Being an elitist is considered an insult but in the world of hardcore lifting and dieting, sometimes being an elitist is necessary. The people you accept within your circle all have to be as geared and ready as you are because you deserve no less. That’s the kind of vibe we’re getting from Hydroxycut right now with their Hardcore Elite fat burning supplement.
When you claim something is elite, you go out of your way to make sure it is made not just for the best but for the beasts in the gym. With claims like super-thermogenesis and powerful weight loss, the pressure is definitely real.
Is Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite as elite as it wants to be? Let’s find out!
About Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite
Super-thermo, extreme energy, enhanced focus, and powerful weightloss. These are the four big claims the fat burner makes on their website and bottle. They’re not really out of the ordinary but just were made to sound cool and whatnot. The fat burner also makes use of capsules which is handy for better absorption and to help skip on the flavors powders usually need to mix in. Formula notes:
- No prop blend: A rare sight for today’s supplement industry.
- 50 servings: Pretty good lifespan for the price.
- Simple stack: Just five familiar ingredients.
HYDROXYCUT Hardcore Elite Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 2 Capsules (At Maximum Dosage)
Servings Per Container: 50
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Green Coffee Extract (As C. Canephora Robusta) (Seed)**||200mg|
|Coleus Extract (As Coleus Forskohlii) (Root)||100mg|
|Cocoa Extract (As Theobroma Cacao) (Seed)||100mg|
|Yohimbe Extract (As Pausinystalia Yohimbe) (Bark)||56.3mg|
Gelatin Capsule (Gelatin, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, Titanium Dioxide), Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose.
|Directions for use: To assess your tolerance, for the first day, take 1 capsule once daily. On days 2 and 3, take 2 capsules once daily. On day 4 and beyond, take 2 capsules twice daily, 30 to 60 minutes before your two largest meals (e.g., breakfast and lunch). Do not snack between meals. For best results, use for 60 days combined with diet and training. Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime. Do not exceed 4 capsules in a 24-hour period. Do not use for more than 8 weeks. Drink 10 glasses of water daily for general good health. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.|
Short and simple burn stack that relies too much on stim.
Stim junkies rejoice! HARDCORE ELITE is literally running a stim-powered burn train and we think it’s functional. It’s short, functional, and there is definitely evidence of synergy. However, we’re not entirely convinced that being stim dependent makes it earn the title of elite. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
Caffeine, 270 mg
It’s the ingredient people either love or hate but whatever their opinions about buzz-maker, one thing’s for sure: It’s a topnotch fat burning ingredient. The supplement facts says 270 mg but let’s not forget it also has another coffee-based ingredient in the mix so there’s definitely more than 270 mg in one serving.
Green Coffee Extract, 200 mg
A potent fat burning ingredient known for having Chlorogenic Acid or CGA. Unfortunately, we don’t know just how much CGA it has since it came in a generic form. All would’ve been forgiven if the dosage was a lot higher but with what we have now, the most we could potentially get is 100 mg of the good stuff and it ain’t much to be honest. Also, mad props for using a branded form of green coffee extract called Svetol® .
Coleus Extract, 100 mg
To put it simply: Coleuse activated cAMP which in turn boosts ATP production and results in both enhanced fat loss and something we call Long-Term Potentiation. A genius addition but it’s not standardized!
Theanine, 100 mg
This is something you should take with heavy doses of caffeine. It soothes the mind and helps mitigate side effects from taking too much stim. At 100 mg, it’s a little scarce but it’s better than nothing.
Cocoa Extract, 100 mg
The compound you’re after is theobromine and it functions as both energizer and buzz-softener when partnered with caffeine. We think this is as smart move since it should also work in synergy with theanine and further reduce the caffeine’s side effects.
Yohimbe Extract, 56.3 mg
Yohimbe works by releasing epinephrine and norepinephrine which are your body’s natural fat burning hormones. Yohimbe is another popular choice but we’re not sure as how much of the active compound yohimbine it has because, you know, it ain’t standardized again!
HYDROXYCUT HARDCORE ELITE claims to give users Super-Thermogenesis, Extreme Energy, Enhanced Focus, and Powerful Weight loss. Those are very possible claims and we’ve seen a lot of supplements check those claims easily but we doubt HYDROXYCUT HARDCORE ELITE can get away with all those claims.
To be frank with all of you, we think the formula HYDROXYCUT HARDCORE ELITE has makes it anything but elite. Seriously, it’s a lot more like a glorified stim-burner and we’re pretty sure those are as standard as they are elementary in the supplement world.
We like the fact that it supplies more than a handful of caffeine paired with a good amount of jitter-minimizers but aside from that, there really isn’t much to this elite fat burner. There is evidence of focus and synergy but we’re not entirely convinced since the ingredients show no signs of being standardized for their useful compounds.
Another quirk we see is with their directions for use. It recommend to go 2 servings per day after day 4. You’ll literally be ingesting more than half a gram of caffeine everyday and we’re telling you, we love coffee and all but we think that’s overkill.
We also compared the formula to our reviews of Hydroxycut SX-7 Black Onyx and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen and we think Hardcore Elite just fits in somewhere between the two in terms of function and overall fat-burning potential.
In our opinion, the only thing that makes this product elite is how super specialized it is. No fancy gimmicks, no exotics, just an all-out short and simple stim stack hardcore lifters and bodybuilders will get a lot of fun playing with.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite Benefits
You’ll get one hell of an energy boost with this. Fat-burning is sitting shotgun in this formula and since the fat-shredding is stim-powered, you should feel warm all over and maybe sweat it out a bit even if you’re not really doing anything strenuous.
Who Takes It?
It’s heavily marketed towards hardcore lifters and it makes sense since the caffeine content is not exactly something a newbie would want to play with. We think there’s also room for a little bit of customization for fat-burning stacks which is another reason why it’s marketed towards the serious men in the gym.
Any Side Effects?
It’s pretty obvious that the side effects will come mainly from the caffeine which includes jitters, nausea, crashing, and insomnia. Even if there are ingredients that mitigate the drawbacks, they can’t exactly remove them altogether. There’s also a concern over their use yohimbe, an ingredient known to have an effect on blood pressure and heart rate.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite Summary
- Full Stim Ahead. One serving = 3 cups of Joe.
- Focus and Synergy. Ingredients complement one another.
- Clear label. No guesswork needed.
- Decent burn. It’s not volcano-hot but it’s hot.
- Lots of servings. Good for 2 months if taken normally.
- Jittery mess. That’s just how caffeine is.
- Not standardized. Would’ve been great but settled for generic.
- Other Ingredients. More complex than the formula itself.
- DIY-ready. You can literally build your own for less.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (50 servings): $18.80
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite
We’re fan of stim-burners but we feel what Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite tried to achieve here was nothing out of the usual stacks we’ve come across in the past. It also doesn’t help – since we reviewed their products before – how we know Hydroxycut could’ve done better to make this supplement one for the elites.
It’s a decent fat burner that will ramp you up with energy and the price to servings ratio isn’t so bad specially if you’re not into building your own stack. It will have its customers but for now, we think this elite supplement is just average compared to the competition.
If you really want to see what topnotch fat burners look like, check out our list of best fat burners this 2017.