In 2018, many diet pills are going stim-free. Leave it to MuscleTech® to instead launch Hydroxycut Ultra Stim: An exotic, super-stimulating fat loss stack promising a “sensory” experience like you’ve never felt before. But does it really make sense to take an ULTRA stim stack to lose weight in our already-overstimulated world? We’re going to find out in this Hydroxycut Ultra Stim review.
About Hydroxycut Ultra Stim
MuscleTech® Lab Series Hydroxycut® Ultra Stim continues an industry-leading fat loss supplement legacy with a sensory- and stimulant-oriented formula for peak energy, thermogenesis, focus and more. Hyrdoxycut Ultra Stim notes:
- Super stimulation. Takes traditional and novel stimulant-driven pathways to optimize metabolic function for weight loss.
- Ultimate Sensory Formula. Designed as a fat-burner you can feel, especially during training in the gym. They call it an “unparalleled Sensory Experience.”
- TeaCrine® and probably Svetol® . Both are premium ingredients. Teacrine is on the label; Svetol was cited in the Ultra Stim marketing materials, but is not on the label. Regardless, we’ve got no reason to believe it’s not in there.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim Review – Supplement Facts
|Serving Size 2 Liquid-Filled Capsules|
|Ingredients||Amount per serving|
|Thermo & Energy Blend|
|Caffeine Anhydrous||250 mg|
|Wakame extract (as Undaria pinnatifida) (leaf) Standardized for 5% Fucoxanthin||50 mg|
|Theacrine (TeaCrine®)||25 mg|
|Yohimbe Extract (as Pausinystalia yohimbe) (bark) Standardized for 6% yohimbine||20 mg|
|Weight Loss + Complex|
|C. Canephora Robusta Extract (robusta coffee) (bean) Standardized for 45% chlorogenic acids||200 mg|
|Lycium Extract (as Lycium barbarum) (fruit) Supplying polysaccharides||50 mg|
|European Elder Extract (as Sambucus nigra) (fruit)||30 mg|
|Other Ingredients: Glycerin, Capsule (Hypromellose, FD&C Red No. 40), Water|
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim Directions
|If you’re new to Hydroxycut® Ultra Stim, we suggest you follow the dosing chart below. Take 1 serving (2 capsules) twice daily, 30 to 60 minutes before your 2 main meals (e.g., breakfast and lunch). Do not exceed 4 capsules in a 24-hour period. For best results, use for 60 days in combination with diet and training. Drink 8 glasses of water daily for general good health. Avoid use within 5 hours of bedtime. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided. Day 1 to Day 3: 1 Capsule, 2x Daily Day 4 & Beyond: 2 Capsules, 2x Daily|
Extreme Energy & Enhanced Mental Focus to help you work out harder and lose more weight.
MuscleTech® Lab Series Hydroxycut® Ultra Stim makes a lot of bold claims. Let’s take a look at the formula that is behind them — which includes some exotic and unusual fat-burner ingredients.
Thermo & Energy Blend
Caffeine anhydrous, 250 mg
Wow that’s a lot of caffeine! That’s OK, though; it’s not like Hydroxycut didn’t warn us. This is ULTRA Stim. Even so, the caffeine dosage in this formula is not maxed out. We have seen other stimulant fat-loss formulas and pre-workout supplements go to 300 mg+ caffeine per serving.
The Caffeine in Hydroxycut Ultra Stim will help with alertness, metabolic rate and thermogenic activities. That’s why it is a tried and true fat burner supplement ingredient… as long as you can handle the stimulation.
Wakame Extract, 50 mg
Wakame is a type of brown seaweed, or kelp, that supplies an intriguing active ingredient for fat loss called fucoxanthin.
- Some human research has suggested that fucoxanthin appears to help with weight loss results; in particular it may help to reduce visceral abdominal fat.
Wakame also supplies iodine, which helps optimize thyroid function to support an ideal hormonal state for fat loss. This might be important because some research suggests “diet” foods may not supply enough iodine, which paradoxically might affect the thyroid in a way that makes it harder to lose weight.
This red-hot branded ingredient is a key contributor to Ultra Stim’s “sensory” benefits. TeaCrine is a bioidentical form of theacrine, a neuroactive compound found in several varieties of tea. Theacrine promotes training intensity and weight loss by supporting:
- Sharp focus
While it brings its own unique sensory experience to the formula, Theacrine also helps to take the rough edges off stimulant-driven jitters and crashes.
In addition, Theacrine works without affecting blood pressure, making it a smart formula choice in Ultra Sim, which is already overloaded with stimulation.
Yohimbe Extract (standardized for 6% yohimbine), 20 mg
Yohimbine is traditionally used to boost circulation and nerve signalling, sensory effects that make it one of the most vaunted time-tested herbal libido-boosters. In training and weight loss applications, Yohimbine bioactivities translates into:
- Stimulation. Yohimbine stimulates on distinct pathways from caffeine, and may help with thermogenesis and metabolic function, revving up your system to help burn more calories;
- Sensations. Yohimbine’s effects combine into elusive “sensory” feelings that have been used in some pre-workout supplements; it fires you up for greater intensity. Specifically, yohimbine is suggested to block the receptors for the body’s most stimulating excitatory neurotransmitters — thereby helping to sustain a revved up physiological state for longer.
Weight Loss + Complex
C. canephora robusta (standardized for 45% Chlorogenic Acids), 200mg
Hydroxycut says “unlike the competition,” Ultra Stim supplies C. canephora. The thing is, plenty of the competition use it too, by another, more recognizable name: Green Coffee Bean Extract.
Just ’cause Hydroxycut uses a different name, doesn’t make it a unique ingredient. In any case, Green coffee bean has become an established fat loss ingredient since emerging on the market a few years ago.
In general, Green coffee bean extract is supposed to work because its active ingredients called chlorogenic acids (CGAs) may help to balance blood sugar while sparking fat metabolism. This means it optimizes two of the most important weight management pathways at the same time.
There are a few studies that could apply, bur Hydroxycut calls out 2 in particular:
- Study subjects taking the green coffee bean extract found in Hydroxycut Ultra Stim for 60 days lost an average of 10.95 pounds versus the placebo group, which lost an average of 5.4 pounds.
- In the second study, subjects taking green coffee bean for eight weeks lost about 3.7 pounds on average, versus 1.25 pounds in the placebo group.
Both studies referenced by Hydroxycut Ultra Stim appear to be on a branded green coffee bean extract, Svetol. Either that, or they are using research that does not apply to their supplement.
Lycium extract, supplying polysachharides, 50 mg
This Chinese shrub has bark and berries that are used in some traditional herbalism practices. In some systems, it is considered a “tonic,” which means it is believed to be good for many different aspects of health.
- In modern times, we now know that Lycium supplies beta sitosterol, which can help to block cholesterol absorption.
This bioactivity that may account for some weight management benefits associated with the herb.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim, however, highlights the herb’s L. barbarum polysaccharides as an active ingredient. Some polysaccharides help with blood sugar balance, which may also help to support weight loss efforts in Hydroxycut Ultra Stim.
European Elder Extract, 30 mg
This tree supplies flowers and berries that have long been used in traditional health practices all over the world. The berries, better known as elderberries, are known for their immune system-supportive properties.
As a result, elderberry is most often seen in immune system supplements. We are not sure why Hydroxycut Ultra Stim includes this particular herb. One study found it effective for weight management when combined with asparagus.
While researchers did not pinpoint how it helped, we theorize it may be elderberries’ inflammation-balancing activity, since inflammation is strongly linked with obesity.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is a new spin on your classic simulant fat-burner formula.
When it comes to fat loss supplement formulation, a big fat dosage of caffeine is not necessarily the most sophisticated strategy. However, it IS an effective strategy, because caffeine helps weight loss.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim keeps the pedal to the metal with additional stimulation in the form of a high-potency standardized yohimbe extract. TeaCrine adds even MORE stimulation, especially for focus, along with complementary support that helps to mitigate the side effects of other stimulants like caffeine.
We especially like the inclusion of TeaCrine in this formula. It shows that Hydroxycut Ultra Stim formulators are trying to harness the fat-burning power of super-stimulation without letting it get out of control.
- The nootropic L-Theanine might also be taken in conjunction with Hydroxycut Ultra Stim to further smooth out the harsh side effects of caffeine and stimulants.
From a stimulating fat burner standpoint, caffeine + yohimbine + TeaCrine actually makes a lot of sense, as long as you are fit and tolerant enough to manage the stimulation. Green coffee bean is a good ingredient choice for this stack as well, bringing its own dual-powered fat and sugar metabolism benefits that seem to work in hand with the amped-up workout intensity and enhanced thermogenic activity of the other ingredients.
Lyceum and elderberry are some strange X-factors in this formula. But that’s no surprise.
Hydroxycut does this from time to time; throwing some unknown, yet promising, exotics into a formula to give it a unique twist.
In this Hydroxycut Ultra Stim review, we say that Lycium and Elder are the formula’s weakpoints. There’s just not that much convincing research, and we are left guessing what they might do. These two ingredients seem to have some blood sugar and immune activities that could complement your fat loss regimen, but don’t count on them to shatter your plateaus or anything like that.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is a skillful formula that pushes the boundaries on what stimulating sensory fat-burners can achieve.
In other words, it is intense. Make sure you can handle it before taking it, be prepared for the sensory experience, and use it responsibly.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim Benefits
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is formulated to unleash peak energy and an unforgettable sensory experience. These effects have a dual benefit:
- Helps you work out with greater intensity, focus, willpower and general enjoyment, thereby supporting fat loss results from exercise and training;
- Function as a thermogenic to raise body heat and increase calorie expenditure, optimizing some of the body’s key fat loss mechanisms
In addition, a couple of the herbs in Hydroxycut Ultra Stim might help with some aspects of blood sugar balance, which might translate into benefits for appetite control.
Who Takes It?
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is designed for athletes and people who are already in pretty good shape. In other words, Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is intended for edge driven fat burning programs, such as bodybuilders who are in cutting phases.
If you are obese, overweight or in a poor state of fitness, then super-intense stimulating supplements like Hydroxycut Ultra Stim might be a bad idea due to increased risk of side effects and adverse events. In general, just be sure that you can hold your caffeine before considering taking this fat burner.
Any Side Effects?
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim comes as advertised. Stimulant upon stimulant.
This can sometimes cause issues, especially when you are talking about a whopping 250 mg combined with a potent 6% yohimbine-standardized yohimbe extract. You know the symptoms — jitters, rapid heartbeat, and generally feeling wired.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim’s TeaCrine may help to offset some of these issues, which is a good sign for smart, skillful supplement formulation. And the fact that Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is very direct and transparent in disclosing side effect risks reflects positively on the company. When you see a big warnings label like the image above, it usually means the dietary supplement manufacturer is looking out for your safety.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim Review Summary
- Scientifically dosed. This is a claim made about their key ingredient, Green coffee bean extract, and the dosage checks out.
- Transparent label. Hydroxycut shares all of its dosages, even the exotics, and even though a couple look low. That is a sign of quality and credibility.
- Great formulation. This is a smart nootropic combination, utilizing evidence-based nootropics that are highly targeted for specific brain bioactivities.
- Good Branded ingredients. Quality focus throughout; third-party validation and Good dosages across the board, made better with absorption-enhancing black pepper extract and several enhanced-potency nutrient forms
- Liquid-filled capsules. Advanced caps delivery form is supposed to be more bioavailable. It also makes the product look real cool.
- Additives. We’re not crazy about the synthetic additives, which don’t add anything to the formula
- Possible risks and side effects. Caffeine plus yohimbine can be pretty intense, although the TeaCrine should help smooth things out.
Pricing and Where to Buy Hydroxycut Ultra Stim
- $39.99 for 90 liquid capsules (45servings)
- Available Walmart, Amazon, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe Bodybuilding dot com, CVS, Walgreens, Target… you get the drift.
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim, like other Hydroxycut products covered other Best5 reviews, are available practically everywhere. That means if you shop around when you are ready to buy you might be able to find some good deals.
Final Word on Hydroxycut Ultra Stim
Hydroxycut Ultra Stim is the latest updated formula of Muscletech’s always-evolving Hydroxycut line. And, not surprisingly given this manufacturer’s pedigree, Hydroxycut Ultra Stim zigs when other fat burners zag. Instead of going the stim-free route, this formula instead seeks to harness the power of stimulation — bringing you amped-up weight loss benefits stacked with TeaCrine to help manage any negative stim side effects.
If you are healthy enough to handle a stimulating surge, and who want to spice up your weight loss gym training sessions with an unparalleled sensory experience, then Hydroxycut Ultra Stim’s unique fat-burner benefits might be worth giving a try.
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