Xenadrine – Is It Really The Weight Loss Miracle Pill That It Is Advertised To Be?
With many products on the market and years of advertisements, Xenadrine has become somewhat of a household name. A look on the internet will also find plenty of testimonials of people who said they lost over 12 pounds over the course of a few weeks by taking this “super” pill. So the question is, does this drug as effective as they say it is?
What is it?
Xenadrine is actually a class of products with some variation which are sold as being the solution to your weight loss problem. However, the companies behind the product are reluctant to make obvious and clear statements over what their products will and won’t do, especially due to the stinging fines they have gotten over the years from the Federal Trade Commission. A closer look at the ingredients will also show that most of the products have similar formulas, and that there is nowhere to be read that these pills will actually help you lose weight.
The ingredients advertised in Xenadrine aren’t many, and they are practically the same over the entire range. Caffeine seems to be the main ingredient, with some others such as wild mint extract, komijn extract, wild olive extract as well as the notorious Lady’s mantle extract. These ingredients also appear to be the same as the ones used in Hydroxycut, a diet pill that has been discredited by countless studies and reviews.
How does it work?
The proprietary blend used in the pills means that the exact amount of each ingredient is not known. There are also few clinical evidence to point out that these are effective at losing weight in that combination. The manufacturers also make wild claims only regarding the energy boosting properties of the products and not weight loss. Given that all the products basically contain lots of caffeine, the energy boost is easy to explain. Regarding the other ingredients, there is just one trial which shows that the mix might be effective in losing weight, but in quantities of 930 mg per day.
There are few serious side effects associated with Xenadrine use. However, since all of the pills contain high levels of caffeine, people sensitive to it or with heart problems may want to stay away. Symptoms associated with caffeine use include headaches, nausea, irritability, upset stomach, jittering and insomnia.
Will it work for you?
The manufacturers of the product are actually very careful about what they claim. If you read carefully, they will only claim that the pills will boost energy levels, nothing about the fact that they will actually help you lose weight. What is being said is that some ingredients found in the pills have been proven to be effective in helping weight loss, but the low quantities make it highly unlikely to provide any noticeable effect.
With a manufacturer with a dubious past and fines of millions of dollars from the FTC, and ingredients with marginal effects, this product is not recommended for weight loss. If you are only looking for increased energy levels, do yourself a favor and use coffee instead – it will be cheaper and safer than taking Xenadrine.