Here’s a prediction for 2018: We’ll be seeing more enhanced release bead technology pills in our capsule supplements. Not necessarily because they work. (2017 never verified this for us, despite their growing popularity.) But because they look cool.
And we like to buy things that look cool and sound cool and make unsubstantiated promises. It’s the way of the future!
Hydroxycut HD seems to have gone the beaded formula route with its “Smart Release” bead technology. But has this improved the Hydroxycut design? Or is it just a waste of capsule space? Let’s read the Hydroxycut HD review to find out.
About Hydroxycut HD
Hydroxycut is coming hot with another fat burner supplement: Hydroxycut HD, the High-Definition Weight Loss supplement for enhanced fat burns and mental focus. And, in fact, it seems this product accomplishes both those claims possibly with a single ingredient: caffeine. Formula notes:
- Coffee Bean Extract: The star ingredient in this supplement, Robusta Coffee Extract, is backed by solid research, qualifying it as a bona fide fat burner.
- Caffeine: When used right, caffeine also qualifies as a fat burner ingredient. And Hydroxycut HD supplies 200 mg of this stimulating drug.
- Proprietary: Unfortunately, it’s hard to discern the value of the remaining ingredients with Hydroxycut going the proprietary route yet again on their label.
Hydroxycut HD Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 3 Liquid Capsules
Servings Per Container: 20
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Hydroxycut® HD Complex Beadlets||403 mg|
|Weight Loss Compound||**|
|Robusta coffee extract (as C. canephora robusta) (bean)|
|Standardized for 45% chlorogenic acids|
|Standardized for polyphenols|
|Standardized for caffeoylquinic acid|
|Energy & Focus+ Complex||**|
Supplying 200 mg of caffeine
|Ashwagandha extract (as Withania somnifera) (root and leaf) Sensoril®|
Medium Chain Triglycerides, Capsule (Gelatin), Beadlets (Sugar Spheres [Cane Sugar, Corn Starch], Coating [Hydroxypropyl Pea Starch, Sorbitol, Stearic Acid, Titanium Dioxide], Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Glycerol Monostearate, Polyethylene Glycol, FD&C Yellow #5 Lake, FD&C Blue #1 Lake). Contains coconut ingredients.
Day 1: Take 1 capsule, 2x daily.
2nd Day: Take 2 capsules, 2x daily.
Day 3: Take 3 capsules, 2x daily.
Once your tolerance has been assessed, take 1 serving (3 capsules) twice daily, 30 to 60 minutes before your 2 largest meals. Do not exceed 6 capsules in a 24-hour period. For best results, use for a minimum of 60 days in combination with diet and exercise. Always read the entire label before use and follow the directions provided.
For a supposed “High Def” fat burner, Hydroxycut HD’s Supplement Facts are pretty unclear.
A fully transparent, high definition supplement displays all of its ingredient dosages. Hydroxycut HD, on the other hand, hides almost all of its dosages beneath a proprietary blend label. As a result, we’re left guessing at the milligram counts per fat burner.
Fortunately, Hydroxycut HD reveals its caffeine content. Unfortunately, the caffeine content is pretty high, lower our confidence in the other ingredients’ quantities. Even so, here are our best dosage ingredients for the Hydroxycut HD review:
Hydroxycut HD Review: Ingredients
The Hydroxycut HD Complex Beadlets assign 403 mg to two proprietary blends. Of which the first contains only one ingredient and the latter holds four, including 200 mg caffeine. Yikes.
Weight Loss Compound
Hydroxycut HD bases its “advanced weight loss” claims on its star ingredient: Robusta Coffee Extract. Which research has found to improve fat loss potentially by inhibiting fat storage and increasing fat release. The key bio-active compounds of this extract include:
- Chlorogenic Acids (CGAs) – Help regulate metabolism and blood sugar.
- Polyphenols – Free radical reducing antioxidant compounds.
- Caffeolyquinic Acid – May enhance ATP energy production.
Exactly how much green coffee bean extract Hydroxycut HD uses remains unknown. (At least to us.)
Energy & Focus+ Complex
This nootropic energy blend stacks the following ingredients:
Caffeine Anhydrous – 200 mg caffeine roughly equals 2.1 cups of coffee. Not a huge amount. However, this only leaves 203 mg for the remaining ingredients in this formula, including the Robusta Coffee Extract.
Choline Bitartrate – A poor form of choline, essentially useless as a supplement for its inability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Alpha-GPC or (even better) Citicoline would’ve been way better options.
L-Theanine – Intended to offset Hydroxycut HD’s caffeine, L-theanine may reduce the jittery side effects of stimulation while keeping the focus benefits …if it’s dosed properly. Unfortunately, Hydroxycut HD will need more than 200 mg L-theanine per serving to have an impact here, and that’s just not possible.
Ashwagandha Extract – This adaptogen herb may improve strength and testosterone status, reducing the negative metabolic effects of stress. But we doubt there’s enough Aswagandha here to do anything.
Hydroxycut HD has been taking notes from Performix, adding its own “Smart Release” bead technology to its capsule design. Similar to Performix’s super expensive caps, Hydroxycut HD claims to deliver enhanced absorption and ingredient bio-availability by suspending its formula in cool colored beads.
Does it work? Who knows.
But it’s super cool. And that’s all that matters.
Of course, that’s not true. Essentially, all that matters with a fat burner supplement is that burns fat. And so: Does Hydroxycut HD burn fat? Mehh… maybe? It may help shed fat insomuch that caffeine and CGAs shed fat. But we wouldn’t expect much from the cognitive enhancer additions to this supplement — L-theanine, choline, and ashwagandha.
Hydroxycut HD simply does not provide enough space for these ingredients to work, expending too much capsule space on caffeine. In fact, we’re not entirely sure there are enough milligrams for the CGAs. So, the only confident claim we can make: Hydroxycut HD brings the caffeinated energy.
If that’s worth something to you, then, what the hell, go for it.
Hydroxycut HD Benefits
In addition to “High-Definition Weight Loss,” Hydroxycut HD also promises:
- Enhanced Mental Focus
- Powerful Weight Loss
- Hours of Energy
Essentially, energized fat burns that may be attributed to caffeine and CGAs. Hydroxycut HD seems to suggest it’s something more than a coffee bean extract supplement but that’s essentially all you’re receiving here, with an undetermined amount of fluff ingredients sprinkled in. So, if you’re basically seeking FD&C colored caffeine pills, Hydroxycut HD has your back …and, hopefully, your belly and side rolls as well.
Who Takes It?
Caffeinated Exercisers. Or exercisers who don’t mind sourcing their PWO energy from caffeine. Don’t get it twisted: this is as much a pre-workout supplement as it is a fat burner. The boost on energy won’t do much for fat loss if you’re movin’ and groovin’ with each serving.
Any Side Effects?
Few to no side effects reported. And of the customer reviews that reported negative effects, the side effects were mild and caffeine-related. So, only caffeine-sensitive users should proceed with caution.
Hydroxycut HD Review Summary
- Coffee Bean Extract. A Best5 favorite fat burner ingredient coming in hot.
- Caffeine. It’s a pro if you’re down for 200 mg caffeine per serving.
- One Trick. The caffeine boost on energy seems to be this supplement’s only appeal.
- Proprietary. Hydroxycut, my dudes, what are the ingredient dosages?
- Junky. Sure, the beads are cool, but all of those junky additives are not.
Pricing and Where to Buy
- 1 Bottle (~20 days): $30.99
- Available online and in retail stores
You can buy Hydroxycut HD from the Hydroxycut online shop or Walgreens. Amazon also sells Hydroxycut HD, although at a surprisingly higher price.
Final Word on Hydroxycut HD
Hydroxycut wins some. Hydroxycut loses some …okay, well, many — they lose many because of their strange attachment to bad supplement practices, namely the proprietary blends, the caffeine crutch, and the junky, additive-filled capsules. Hydroxycut HD loses this review for at least two of those reasons. (We’ll accept caffeine in a fat burner.) We’ll skip on this one, hoping the next Hydroxycut stack is a winner.