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Thermo-Cuts Extreme

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 1.0/5 (1 vote cast)

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
  • 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.

Carb Intercept Sprinkles

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 3.3/5 (2 votes cast)

Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles seem like a method of losing weight that is much more fun than taking pills or fad diets. The reason is that instead of popping pills, the concept behind the Carb Intercept Sprinkles is that you place them right onto the food you’ll be consuming to help manage the number of carbohydrates that are actually absorbed by your body.

What’s more, the product is conveniently packaged so that it can travel anywhere with you, at home, at work, in a restaurant, or even on vacation. 

Not all Customers are Fans of the Product

While there is no question that Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles are easy to use and can conveniently adopt to any lifestyle, the real question to ask, then, is whether or not this product is actually safe and effective enough to make it worthwhile.

Though the concept may seem appealing at first glance, there have been some customer reviews that have shown a downside to using a product that has to be sprinkled on food.

The first complaint is that it doesn’t feel as medically sound and has a more “fad”-like association. Many customers also complained that while it seemed to be a good idea, whenever they were in public, it was embarrassing to shake the Carb Intercept Sprinkles all over their food.

On the other hand, though it is not the most subtle and discrete way of dieting, the up side is that people who struggle to swallow capsules find these easier to take. 

Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles Ingredients

Disappointingly, the entire ingredient list was not available at the time of this Carb Intercept Sprinkles review. That being said, the key ingredient was Phase 2 Carb Controller, which is also known as white kidney bean extract (also known as Phaseolus Vulgaris).

This is an ingredient that is commonly used in over-the-counter weight loss supplements because there is some clinical evidence that in the right dosage, it may allow for some carb blocking effects.

As a source of dietary fiber, Phaseolus vulgaris beans may help to boost the elimination of fat from your diet and prevent cholesterol absorption. It is often believed to be a carb or “starch blocker” because there has been some research that shows it may lower the body’s absorption of starch. That being said, this has never been scientifically proven and more clinical research needs to be done to truly determine the effects white kidney bean may have on weight loss. 

Side Effects May Occur

Carb Intercept Sprinkles is not without the possibility of adverse effects. Although they are not typically serious, individuals who have taken white kidney bean have reported unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Gas
  • Cramping in the stomach
  • Diarrhea

In terms of the actual form of the supplement of a sprinkle instead of a capsule, there truly aren’t any medicinal benefits to one over the other except that it may be easier for some to swallow the sprinkles if they struggle to take pills. The main ingredient is very common and there don’t seem to be any benefits except perhaps psychological ones for one over the other.

In order to decide what weight loss plan is best for you, whether sprinkles, pills, or anything else for that matter, it is best to speak with your doctor. This will help to ensure that whatever weight loss strategy you decide to follow will be safe for your unique health needs and expectations. It would be unwise to assume that Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles will be a safe and effective option for you simply because it contains herbal ingredients and is sold over the counter. 

 Update, November 2019: Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles is currently unavailable, with some sites that previously sold the product stating that it has been discontinued. This is not surprising considering the number of consumers who were disappointed with this product and the lack of evidence that it actually worked. If you are seeking a quality non-prescription weight loss product, there are many options available.


XLS Medical Carb Blocker review

XLS Medical Carb Blocker

XLS Medical Carb Blocker review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

XLS Medical Carb Blocker is a diet supplement that is geared at individuals who are trying to lose weight but who find it very difficult to be able to keep their intake of foods that are high in carbohydrates under control. This includes people who want to be able to eat pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, and other high carb foods in larger quantities.

This product is made in Europe. At the time of the writing of this review, a supply for one month would cost a dieter £51.51, which is quite pricey, particularly when compared with other products that contain similar ingredients within their formulations. Though there is some clinical evidence to support the claims that are made by the product’s manufacturers, they are very limited, which makes it difficult to justify such a high price tag.

The manufacturer, Omega Pharma, is based in Belgium. This company is a large one and it boasts a very positive reputation. It is also a very well known company after having its Quickstep pro cycling team competing within the Tour de France, including the celebrity cyclist, Mark Cavendish.

Each bottle contains 60 capsules, which lasts a startlingly small amount of time, 10 days, as the product needs to be taken at a rate of six capsules per day. The claims made about XLS Medical Carb Blocker – which is the newest product in the XLS lineup at the time of this review – are that it will help to shrink the body’s ability to absorb carbs, effectively negating some of their calories as they will pass through (and out of) the body with the rest of its waste.

The product is based on a patented ingredient called Phaselite, which is a derivative of the common bean called phaseolus vulgaris. This is a natural bean fiber which is manufactured by InQpharm, which is another pharmaceutical company. The substance is available only to the pharmaceutical industry and is the only active ingredient in XLS Medical Carb Blocker.

The manufacturer claims that it reduces the activity of the enzyme called alpha-amylase, which is responsible for metabolizing carbohydrates. Without as much of the enzyme, fewer carbs are absorbed by the body.

It should be noted that the official website does not reveal the amount of the substance within each pill and does not show that studies have proven that this amount is adequate to lead to any measurable amount of weight loss. In fact, the evidence that the substance works, at all, is very limited.