Hydroxycut Sprinkles Review
“An innovative way to lose weight!”
Hydroxycut is branching out its product line with Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles. Supposedly these convenient and easy-to-use packets can help you lose weight no matter where you go. Simply shake it on your meals and enjoy!
Hydroxycut products have a history of being overhyped. Consequently, I can’t help but wonder if Hydroxycut Sprinkles is as fantastic as advertisements make it out to be. Can you really lose weight by sprinkling a powder onto your chicken dinner?
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When I first Hydroxycut came out with a new sprinkle formula, the first thought that came to mind was “Sensa.”
Sensa is a popular diet supplement that can be sprinkled on to food to trick your brain into feeling fuller for longer periods of time. I assumed by creating a similar appetite-suppressing product, Hydroxycut would be carving itself a slice of Sensa’s sales.
However, when I looked at the label for Hydroxycut Sprinkles, I was surprised to find the same key ingredients found in Pro Clinical Hydroxycut. No appetite suppressants. No caffeine. Just a 155 mg blend of the following:
Lady’s Mantle Extract. Traditionally, lady’s mantle was used to treat painful menstrual periods and menopause symptoms. However, research suggests the tannins in lady’s mantle may treat diarrhea, stomach upset, water retention, and muscle spasms as well.
Wild Olive Leaf Extract. Wild Olive Leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt as a way to prevent sickness. Numerous studies suggest olive leaf extract increases energy and immunity while decreasing blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Komijin Extract. This Mediterranean herb offers antibacterial properties and may inhibit blood clotting. It also acts as a diuretic, dyspeptic, and astringent.
Wild Mint Extract. Wild Mint (not to be confused with peppermint) is a flavorful aromatic herb primarily used to treat digestive problems. It may be able to relieve intestinal gas, stomach cramps, and indigestion.
Ever since the FDA issued a warning for Hydroxycut in 2009, Hydroxycut has undergone several product reformulations, primarily centered on caffeine and other stimulants to trigger thermogenesis.
However, I found it interesting that the more recent formulas such as Hydroxycut Max! and Pro Clinical Hydroxycut- Caffeine Free and Hydroxycut Sprinkles shift away from caffeine and focus more on the above four ingredients.
If these new diet formulas sacrifice caffeine, a proven fat burner, to focus on these immunity boosting herbs, then what is it about these ingredients that make them effective for weight loss – if at all?
Let’s take a closer look at the research behind the ingredients. . .
Pro Clinical Hydroxycut is supposedly backed with “two clinical studies to provide effective weight loss results.” Oddly enough, the manufacturers at Hydroxycut.com provide the results of the studies, without providing references to the original source.
According to the website: “The clinically tested key ingredient combination (lady’s mantle extract, wild olive extract, komijn extract and wild mint extract) is proven effective in two separate studies to provide powerful weight loss versus dieting alone. In fact, average weight loss with key ingredients was 20.94 lbs. vs. 1.70 lbs. with placebo in one 12-week study, and 16.50 lbs. vs. 1.73 lbs. in one 8-week study. All groups followed a calorie-reduced diet.
“The average BMI reduction with key ingredients was 10.2% vs. 0.9% with placebo in one 12-week study, and 8.1% vs. 0.8% in one 8-week study. All groups followed a calorie-reduced diet.”
This sounds pretty impressive – until you try to find the actual study (. . .it’s nowhere to be found).
Iovate Health Sciences (the company that owns Hydroxycut) has not published the long-term safety or efficacy studies on recent Hydroxycut products.
Consequently, I had to turn elsewhere to see if these ingredients could effectively promote weight loss when used in combination.
The study most similar to the ones referenced by Hydroxycut manufacturers is a 2011 study conducted by Antaki Center for Herbal medicine in Israel. Researchers observed the effects of Weighlevel, a combination of the same four ingredients, on both humans and animals.
Both human and animal trials reported a “progressive and significant weight loss” in subjects who received the Weighlevel combination as opposed to subjects who received a placebo.
Researchers concluded, “Higher levels of weight loss were seen in people with BMI of 25-30 kg m(-2) (overweight) compared to people with BMI >30 kg m(-2) (obese). The BMI was reduced after 3 months from 28.5 ± 1.2 and 32.1 ± 1.8 kg m(-2) to 24.5 ± 1.4 and 27.5 ± 2.2 kg m(-2) in overweight and obese group, respectively. Results indicate safety, tolerability and efficacy of Weighlevel.”
While promising, this is not a Hydroxycut study – sprinkles or otherwise. The exact ingredient concentrations used in the study are undoubtedly different from those found in the Hydroxycut formula. Consequently, the weight loss results will be different.
Side Effects and Safety Concerns
Unlike other Hydroxycut products, Hydroxycut Sprinkles do not contain caffeine, guarana, green tea, or any other stimulating ingredients. This significantly reduces the risk of negative side effects common to Hydroxycut products.
The four ingredients in Hydroxycut Sprinkles are considered safe to use, and a 155 mg concentration is fairly small, so I do not anticipate any negative side effects.
However, without knowing the ingredient concentrations, the only way to be certain if Hydroxycut Sprinkles is safe is to read consumer reviews written by real people rather than paid testimonials from fitness models. Dieters will want to approach this supplement with caution until we know more about what these sprinkles can really do.
How to Use Hydroxycut Sprinkles
“(1) Sprinkle. (2) Enjoy. (3) Lose Weight.”
The front of the box makes Hydroxycut Sprinkles look incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is shake a single packet on to your meal and enjoy your food. The packets are to be taken three times daily, one packet with each of your three main meals.
Manufacturers suggest consuming 8 to 10 glasses of water daily, as well as avoiding snacks between meals and after dinner.
As with any weight loss supplement, your results will be greater if you follow a healthy dieting and exercising program.
How Do They Taste?
According to advertisements, Hydroxycut Sprinkles do not alter the flavor of your food. However, I’m not so ready to believe these claims until I’ve seen more consumer reviews.
Even if it’s true that Hydroxycut Sprinkles has no flavor, it still might add a gritty or unpleasant texture to your meal, or leave behind a bitter aftertaste.
If you’ve tried Hydroxycut Sprinkles please tell us about your experience – do they enhance or detract from your meal?
Is It Affordable?
Currently Hydroxycut Sprinkles is only available at Hydroxycut.com for $24.99 per 1 month supply. However, as the product becomes more popular, I suspect it will be readily available for a much lower price through various online distributors.
Who Makes Hydroxycut Sprinkles?
Hydroxycut Sprinkles is owned and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences, one of the most successful supplement manufacturers in Canada. The company has retailers all over the world, and thousands of consumers turn to Hydroxycut and other Iovate products to help them reach their weight loss goals.
Just because they’re successful, however, doesn’t mean they have a squeaky clean record.
Hydroxycut has had a long and negative history with the FDA and FTC due to false advertising and the use of potentially dangerous ingredients. Early Hydroxycut formulas were linked to cases of liver damage and death. In fact, in 2009 the FDA issued a recall for the vast majority of all Hydroxycut products.
Although the Hydroxycut product line has been reformulated for safety, I don’t entirely trust the manufacturers to provide dieters with the safest, most research ingredients.
Sprinkle or Shelf?
If you’ve already tried Pro Clinical Hydroxycut products and love your results, then Hydroxycut Sprinkles may be a fun new way to lose weight when you’re on the go.
However, Hydroxycut Sprinkles don’t seem like a particularly powerful solution for slimming down. The ingredients don’t have a lot of clinical research to validate their performance, and even if the ingredients are effective, a 155 mg dosage is fairly small to be divided among 4 ingredients.
While Hydroxycut Sprinkles may help you lose weight, I doubt the results will be as miraculous as advertisements would have you believe.
 Said O, et al. “Weight loss in animals and humans treated with “weighlevel”, a combination of four medicinal plants used in traditional arabic and islamic medicine.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine. 2011;2011:874538. Epub 2011 Jun 16. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18952688