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Saba ACE

Saba ACE Review

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Increases Energy
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Saba ACE is a weight management and energy formula that has been developed to provide dieters with the following benefits as they commit to their efforts to lose weight:

  • Fat loss
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite control
  • Energy
  • Relief from fatigue
  • Mood improvement
  • Focus improvement

If this OTC diet pill manages to provide all these benefits, it could certainly help make it easier for a dieter to stick to a calorie-controlled eating plan and engage in regular exercise. Naturally, the only way to know how well it can deliver on these benefits is to have a look at its ingredients list.

Saba ACE Formula

When this Saba ACE review was created, there were a number of ingredients within the formula. These included:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Chromium

Saba ACE Proprietary Blend

  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • GreenSelect Phytosome
  • Irvingia Gabonensis
  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • Dynamine
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • L-Theanine
  • Evodiamine
  • BioPerine

The ingredient that the manufacturer touts the most for Saba ACE is GreenSelect Phytosome. This is a proprietary lecithin formulation of a caffeine-free green tea catechin extract. There have been some studies conducted on this ingredient and findings have been promising in showing that GreenSelect Phytosome has clinical potential for the maintenance of weight after intentional weight loss. That said, keep in mind that simply because an ingredient shows potential this doesn’t mean that it’s proven. Additionally, remember that while this ingredient may have been studied, it has not been studied as part of the Saba ACE formula.

It should also be noted that in addition to the makers of Saba ACE claiming that GreenSelect Phytosome is clinically proven, it also states that irvingia gabonensis (African Mango) is clinically proven, which it is not.

An Energy Boost is Likely and So Is the Risk of Side Effects

Based on the Saba ACE ingredients list, it appears that this diet pill is likely to provide an energy boost, increase mental alertness and support enhanced metabolism. The simple reason being that it contains the stimulant caffeine.

Although it is not revealed how much caffeine is present in 1 serving size (1 capsule), as the caffeine is part of a blend, it is likely to be a notable amount. This is believed for two reasons. The first is that it is the first ingredient listed in the blend. The second is that the suggested use instructions warn users not to take a dose near bedtime as it could cause restlessness. As such, there is likely enough caffeine in this product that those who are sensitive to stimulants should probably think twice before taking it.

The bottom line is that there is no solid proof that Saba ACE is a quality and safe dietary supplement for weight management, especially when the manufacturer makes false claims about proven ingredients.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

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Thermo-Cuts Extreme is the stronger version of the Optimum Nutrition dietary supplement called Thermo Cuts. This nonprescription diet pill has a very similar (long) list of ingredients to its cousin, but also includes hydroxycitric acid (HCA) as an ingredient.

Not only are many reviewers already claiming that this product is simply another ineffective OTC diet pill, but it is also being compared to other supplements containing HCA which are being suspected of causing the side effects that have led the FDA to speak out against several different dietary supplements for weight loss.

FDA Warns About Using Certain Products

In May of 2009, the FDA released a statement that recommended that all users of Hydroxycut diet products should stop using them right away as they have a risk of liver-related side effects  that can be anywhere from mild to life-threatening.

Though Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not made by Hydroxycut (which recalled every one of their products), it does include the ingredient HCA which is suspected to be the culprit behind the many undesirable side effects that had been seen in the Hydroxycut products. These side effects include:

  • Jaundice
  • Light colored stools
  • Brown urine
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Other liver-related issues

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Ingredients

The Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula includes:

  • Chromium – An ingredient with conflicting clinical trial results
  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract – The source of the HCA
  • NeOptuna Extract
  • Caffeine Anhydrous – A fancy word for caffeine, a stimulant which can boost energy, though it does often lead to stimulant-related side effects such as sleeplessness, headaches, and jitters
  • Phase 2 Brand White Kidney Bean Extract – Can help with weight loss, but only in high concentrations, which is unlikely within the Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula
  • Green Tea Extract – Has the potential to be effective in very high doses that are unlikely within this pill
  • Promilin
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid – CLA can contribute to weight loss when taken in high doses, but not in the lower doses of Thermo-Cuts Extreme
    L-Carnitine
  • Grapefruit Peel Extract
  • Bioperine – Helps the body to absorb nutrients from food but has never been shown to help with weight loss
  • Vanadyl Sulfate

Other Things to Consider

Though it may look like an inexpensive product at $25.99 (at the time this Thermo-Cuts Extreme review was written) per 200 capsules, since you are required to take as many as 12 of those capsules every day, a single bottle will last only 16 days, requiring two bottles (and 400 capsules!) per month. This is neither inexpensive nor realistic considering that the ingredients do not show promise for being very effective at assisting with weight loss.

The bottom line is that due to a lack of evidence about the safety and efficacy of these ingredients and the fact that it contains HCA, it would probably best to avoid taking Thermo-Cuts Extreme.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Update – June 2020

Thermo-Cuts Extreme is no longer available for purchase. Optimum Nutrition is still in existence and continues to sell weight management aids. However, Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not a part of the products it sells. This is most certainly for the better considering the formula contained a number of unproven ingredients as well as far too many in order for them to have the potential to be beneficial to the user.

Avoid Diet Pills with Too Many Ingredients

It is important to check out the ingredients in any diet pill formula you are considering purchasing and (more importantly) ingesting. It is not only imperative to make sure you are not allergic to any of the substances, but also to investigate the quantities of these substances and what potential benefits these ingredients can provide based on clinical research that has been conducted on them.

As a general rule, it’s typically best to avoid products like Thermo-Cuts Extreme that have a long list of ingredients (inside or outside of a blend). The reason isn’t only because this could mean the potential for a wider range of unwanted side effects, but also because, typically, the more ingredients a formula has, the less likely they are to offer you any real benefits as there won’t be enough of each ingredient included in the formula for it to make any difference to your weight loss efforts. It’s far better to spend your money on products that are actually worth your time.

Natrol Acai Berry Diet Review

Natrol Acai Berry Diet

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Natrol Acai Berry Diet is a weight management supplement that has been developed to offer support for calorie burning, fat burning, promoting energy, and for digestion. This dietary supplement combines Acai berry, which is considered to be a super antioxidant, with green tea.

More Than Just Acai Berry and Green Tea

That being said, there are more ingredients in the Natrol Acai Berry Diet formula than simply acai berry and green tea. The supplement facts associated with this product reveal that it contains:

  • Chromium
  • Acai Berry
  • Green Tea
  • EGCG

It also contains two blends: 

Metabolic Activator Caffeine Blend

  • Caffeine Anhydrous,
  • White Tea Extract
  • Kola Nut Extract
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Green Coffee

Berry Digest Enzyme Blend

  • Cellulase
  • Pectinase
  • Amylase
  • Hemicellulase
  • Beta-Glucanase
  • Phytase
  • Glucoamylase
  • Lipase
  • Protease

As you can see, there are quite a few ingredients in this formula, including more than one stimulant.

The directions are for users to take 2 capsules, once a day with a meal. No other dosage instructions were provided.

Acai Berry and Weight Management

According to the manufacturer of Natrol Acai Berry Diet, the ingredients within the formula help to enhance the body’s metabolism and activate weight loss from various angles, one of these being acai berry, which is an antioxidant high in polyphenols.

However, while acai berry is high in antioxidants, this does not make it effective for weight loss. In fact, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), minimal research has been conducted in people on the health effects of acai products and no definitive scientific evidence based on studies in humans supports the use of this fruit for any health-related purpose.

Additionally, beyond the lack of evidence to support claims made about acai berry and its positive effects on weight loss, none of the other ingredients in Natrol Acai Berry Diet have been proven effective for weight loss either.

Potential Side Effects

With that said, it should be noted that while none of the ingredients have been proven, this product does contain a number of stimulant ingredients, most notably caffeine. Several studies have found the caffeine can help boost metabolism, mental alertness and focus.

On the flip side, caffeine can also increase the risk of unwanted side effects, such as jitters, insomnia, anxiety, headache and digestive upset.

When all is said and done, Natrol Acai Berry Diet does not appear to be a quality diet pill. This is due to the lack of evidence in regard to the claims made about this product, and acai berry. It would likely be in your best interest to select another OTC weight management aid, with fewer and better studied ingredients, to help support your weight loss goals.

Hot & Skinny

Hot & Skinny Review

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Angry Supplements’ Hot & Skinny fat burner weight loss aid is a dietary supplement that has been developed for women. It claims to:

  • Melt stubborn fat
  • Burn calories
  • Aid metabolism
  • Provide natural energy

The primary use for this diet pill, according to Angry Supplements, is to aid the metabolism of carbohydrates and boost body temperature to burn calories and melt stubborn fat quickly.

Hot & Skinny Active Ingredients

The Hot & Skinny formula has several active ingredients including:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B5
  • Chromium
  • Yerba Mate
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Guarana Extract
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Bitter Orange Extract
  • Garcinia Cambogia

The suggested use is to take 1 capsule first thing after waking up in the morning and then taking 1 capsule with lunch. For those who are sensitive to caffeine, the manufacturer suggests taking the pills with a small amount of food and to avoid taking this product within 6 hours of bedtime.

There are multiple stimulant ingredients in this formula including, guarana, green tea, yerba mate and bitter orange. While these stimulants can help to boost energy, mental alertness and metabolism (which has the potential to help you get the most out of fat burning during aerobic workouts), it should also be noted that combining different stimulants, such as bitter orange and caffeine (found in guarana, green tea, yerba mate) may increase the risk of unpleasant side effects, including more serious side effects like high blood pressure.

If your sensitive to stimulants, are currently taking other medications, have a known health condition, or are pregnant or nursing, you should speak with your doctor before taking Hot & Skinny. Also, if you do decide to take this product, it would likely be in your best interest to avoid ingesting other beverages or foods that contain caffeine or other stimulants, to reduce the risk of unwanted side effects.

Formulated for Women

According to Angry Supplements, Hot & Skinny is specifically designed for the unique biology and needs of women. That being said, beyond this statement, the manufacturer doesn’t provide any other reasoning as to why this particular weight management formula is specifically beneficial to women.

It is far more likely that this product has simply been marketed to appeal to a female audience and nothing more. As such, if you are a woman and are considering this product because it has been formulated for women, it would be best not to buy into the marketing and to instead make certain that the formula makes sense to your specific weight management goals.

BeLive Fusion Burn

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BeLive Fusion Burn ReviewBeLive Fusion Burn is a fat burner weight loss pill that claims to work with thermogenesis and provides an “all-in-one” product that dieters can rely on to help lose the pounds. It claims directly that its blend of ingredients is among the best natural fat burning substances for energy boosting, raising fat burning and improving focus.

Clearly, it’s up to the dieter to dig a little deeper as the official website for this product does not support any of its claims with reputable large studies published in industry journals. Without that type of evidence, the manufacturer is assuming that dieters will simply believe the claims it makes. This is a common tactic among manufacturers, making it difficult for dieters to be able to tell whether or not the claims are legitimate.

Therefore, it’s a good idea for anyone considering the use of BeLive Fusion Burn to start with a trip to the doctor’s office. Bring a list of the ingredients in the product and any claims made in order to discuss it with your doctor. That way, you can find out not only if the product is likely to work for you in the way you’re hoping, but you can also discover whether or not it is likely to be safe for you when taking into consideration any medical conditions you may have, or any medications or supplements you are taking or plan to take at the same time as this weight loss pill.

Next take a closer look at the ingredients in the product. At the time this BeLive Fusion Burn review was written, the official product package included the following on its ingredients list: chromium, black pepper fruit extract, caffeine, apple cider vinegar powder, garcinia cambogia.

This is an interesting list of ingredients as it doesn’t contain anything that isn’t quite commonplace in the over the counter diet supplement industry. Chromium is the top ingredient, but it’s good to know that it is considered to be unproven, at best, as a weight loss ingredient. The Mayo Clinic states that far more research is required before it could be considered helpful in helping to reduce body fat. Moreover, it is not believed to function as a fat burner. Instead, it is used in other products to regulate blood sugar levels in the hopes of helping to avoid food cravings. This is not listed among the claims of this product.

Next, the black pepper fruit extract is typically used not to help burn more fat, but instead to aid in the absorption of other ingredients. This could help to make sure you’re getting the most out of the other substances in the formula.

Caffeine is a stimulant which will help to boost energy levels and alertness. This can make it easier to exercise more regularly and remain alert to focus on a dieting strategy. Apple cider vinegar may help to improve digestion and it could even boost fat burning but studies have yet to show that this occurs to such a degree that it would lead to measurable fat loss on a scale. Garcinia cambogia may help to suppress the appetite, but studies remain preliminary and this ingredient is not yet considered to be a proven fat reducing substance.

Apidren PM

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Apidren PM ReviewApidren PM is a caffeine-free dietary supplement designed to help you continue your fat burning and weight loss efforts, even while you sleep. It is made in the USA and comes from a company called NutriPharm. The company also produces a product called Apidren, It is common for many users, who are seeking 24-hour fat burning and other weight management benefits to take both the Apidren and Apidren PM products.

Apidren PM is free of stimulants, so you can take it at nighttime without worrying about it affecting your sleep. Furthermore, in addition to being designed to aid in weight loss while you sleep, the products ingredients may also help you obtain a more restful slumber.

When this review of Apidren PM was written, it was composed of the following ingredients: Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Chromium, GABA, Irvingia Gabonensis, Magnolia Bark Extract, Pellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Melatonin, LactoSpore.

The suggested use is to take 2 capsules with 8 – 12 ounces of water approximately 1 – 2 hours before bedtime. Users are cautioned not to drive or operate heavy machinery when taking Apidren PM.

Essentially, the mixture of herbs that make up the Apidren PM formula may help regulate blood sugar levels, burn fat, breakdown fat and help the body relax.

That being said, it is highly unlikely that you will experience measureable fat loss from taking Apidren PM. The reason is that no matter if it helps you burn or breakdown fat, the only way to shed pounds is by combining a healthy calorie-conscious diet with regular exercise. You’re not going to be burning tons of fat while you’re immobile and sleeping.

That being said, one way that Apidren PM may be able to benefit some people is by helping them to get a more restful sleep. If this product does manage to do this (keeping in mind that it has never been studied or proven to be effective in this way), it could be beneficial to your overall health and weight loss goals. The reason is that regular restful sleep can improve your health and benefit your weight loss goals by helping you maintain a high-functioning metabolism.

Prior to taking Apidren PM, it is strongly recommended that you first run your intentions to do so by your healthcare provider to make sure this is a safe option for you. This is especially important if you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are currently taking medication.

Bio-Trim review

Bio-Trim

Bio-Trim review

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Bio-Trim is an over the counter diet pill that is made and sold by a large supplement manufacturer called Pharma Nord. That business produces many products within the weight loss and wellness categories and its claims about this specific product are that its users will find that they can lose weight with greater ease and efficiency.

The marketing for these weight loss supplements suggests that they are to be used by dieters to help them to overcome the challenges that they are facing in their efforts to reduce their body fat. Pharma Nord explained on its website that by taking these tablets on a daily basis, it improves the body’s ability to shed excess pounds in a faster and simpler way than is possible with diet and exercise alone.

This is the most common claim that exists in the nonprescription weight loss industry. While some companies have managed to put out products that are highly effective in living up to their promises, others provide little help or could even do more harm than good. Therefore, before blindly believing claims from any company about any product, it is highly recommended that a customer looks into a product with greater depth.

Following a consultation with a doctor, to ensure that this will actually be a safe step for you to take as a part of a complete healthful weight loss program, the next step is to look at the ingredients that make up the formula for Bio-Trim. According to the official Pharma Nord website, at the time of the writing of this review, the ingredients in this formulation were: co-enzyme Q10, garcinia cambogia, carnitine and chromium. This list was provided from among a very small amount of information offered on the official website.

Essentially the Pharma Nord website offers an image of the product package and a very brief paragraph about the product, as well as its ingredients list. This is not enough to answer all of the questions of a consumer who wishes to adequately inform him or herself for safety and effectiveness in weight loss.

This, combined with the fact that none of those ingredients have ever been directly linked with weight loss in any large and reputable published studies makes it difficult to want to choose Bio-Trim over a range of dozens of products in this category that provide a great deal more information to dieters and have proven ingredients.

Metabolife Ultra reviews

Metabolife Ultra

Metabolife Ultra reviews

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Metabolife Ultra is a nonprescription diet supplement that has been designed to help dieters to reduce their weight by way of thermogenesis. It is one of several products in the Metabolife family of supplements that are produced under that brand name by its manufacturer, ISI Brand Company. That business is the owner of several different health and weight loss companies and brands.

According to ISI Brand Company, Metabolife Ultra will help a dieter by reducing his or her appetite while increasing his or her energy levels and the fat burning of the body. The fat burning is the result of a process called thermogenesis in which the body temperature is raised. This requires the body to use more fuel – that is, calories and fats – in order to generate heat, thereby burning through that fuel more quickly than would be possible at a lower body temperature.

While thermogenesis typically doesn’t do too much when it is simply the result of popping a pill, it can actually be made to be quite effective for fat burning when it is combined with cardio exercise. This can help to increase the rate of fat burning that the body achieves during those workouts. It is important to realize, though, that thermogenesis can come with certain risks, such as overheating more easily, and dehydration from the increased body temperature. Therefore, it is a very good idea to be especially vigilant about keeping hydrated and resting if symptoms of overheating are detected.

The ingredients that make up this formula are: calcium, chromium, HCA, potassium, SuperCitrimax, caffeine, and coenzyme Q10. These ingredients are seen quite commonly in the weight loss industry and, among them, only one has been proven: caffeine. Moreover, the only thing that caffeine has truly been proven to provide is an increase in energy levels and alertness. The rest are considered to be unproven in terms of their connection with weight loss.

For this reason, it is a very good idea to speak with a doctor before taking these pills. After all, even if they are effective despite the fact that they have not been proven by reputable science, some of these substances are known to conflict with certain common medical conditions, medications, and supplements. By consulting with a doctor, it is possible to know whether or not Metabolife Ultra will be safe for you to use, regardless of whether or not its benefits have been proven.

Xenamine review

Xenamine

Xenamine review

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Xenamine is a nonprescription weight loss supplement that is manufactured by a small company that is known as InnerVital. The official website for this product refers to these diet pills as fat burners and says that they will burn fat more quickly than any other supplement on the market. It also allegedly provides appetite suppression and metabolism boosting, though at the time that this review was written, the official website didn’t cite any medical studies that would indicate that there is any scientific research to support those claims.

That said, just because a product hasn’t been researched as a whole, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work. Therefore, after consulting a doctor, it is recommended that anyone considering the use of this product actually look into the ingredients and the research that has been conducted on them either together or individually. It is best to look for studies that are conducted by independent and reputable organizations, such as universities, that have not received funding by companies that stand to gain by positive results.

At the time that this review was written, the ingredients in Xenamine, which were listed on the official website, included: chromium, caffeine anhydrous, and a proprietary blend of hoodia cactus powder, caralluma fimbriata extract, glucomannan, green tea extract, theobromine, guarana, cha de bugre, maca extract, L-theanine, banaba, pomegranate powder, and gugglesterone.

At first glance, it is easy to see that a great deal of the results that are produced by this product are based on stimulants. There are several stimulant ingredients in this formulation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t a good product, but it could cause unwanted side effects in many dieters. Moreover, it should also be noted that several of the ingredients in this list are not at all scientifically proven but are successful at the moment exclusively due to media hype. This does not say much about the ability of the Xenamine company to select proper safe and effective weight loss supporting ingredients other than the interest of that business in making money from consumers who have not done their homework when looking into their diet pills.

Finally, it should be noted that with a list of ingredients as long as this one, even if the substances that were chosen were each shown to be effective by research – which many of these have not – there still may not be enough to actually produce the type of effect that is being promised. For example, this proprietary blend is made up of a total of 992mg. Since studies showing that green tea extract successfully for weight loss used 500mg, and as it is fourth ingredient on the list, it is mathematically impossible for the manufacturers to have used enough of that ingredient to match the type of results that were experienced in the reputable research.

Activ8 X reviews

Activ8 X

Activ8 X reviews

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Activ8 X Diet Drops are a type of over the counter diet supplement that come in the form of a liquid instead of the traditional pill form such as capsules and tablets. This product was developed by AMAS Enterprises Ltd. It is a part of a growing category of formulas that are a liquid to be used one drop at a time, as a part of a larger alternative sector of the market that provides an option outside of pills. This is appealing to individuals who struggle to be able to swallow pills.

The effects promised by the official website for this product include carbohydrate blocking, metabolism boosting, fat burning, and appetite suppression. This is quite the ambitious list for one formula to be able to achieve. It is important to look into the formula in order to decide whether or not it could be possible for dieters to be able to achieve these benefits through Activ8 X.

At the time that this review was written, the official website listed the ingredients in this product as being: chromium, grapefruit powder, grape seed extract, panax ginseng, pyruvate, garcinia, beta alanine, green tea leaf extract and capsicum.

The first thing that should be noted by this formula is that it contains a large number of ingredients. When a product has more than a handful of substances in its formulation, it is usually very helpful to know the quantities in which they have been included to know for certain that there will be enough of any of them to actually produce the desired benefits. Unfortunately, the official website did not provide that additional information.

It should be noted that while there are two known fat burners in this formula – green tea leaf extract and capsicum – they are extremely low on the list so it is unclear whether or not they will be powerful enough to offer measurable benefits. Moreover, it is also worrying that the rest of the ingredients on this list are completely unproven as they have not been researched in any large published study that would be acceptable by the medical community.

For this reason, it is very difficult to believe that Activ8 X drops will be able to live up to the considerable list of benefits that it has promised on its official website. Therefore, it is hard to think of a good reason to recommend this product over a range of other options within this market that have a much better reputation and more scientific proof in their track record.