested and will not buy any more. It is indeed very subjective but it is indeed the goal after all. However, I want to make it clear that what didn’t work for me may have worked for someone else. Everyone reacts differently, but as far as I am concerned, I send the fat burners to oblivion!
And, for info:
By Céline Le Stunff. According to the DGCCRF press release dated May 15, 2009
Hydroxycut is a range of food supplements. These products are offered by the manufacturer with the claims “to lose weight”, and “to increase energy level”.
Several cases of damage in particular hepatic, but also muscular, cardiac and neurological, sometimes serious, have been reported in the United States and Canada after consumption of certain products belonging to the range.
The health authorities of the United States (FDA) and Canada (Health Canada) have just recommended stopping the consumption of these products, some of which have been withdrawn from the market by the manufacturer.
The undesirable effects observed could be due to the presence in the products of components derived from ingredients and plant extracts at dosages which may produce negative effects on health.
The FDA and Health Canada are currently reviewing this point.
The marketing in France of all the products of the Hydroxycut range is not authorized. However, their consumption cannot be excluded, in particular because they are likely to be accessible on the Internet.
Consequently, the French authorities advise against the consumption of these products …
idem in 2010 …
Dangers of Hydroxycut
update: April 1, 2010(translation …)
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings about Hydroxycut. After the first warning, Hydroxycut removed ephedra, an herbal chemical containing the alkaloids of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. These alkaloids have been found to cause hypertension, arrhythmia, heart attack and stroke. Even after reformulation,
Hydroxycut has voluntarily recalled 14 of its products and the FDA still has its second warning in effect.
Risks to cardiovascular health
Hydroxycut is designed to reduce appetite and increase metabolism. However, serious side effects have been reported by people who use it. Hydroxycut contains caffeine, which can speed up the heart rate and put people at risk for heart attack. The combination of willow bark, natural aspirin and caffeine in the form of guarana increases this risk as well as the risk for high blood pressure, heart murmurs and stroke.
Along with caffeine and aspirin, Hydroxycut contains potassium. Potassium and calcium are included to help regulate weight loss, but they can interfere with kidney treatments. . People with kidney problems should limit their potassium intake and therefore should be careful taking Hydroxycut.
Attention for diabetics
The FDA warns diabetics should not take insulin not to take Hyrdoxycut because it can interfere with the functioning of the brain to read blood sugar levels. Hydroxycut contains chromium, which regulates insulin and controls blood sugar levels in the body. Chrome tricks the body into believing it is full. Taking Hydroxycut could trick the brain into thinking blood sugar is normal when it is not.
Other side effects
Besides heart problems and interference with diabetes and kidney treatments, Hydroxycut has been linked to other side effects. The FDA has received reports from people who have taken Hydroxycut who claim that it has led to liver and kidney failure, muscle damage, and jaundice. There was one report of a person needing a liver transplant and one declared death due to Hydroxycut.
Hydroxycut Products Recalled Hydroxycut Products
Even after removing ephedra, Hydroxycut still had 14 products withdrawn from the market because of health issues and death investigations. Hydroxycut products are Pulled Fast and Regular Release Caplets, Caffeine Free Fast Release Caplets, Hardcore Liquid Caplets, Max Liquid Caplets, Regular Food Packets, Caffeine Free Drink Packs, Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix), Max Drink Packets, Liquid Plans , RTD Hardcore (Ready to Drink), Aqua Max Shed, Hydroxycut 24, Natural Hydroxycut and Carb Control.
This is shit