What You Should Know
Hydroxycut Max is marketed as a super-fast fat burner specifically designed for women. It contains no less than 25 different ingredients that are supposed to amplify norepinephrine, a hormone in the body that can affect many body systems. However, norepinephrine’s role as the “fat-burning hormone” appears to be unsubstantiated. Some consumers may feel that products with more ingredients work better than products that have few active ingredients, but we often find the opposite to be the case. Some diet product manufacturers focus on three or four of the best ingredients and expertly formulate them to provide an effective product.
Hydroxycut Max is presented in liquid-cap form which the company claims will work five times faster than a pill, although it is unclear what difference an hour or two will make. Hydroxycut Max is sold exclusively through GNC stores and is not available online. According to the product’s label, 3 liquid-caps two times a day are to be taken. This means that each 120-pill bottle will last 20 days. That makes the final cost of Hydroxycut Max around $90 per month which is out of the affordable range for many consumers.
List of Ingredients
The active ingredients in Hydroxycut Max are: green tea extract, caffeine anhydrous, xanthinol nicotinate, yohimblne HCI, black tea extract, wu long tea extract, rooibos tea extract, cissus quadrangularis extract, soy isoflavones, rose hip powder, hibiscus extract, garcinia cambogia extract, L-lysine HCI, diacylglycerol, dandelion powder, juniper powder, terminalia chebula powder, angelica keiskel powder, mangosteen extract, chaste extract, citrus peel, soy phospholipids, raspberry extract, and policosanol. The inactive ingredients include: sesame oil, gelatin, FD&C Red No. 40, caramel color (may contain sulfites and wheat), polysorbate 80, ink (shellac, dehydrated alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butylalcohol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, povidone, titanium dioxide).
The star active ingredient touted by Hydroxycut Max is cissus quadrangularis extract. This plant, native to India and Ceylon, has been shown in one study to be effective at metabolizing fat and assisting in weight loss. We would like to see more studies to confirm the results of this study. The caffeine in the Hydroxycut Max formulation acts as a stimulant and has proven thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis speeds up the body’s metabolism and starts to break down adipose (fat) tissue. Some people are sensitive to caffeine and should seek out a non-caffeinated diet aid. The purpose of the other twenty two ingredients is unclear and the company does not explain it on their website.
- Hydroxycut Max may provide some assistance with weight loss due to its ingredients.
- The product is expensive compared with similar products.
- Hydroxycut Max contains over twenty unexplained ingredients.
- No money-back guarantee is evident on the manufacturer’s website at this time.
- Consumers cannot purchase this product directly from the manufacturer.
Hydroxycut Max contains almost two dozen ingredients that supposedly have remarkable fat-burning properties. However, we find the product’s formulation is nothing to write home about. The main active ingredient has only had one small clinical trial to rely on. Until we see more clinical evidence of Hydroxycut Max’s effectiveness, we recommend that consumers seek out a product with more clinical proof to back up its claims.