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:
- Light colored stools
- Brown urine
- Stomach pain
- 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
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid – CLA can contribute to weight loss when taken in high doses, but not in the lower doses of Thermo-Cuts Extreme
- 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.