Hydroxycut Review



A recent report by the FDA necessitates an update for all Hydroxycut reviews. The FDA has issued a warning against all Hydroxycut-branded products due reports of liver damage being caused by the products. See the complete FDA report here for details and a list of symptoms. Apparently there have been 23 reports of serious liver damage that is linked to the consumption of Hydroxycut products. In response to the FDA’s warning, the makers of all Hydroxycut products have voluntarily recalled the products.

The FDA reported that the following products are being recalled:

  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
  • Hydroxycut 24
  • Hydroxycut Carb Control
  • Hydroxycut Natural

While the FDA has not yet determined exactly which ingredients in the product are causing the health problems, it appears likely that Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) may be to blame. As such, as a matter of caution, we are no longer recommending any products that contain HCA (or Garcinia Cambogia since HCA is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia). When further study can clear HCA as being safe, we will again update and change our recommendations.

Original Review

One of the most popular diet pills on the market, Hydroxycut is a well established diet pill that continues to provide results. They have a pretty clean track record and a lot of loyal customers. Their ingredient profile is strong and their price is right. Hydroxycut is a tried and true quality diet pill that has been around the block. This Hydroxycut review will help you decide for yourself whether or not it may be right for you.

Hydroxycut Ingredients

Calcium, Potassium and Chromium – While all (at least calcium and potassium) are definitely good for your overall health, they’re not going to help much with weight loss. Chromium has studies both supporting and not supporting its claims of efficacy (although I personally found more non-supporting studies).

Garcinia Cambogia – It’s ability to suppress appetite has been supported by a number of clinical studies.

Gymnema Sylvestre – Another appetite suppressant that has been shown in clinical studies to be effective when combined with HCA-SX (-Int J Clin Pharmacol Res. 2005;25(3):133-44).

Green Tea – Green Tea is a proven weight loss ingredient that is backed by tons of research and studies. It’s effectivenss comes from its ability to increase the metabolic rate.

Caffeine Anhydrous – A fancy name for caffeine, caffeine anhydrous is one of the few ingredients that has been proven to aid in weight loss time and time again. Its known to increase energy levels dramitacally, having an large impact during exercise.

Hydroxycut Marketing

With an extremely large budget, Hydroxycut is heavy on the marketing. Their website is very professional (one of the best we’ve seen) providing mountains of information about exercise, healthy eating, active lifestyles, you name it. Quite impressive. They have an insane amount of before and after photos, which we’ll at least say are done more professionally than others we’ve seen. Their marketing is a bit flashy and focused more on “expected” results instead of proven ingredients, which is somewhat frowned upon. Overall they have a pretty solid marketing campaign.

Hydroxycut Pricing

With Hydroxycut being offered in so many different locations, an good price is $40 per bottle (150 pills). That’s an average price for a diet pill. For what you’re getting, we think its a good buy.

Hydroxycut’s Guarantee

The link on their site to buy Hydroxycut cited a 30 day money back guarantee (less shipping and handling). We’ve seen better guarantees, but we’re glad to see that they have one.


Hydroxycut has proven ingredients (namely green tea and caffeine) which we like. Their marketing is professional, which probably explains their high level of success. The large number of satisfied users (I personally know one) leads us to believe that Hydroxycut has found a good formula is quite effective. Considering their great ingredient profile, their great price, and a well founded, professional company, we believe that Hydroxycut is a great way to go. Two thumbs up!

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